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mr_andyj

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Posted: 05/08/21 11:52am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Trailer tires are supposed to be good for 6 years. Replacing at 3 is way overkill.
Go past 6 years and you might start to see radials pop and make bulges in your tread or might just have a complete blowout. As a youth I would run truck tires way way past the expiration date bc of money.
Tires will generate heat when driven from all the sidewall flexing. A short trip will not make the tire hot, but an all day drive will. Heat increases the psi and increases the likelyhood of a blowout if the tire has a weakness. On a hot day the psi could double. PSI is to be checked on the tire as cold / ambient temps(not right after a long drive), and the tire is meant to handle the extra psi that driving causes.

Flush out water and your should be good to go. Not a lot to go wrong with a trailer sitting if it does not have leaks or odors.

Hook up to city water for a few hours to make sure nothing will leak, or at least turn your water pump on for a few hours so the pipes are pressurized.

Run the absorption fridge to check for leaks. Check it for leaks, yellowish powder or stains will appear on the coils on the outside side if it has a leak, or it will just not cool properly, but if you suspect a leak then I would do a quick research on more details of how to check for leaks. The freezer should freeze.

lane hog

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Posted: 05/14/21 03:37am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

mr_andyj wrote:

Trailer tires are supposed to be good for 6 years.


If they're used on a regular basis, yep, six years is reasonable. But tires that sit for 1-2 years on the rim are going to age prematurely. When tires sit, the waxes/oils that help make up the tire don't heat up and won't circulate and that leads to those oils evaporating, and the rubber starts to crack as a result. That's why tires in storage are bagged.



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StirCrazy

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Posted: 05/14/21 08:05am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

lane hog wrote:

mr_andyj wrote:

Trailer tires are supposed to be good for 6 years.


If they're used on a regular basis, yep, six years is reasonable. But tires that sit for 1-2 years on the rim are going to age prematurely. When tires sit, the waxes/oils that help make up the tire don't heat up and won't circulate and that leads to those oils evaporating, and the rubber starts to crack as a result. That's why tires in storage are bagged.


Did a tire sales place tell you that. if you keep them inflated properly and inspect them every year and replace bad ones as needed, your good to go.

last year I noticed a broken bead on one of my ties so I replaced tht one, they are 5 years old, guess the other 3 are going to blow up going down the road this summer...

I have had 3 trailers before the 5th, two for 10 years one for 8 and never had to replace a tire once (untill last year), proper inflation and driving at proper speeds help to make them last.

a good inspection at the begining of the season and a weekly check will help find tires that need to be switched out before they are an issue.

Steve


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