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DA Quality Lawn & YS
07-17-2012, 01:38 AM
Guys,

Bought a new 7x14 in March of this season. Came standard with Bias Ply tires (probably chinese). Yes should have upgraded to radials but no, didn't do it. At any rate, I am finding the rear two tires are almost bald and need replaced. I am thinking mileage wise, only about 3K-4K miles at most on the tires. Is this fast of rate of wear normal? The front two tires seem to be wearing at a much more normal rate.

The way my trailer hitches up, there is a slight rearward decline in the trailer from hitch to back end (i.e. not perfectly level but not far off). Would this contribute to the wear at all?

Lastly, what type/brand of tires should I get to replace these cheap tires? My goodness, I need to be able to run tires more than 1/2 season! Would like to at least get 8-10K miles out of them, is that asking too much.

Thx

greengiant9963
07-17-2012, 08:11 AM
It is not the miles you have put on the trailer as much as the turning corners. The tighter the turns the more wear. I have a 18 foot enclosed and usually replace 3 radial tires a season.

LwnmwrMan22
07-17-2012, 08:35 AM
It is not the miles you have put on the trailer as much as the turning corners. The tighter the turns the more wear. I have a 18 foot enclosed and usually replace 3 radial tires a season.

What he said. You are going to burn your back tires off quite quick, especially if your route takes you into cul-de-sacs or parking lots where you're turning around quite often.

slowleak1
07-17-2012, 10:44 AM
And yes, not keeping your trailer level will wear your tires faster, especially when you factor in everything stated above. You are also putting alot of strain on your bearings, so level that trailer out.

KrayzKajun
07-17-2012, 10:59 AM
And yes, not keeping your trailer level will wear your tires faster, especially when you factor in everything stated above. You are also putting alot of strain on your bearings, so level that trailer out.

So is filling up your old open trailer with dirt untill the axle bent considered loading it level?? Lol I couldn't help it.
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DA Quality Lawn & YS
07-17-2012, 01:20 PM
OK, so I guess the wear I am seeing is typical.
Will radials give me a mileage advantage over bias. Is spending the extra dough worth it?

Kelly's Landscaping
07-17-2012, 03:09 PM
Rotate the bald tires to the front and you might squeak out the season. I do not know how many turns you have to make or how narrow the roads are which can force you to take tighter turns. But we get 2-3 seasons out of the good year marathons I prefer the D rated ones and we get 10-15 thousand miles on them also after about a year or so the rears need to be rotated to the front they always wear the most. So that is normal just not in the time frame you indicated.

jsslawncare
07-17-2012, 06:28 PM
Is the axle bent?

C Jovingo Landscaping
07-17-2012, 06:40 PM
On dual axle trailer the front tires roll while the rears slide side ways when doing sharp turns. When turning try to go as wide as possible at intersections & parking lots. Don't do U-turns... go around the block. If turning at cul-de-sac, try to use as much of the circle as you can, just shy of goin into lawns? Hope you get better mileage on the next set of tires.
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knox gsl
07-17-2012, 06:40 PM
I'm using Akuret brand tires load range D radials. Four of them on an open 16' trailer. I have gotten 1.5 years or about 12000 miles and they are about half worn. I keep them aired up to 45psi and rotate a couple times a season when greasing the hubs. I have run the range C bias ply and would do good to get a few months.

I would say that its worth a little extra for the better tire. They last 2-4 times longer and are much less likely to blow out and damage your trailer fenders. Also how much does it cost to get them mounted and balanced, same price with cheap-O or quality tire?

DA Quality Lawn & YS
07-18-2012, 12:17 AM
Is the axle bent?

Brand new trailer as of March, not a chance.

Potomac Lawns Inc.
07-18-2012, 10:12 PM
I'm using Akuret brand tires load range D radials. Four of them on an open 16' trailer. I have gotten 1.5 years or about 12000 miles and they are about half worn. I keep them aired up to 45psi and rotate a couple times a season when greasing the hubs. I have run the range C bias ply and would do good to get a few months.

I would say that its worth a little extra for the better tire. They last 2-4 times longer and are much less likely to blow out and damage your trailer fenders. Also how much does it cost to get them mounted and balanced, same price with cheap-O or quality tire?

I also use the Akuret Brand in Load D as well and get about the same mileage. I run 65psi in mine

ParkWelding
07-21-2012, 09:59 AM
Leaf spring suspension or torsion axle?

DA Quality Lawn & YS
07-25-2012, 01:48 AM
Leaf spring.
And yes I need to level out my trailer a little better. Couple inches off on my drop.
Just saw today that my rear drivers side trailer tire is starting to show the belting. Gonna need to get new tires, either 2 (new bias) or all 4 radials. Anyone recommend long lasting brand?

Mowingman
07-25-2012, 10:44 AM
I use Carlisle radial trailer tires. Typically get 2 - years out of them. Trailer is pulled about 5 days/week.
Trailer should be level when loaded.

grassman177
07-25-2012, 04:41 PM
all those things, and i actually had a trailer that went back to the dealer cuz we ruined tires so fast and found the axles where not put on straight!!!!!

just wanted to bring that up as we had it happen

my trailer is 22 ft, goes thru tires like i do food

ParkWelding
07-25-2012, 06:24 PM
Been running my new Stealth 8.5x20' all season on the chinese Westlake 10ply factory tires. Loaded with 2 60" riders, 52" grandstand, push mower, 2 backpacks, 2 trimmers, tools, spare tires etc. Minimal tire wear. I just checked the tire pressures for the first time 2 weeks ago (factory nitrogen filled) and all 4 were within 2 pounds of the 80 PSI specified on tires.

I had pretty good luck with the same tires on my old Timberwolf 8.5x24' enclosed. I don't know why but they seem to hold up better than the Carlisle and Goodyear tires I had been using before. For less money.

Both trailers have Dexter torsion axles though.

Weekend cut easymoney
07-25-2012, 06:28 PM
check brakes on trailer or controller in truck--my gusy had the brake controller such that at low speeds it would lock up the tires in the back

DA Quality Lawn & YS
07-26-2012, 01:20 AM
check brakes on trailer or controller in truck--my gusy had the brake controller such that at low speeds it would lock up the tires in the back

Yes will confirm this is ok. Thanks for the tip.

Oh, and today I replaced my four trailer tires with new Carlisle Radials, Load Rating D. About 100 bucks a tire. Replacing 4 month old tires, one down to the belts. Ridiculous if you ask me. I am attempting to start a warranty claim on the tires through the tire mfg. Guy at Discount Tire said two of them were on the verge of failing at any time. Unbelievable.

DA Quality Lawn & YS
07-26-2012, 04:45 PM
Ha, already got an email back from the tire mfg (Lionshead and Triangle Tire) flatly denying my warranty claim. Go figure.

Guess I will have to do some name smudging on LS.