Do you rotate your trailer tires?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Right Touch, May 5, 2009.

  1. Right Touch

    Right Touch LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 382

    I was just wondering if anyone ever rotates their trailer tires on dual axle trailers. Ours are wearing unevenly and I keep getting the round around about why they are wearing unevenly- they are two 3500lb axles on a 8x20 enclosed trailer hauling a 52" exmark zero turn, 48" exmark walk behind, and a 36" bobcat walk behind, plus the basic weed whackers and blowers and hand tools. So the general feeling is that im not carrying that much weight but yet my tires wear very quickly and unevenly. Suggestions? rotate tires ok or no good?
  2. whoopassonthebluegrass

    whoopassonthebluegrass LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,305

    I rotate mine. the axle with brakes on it sees more wear and tear on mine, so I'll swap the front and back every so often.
  3. Ruben Rocha

    Ruben Rocha LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 577

    With a dual axle you could rotate. But if you have excessive wear I would look into a bent axle or axle alignment with the frame.
    I have a single axle but I was replacing tires every year. Since I replaced my Axle and upgraded my springs two years ago and the tires are still fine.
  4. LawnScapers of Dayton

    LawnScapers of Dayton LawnSite Silver Member
    Male, from Dayton, OH
    Messages: 2,572

    I have a dual axle and the rear tires wear faster because they slide when making turns.....
  5. nosparkplugs

    nosparkplugs LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,444

    My trailer tires are nail or screw magnets, so I end up patching them, and with the loads I carry the tread never lasts longer than two seasons so I rotate out two new tires on each axles each season. Also my rear axles wear tires out quicker than the front axles do. So no rotating for me. Also a leaking tire that gets low during the day(more friction=more heat=blow-out) and has happned to me on three occasions, so keeping trailer tires sealed is more important vs Rotating them.
    Last edited: May 5, 2009
  6. Petr51488

    Petr51488 LawnSite Silver Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 2,377

    Yours too? lol One suggested which you prob allready do. Don't use plugs, but the best that i've found to use is the patch/plug. Its 2 in 1 which work great. I had plug in my enclosed for the longest time. It was borderline on the sidewall/top of the tire. One hot day i was on the highway driving it, which i normally don't do, and the sucker slid out from the heat. Ever since then i use the patch/plugs especially on the dump trailer where the weight is atleast 4x the enclosed when loaded
  7. SiteSolutions

    SiteSolutions LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,114

    Mine used to wear uneven worse than they do now. When the back was worn out more than the front, I would rotate them. Maybe it's just because things are so s l o w this winter but I haven't had to rotate them in six months.
  8. SiteSolutions

    SiteSolutions LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,114

    I have had blowouts too, always have had to put air in at least one tire every morning, and finally got sick of it and bought a gallon of green slime and slimed all four trailer tires. These are E range with 80 psi in them, but when I slimed them, I put about 40 psi in them and took them for a short drive to sling that stuff around inside and get to all the holes. I left them at 40 psi overnight, to let it all stiffen up, and put 80 psi in them the next day. Haven't had to put any air in a trailer tire since then. I am very pleased. The gallon jug of slime cost me about 40 bucks at an auto parts store, but I just saw it for under 30 bucks at Walmart last week.
  9. Jay Walls

    Jay Walls LawnSite Member
    Messages: 12

    Trailer tire tread will usually outlast the life of the tire. The tire will normally rot or blowout first. If you have unusual wear #1 problem is inflation. #2 is overweight. #3 is a suspension problem. Tandem axles with just one set of brakes (illegal in the north east) will cause wearing.
  10. SiteSolutions

    SiteSolutions LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,114

    You may be on to something.

    I doubt I will ever dry rot a tire. Blowouts, had a few, but hopefully the slime will keep the air in them and that will be a bad memory.

    How loaded are your tires compared to their capacity?

    I have tires rated at 2880 lbs at 80 psi. I probably have 2300 - 2500 lbs or so on each. Not overloaded, but definitely asked to work for a living. I will be very happy if the slime keeps them inflated and the proper inflation lets them last a whole year.

    I did put a set of brakes on the front axle last year, which might be helping them wear more evenly, but then again, lack of work is also great for tire longevity. Besides, the brakes on either axle won't stay adjusted so it's almost like having no brakes as far as wear goes. And if you're towing an empty trailer, the front axles have nearly zero load on them and lock up real easy, which will flat spot a tire quickly.

    Having to make tight turns, running over coarse rock, nails, etc, all probably contribute to shortened life, but it's all part of the daily obstacle course.

    It will be interesting to see if they blow out or wear out first.

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