dual axle tire wear

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by grassmasterswilson, Dec 8, 2007.

  1. grassmasterswilson

    grassmasterswilson LawnSite Platinum Member
    from nc
    Messages: 4,943

    I have a 16 foot dual axle trailer pulled by a chevy 2500 with a 2 in drop hitch. I usually carry two zero turn back to back or one zero turn in middle of the trailer. Everything seems to be pretty level cosidering the weight disturbution on the trailer.

    Why do my back trailer tires wear so much worse than the front ones? It might even be 2 or 3 times faster tire wear. Any solutions?
  2. LawnNeedz

    LawnNeedz LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 580

    Probably because your rear axle has brakes on it. Mine does the same thing.
  3. South Florida Lawns

    South Florida Lawns LawnSite Platinum Member
    from usa
    Messages: 4,784

    No it has nothing to do with the brakes. Unless you have flat spots.

    The tires in the rear wear faster than the front because as you go around a corner you scrub the back tires (they drag sideways) and thus wear down faster. I usually get about a year out of my back tires but I hear guys getting only 3 months a set.

    Best thing you can do is make wider turns this saves your truck tires up front too. Rotating will slow the wear down too.
  4. Jusmowin

    Jusmowin LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 727

    Something doesnt sound right with your rear axel placement. Take a few measurements and see if your measurements are the same on both sides, hub to hub. Just an idea?
  5. mdlwn1

    mdlwn1 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,443

    The responses here can make me laugh at times. South Florida said it right...and there's nothing else to it...The front axle is the primary...you can even put slightly taller tires on the front...helps a little. Have someone drive your truck and look at the trailer............
  6. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    You'll have to do the math, but in my case it's usually worth it to get a better tire, if it lasts longer vs. the cost, taking into account the labor and how often you have to take it in as well.
  7. Looking Good Lawn Service

    Looking Good Lawn Service LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 272

    The common issues with trailers with multiple axles is they drag around corners, they dont roll like your truck tires. This is very common on tractor trailers, especially when they do complete 360 degree turns to get in or out of a loading/unloading dock. This even happens with Tri-axle dump trucks, if they dont have steerable axles, they have to raise them when they go around tight corners, or else the truck will "hop" around the corner. Proper maintainance is key, check that your trailer is tracking straight, that you distribute the load evenly, and get the proper drop on your reese hitch adapter so all the weight is not on the rear axle. Also, the most important above all, proper PSI. If your trailer is in top mechanical condition, then every so often, when you start to notice wear, rotate your trailer tires, like you do to your truck. Good luck with your trailer, hope this helps.
  8. NBI Lawn

    NBI Lawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 135

    Couldnt have said it better :clapping:. Watch your trailer tires when you turn (if you can do so safely), you can see them scrub durning tight turns
  9. iseegreen

    iseegreen LawnSite Member
    Messages: 44

    5 year tire guy says South Florida Lawns and mdlwn1 are right. They all wear like crap. Sometimes its not always just the rear tires that wear faster. somtimes the right front will wear and the left rear will wear or the oppisite. There isnt much you can do.
  10. Andyinchville

    Andyinchville LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 270

    Rear axle tires will wear faster....My ratio is about 2 sets of rear axle tires per front set.

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