dual axle trailer eating rear tires!

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Shady Brook, Jan 24, 2003.

  1. Shady Brook

    Shady Brook LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 1,517

    For you guys with dual axle trailers, do you find that you eat up the rear set at a torid pace? I mean like 2 sets a year? Can last a year with rotating, but still you end up buying two sets. Is it a design flaw in my trailer, or is it common to all trailers of this type?

  2. Either you have a bent axel or you make tight turns too much.

    very common, that's why you should rotate them.
  3. Shady Brook

    Shady Brook LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 1,517

    Thanks LG

    It does get alot of miles, and much in tight residencial areas. I have a friend with a trailer built by the same guy, and his eat tires also, and always have. I just wanted to know if he was building them with a flaw, or if it were normal. I do have a bit of a taper from front to back on my trailer putting a bit more weight on the rear. Maybe this compounds the problem.

  4. Shadetree Ltd

    Shadetree Ltd LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 390

    The extra weight in the back won't help the cause but we switched to 10 ply load E tires that get a ton more mileage than the standard "trailer tire".

  5. Bunton Guy

    Bunton Guy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,909

    Mine chews threw the rears in one year. I do ALOT of U-turns everyday and alot of culdasacs & Backing into driveways your just gonna have to live with it.
  6. yardman1

    yardman1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 458

    Just keep them rotated on a regular basis because the rear tires on a tandem axle are the ones that slide across the ground when you turn, especially if you make real tight turns.
  7. svlandscape

    svlandscape LawnSite Member
    Messages: 48

    I believe the reason the rear tires wear out faster than the front is that when you make a turn, the rear tires actually slide across the pavement, so they will wear out much faster than the front ones. Have someoe drive your truck and trailer by you slowly and make a turn and you will actually hear them dragging! About the only thing you can do is rotate them on a regular basis to keep the wear even.
  8. cantoo

    cantoo LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,910

    Do you haul enough weight on the trailer that you actually need a tandem axle trailer or do you just have it because everyone else has it?
    I am getting ready to build a new trailer and I am thinking I might not bother with the tandem I might just make it a long single. The only thing on it will be a Walker, my MTD Pro Z, a couple of attachments and small equipment that really won't add up to a lot of weight. When I only have one piece on the trailer I can center it on the long trailer.
  9. Husker1982

    Husker1982 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 480

    You should stay with a dual axle trailer because a single axle really gives the equipment a beating. Also another thing you might want to watch is the level of your trailer. Is your drop on your truck not enough you might want to get a bigger drop.
  10. kppurn

    kppurn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 426

    Makes sense now......I could never figure that out. I thought it could be tire pressure when I first noticed it. I would check the pressure daily and it wasn't that.....Now I know.

    How often do you guys rotate the tires on your tandems?

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