April 5, 2009

Flat Tire

The Caboose had a flat tire this weekend. I went ahead and rotated the spare, but I learned some things when I was checking out America's Tire Store's information.
  • In approximately three years, roughly one-third of the tire's strength is gone.
  • It is suggested that trailer tires be replaced after three to four years of service regardless of tread depth or tire appearance.
  • The mileage expectation of a trailer tire is 5,000 to 12,000 miles.
  • Use tire covers to protect the tires from direct sunlight.
  • Use thin plywood sections between the tire and the pavement.
  • For long term storage, put the trailer on blocks to take the weight off the tires. Then lower the air pressure and cover the tires to protect them from direct sunlight.
  • Clean the tires using mild soap and water.
  • Do not use tire-care products containing alcohol or petroleum distillates.

3 comments:

Steven C. Karoly said...

Interesting that you should post this advise -- my tent trailer tire have reach the end of their life. They're really beat up ready to come apart.

Ed said...

I NEVER want to experience a blown trailer tire while I'm towing. Better to budget for new ones every three years or so and get the bearings done too.

James said...

It is always best to buy a new tire before they give out on you. That's certainly better then being left on the side of the road.