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Old 09-11-2008, 07:38 PM   #1
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Wheel Temperature

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"I have a Rockwood 8298SS with Tandem wheels. The left (street side) side wheels are usually hotter than the curb side wheels after a trip. The curb side will usually be 100 and the street side will be as much as 125. I have had the bearing repacked and the brakes checked --- more than once in an effort to resolve this. I have been told each is working properly and they do not know why one side gets hotter than the other. One dealer place told me as long as the wheels do not get hotter than 250 I should not worry about them. Any suggestions or information would be helpful."

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Old 09-12-2008, 07:50 AM   #2
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While I agree that at those temps there's nothing to worry about especially if both wheels on the street side are running the same. Here's a couple of thoughts on what it could be.

1) The TT could be heavy on that side. I'd suggest getting it weighed on each side.

2) The bearings could be from a different run than the ones on the other side. they could be close to being out of spec but still make it.

3) The drums on the other side could be better at dissipating heat than the ones on the street side.

OK; I know those last two are a stretch but since they've already inspected and repacked them I'm just thinking out of the box.

Seriously, I'd really take a look at the side to side loading. Make sure when you weigh it to have it loaded exactly like you do when your towing it.

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Old 09-12-2008, 07:51 AM   #3
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That's not too hot and not that much difference.
It would cause me to wonder but if brakes and bearings have been
gone through, it's probably OK.

Next I would look very closely at the tires.
Are they wearing oddly or un-evenly?
Are they all the exact same size and brand and age??
Are they all exactly inflated to the same pressure?
Does this trailer have a water tank on one side that might
make trailer significantly heavier on one side??

That's all I can think of. More importantly what are tire temps????
125 deg F for a wheel/hub after a long drive is not all that hot IMO.

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Old 09-12-2008, 07:53 AM   #4
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How about the simple matter of weight distribution? Take a look at the floor plan at:

The weight of the slide sits squarely over the left side wheels. I would postulate that the wheel assemblies that carry the greater load will run hotter.
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Old 09-12-2008, 09:59 AM   #5
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Could the alignment of the axle bracket cause this?


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Old 09-12-2008, 12:49 PM   #6
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If your axles are AL-KO you can call Cris @ 574-294-6651, he can give you the answers you are looking for. According to Cris the bearings can reach temp of 180 degrees and this normal. If you had new brake shoes installed the wheels will run hot until they are broke in. New brakes are to be adjusted after 200 mile. The wheel temps will depend on how many times the brakes are applied and for how long. Stop and go traffic, the wheels will stay hot until the brakes are no longer applied and air can cool them down. As far as weight go's, are any TT balanced with the way they are built and with the way they the storage is design to put all of our stuff in? And from what I understand with tandem axles the first axle in front closest to the TV will run hotter then the second axle as a norm because it is doing most of the work.
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Old 09-13-2008, 05:35 AM   #7
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I'm knew to the TT thing and had a question on the whole temp thing. Why and how would you check the temp. I would never think to do this, and should I?

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Old 09-13-2008, 09:25 AM   #8
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In 35 years of driving never once have I seen or heard of anyone checking wheel temperature. Have seen brakes causing overheating but that;s it.
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Old 09-13-2008, 07:33 PM   #9
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It doesn't take much to put your hand on each tire/rim assembly when you stop at rest areas, or after a trip. I check mine as a sort of "insurance" if the tire is hot- underinflated. If the rim is hot- wheel bearings need checked; and probably greased/re-packed. Just a good idea to do it. Randy
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Old 09-13-2008, 10:02 PM   #10
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I've checked mine a time or two. TT and truck. Range from 90 to 115

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