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Old 09-01-2013, 04:01 PM   #1
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Strange tire wear pattern

I noticed a strange wear pattern on the front tires of my 2008 Berkshire 390BH. There seems to be a small, concave 'groove' that is wearing on the inside and outside edges. I thought that it might be under-inflation, but according to the charts, I am right at the recommended pressures for the weight on the tires (LF tire is at 97 lbs, weight is 4830, RF tire is at 96 lbs, weight is 4510). Not sure why the tire is wearing this way. Any ideas?
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Old 09-01-2013, 04:47 PM   #2
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Wear on both edges of tires is an indication of under inflation regardless of what charts say about tire pressure vs load.
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If you don't use the weight/pressure charts, how do you determine the pressures for the tires?
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If you don't use the weight/pressure charts, how do you determine the pressures for the tires?
It is a good starting point, but as you are experiencing, you are wearing the outside and inside edges of both tires indicating under inflation. If it were me, I would increase both front tires by at least 15# or to be safe and to even out the wear, inflate to whatever the max sidewall pressure says.
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Old 09-01-2013, 06:01 PM   #5
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Here is a pic of over and under inflated tires OC is dead on!!

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Old 09-01-2013, 06:29 PM   #6
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it may be that the pressure gauge you are using i out of calibration or the weight is greater than thought
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Here is a pic of over and under inflated tires OC is dead on!!

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I see where the tread wear pattern for under inflation involves the outside edge of the tire. However, the tread wear on my tires shows just a small, concave area along the edge. Not the entire outside edge as shown for under inflation.
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There are numerous posts on tire inflation in these threads.
Here is one such post.

Many who are posting are providing answers based on their personal experience or what they have heard round the campfire.

As a Tire Engineer i would like to provide a slightly different perspective. One based on 40 years experience working for a major mfg. as many posts by non-engineers are not completely correct.

Your motorhome should have certification label (tire placard) that the RV manufacturer applied to the vehicle. This

Here is a post on my blog on load & inflation

Also on gauge accuracy

The basic answer is that for motorhomes you need at least enough inflation pressure to carry the actual load on the tires.
Trailers should use the inflation on the tire because of unique side loading of tandem axles.

Until you get the real loading on each corner of your RV I strongly suggest you set your cold inflation to the inflation on the placard or 5 to 10 psi higher but not exceeding the inflation molded onto the tire.



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Do you have any idea what your actual tire loading is? You provided the tire size but not the Load Range. Also what are the axle ratings on your placard. GAWR Front & GAWR Rear and what inflation F & R are shown on your placard? Having this information makes providing accurate answers easier.
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awwall,
I see where the tread wear pattern for under inflation involves the outside edge of the tire. However, the tread wear on my tires shows just a small, concave area along the edge. Not the entire outside edge as shown for under inflation.

You take good in-focus pictures. Can you get one looking over the tread (similar to that seen in the drawings) not from the side?

There are a couple different types of circumferential wear with different causes. I really don't like guessing.
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Tireman9,
Dark and cloudy now but hopefully it will be nicer tomorrow (although the forecast is for cloudy and rain). The loading on the left front is 4830 lbs and the right front is 4510.
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