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Old 11-22-2011, 10:33 PM   #1
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abnormal tire wear

We have a 2012 Salem 27RKSS taking ownership on Sept 1 of this fall. Its showing wear on all 4 tires on the outside and inside single treads. A lot of scalloping all the way around all 4 tires.

I had to pay for some warranty work last month and early Sept days after getting the trailer and Forest river wants the parts which were retained by the dealer in our home town as well as a Forest River dealer in Maine before I get reimbursed despite my forwarding them receipts and photographs (plus business cards of the Me RV salesperson who assisted with repairs in Sept). Parts which are long gone to the land fill in NB and Me.

Withthe tires wearing the same but scalloping on 2 treads (all 4 tires) has anyone else had this sort of problem and have you had teh tires replaced under warranty?
We are expecting 25 cm of snow tonight so the trailer will be not moving until spring.
should I contact via email Forest River and advise them of the situation before winter sets in?
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Old 11-22-2011, 10:57 PM   #2
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I had trouble with the inside of the tires wearing down. The axles were bent and had to be replaced. I would contact Forest River as soon as possable
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If it is wearing on the inner AND outer tread at the same time, I would suspect under inflation.
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Old 11-23-2011, 08:07 AM   #4
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Scalloping is usually a balance problem. Do you feel any shaking?
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Old 11-23-2011, 08:12 AM   #5
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Scalloping is usually a balance problem. Do you feel any shaking?
didn't realy notice anything. My next door neighbor noticed them after he was looking at his trailer a week or so before mine and he has a similar issue - they think his axle is out of whack.
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Old 11-23-2011, 09:38 AM   #6
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I have a 2005 Cherokee TT with a tandem axle. This blog got me to thinking about a premature tire problem I had this summer. I blew 2 tires on the same side one afternoon (2 within a 15 minute period). The tires were on the same side of the camper. The tire pressure was checked just prior to the trip.

Six months after I purchased the camper (winter 2009-2010) I happen to notice a difference in how the tires aligned on the axles. It sure looked like the front tire cambers differently from the back tire. What I mean is the front tire is further out at the bottom then the one behind it. Don't know if this is normal or not. But again this blog got me to thinking about those axles and tires. Do I have a bent axle? Did this cause a premature failure in the tires? At least I know the replacement tires are balanced. But the tire shop did ask if I wanted it done. I thought balancing was standard practice. On trailer tires maybe not???? Is there a difference in a trailer tire compared to a properly sized car tire to fit the job? The replacement tires I purchased were car tires that handled my trailer weight (that's all they had instock).

Just wondered if I have a problem coming in the future.
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Old 11-28-2011, 07:49 AM   #7
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all 5 tires (spare included) have identical tire pressures. Max tire pressure on tires is 50 (sidewall usage).
All are set to just over 41 psi as of yesterday and I highly doubt that all have the same rate of disapation considering that 4 are Nitrogen filled and the spare is regular air filled.

The trailer has just under 1,900 miles on it since it left the factory. 1,645miles from delivery start to today.

The trialer has been parked since end Sept.

Tires are Trail Express 15"
All the run trailers have excessive tire wear on the outside tread along with a feathering. When I drag my fingers across all the treads I can feel a sharp ridge.

the last 2 warranty claims I've had with Forest river I've had ZERO luck in getting reimbursement from head office.

One for awning clips which were missing the spring (replaced after I had to purchase it from a Forest River dealer in Maine and the owner himself installed it, and a door handle which a Forest River dealer in Fredericton NB CAnada refused to replace under warranty because it is a USA trailer, but they sold me the handle and let me put it on myself. They also threw out the old handle.
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Old 11-28-2011, 10:01 AM   #8
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41 psi is not nearly enough for the load. That plus an out-of-balance condition might cause your problems. As your tires are damaged, and they are crappy tires to begin with, I would suggest replaceing them with some better tires and bead-balancing them while you are at it. Maybe consider going to D-rated tires. Then you shouldn't have any more problems.
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41 is what they apparently left the factory with - including the spare. trailer rates 50 cold on sticker while the tire side wall states 50 max.
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looking at a Goodyear G614RST or a Goodyear Marathon Radial... Any suggestions?
or other brands
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