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Old 08-25-2012, 10:02 PM   #1
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Rolling the tires in the off season

I can easily hitch up and go for a drive any time of the year.
During the off season, how often should I take the TT out for a drive to "exercise" the tires?
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Old 08-25-2012, 10:13 PM   #2
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Old 08-25-2012, 10:23 PM   #3
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The tire experts have said that tires need to be run to warm them up and flex them so the oils in the rubber come to the surface to protect the tire.
I have never done it, and have always had vehicles, trailers, and campers sit all winter without moving. And I have never had tire problems.
So from my experience, it would seem to be a waste of time.
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I can easily hitch up and go for a drive any time of the year.
During the off season, how often should I take the TT out for a drive to "exercise" the tires?
Best thing you could do is jack the trailer up to lift the tires completely off the trailer and take them inside and store them laying down on cardboard or wood in a cool place.
OR at least, jack them up to take the load completely off the tires.
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"The tire experts have said that tires need to be run to warm them up and flex them so the oils in the rubber come to the surface to protect the tire."
That is what I'm hoping to accomplish.
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"The tire experts have said that tires need to be run to warm them up and flex them so the oils in the rubber come to the surface to protect the tire."
That is what I'm hoping to accomplish.
This is correct as far as I have been able to determine. If you have "ST" Special Trailer tires on your camper you have almost double the amount of vulcanizing lubricants in your tires due to the planned long periods of "non-rotation." "LT" Light Truck tires on the other hand have the normal amount since they are used far more often.

By running the tires to "warm", the lubricant in the rubber is circulated between the rubber lattice structure and is brought to the surface. This prevents premature cracking and checking that leads to leaks.

IMO, getting the tires warm is the answer to your question. As the tires warm, the internal air pressure will rise. I would think that getting a 3-5 PSI increase in air pressure would be warm enough to do the job. This has no basis in fact or test (that I am aware of anyway) just extrapolating the physics of the problem.
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I can easily hitch up and go for a drive any time of the year.
During the off season, how often should I take the TT out for a drive to "exercise" the tires?
I try to go out and "spin the tires" on the road about once a month in the off-season.
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Best thing you could do is jack the trailer up to lift the tires completely off the trailer and take them inside and store them laying down on cardboard or wood in a cool place.
OR at least, jack them up to take the load completely off the tires.
It is also recommended to let most of the air out of the tires, lets them 'rest' I suppose. And if you have nitrogen-filled tires, don't worry, refilling them with regular air makes little difference.
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I live in Minnesota. The only thing we rotate in the winter are seasons ala pray for spring. Blocking up frame to take load off of tires makes good sense. I might try that trick this fall. Never did it with my Donzi boat and did notice tires were flat spotted for first few miles of towing in spring but within a few minutes she felt normal again. Biggest issue was air loss over winter. 5-15lbs was typical. Keeping tires covered so sun doesn't beat on them really helps with dry checking and keeping rims looking good.
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It is also recommended to let most of the air out of the tires, lets them 'rest' I suppose. And if you have nitrogen-filled tires, don't worry, refilling them with regular air makes little difference.
If you have Tires with Nitrogen. Remove from TT , mark position they came off and rotate in spring, store tires on their sides one on top of each other and cover loosely
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