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Old 08-19-2013, 07:28 PM   #31
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TRailer alignment shop? Didn't know such places existed.
Will do the suggested checks tonight and quick search for an alignment shop as well.
No indication on the rim or hub that there has been any trauma. Could it have sipped that way?
Look for over the road trailer shops.

What area are you in?
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Old 08-19-2013, 07:43 PM   #32
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I also notice really dark tire marks on the driveway after we back in.
Black tire marks are normal when backing in. Marks are greater in number the more times you back the trailer in other than straight back. I get those marks from my trailer and front tires on my truck. I am fair on my backing skills but I back and pull up several times to get straight.

Front truck tire black marks are all over the place on my driver.
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Old 08-19-2013, 08:45 PM   #33
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Doubt if a tire shop could or an rv specialist, but a trailer alignment shop sure could. I would venture a guess it is either toed in or the camber is off if it is wearing on the outside. You could get an idea about toe in by laying a straight edge across both tires and seeing if it touches both tires in two places and placing a square on a level surface and seeing if it measures the same from the square to the edge of the rim at top and bottom.

Agreed! I would go to a trailer shop (a specialist - someone that does a lot of repairs not your schnook that just sells a few trailers a year).
Skip the auto repair shops and I doubt most RV dealerships have the expertise but maybe you have a good one near you.

Here is a great article on trailer tires that runs the full spectrum of tire issues.
Rolling Along Safely: A Tire Guide

Good luck - keep us posted on what you find out.
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Old 08-20-2013, 09:43 AM   #34
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Thanks Guys, once again this Forum has been THE place to go when a question comes up and help is needed. We're in Salt Lake City and with minimal effort have found an alignment specialty shop that advertises trailer alignment. Following the tire marks in the driveway it looks like the tires are tracking right on top of one another so I can't tell anything from those clues. Did the checks Coot advised but again could not confirm anything. A straight edge (48" level) across both tires landed on the sidewalls evenly. I used a framing square from the driveway up along the side wall and measured the distance from the rim to the square and they were all 4 pretty close.
So, it looks like I'm off to the Alignment Specialists. Will post their findings if anyone is interested
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Old 08-20-2013, 09:53 AM   #35
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I agree with the posts on having the alignment checked at a shop that normally does trailers. I learned with my Coachmen that even large dealers like Camping World do not normally do alignment. In fact my local "store" couldn't even suggest a location to have my Class-C aligned so clearly they do not have a clue when it comes to trailers.
I see Canonman found a trailer alignment shop. I know I would be interested in the before & after numbers and what was involved in doing the "fix".
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Old 08-21-2013, 10:58 AM   #36
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Last week I blew a tire on my 2011 5er, it was on the passenger side, rear and the tire hole on the sidewall was about the size of a grapefruit. The tire was the OEM Trail Express load range C 6 ply, but I checked all the tire pressure before we left.. 50 lbs, the tires probably didn't have 3000 miles on. Changing the tire on a busy highway isn't much fun, but I pulled the remaining tire up onto a elevated ramp which lifted the flat tire off the ground, so took about 20 minutes to change. I didn't have much choice but to purchase another at a tire shop in the town near out campsite so put on a 10 ply load range E, and yesterday replaced the other 3 with the same tires at the same tire shop, so now I feel relatively safe again. The brand I bought were Delnet Akuret.. the tire shop owner said he sells a lot of them and hasn't had any come back.. I guess we'll see. All trailer tires appear to be made offshore somewhere, and every brand I checked into has horror stories of some kind, so we're at the mercy of big business. I can inflate to 80psi, but will run them at the recommended 65 psi, which is plenty since my trailer is fairly light at 7200 lbs dry. Fingers are crossed.
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if you haven't already do yourself a huge favor and get a tpms from someone like truck systems technology. It will save a lot of grief.
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Last week I blew a tire on my 2011 5er, it was on the passenger side, rear and the tire hole on the sidewall was about the size of a grapefruit. The tire was the OEM Trail Express load range C 6 ply, but I checked all the tire pressure before we left.. 50 lbs, the tires probably didn't have 3000 miles on. Changing the tire on a busy highway isn't much fun, but I pulled the remaining tire up onto a elevated ramp which lifted the flat tire off the ground, so took about 20 minutes to change. I didn't have much choice but to purchase another at a tire shop in the town near out campsite so put on a 10 ply load range E, and yesterday replaced the other 3 with the same tires at the same tire shop, so now I feel relatively safe again. The brand I bought were Delnet Akuret.. the tire shop owner said he sells a lot of them and hasn't had any come back.. I guess we'll see. All trailer tires appear to be made offshore somewhere, and every brand I checked into has horror stories of some kind, so we're at the mercy of big business. I can inflate to 80psi, but will run them at the recommended 65 psi, which is plenty since my trailer is fairly light at 7200 lbs dry. Fingers are crossed.
You didn't by any chance get good pictures of the failed tire? I know that is not very high on anyone's list but if you have a failure and if you get some good pictures I might be able to give you an idea why it failed.
Tires simply do not fail for no reason. There is almost always evidence that can be used to learn why the tire failed. Unless you know why it failed you can't be sure the "fix" you used will prevent another failure.

I 2nd the strong recommendation on TPMS as with a warning you might save the tire if the reason for air loss is a small puncture. You might also be able to find a better place to stop while you monitor the air loss so you can do the change in a safer area.
I use Tire Tracker as it has low cost replaceable batteries and both a slow leak and fast leak warning. BUT almost any TPMS is better than none.
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Thanks Milcop and Tireman for the advice, I'll look into a TPMS, as it's possible to travel quite a distance without knowing a tire is blown or low on air. I thought of taking a picture of the tire but didn't, but the tire manager at the shop looked it over and couldn't find anything other than the giant shredded hole in the sidewall. I never hit anything, or ran over anything that I know of and was only about 30 miles out of town on good paved highway, although outside it was about 32 C (90F) and the pavement was probably warmer. I've learned one heck of a lot about trailer tires lately, a good learning experience and glad I was relatively prepared when the blowout happened. The tire blew out on the inside face of the tire, had it been on the outside I'd be more inclined to think I damaged it by hitting a curb or something. Just a few weeks before we put about 800 miles on it and no problems, ... it's a mystery (to me anyway).
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The Tire Traker site says that all 3 TPMS systems are made by the same (Chinese?) company.
Which three systems? Any preferences? I live overseas so I have to get it right the first time! (shipping costs are murder...)
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