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Old 06-30-2016, 07:05 PM   #1
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Maxxis Tire Status

I am posting this for two reasons. #1 I want to give a status of my Maxis trailer tires and #2 would like to know if you agree with my alignment guys.

I ditched my Chinese Westlake in February of last year, they were wearing poorly and quickly. In that month I had my axels aligned and on the same day I had the Maxxis installed. This is on a Sabre 32RCTS tandem axel 5ír. The tires have not been rotated. When new the tread depth was manufacturer spec at 10/32. I measured 9/32 and am using that as my starting tread depth. So with 6675 miles on the tires the wear for the most part seems really good. Each tire has 5 ribs or four places to measure tread depth, which I do about every 1,000 miles. Every tread depth except for one is at 8/32, not bad. Even wear and reasonable for the mileage.


2) The passenger side front tire most outside tread depth is about 6.5/32, so a bit more than double of any other reading. I called the shop that did the alignment to pick their brain, and for the record they have a good reputation and do A LOT of rigs. As soon as the owner heard what I was going to say he interrupted and asked if it was the front tire wearing differently? I stated passenger front. He said something to the effect that I make more right turns than left and that the front tires on tandem axel rigs take most of the stress as it pivots and turns in a given turn. Told me it was very common. I should rotate the tires front to back and occasionally cross them.

Does this sound right, plausible, anything?

Thanks for listening to the rambling. If it is as he says than the tires are doing really well and I know there are very many threads on this subject so I thought it a good idea to give a status on the Maxxis.
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Old 07-01-2016, 11:35 AM   #2
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I think it sounds normal to me. If you watch a trailer turning you will see the front tires drag.

I had always heard you don't need to rotate the tires because they usually will have to be replaced because of age not because they wear out. I can see where rotating could be needed though if you are putting on 10k a year. We will be doing about 8k a year so maybe I will make moving front to back part of my annual bearing pack.
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Old 07-01-2016, 11:47 AM   #3
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Check to make sure the wheel nut (not the lug nuts) is on tight. I put 15,000 miles on Maxxis tires without rotating, they all looked the same.
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Old 07-07-2016, 09:44 PM   #4
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I have had two tires let go over the years on my trailers. Both were on the passenger side on tandem axle trailers. First trailer--never rotated and one blowout. Factory issued tires and it was the rear tire. Current trailer--have been rotated and one blowout. Goodyear Marathon that wasn't even two years old. This was the front tire.
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Old 07-07-2016, 10:41 PM   #5
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I just asked a relative who is in the trailer leasing business (big truck type, most 53') and he said the extra wear on the right front trailer tire is normal. He has over 500 trailers so I think he has enough knowledge.

He also said that turns to the right are usually much sharper than left turns so the result is more skidding of the right tires.
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I think if it's wearing evenly there should be no big problem. However, in my case that same tire was wearing faster and unevenly. Took it to the dealer and the axle had to be replaced. Luckily it was under warranty.
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Old 07-09-2016, 03:01 PM   #7
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Update to original post

Thanks for all the input. It is greatly appreciated.

I decided to pull the rig to my alignment guy for him to take a look at instead of doing this on the phone. (200 mile round trip in 110 degree temps) We are about to leave on a 5000+ mile trip and the last thing any of us need are tire issues. He looked at all the tires and commented that are all wearing the same way (not at the same levels) but the outside tread is what seems to be wearing. He still attributed it to the turning and dragging of the tires around the turns. He told me to rotate them in an "X"pattern. Since I have lifetime free rotation and balance at Discount Tires I headed on over. I had the tires rotated as he suggested and re-balanced, this time WITH the Tire Pressure Monitor Transmitters mounted on the tires. Now all I can do monitor the tires and document the wear. If I can nurse 4 good travel seasons out of them with no mishaps I will be very happy.

Everyone have a safe and fun summer.....
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