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Old 09-14-2014, 10:45 PM   #11
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Fortunately, I have never had a blowout on my travel trailer tires, but I have noticed "strange" wear patterns. I do not measure tread wear as carefully as you do, but I do inspect the tires regularly while traveling and monitor tire pressure very carefully. I did have Camping World check my axle alignment as a matter routine preventative maintenance two years ago after I read an article in Trailer Life magazine recommending it. So, I am a little puzzled about the camber issue and the advice you received about the inadvisability of checking alignment. My experience has been that strange wear patterns can develop fairly suddenly. I don't know if it is the quality of the tires or not. I have just recently come to realize that I needed to spend the money and get the good tires. I had hesitated to buy expensive replacement tires because I just couldn't see spending "hard earned" money on "trailer tires"! But after reports like yours and my own friends' about blowouts on original/cheap tires, I have become a believer in making an investment in the good ones. Sorry I don't have any specific advice, but I can relate to struggling to understand the crazy way these tires can wear.
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Old 09-15-2014, 12:11 PM   #12
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Great reply

Hey Puma;

Thanks for the nice reply. I do not know why Lippert took that stand but after all IT IS LIPPERT. As of yet I have not decided what I will do next. I will talk to my dealer when I bring it down in a few weeks to have some warranty work done. I have not gone under the unit to check the chamber of my axles yet but intend to do so. I am thinking if I get new tires I will stay with ST tires. I am not convinced about LT tires on a rig. Had the same problem when I rode motorcycles. Lots of guys put on car tires on the rear. As much discussion on that as we have on ST vs LT. I might have my axles checked and if there is anything wrong go back to Lippert and report what was found prior to any action. I really hate to spend $700.00 on tires but I am leaning in that direction and if I do put new ones on I guess will go with Maxxis. All this stuff is part of the mobile lifestyle. I know the rigs could be engineered better but is not where we are and it is not like the auto industry in the 70's. There are no better units coming from Japan or elsewhere to provide competition for the US manufactures. As long as we buy them, they will continue to make them in the manner they currently do.

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Old 09-15-2014, 12:22 PM   #13
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take it to a frame an axel shop .
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Old 09-15-2014, 12:34 PM   #14
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Not that I want to defend Lippert but I can see why they would not be too interested in axle alignment with just one tire showing a little irregular wear.
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Old 09-15-2014, 01:06 PM   #15
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It is not that they are not interested. They just stated "do not align the axles, as they will remove the chamber" I do not fully understand that. Can't you align an axles without doing that? Any way I will do to a frame and axle shop and I will take it a step at a time. I am not worried about taking out the rig as no really long trips until next summer and I will keep a good eye on everything.
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Hmm. Any good alignment shop can check the "squareness" of the axle. Caster would not be important in my opinion. Toe would only be possible by shimming the backing plate and camber by shimming or bending the axle. All just my opinion. I am sure there is an expert here.


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Old 09-15-2014, 03:17 PM   #17
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Ohhh. My bad. These are trailers. The spindle is welded. Backing plate does not affect the caster/camber. Move axle/pads or bend for caster/camber. The axle may already be bent causing the problem. JMHO


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Old 09-15-2014, 06:11 PM   #18
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Not to get the discussion off target too much, but since the issue of ST vs LT was raised, I found this article. I thought it was a good read so here it is.
Trailer Towing – ST Tires vs. LT Tires | RV 101 your education source for RV information
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Tire Wear & Axle Alighnment

I find it very odd that Lippert told you not to attempt any type of axle alignment. Especially when they market and sell a product that does exactly that, aligns your axles. Lippert even did laser alignment measurements on my 5er, and suggested a possible alignment. Odd.


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Old 09-16-2014, 05:09 PM   #20
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ST VS LT

Puma, I tend to agree with the article. I will get ST tires on my next go around for the very reasons stated in the article. I am also concerned with the liability issue of having something NOT spec's on the rig. In the litigious society we live in a lawyer can make a case that the incorrect tires could have had some bearing in the case of an accident. JMHO.

AquaMan. I am going to take another run at Lippert later this week. I will post the results of my conversation.
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