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Old 11-19-2017, 12:13 PM   #1
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What is the consensus of keeping the trailer tires off the ground my hw277 is stored in my garage do I need to keep the tires off the ground to prevent flat spotting the tires
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Old 11-19-2017, 12:17 PM   #2
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I just inflate 10 psi over recommended max tire pressure rating.
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Well, I suppose that would be ideal but I'll bet that 99.9% of RVs have their tires on the ground.

You could:
Over-inflate your tires by 10 pounds for the winter
Occasionally move your trailer a foot or two during storage

I've not ever had a problem. I store at maximum inflation +5.
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I read in another thread that 1) the newer tires don't flat spot as much any more and 2) you have to be careful how you support the trailer frame as to not bend anything.
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Old 11-19-2017, 02:57 PM   #5
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That's what my concern was twisting the frame
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Old 11-19-2017, 04:23 PM   #6
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Radial tires need not be lifted.
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Old 11-19-2017, 05:03 PM   #7
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I keep my tires on the ground and on concrete. No matter what anyone says, its never created a problem for me.
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Old 11-20-2017, 01:50 PM   #8
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What is the consensus of keeping the trailer tires off the ground my hw277 is stored in my garage do I need to keep the tires off the ground to prevent flat spotting the tires
46 years with travel trailers, I've never done a damn thing. I just make sure the tires are inflated properly when I winterize the trailer and re-check them in the spring.
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Old 11-20-2017, 02:40 PM   #9
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"Flat Spotting" is a term associated with the old bias ply tires (non radials), of long ago. With today's steel belted radial technology the flat spot will run itself out with 10-15 revolutions on hard pavement without damage to the tire. At many dealerships and sales lots vehicles may sit for months without any detrimental effects on the tires. Now if your rig is going to sit for a year or more, then it might be advisable to block the frame with the tires off of the ground.
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I keep my tires on the ground and on concrete. No matter what anyone says, its never created a problem for me.
I just had a concrete pad poured today for mine. I have had tire people tell me that dirt was bad for them and to keep wood between the tire and ground. Now I won't have to do anything
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I wouldnít use treated wood.
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Old 11-20-2017, 06:59 PM   #12
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Why not use treated wood?
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Why not use treated wood?



On rubber chemical resistance charts it ranks "unsatisfactory".

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Old 11-20-2017, 07:36 PM   #14
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The key to tires is covering them. The sun is brutal on tires. I use to carry two spares due to blowouts Iíve experienced then a light went off. Now I donít buy cheap, less expensive, tires and replace every three years or so.
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I wonder why the tires on my truck and wife's SUV last so long and have never been covered. We sure do not drive just at night. How many never have their wheel bearings repacked on the front of their tow vehicles and freak out if they do not repack their trailer bearings every year. Something is wrong with the way we are thinking.
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I wonder why the tires on my truck and wife's SUV last so long and have never been covered. We sure do not drive just at night. How many never have their wheel bearings repacked on the front of their tow vehicles and freak out if they do not repack their trailer bearings every year. Something is wrong with the way we are thinking.
So true and well said.
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How many never have their wheel bearings repacked on the front of their tow vehicles and freak out if they do not repack their trailer bearings every year. Something is wrong with the way we are thinking.
Modern auto bearings are sealed. Towables bearings are not. Huge difference.
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Modern auto bearings are sealed. Towables bearings are not. Huge difference.
Why not?
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Why not?
Cheaper? Like just about every component of RVs
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Old 11-21-2017, 07:10 AM   #20
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Modern auto bearings are sealed. Towables bearings are not. Huge difference.
Correct. But in the older days cars and trucks had tapered roller bearings that were not sealed, just like the bearings used on most towables. We repacked them whenever the brakes were replaced, which was typically around 30,000 miles. Rarely did we see a bearing failure when it was done properly. Not sure why so many feel it necessary to clean and repack towable bearings so often.
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