Tread-Edge Wear

November 30, 2006
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Q. Why does one tire on my two-axle travel trailer wear excessively on the inside of the tread?

– J.W., Mahomet, Illinois

A. That axle end may well be out of alignment, J.W. That tire could have hit an obstruction in the road that missed the tire behind it, or it could have come from the factory that way — although that seems unlikely.

Take the trailer to an alignment shop that can handle trailers. Mechanics there can check and verify — and correct — that wheel’s alignment. If it’s too severely out of spec, the entire axle may need to be replaced.

– J.J.

 


Jeff Johnston, TL consulting editor, started RVing at age 6. During his more than 20 years as a writer/photographer, he has worked for Truckin’ and Four Wheeler magazines before joining TL’s technical staff in 1985. Johnston also has produced an award-winning travel video and TV commercials.

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One Response to “Tread-Edge Wear”

  1. ED on July 18th, 2012 10:45 am

    I HAVE A PROBLEM WITH A 2012 JAYCO, WE HAVE APPROX 10000 MILES ON THESE NEW TIRES, THE FRONT AXLE TIRES ARE FINE AND WEARING NORMAL , NOW THE REAR AXLE THE TIRES ON BOTH SIDES ARE WORN ON THE INSIDE AND NOW ARE BALDON THE INSIDE. WE CALLED AND TALKED WITH SERVICE WHERE WE BOUGHT IT AND THEY SAID TO MEASURE THE AXLES TO A CERTAIN POINT ON THE TRAILER FRAME BOTH AXLES . AND WE DID THIS AND CAME UP WITH THE SAME EQUAL MEASUREMENT ON BOTH AXLES ,THE FRONT TO A LOCATION ON THE FRONT FRAME AND THE REAR TO A LOCATION ON THE REAR FRAME. I DO WANT TO TELL YOU THAT OUR TRAILER HAS ALWAYS DIPPED DOWN ON THE HITCH BALL CONNECTION, NOW I WAS WONDERING IF THIS WOULD CAUSE THE PROBLEM WITH THE REAR AXLE TIRE WEAR?

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