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Old 09-24-2016, 05:51 PM   #11
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I thought about the weight issue while returning from our latest trip and stopped at a Cat certified scale and weighed the truck/trailer combination. Unfortunately, I was not able to weigh one side and then the other. What I got pulling my trailer with a 1/2 ton Ford was front truck axle 3200 lbs, rear truck axle 4200 lbs, and a trailer weight of 6720 lbs for a grand total of 14120 lbs. That is about what I expected it to be. I need to find a scale where I can weigh things left side/right side. Thanks for your thoughts though.

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Old 09-26-2016, 09:28 PM   #12
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I went out today and did some measuring using a simple tape measure. I discovered there was a 1/2" difference between the tires between each axle from one side to the other. This to me was significant. I opted to take it out to the guy who repacked the wheel bearings for me last spring and have him see if he can figure out what is wrong with it. Hopefully something just moved slightly from a pot hole or something, and can be moved back into position. I still am going to replace all four tires next spring once I get it out of storage again. I am leaning towards the Marathon Maxxi's if anyone has pros and cons.....or other suggestions for good travel trailer tires.

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Old 09-27-2016, 12:42 PM   #13
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Marathon and Maxxis are 2 different ST makes of tire.
I would get the Maxxis.

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Old 09-27-2016, 12:58 PM   #14
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Thanks for that information. Obviously, I had not my research very well prior to posting but yes, I would be leaning towards the Maxxi's.
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Old 09-27-2016, 02:41 PM   #15
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Did you check the ballpark alignment with the TT on the ground or up on four jack stands? The reason I ask is, TT rims flex a lot while turning, I mean inches. So when you parked you might have put a little twist on the rims. If it is up on jack stands, you have removed any side loading.

As for your uneven wear; Have you changed where or how you park the unit at home/storage facility? I moved and within one season I had a lot of wear on one rear tire. It was determined my wear is due to backing in to my driveway, I get a lot of tire scrub on that side. So much scrub you can see it in the street's pavement. Remedy new tires, and now annual tire rotation.

As for tires, it was already mentioned you have very old tires. They need to be replaced very soon. I replaced mine this spring as I did not want to go any further than absolutely necessary. I really wanted new ones before I put it away last fall, but decided to risk it and wait for spring.
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Old 09-27-2016, 04:36 PM   #16
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Jagiven; The reason I ask is, TT rims flex a lot while turning, I mean inches.

The "Rims" don't flex. The tires together with the play in the suspension will flex
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Old 09-27-2016, 06:14 PM   #17
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Uneven Tie Wear

Simple (red neck) way to measure to see if the alignment is correct is to make sure the TT is straight and there is no flex in the tires. Get something (a stick) maybe that is straight and a bit longer than the center point of the axles. Put a nail in one end of the stick and have someone hold it on the center point of one axle and place the other end on the center point of the other axle and mark and measure from the nail to the mark. Check both side and if the difference is (IMHO) over 3/8" you might need an alignment. Works for me.
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Old 09-27-2016, 06:43 PM   #18
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Was the tire wear present before you had the bearings repacked? Just curios
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Old 09-27-2016, 07:14 PM   #19
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My uneven wear on my previous 2012 26BH was due to a out of alignment axel and bent spindle.
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Old 09-27-2016, 08:20 PM   #20
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I had not noticed any abnormal tire wear after the wheel bearings were packed this past spring and prior to a 3500 mile round trip to the Midwest for my 50 year class reunion.

I do have a difficult driveway to park the trailer in while we have it here during our use of it. In the off season I put it in a storage building off site. I have a fire hydrant and a telephone located in such a position that it is difficult to negotiate trying to back the trailer up our driveway and at an angle.....and of course, it is to the right which makes it even more difficult. Scrubbing the tires during this process is certainly a possibility that I hadn't thought of.

I did not re-measure the gap between the tires as I probably should have once I moved it forward prior to taking it out to have someone look at it that is more experienced than me. I will wait to see what he comes up with before doing anything else. Tires will be replaced for sure next spring.

Thanks for all suggestions, ideas and input.

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