Jayco RV Owners Forum
 


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 10-10-2013, 04:46 PM   #1
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Central California
Posts: 2,243
Enlighten Me -- TV Tire Wear

My Duramax is a weekend projects and tow vehicle, not a daily driver. In the 16 months I have put ~5k miles on it. Yesterday I noticed the rear tires are wearing much quicker than the front. Is this typical for a 3/4 ton truck that is used primarily for towing? The wear is even across the rear tires, no alignment issue, however I am so used to front tires wearing quicker on my daily drivers. I run the tire PSI listed on the door - 60 Front 80 Rear.

Also the tires aren't great--Savero HT Plus LT--but they were brand new so I wasn't going to replace them right away for a 350-400 miles a month average use.

Is this expected? Please share your experience.

Thanks in advance for sharing your experiences.
__________________

__________________
2007 Chevy Duramax LMM/Allison
2012 Jay Flight 29QBH
2012 Jay Flight 26BH (Sold)
clubhouse is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-10-2013, 05:52 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Renton
Posts: 516
Check the differential and make sure that you have the correct fluid and it is full. If incorrect fluid is used it can cause problems with the limited slip differential.
__________________

__________________
Michael
Old setup:
2004 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 LT with a 2004 Jayco JayFlight 29BHS
2014 Greyhawk 31FS with a 2007 Tahoe toad
New setup:
2014 Thor Palazzo 33.3 with a 2007 Tahoe toad
msturtz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-10-2013, 06:07 PM   #3
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Posts: 68
Here's my experience with my 2500HD. Rear tires wore out more quickly than the front tires. They wore out the center treads first, probably because it tows a fifth wheel for only about 50% of the time. The tire man said it was because the rear 80 psi requirement is for maximum rear axle capacity (6084 lbs) and without a full load the 80 psi tends to overinflate the tire and thus wears out the center of the tire first. It is also a drive axle which generally causes more tire wear.

As for the comparison to your daily driver wearing tire more qucikly on the front versus the back on the Duramax? Is your daily driver a front wheel drive vehicle versus rear wheel drive on the truck?, if so that would probably explain it, drive axle more wear.
kiwaon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-10-2013, 06:27 PM   #4
Site Team
 
FPM III's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Fayette Ridges of PA, USA
Posts: 2,305
I think that's normal. On both my current 2009 GMC (see sig. below) and former 1996 Ford F-250 HD Supercab with PowerStroke diesel, the rear tires always wore faster than the fronts. Rotating them on a regular basis will help them wear more evenly. I also find that I have to replace tires more frequently. I've yet to find a tire brand that lasts for even 20k. I have about 36K on my truck and I already know it's going to need tires again (this will be its third set) when I take the truck in for its annual state inspection this month.

You don't say what make you drive for your daily drivers, but if it's front wheel drive, it's normal for the fronts wear faster. On my DW's Escape, if I didn't rotate the tires, I think the rears would last almost forever.
__________________
MODERATOR
Can't find what you're looking on JOF? Try:Jayco Owners Forum Custom Google Search

TV: 2009 GMC Sierra 2500HD | Crew Cab | Std. Box | 4WD | Duramax/Allison
RV: 2000 Jayco Eagle 266 | FBS | TT -- 1986 Coleman Laramie pop-up -- Still in the family!!!
FPM III is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-10-2013, 07:17 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Central California
Posts: 2,243
Thank you, my daily driver is Front wheel drive, so what you are saying makes sense.

It's certainly the centers wearing more the edges, I may reduce the pressure to 60 all around when I don't have a load or towing. We'll see what that does other than reduce fuel economy :-)

This is my first 3/4 and truck with LT tires. Little surprised at how quickly they wear, on my previous 1/2 tons I always ran P rated Michelins and easily got 60k+ miles. I attributed what appears to short tread life on the type of tires I have on the Duramax, but maybe it's just LT tires in general.

Did some reading on the Duramax forum and rear wear, as well as 20-30k mile tread life sounds typical. Which I guess is ok for me since tires on this truck will likey rot with time before they wear out from use at rate I drive it.
__________________
2007 Chevy Duramax LMM/Allison
2012 Jay Flight 29QBH
2012 Jay Flight 26BH (Sold)
clubhouse is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-10-2013, 10:11 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: North Idaho/Arizona
Posts: 5,303
I have dropped the rear tire pressure on my 1 ton Dodge to 50psi empty. I expect to get at least 60k from my Michelins.
__________________
2011 Eagle 330RLTS with just about every option.
2017 Silverado 1500 4x4 5.3 with tow package.

I was born with nothing and I still have most of it left.
clutch is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-11-2013, 02:30 AM   #7
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Great Falls
Posts: 519
Think about it, the rear tires are pushing the truck every mile down the road, also when the engine gears down and or the throttle is off, the rear tires begin to slow the vehicle, every time. The give and take here is friction, the tire wear is from the friction as the tire hits, drags, and pushes on the road, this is what is wearing out your rear tires faster.

On your truck, the friction on the front tires is from turning and braking,

Your daily driver is likely a front wheel drive vehicle, this causing increased front tire wear due to the front wheels doing the blunt of all the work when driving.

Your best solution - Rotate your tires every time you change your oil. This will keep them on a regular schedule and will enhance your tire life.
__________________

2011 Dodge Ram 2500 Cummins
2012 Starcraft Autumn Ridge 297 BHS
Flyrotor is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-11-2013, 08:04 AM   #8
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Dale Hollow Lake Tn/Ky
Posts: 1,944
Very interesting! Just got our first Duramax so all this is new to me. Also got great tire wear [78k] on our 08 1500. Didn't know of the much higher tire pressures for the 2500 and plan on going out and checking them today. Maybe another thread needed for this, but are there any other hints for the correct "care and feeding" of a duramax?
Bassdogs is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-11-2013, 10:34 AM   #9
Senior Member
 
troutslayer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: NW AR (God's Country)
Posts: 1,850
Quote:
Originally Posted by clutch View Post
I have dropped the rear tire pressure on my 1 ton Dodge to 50psi empty. I expect to get at least 60k from my Michelins.
I need to check out Michelins cuz I have the same issue as the OP. I've been running with Toyo tires and only get somewhere around 20K miles. BTW, I have 60PSI all around unless towing the 5er. Then I have 80 in the rear tires.
__________________
Skip

2012 Eagle Super Lite HT 26.5RKS
2005 GMC 2500 SLT HD D/A
troutslayer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-11-2013, 02:10 PM   #10
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Central California
Posts: 2,243
Follow Up Question...

Is there a way I can disable TPMS on my Duramax. I have a known bad sensor that I don't care to pay $80 to replace. Now everytime I start the truck I get the TPMS idiot light and DIC message that says "Service Tire Monitor Systems". The message I can make go away, but that light is always on.

Further, if I reduce my rear pressure to 60PSI, the of couse the TPMS will call out low pressure.

Lastly, since the **** things need to be programmed everytime the tires are rotated it cost $8-$10 for the tire shop to run their bluetooth progammer to set the sensor.

All in all - when I learned to drive checking tire PSI, oil, coolant, etc are all things we did. Maybe I am old school (still in my 30's however) but I still check those things. I dont' need a TPMS -- but I can't figure our how to disable the **** things.

**** I guess D.A.M.N is not a family friendly word on the forum -- my applogies.
__________________

__________________
2007 Chevy Duramax LMM/Allison
2012 Jay Flight 29QBH
2012 Jay Flight 26BH (Sold)
clubhouse is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


» Virginia State Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 10:05 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright 2002-2016 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.