wearing inside of tires

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  1. CREEPPINGCHARLIE

    CREEPPINGCHARLIE CAMPING RECHARGES THE HUMAN MIND

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    Does anyone know how much curvature should be in the axle on a 2008 Niagara. It is a 3500# single axle. The problem is tire wear on the inside of tire (first inch and quarter) on both tires. They are the original tires. Tire pressure has always been kept at 50#'s.The trailer does not carry clothes or food when traveling. Thanks for any info. p.s. looking at going to radial tires by next month. [8D] [PUC] [PUT]
     
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    What you need to do is load it down like you would as if your going camping and take it to a truck alignment shop. Most regular car and light truck shops won't have the right equipment to bend your axle properly. If it's too much toe..it will scrub across the whole tire but will be worse on the leading edge. If it's only the inside it's gona be camber too low. Any reputable truck shop can have you fixed up in about an hour or two and under a hundred bucks by far. Been doing that kind of work for fifteen years now. First things first....make sure your bearings are OK before any work is done!
     
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    Bias tires are known to wear that way over time. Yes, it can be from overloading or a bent axle, or loose/worn bearings. Most often, the combination of lack of strength in the carcass and (normal) weight upon it lends itself to uneven wear in the fashion you described.
    Radial trailer tires are much stronger (both in sidewall and tread area), and resist the flexing between the tread and carcass that cause irregular wear on the inside shoulders. They can suffer the same fate due to the above mentioned issues, but it takes far longer to wear them out.
     
  4. mercman

    mercman Go Ahead, Be That Happy Camper!

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    Are you sure 50 psi is the correct pressure? What does the sticker on the frame say?
     
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    smile and wave New Member

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    We had the same tire wear issue with our 07 Niagara. Replaced them with radials two seasons ago, tires
    are wearing fine and the thicker sidewall strength improves how the trailer tows. :)
     
  6. Unstable_Tripod

    Unstable_Tripod Well, there's your problem!

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    Proper inflation pressure should be right on the sidewall of the tire.
     
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    Under inflation would wear the inside and outside...over inflation will wear the center...run em to the Max for best handling and wear....just my 2 lincolns
     
  8. CREEPPINGCHARLIE

    CREEPPINGCHARLIE CAMPING RECHARGES THE HUMAN MIND

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    Thanks for all the info. Going to take the PUP to a regular trailer shop here in town. The owner has been making trailers before I was born. He stated he would look at it anytime. He also stated he has a special jig to put the right amount of camber in the axle if needed. [8D] [PUC] [PUT]
     
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    Good deal......it doesn't matter if your tires are bias...radial...or solid rubber. If there wearing on the inside only it means they are riding on the inside. Proper adjustment will fix your problem and a good set of radials will give you a lot more piece of mind and also serve your purpose better. I'd also balance them as well no matter how small they are. Just cause you can't feel it on your tv doesn't mean it isn't shaking the heck outta your pup.
     
  10. Unstable_Tripod

    Unstable_Tripod Well, there's your problem!

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    Amen to that^^^. Since it costs so little, I can't imagine why anyone would not balance the tires.
     
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    rabird Howdy!

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    re the camber, my new axle had camber in it by a simple bend - no fancy curves. It works as intended.
     

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