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Old 08-20-2016, 03:00 PM   #1
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Hi all,

So one of our tire blew on the highway this past weekend. It was scary since it happened right in the middle of the highway but luckily we were going straight when the tire blew and we were able to pull to the shoulder safely.

The tire was ripped to shreds and is not repairable, so we now need to get a replacement. Being newbies, we are not sure if it is ok to simply replace just one tire or if we need to replace both (we have a single axle trailer).

The tire that blew appears to be older than the one that is in tact, as least that is what we observed.

Also, what are some of the reasons for a tire to blow like that? We have attached the blown tire as reference.

Thanks all!
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Old 08-20-2016, 03:11 PM   #2
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Age and underinflation are the usual culprits.

How old is the remaining tire? The manufacture date is stamped in the sidewall as WWYY (week and year). If it's more than 5 years old I'd replace both.

Also, check the pressure in the remaining tire. If it's been run low, the integrity of the tire may have been compromised and I'd replace it.

Don't depend on appearance or tread with trailer tires. They spend a lot of time sitting unused and the rubber deteriorates. That said, do inspect the remaining tire for any sign of unusual wear that might indicate a problem with the axle.

Don't forget to check the spare while you're at it.

Once you're back up and running, check pressure frequently (daily when on the road). Most recommend inflating to the maximum pressure on the sidewall.
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Old 08-20-2016, 04:24 PM   #3
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Replace both! Remember, you may an asset that (may) cost thousands of dollars riding down the road on two things that together probably cost less than $500. Good tires, replacing every 5 years or so is dang cheap insurance (in the long run) and don't forget you need a decent spare tire too. (she says as she now has six tires to replace every five years or so.)
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Old 08-20-2016, 06:26 PM   #4
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(she says as she now has six tires to replace every five years or so.)
You have two spares—or three axles?

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Old 08-20-2016, 07:39 PM   #5
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You have two spares—or three axles?

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Tandem axle =4 tires
Plus the spare.

Okay, so that's only five tires. My finger counter isn't working so well


But it still gets down to $$ dollars. Do you REALLY want to put a major asset at risk? I don't, I made my decision. YMMV
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Old 08-20-2016, 08:36 PM   #6
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After an incident like that, replacing BOTH tires wouldnt even be a question! I dont run "odd" tires on ANYTHING...well except maybe my old bicycle.
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Donna,
You forgot the Scamp. You are at eight.
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You forgot the Scamp. You are at eight.
AND the four bicycles and the FIVE motor vehicles I own.

I think I should buy stock in Firestone or Bridgestone
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Just a little sideline, I borrowed a buddies compressor for a building project. Figured while I had it I'd check and air up all the tires I had on vehicles and trailers. Turned out to be 31 or 32 total....I bought my own compressor the next day .
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So found out the tire that blew was from 2009, and the other tire is from 2013... So it appears that our trailer have been running on uneven tires for a while. Thanks for the tip on checking the manufactured date code!

We will be getting 2 new tires, and use the 2013 tire as the new spare. The current spare looks like it has seen better days

Yes we also have a small compressor and we will make sure to check tire pressure all the time from now on!
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So found out the tire that blew was from 2009, and the other tire is from 2013... So it appears that our trailer have been running on uneven tires for a while. Thanks for the tip on checking the manufactured date code!
We will be getting 2 new tires, and use the 2013 tire as the new spare. The current spare looks like it has seen better days
Yes we also have a small compressor and we will make sure to check tire pressure all the time from now on!

It's good to know the tire dates. I can understand keeping the 2013 tire for a spare but....it's getting close to the end date . If it was me (and I did this) I would buy three new tires. You now have a set start date without having to decode tire dates. Keep the spare covered and rotate the three tires around every year or so to keep the rubber more supple from use. A static unused state is not your friend.
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So found out the tire that blew was from 2009, and the other tire is from 2013... So it appears that our trailer have been running on uneven tires for a while. Thanks for the tip on checking the manufactured date code!

We will be getting 2 new tires, and use the 2013 tire as the new spare. The current spare looks like it has seen better days

Yes we also have a small compressor and we will make sure to check tire pressure all the time from now on!
Hi: Jacqueline in BC... It's not unusual that when buying a set of tires you could get a stale dated new one. We are on our 3rd. fiberglass trailer. #1 I replaced the bias tires with Marathon radials. #2 I replaced the set with Marathon radials, after 6 yrs., before selling it. #3 Still running on the tires from new Carlisle radials, and as luck would have it I've never used any of the spares!!!
I think your plan is a sound one.
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Our used 2013 Casita came with the original tires, now three years old. They look great, and the spare has never been used. I was thinking about rotating the spare with the other two, but was advised to just leave it alone, and replace all three in a couple of years, or sooner if needed.

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Old 08-21-2016, 06:29 AM   #14
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Trailer tires don't show much wear.
They will look great up until they disentigrate.
Even thought you can get 5 years out of a set I prefer to replace them at three years buying tires and rims and then selling the used ones on Craig's list.

Two 15" "D" Maxxis 8008 and rims were about $200 that way.

That defers some of the cost and I don't have to pay disposal fees and the like and my rims always look new
Two rims were $58 online. I thought long and hard about fancy aluminum rims but at twice the cost I declined
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