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Old 07-07-2013, 04:36 PM   #71
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Did you get the trailer at the same time as the truck?

And if I may ask about my 'nother "obsessive" towing thing: how are the tires? I'm hoping they're not original...six years would be a long time for O.E. tires on a fiver!
No bought the truck new, its a 2010. Unsure of the tires but they look in good condition, no cracks or weather checking. They probably are original though, the previous owner used it at a seasonal spot so i don't think there are many miles on this trailer so i don't know why they would've been replaced. What's wrong with tires being old if they aren't cracked or weathered?
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Hoo boy- is that a long story!

Tires have a life, and that's especially true of ST's, assuming that's what you've got on the fiver. They're designed differently than pickup/car tires- much more sensitive to what's called "duty cycle" than anything else. The worst thing in the world for a trailer tire is to be left standing idle for long periods of time.

There are tons of pages of information out there from various sources, and one thing they all have in common is that on a trailer tire, tread reading is not an indicator of life left. Time and duty cycles is what counts, and most recommend replacing at three to five years of age regardless of how they "look". Here's a link to a page that explains how to read the date code on the tire sidewall.
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Hoo boy- is that a long story!

Tires have a life, and that's especially true of ST's, assuming that's what you've got on the fiver. They're designed differently than pickup/car tires- much more sensitive to what's called "duty cycle" than anything else. The worst thing in the world for a trailer tire is to be left standing idle for long periods of time.

There are tons of pages of information out there from various sources, and one thing they all have in common is that on a trailer tire, tread reading is not an indicator of life left. Time and duty cycles is what counts, and most recommend replacing at three to five years of age regardless of how they "look". Here's a link to a page that explains how to read the date code on the tire sidewall.
Ok, thanks for the tip. I'll check them out.
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Would like to know what you weigh full of gas and another passenger. What is pin weight, most 1/2 tons are limited to 7000. Would not want to be in your shoes going down hill.
I just returned from a 7000 mile tow trip to NM, CO and Wyoming (Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone with my 9500 lb fiver and downhill braking was not an issue. Engine braking and not letting the speed get out of hand did the job. I averaged 9.5 mpg going out (headwinds) and 10.5 on the return trip.
And I replaced the Tow Max LR-D tires with Maxxis LR-E just before starting the trip.
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