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Old 10-08-2016, 12:00 PM   #1
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Fifth wheel front and back tire rubbing

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Forest River Silverback 2014 29re fifth wheel..with Dexter EZ-Flex ..HELP..front and back tires rubbing each other one side only..have checked axles,shackles,ez-flex rubber core,axle bolts, leaf springs.. all seem ok ;however no tools with me at the time to measure axle spacing or tire alignment..Have not hit no curves or potholes ,BUT had front tire blowout opposite side last time out..had to leave it in ST Augustine with hurricane Matthew thank god I was able to get off beach site to US 1..I have limited pc skills so please forgive if posted wrong.. thanks
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Take a second look at the springs. Before I upgraded to beefier springs, I had the spring leaf that attaches to the hanger break and ride along the frame. This happened twice on different springs. Only way I noticed the problem was the difference in the tire spacing. You may have to crawl under the rig to get a good look.
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Old 10-08-2016, 01:45 PM   #3
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thanks for info...was under rig looking and cursing .. did take pics of springs ,shackles,tire spacing..all looked ok.. have pictures but not sure how to post.. if kids come by they can post pic.. sad no pc skills, but have I phone.. makes me look good.
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Check tires for roundness. Believe it or not a friend of mine had two tires that rubbed sometimes. I checked everything on the suspension. Then we jacked up both axles on the rubbing side. The gap varied as the tires were rotated! Turns out both Chinese tires had gone egg shaped! Craziest thing I've ever seen!
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had friend look as I slowly pulled forward,still quarter to half inch gap evenly...also did not torque axles backing in to site.. all suggestion greatly appreciated..like you said could still be tires.. wish trailer was here Melbourne instead of st Augustine... could be worse..thanks
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Old 10-09-2016, 08:20 AM   #6
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One axle has moved along the spring
Bent axle
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Make sure you look at both sides, Not just the side where the tires are rubbing, the opposite side could be further apart.
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I noticed this once with my tires being noticeably closer on one side. I drove from Ouray, CO to Farmington NM to a frame shop and they found that everything was square. But they also found that the tread had separated from the casing on one of the tires. Could have been a bad situation. Ended up replacing all four tires because there were bubbles on two other tires. Cheap factory supplied tires.
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My 2013 Silverback 29re had 33" center to center on the axles, and 3" between the tires. I don't see how they could ever rub unless a main leaf, equalizer, or shackle broke.
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My 2013 Silverback 29re had 33" center to center on the axles, and 3" between the tires. I don't see how they could ever rub unless a main leaf, equalizer, or shackle broke.
I guess the spacing varies with trailers and tire size. My buddy's trailer (Newmar) had a much closer spacing than 3" (refer to post #4). When both tires had a tread separation (what are the chances?) the tires rubbed each other. You should have seen the grooves worn in each tire and the rubber deposited on the frame above the contact point!
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mutant tires

thank you all for replies... the tires [ china b%&^# ] are the problem..tread area is not flat.. middle section of tread has bowed out..like donut shape..on front and back tire..increasing the dia. by 1and a half inches.math time...2x1.5 equal the space I lost between tires
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Man, you got to get rid of those tires, might want to upsize in load rating if diameters allow for that. Check out Maxxis brand.
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