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Old 07-15-2016, 10:07 AM   #1
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FW Tire Rotation

Do you rotate or not? If not-why?. If yes-how often? Thanks...
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Old 07-15-2016, 10:17 AM   #2
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Do you rotate or not? If not-why?. If yes-how often? Thanks...
Never rotated tires on TT's or 5th. wheels..Been towing them for 41 years, never had an issue by not rotating them..I personally don't know of anyone that does...they're all drive tires, no "steer" axle tires..Don't see a need it in..Won't give the tires any more longevity than the 4-5 yrs recommended tire change on TT's and 5er's/TH's.

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When I had my 4 , 5th wheel trailers , I'd swap the tires front to rear, annually when I inspected the brakes and bearings. I also balanced the tires on my trailers.
I don't like cross rotation of any radial ply tire , even though trailer tires aren't directional I think they do develop balance issues if direction of rotation is reversed .
For a reason to swap between front and rear axles , go to a big empty parking lot and turn you rig in a sharp circle ; stop 1/2 way through and go and look at the side load the rear tires are under.
Remember to torque the lug nuts and re-torque after 50 miles of driving.
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I rotated mine for first time (8000 miles) and seems fine. Not sure why I did it (I had all the wheels off when replacing shackles with mor ryde wet bolts), just seemed like the thing to do?
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Trailer tires almost always "time out" long before tread wear becomes an issue. Rotation is generally a technique for equalizing tread wear on unlike axles making replacement of a matched set more equitable.
I don't rotate in practice.
If there is a wheel position that has a propensity for curb contact, sidewall damage, I want it right there where I can observe / replace it. Shuffling them around seems more like "roulette" to me. YMMV
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Old 07-15-2016, 07:53 PM   #6
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The reason we rotate our tow vehicle tires which are at the corners with one set as drivers and the other set steers. This causes difference in tread wear.

Out trailers have close spaced axles in the center of a tall heavy box where load is constantly changing side to side and fore and aft.
Then they side scrub as the trailer is pulled around corners or backing maneuvers.

I don;t rotate.
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As stated, it's pointless to rotate because there is no different job description per axle as there is in a car or truck. If you are having odd wear issues it's because a) You have a bent axle b) You have an axle alignment issue c) You have a defective tire or mismatched tires (always replace in sets)
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As stated, it's pointless to rotate because there is no different job description per axle as there is in a car or truck. If you are having odd wear issues it's because a) You have a bent axle b) You have an axle alignment issue c) You have a defective tire or mismatched tires (always replace in sets)
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I don't rotate because if there is uneven wear, it can indicate a bigger problem.
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I do a 5 tire rotation when I repack the bearings, which is normally every spring, I normally put around 5 to 6000 miles on per year. The reason for the 5 tire is why leave a brand new spare time out and end up not using it. I know a lot of people don't like to change rotation on radials, but I have done it for years with no problems.
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Frank brother you have been lucky! If you check with every single tire manufacturer they will tell you that changing direction on a "steel belted" radial can cause them to buckle...now...the caveat to that is it is typically due to applied power in the opposite direction, something that obviously trailers don't do because they don't drive. However my buddy is a regional rep for Goodyear and says they strongly suggest you don't do it...rotate front to rear and not across. Just a heads up from the builders.
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^^^ Again, as I stated, no reason to rotate..Tires are good on a TT/5er for 4-5 years, no matter how they look at the end of that time frame...I ran G614's on a 39' 9" HR Presidential Suite ( GVW 16,950#), for 5 years, never rotated...looked as good as the day they were put on brand new..Tires were mounted and balanced when first put on and that was it...some of this stuff is way over thought. The need for quality tires and maintaining the correct air pressure along with several other factors, depending on weight rating of the tire rank much higher than spending time rotating them.

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I have my tires rotate round and round as I drive down the road never had a problem
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DieselGod,
I know that used to be true when the radials first came out. The problems that Goodyear tires have had in the past few years, not only with tread separation, but rivering, I wouldn't believe a word that they say. I have not only done it on my 5er, but also on my dually and my 10 wheelers with no issues.
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