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Old 06-30-2014, 12:11 PM   #1
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Unhappy Tire spacing on Axles

Hello, We have a 42'7" Road Warrior Toy Hauler with 3 axles. On the way home from a trip yesterday, we saw smoke from the right rear and pulled over to find the center tire rapidly losing air and touching the rear trailer tire. We put the spare on and proceeded to our storage location. When we arrived, my husband measured the distance between axles and they were all centered. But when we measure the distance between tires, they were all spaced 2.00" with the exception of the one we had changed which had a 1.5" distance space between tires. This is the second tire issue (first was an obvious nail/screw so doesn't really count) we've had on the same side of the trailer and I'm wondering if anyone has had this happen before? We have the Power King Tow Max tires on the rig and have read several instances of them failing. Thanks for any advice!
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Old 06-30-2014, 09:15 PM   #2
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First question would be is it the same size tire?
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Old 07-01-2014, 08:09 AM   #3
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Hello, We have a 42'7" Road Warrior Toy Hauler with 3 axles. On the way home from a trip yesterday, we saw smoke from the right rear and pulled over to find the center tire rapidly losing air and touching the rear trailer tire. We put the spare on and proceeded to our storage location. When we arrived, my husband measured the distance between axles and they were all centered. But when we measure the distance between tires, they were all spaced 2.00" with the exception of the one we had changed which had a 1.5" distance space between tires. This is the second tire issue (first was an obvious nail/screw so doesn't really count) we've had on the same side of the trailer and I'm wondering if anyone has had this happen before? We have the Power King Tow Max tires on the rig and have read several instances of them failing. Thanks for any advice!
If it has Dexter axles, it probably has 33" center to center axle spacing. Since you have Towmax tires, they are 30.8" OD which only leave 2.2" clearance. Also if you are turning or backing up, the axles shift and can create even tighter spacing. IMO, they should have the alternate axle spacing of 35", offered by Dexter.
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Hi there! Yes, they are all 235/80/16; original tires from the sale.
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Thanks for the reply! Yes, I do know that they shift while angled but it's still showing same condition on straight level road.
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Thanks for the reply! Yes, I do know that they shift while angled but it's still showing same condition on straight level road.
I would inspect the running gear, shackles, spring hangers, keeper bolts, equalizer, etc. Something sounds like it has moved and this can only happen if something has given way.
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Hey there..... I wanted to provide an update to this. We had previously patched a tire that had a nail hole in it on the trailer......turns out that the repaired tire was mis-shapen from the initial damage and that was the problem tire. We replaced the blow out tire, took the previously repaired tire off and noticed that it was quite a bit larger than the others. We replaced that too and now all is fine. We are replacing all of the tires on the trailer as we feel their junk and dangerous!
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