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Old 11-19-2010, 09:01 AM   #1
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Changing tires???

Guys , I think I'm about do for a total tire change ... The trailer has been sitting for 3 years now outside, no wheel covers ... The tires aren't worn at all , but I'm worried about Rot ... Is there a date code ?
Got tandem (4) wheels ... do I just jack the whole trailer up and put some blocks under it ... pull all 5 wheels and get them replaced... Didn't want to drag the trailer to a dealer for that , although it would be easy ... I dunno??? What do you guys do ???
I was thinking while the wheels are off , could service/re-pack the bearings , check the seals , etc.
My camping /EVAC season is from June to Nov. so I have to do all this maintenance during the winter , which is usually mild, like today ...72 deg. ... perfect for working on the TT
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I think you are absolutely correct. If you are able to do the work, then it is a perfect time to pack wheel bearings and check brakes, clean things up or whatever. Also, if it's on jacks you may want to hold off getting the new tires until right before your ready for a trip. Tires will be that much newer.
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Old 11-19-2010, 11:00 AM   #3
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Thanks John , that's a Great idea !!!
Was thinking of using concrete blocks stacked in 4s like a pillar on each corner.... think that's enough ... it weighs 3500 lbs.
Reason is , I could use the concrete blocks later as a base for my outdoor wood fired Pizza and Bread oven .. trying to be practical ...
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I think if they are 8" block built in a pier, then they will be fine. I'm gonna want a loaf of that bread...
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...Is there a date code?...
All tires manufactured after 2000 have a 4-digit code molded into the sidewall. The first 2 digits are the week of manufacture, and the second 2 digits are the year. For example, 0304 would be the third week of 2004. Before 2000, the date codes were only 3 digits. The number could be mounted to the inside, so you might have to pull the tires off to see it.
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8 years from manufacture is the magic number for replacement
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8 years from manufacture is the magic number for replacement
Maybe (I'd replace after 5 or 6 years), but for tires that have been sitting in one place for 3 years, and particularly without tire covers, I'd get new tires before making any long trip. YMMV.

As for the date code, it's usually found on the side of the tire that faces inward, so you'll have to crawl under the rig with a flashlight and look for it. The date will be at the end of a long string of numbers that begin with "DOT."
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Thanks , I know where to look now ...
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It is harder on tires to just sit than roll down the road. Mine failed - ply separation- after 3 years. Our trailer does not sit for over 2-3 months at once. It's called hitch itch.
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Nothing wrong with using concrete blocks as suggested however place wood between frame and blocking to distribute the weight over the block. You will still have to support the axles also whils wheels are off
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I think they're torsion axles ... how do I do that ???
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Amazing the damage a blown tire will do to a trailer ... Doesn't do that with cars ...??? Could it be the thicker wall tires or just the lack of reinforcement in the fender well ???
I'm definitely changing mine ... just waiting till the last minute to do so ... as suggested ^...
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Amazing the damage a blown tire will do to a trailer ... Doesn't do that with cars ...??? Could it be the thicker wall tires or just the lack of reinforcement in the fender well ???
I'm definitely changing mine ... just waiting till the last minute to do so ... as suggested ^...
It may be that in a car you know when it happens. With a trailer sometimes it may be a while before you realize something is wrong.
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