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Old 10-25-2018, 11:20 AM   #1
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Wear on rear tires while flat towing

We have a 2018 Chevy Equinox that we flat tow behind our 2018 Thor Hurricane 29M.


I just noticed that the rear tires are REALLY worn. The tread is almost completely gone on the outside of the tires. Somewhat less on the inside. The front tires are showing a LOT less wear.


We do have about 23,000 miles on the Equinox and an additional 25,000 miles towing behind our motorhome. So not sure if this is normal?


Does it sound like we have an issue?
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Old 10-25-2018, 11:24 AM   #2
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Usually the front tires show more wear and I've not noticed any such wear on the rear tires on my CR-V. I have Continental tires and I don't like the wear they're showing. Only 15,500 on the clock but towed to AK and back by the original owners. I did have to do a brake rebuild as there was rotor damage and the parking brake was burned up.
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Old 10-25-2018, 11:28 AM   #3
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Wear on the outside edges of tires usually indicates that the tire is under inflated....if over inflated the tread wears only in the center.
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Old 10-25-2018, 12:10 PM   #4
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Almost 50k miles on the tires.. I'd say sounds like they may be slightly underinflated..

Buy two new tires. Put the new ones on the front, and move the fronts to the rear..
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Wear on the outside edges of tires usually indicates that the tire is under inflated....if over inflated the tread wears only in the center.

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As info:

I had the same issue on our 15 Chevy Spark-- rear tires worn unevenly while the fronts had minimal even wear. Installed new tires at 10,000 driven 15,000 towing miles and started disconnecting battery. No noticeable wear at 5,000 driven and 10,000+ towing. Read later (from GM) that the Antilock brakes could activate under certain conditions with the battery connected and cause the rear wheels to lock up even with the ignition switched off.

I have no idea if this applies to your vehicle.
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We have a 2018 Chevy Equinox that we flat tow behind our 2018 Thor Hurricane 29M.


I just noticed that the rear tires are REALLY worn. The tread is almost completely gone on the outside of the tires. Somewhat less on the inside. The front tires are showing a LOT less wear.


We do have about 23,000 miles on the Equinox and an additional 25,000 miles towing behind our motorhome. So not sure if this is normal?
No, it is not normal to get 48,000 miles out of a pair of tires. What are they made out of, granite?
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I tow a 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee and have wear issues on the front tires as well. Could the cause also be due to soft tire rubber?
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I tow a 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee and have wear issues on the front tires as well. Could the cause also be due to soft tire rubber?
What kind of wear issues are you having on the front tires?

Are you leaving the steering unlocked?

Are the cold tire pressures set to the specifications listed in the owner's manual or on the tire information sticker on the door jamb?

What brand/model/size tires?

The tow bar imparts some lateral forces into the front end, so it may increase front tire wear a little bit in general, but it shouldn't be shredding them.
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Well,
We've been towing Jeeps now for oh, about 35-37 years and probably around 100K miles and never noticed any additional wear on any of the tires, of our 9 Jeeps we've towed. Now, I don't like to say ALL vehicles tow the same so I won't. But, for them to WEAR out, on any edges, while towing, to me, sure seems like something's not right. If it's only outside edges or, only inside edges, and NOT BOTH outside and inside, I'd bet it's not under inflation. Under inflation normally affects both outside and inside edges. Center wear is over inflation. So, can't help here.
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No, it is not normal to get 48,000 miles out of a pair of tires. What are they made out of, granite?
I had near 50,000 miles on my '05 Ody driving and at least 20,000 more towing on the Michelin tires I got from Costco. Still good tread when I sold it with 105,000 on the clock
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I had near 50,000 miles on my '05 Ody driving and at least 20,000 more towing on the Michelin tires I got from Costco. Still good tread when I sold it with 105,000 on the clock
Yes, I was making light of how ridiculously hard some tires are.
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OP, when was the last time you had your Toad Aligned and the tires rotated and balanced? It sounds like the issue is with the Toad and NOT with the towing of it behind your MH.
Out side wear on the rear tires sounds as if they the chamber is off. Alignment time.
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I had the tires rotated once and never had an alignment.
But keep in mind we purchased th vehicle new about 14 months ago.
At this point I am going to bring it to the dealer and see what they have to say.
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