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Old 02-24-2021, 02:38 PM   #1
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Axle issue

We purchased a new Creekside 21DBS in November and have only towed it about 2000 miles thus far. On a trip this weekend, I noticed that both rear tires are bald on the inside. I filed a claim with Dexter today and hope to get this resolved quickly because we have a number of trips planned this spring. Has anyone had a similar issue? Is this common with ORVs?
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Old 02-24-2021, 03:56 PM   #2
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Is trailer level front to back when hooked up?
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Several years ago I owned a new, 2011 Tracer Executive (Prime Time Manufacturing) travel trailer that experienced the same tire wear problem you have. Upon a closer look, the rear axle (of the tandem axles) had a slight downward "bow" even when the trailer was unloaded. This "bent" axle caused the rear tires to have an "inward camber" which resulted in the inside edge of the rear tires wearing badly.

I took the TT to the RV dealer where I purchased the TT and the response was "the TT came with a bent axle!". The RV dealer replaced the bent axle at no cost to me. No more tire wear problems with a straight axle!
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If you have tire issues in only 2000 miles you have a defective axle for sure. Any chance it was installed upside down?
If you bought it in CO then it already had 900 miles on it. So in a sense the TT has almost 3000 miles on it. Still way way too soon for excessive wear.
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Check your loaded weights. That is a common symptom for overloaded axle.
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Yes, it’s level when hooked up, but I should weigh it loaded. I just haven’t, because I should be no where near the max trailer weight. With 5800 lbs dry, add the propane (110 lbs), batteries (130 lbs), 80 gallons of either water or grey/waste (640 lbs), generator (50 lbs), and no more that a few hundred lbs of clothes and food (seems like a conservative estimate), we should only be at a max of 7000 lbs or so at most. I guess this does assume the advertised dry weight is correct.
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I attached photos of how worn the rear tires are for reference. No abnormal wear on fronts.
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Excuse my ignorance

Just for my information because I知 new to TTs, how long do trailer tires typically last anyways?
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Scale it

I'd weigh it. The wear is pretty uniform on both sides . When I have seen bent axle or alignment issues it is usually not so uniform.If it's not overweight Orv should look after it.
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How do your axles look?

You should have a visible arc in each. If they appear straight, there's an issue.

I had this problem with both of my Lippert axles after 2K miles on a new coach. The trailer was well under GVWR but both axles straightened out (bent). I did not have your tire wear though. My problem caused reduced clearance which resulted in the tires on one side to make contact with the wheel wells, eventually causing blowouts.
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Just for my information because I知 new to TTs, how long do trailer tires typically last anyways?
You should be able to get a minimum of 10,000 out of ST tires. Fact is most rot or blow before they wear out.
GY Endurance should give you much more than 10,000 miles.
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Looks to be a combination of things, to start with weight it. And weigh each axel separately. Also just a side note, drive to a level parking lot and take a 6 ft level with you and see if your not needing to adjust the hitch.
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Just clarifying

By suggesting to weigh it, are you suggesting that it is an overall weight issue or too much weight on the rear axle? Of course I should weight it to be informed, but there is no way I知 close to the max trailer weight. I set up the WDH by leasing the front fender distance to the ground.

Given that I generally leave for trips with the FW tank full and grey and black empty and return with the reverse, do you guys have any specific recommendations for weight distribution between the two axles? On my model, the FW tank is in front of the axles.

Also, I posted this in a separate thread, but maybe you guys could help hear too. I do a lot of my towing in the winter on snow packed roads, and summer we disperse on dirt and forest roads. I知 considering, since I have to replace two of the tires, installing e-load winter-rated AT tires. I知 thinking this may help with braking in these conditions. Are there any downsides of doing this?
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You would have to be many 100's of lbs over weight on the rear to cause that kinda wear.
You need to crawl under and look to see if the axle has an upward bow in it. It's a preset camber that allows the axle to straighten out under load.

Usually when you have a bent axle there's only tire wear on one tire. Maybe two, but one will be considerably worn more that the others.

You have almost identical wear on both tires on the same axle. That to me means there's something wrong with the axle especially since you only have 2000 miles of you towing it.
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