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Old 06-13-2021, 06:14 PM   #1
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Tire wear on toad

Is it typical for the tires on our toad to wear out faster than usual? And no, the brake was not on. We towed our Chevy PU with a blue ox and the tires are worn after 4;000 miles
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Can't imagine any reason a toad's tires would wear faster; they should be rolling in exactly the same way as when you're driving it.

Do you have a Brake Buddy or other aux braking system, and is it working properly? A malfunction, like the arm not releasing completely could lead to excessive wear
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They should wear at the same normal rate. In 30K miles of toads we have never had a wear problem.
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I can see two reasons for the toads tires to wear out while towing. Remember these are just my thought and experiences.

1. Does the tow bar have any slop or any left/right movement that shouldn't be there. I have to shim mine to keep it from moving. If there is a lot of movement, then the toad can wander back and forth causing the front tire in particular to wear.

2. Are you carrying a heavy load in the bed of the truck? A heavy load will make the front end of the truck lighter and could cause the front to jerk back and forth thus causing the read end to do the same.
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Does it have locking steering, and your not unlocking it ?
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Does it have locking steering, and your not unlocking it ?
That's my thought also.
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To test, make a sweeping turn in an empty parking lot.
Stop half way thru and see if the Front tires are turned and following the RV.
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To test, make a sweeping turn in an empty parking lot.
Stop half way thru and see if the Front tires are turned and following the RV.
^^ Try this first to ensure proper trailing.

Tire wear should actually be less towing than driving because the vehicle is not under power and driving the tires.

I flat-tow with 37" tires on my Jeep and do not detect any additional wear flat towing than driving. When I travel longer distances (400+ miles) I will slightly over-inflate my Jeep's tires just to reduce the rolling resistance somewhat but normally for shorter trips I just run my normal street tire pressure as I am constantly airing down and back up when I get to our destination.
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It’s unlocked
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Can't imagine any reason a toad's tires would wear faster; they should be rolling in exactly the same way as when you're driving it.

Do you have a Brake Buddy or other aux braking system, and is it working properly? A malfunction, like the arm not releasing completely could lead to excessive wear
We do have a road master brake system
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^^ Try this first to ensure proper trailing.

Tire wear should actually be less towing than driving because the vehicle is not under power and driving the tires.

I flat-tow with 37" tires on my Jeep and do not detect any additional wear flat towing than driving. When I travel longer distances (400+ miles) I will slightly over-inflate my Jeep's tires just to reduce the rolling resistance somewhat but normally for shorter trips I just run my normal street tire pressure as I am constantly airing down and back up when I get to our destination.
I will give that a try
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The tires on my Samurai are 15 years old..Yeah I know..don't bother.
It probably has 30,000 miles just following my Winnebago around the Western states..They still..still look as new as far as the tread..
My rigs are kept inside dry-warm and cool when not exploring..All four tires show the same wear as in almost nothing...
You must have something else going on.
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I've got over 45k on the tires on my Accord. 30 of that is the car being pulled by my DP. Should go to 50k. Got rid of the performance tires and had touring tires installed, going to get 10k more wear.
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Since the OP didn't specify a specific tire, I assume all 4 tires wore out, not just the front. A loose tow bar or locked steering isn't going to wear out the rears.
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