Trailer Tire Age

   / Trailer Tire Age #11  
Have you checked your tire age lately? I know most of you are smarter than I am but I make up for it by being lucky.

The backstory is I bought a used 7K trailer about 5 years ago. It was in rough shape but I usually only use it for hauling within 10 miles of home. I bought it from a trailer fabricator. It had no brakes so as part of the deal I had him add brakes to one axle. When I picked it up I noticed it had two new tires, which I took as a bonus. Later I discovered it had GM 4-3/4 bolt circle wheels and when he put the brakes on he had to switch to 4-1/2 trailer hubs.

Fast forward to early this year. I was towing empty and I hit a big bump and the hitch latch failed and it jumped off the ball. The chains held, so not much damage. I put on a new hitch A-frame, heavy safety cables and, because I noticed the older tires cracking, changed the hubs, added brakes to the other axle, and put on new rims and tires. I just stuck the old tires in the corner of the pole barn.

Last week I happened to walk by and saw this. The tire blew out just sitting in the barn. I checked the tires and found they were built in 1998. Now the real scary part. Out of curiosity I looked at my "new" tires that were put on when I bought the trailer. They were dated 2000. Apparently they were new old stock and were 10 years old when I got the trailer. They still look brand new (I keep the trailer inside) but I will be replacing them before I do any more towing.

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I had a tire blow on my boat trailer sitting in the barn that was 6 years old. It was the spare and had never touched the ground. It literally blew a hole in the side of my barn. It happened 6' from my daughter's bike. Just glad she wasn't near it at the time.

Chris
 
   / Trailer Tire Age #12  
Around here a tire shop will not touch a tire over 6 years old other than to dismount.

Chris
 
   / Trailer Tire Age #14  
My Grandpa was showing me his spare tire for his rollback that blew out just laying on the bed of the truck. It was catastrophic failure, not just a small hole. I know a guy that has such bad luck he now carries 2 spare camper tires and a floor jack.
 
   / Trailer Tire Age #15  
I put new tires on my 16' trailer about fourteen years ago. Only use it a handful of times each year. It stays tucked into my pole barn most of the time. Tires are not cracked, rubber still real pliable, and look like they were just put on a few years ago. Main thing on tires is sunlight.... keep them out of the heat and direct sunlight if at all possible. If you have to leave your trailer outside, cover the tires when parked for long periods. I used to make a ' house ' out of plywood and aluminum which I would bungee in place so it would stay put and cover each pair of tires in heavy wind.
 
   / Trailer Tire Age #17  
I put new tires on my 16' trailer about fourteen years ago. Only use it a handful of times each year. It stays tucked into my pole barn most of the time. Tires are not cracked, rubber still real pliable, and look like they were just put on a few years ago. Main thing on tires is sunlight.... keep them out of the heat and direct sunlight if at all possible. If you have to leave your trailer outside, cover the tires when parked for long periods. I used to make a ' house ' out of plywood and aluminum which I would bungee in place so it would stay put and cover each pair of tires in heavy wind.

Mine were stored in my pole barn when it failed. Prob all only saw day light 20 days a year.

Chris
 
 
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