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Old 09-08-2015, 04:06 PM   #1
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Tow vehicle tire wear

OK, I'm a noob. Hauled my new trailer 90 miles home from the dealer. When I disconnected I glanced at my rear tires on the truck. almost completely bald down the middle of the tire. Now, I didn't pay a whole lot of attention before, but they have 24k on them and were rotated and pressure checked (to pressure on label in door). Did over inflation and 90 miles do this? Or did 24k miles, and over inflation and 90 miles do this?
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Old 09-08-2015, 04:49 PM   #2
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Sure sounds like over inflation. How old are the tires? How much pin / bumper weight do you have? Could be the gauge that was used was not accurate.
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Old 09-08-2015, 06:28 PM   #3
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Sounds to me like overinflation. I replaced my OEM tires just before vacation in July. Had 42k+ miles most of that towing. Tires still had between 4 & 5/32" of tread left. Needless to say I replaced with the same brand & style that came OEM.
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I'm with everyone else and with only 90 miles, and 24K on the tires, It sounds like they were over for a long time....I let someone else put air in my rear dual tires once and drove 300 miles with my 5th wheel, after arriving I noticed that the tires showed wear in the middle, I rechecked the tires and found he put the same amount of air as the front tires which hold 90lbs, The rears should have had 70lbs...
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I have a 2011 Chevrolet 3500 crew cab, long bed, DRW. Only have 55,000 miles on it as about all I use it for is towing the Voltage 3800.

I'm on my second set of tires, stayed with the Michelins that came on it...and I'll probably need new tires for next season.

So about 30,000 a set. I run 70 psi in all six tires and check them before each trip. The inflation never changes more than a psi or two. So wear is nice an even...they just don't last that long!

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I know of folks, on several different RV forums, that run the max amount of air the tire is rated for, usually 80 psi. Personally, I run what's on the door post - 70 front and 65 rear. 40,000 on the tires, so far, and wearing fine.
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My truck doubles as a daily driver so I'm constantly adjusting air pressure in my rear tires. The door sticker says 55psi in the front, and 80psi in the rear. But if you run 80psi in the rear while unloaded you'll burn the centers out of your tires quick. When I'm not pulling or hauling something heavy I only run 55psi in the rear tires as well and get good even tread wear.

I'll never buy another set of BFG tires. Only got 20K miles out of the last set. And that was rotated on time, truck aligned every year, and good even tread wear. Just too darn soft.
Back to Toyo tires for me. Always had good luck with them.
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OK, new tires, Michelin ltx m/s2's. Should I inflate to the tire rating when towing, and lower when not?
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OK, new tires, Michelin ltx m/s2's. Should I inflate to the tire rating when towing, and lower when not?
That's what I do plus the ride is better when not towing.
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OK, new tires, Michelin ltx m/s2's. Should I inflate to the tire rating when towing, and lower when not?
I never inflate to the "tire rating". Your truck's door sticker will tell you what pressure to run. My truck recommends 55psi in the front and 80psi in the rear. But when I'm not towing I run 55psi in the rear as well because 80psi with no load on will wear the centers of your tires out faster.
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