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Having a problem with a new tandem axle Venture trailer. Eating tires up on both outside edges. Front tires wearing about twice as fast as the rears. Running a 216 Tidewater on it. The tire pressures are good so I am at a loss as to what would get both edges at once. The trailer tracks great at all speeds also. Any help with this would be greatly appreciated.
 

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have you jacked it up and wiggled the tires side to side.. Top to bottom see if there is any bearing play in them..
 

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Yeah: Took it to the keys this past summer and checked all the tires and air pressures before and after the trip. I pulled each tire and rotated them after that trip and didnt notice any unusual play in them. I have re-packed many a wheel bearing over the years,{in my younger days] and they all seemed okay. Is there a good trailer shop in the P-cola area to take it to?
 

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only other thing I can think of is that the trailer might not be balanced evenly. Too much load would also cause the tires to wear unevenly (front axle vs. rear axle).

Maybe they put the wrong springs on the front axle, or the wrong shackle.

Either that or else the hanger brackets for the axle might be slightly off and causing a bind.

Last option I will put out there is that the spindle may be bent/mal-aligned and the tire may be out (pitch wise).

All of these is going to require an experienced trailer person to find and fix. I use Eddie English in Milton. He is a busy dude, but will help you however he can. That is why he is so busy! LOL
 

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Tidewater1 (1/30/2010)Having a problem with a new tandem axle Venture trailer. Eating tires up on both outside edges. Front tires wearing about twice as fast as the rears. Running a 216 Tidewater on it. The tire pressures are good so I am at a loss as to what would get both edges at once. The trailer tracks great at all speeds also. Any help with this would be greatly appreciated.


I see Venture Trailers can be had in either torsion and leaf spring axles.

If the front tires are wearing on the outside edge of each tire and not the inside edge, I would guess there is a toe-in problem with the axle.

Perhaps the axle was installed on the leaf springs in the wrong orientation? Is the bend in the axle pointing to the stern?

Or did the axle impact something and bend in the center and is now pointed to the stern?



Seems like if the rear axle tires are not doing the same, you should be able to detect a difference between the two axles, spindles etc.



Maybe put a long straight edge horizontal and level at the tire centerline. It should contact the tire sidewall in four places at the same time if nothing is toe-in.
 

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angus_cow_doctor (1/30/2010)only other thing I can think of is that the trailer might not be balanced evenly. Too much load would also cause the tires to wear unevenly (front axle vs. rear axle).



Maybe they put the wrong springs on the front axle, or the wrong shackle.



Either that or else the hanger brackets for the axle might be slightly off and causing a bind.



Last option I will put out there is that the spindle may be bent/mal-aligned and the tire may be out (pitch wise).



All of these is going to require an experienced trailer person to find and fix. I use Eddie English in Milton. He is a busy dude, but will help you however he can. That is why he is so busy! LOL


That's about was I was thinking. Adding to it.... is the trailer level? I would think if there is too much on the bumper there would have to be more pressure on the front tires. Might not be a trailer problem. Could need stiffer suspension on the truck. I'm considering spring helpers for my truck
 

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If ithas torsion bar axles the spindles might be out of aleingment. My son bought a new boat and trailer last year and the trailer wheels were towed out so farit would bounce like crazy like it was skipping sidways. Wore out a tire from Gulf Shores to Shelby County Al. They made him a new trailer and this one is much better. A quick check is to hold 2 yard sticks on the sidewalls of the tires and see if they are parallel.
 

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I am running a Ford F-150 4x4. This boat ready to fish is probably in the 4000 lb. range. Need a bigger truck you think? She settles about 2.5 inches when you drop the boat on it. thanks for the help.
 

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First thing I would do would be to measure the axle from a set point on the frame, they may not be square. Check for correct springs and make sure you tires are full of air. Go the the max inflation, 40 psi. this will make sure that your tires are running on a flat surface and not cupping in. The other possability is you have cheap tires, this is usually the case with new trailers. I run radials and get a lot longer life out of the stock trailer tires.

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Tidewater1 (1/31/2010)I am running a Ford F-150 4x4. This boat ready to fish is probably in the 4000 lb. range. Need a bigger truck you think? She settles about 2.5 inches when you drop the boat on it. thanks for the help.


2.5 inches shouldn't have a negative impact.
 

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Tidewater1 (1/30/2010)Having a problem with a new tandem axle Venture trailer. Eating tires up on both outside edges. Front tires wearing about twice as fast as the rears. Running a 216 Tidewater on it. The tire pressures are good so I am at a loss as to what would get both edges at once. The trailer tracks great at all speeds also. Any help with this would be greatly appreciated.
I see Venture Trailers can be had in either torsion and leaf spring axles.
If the front tires are wearing on the outside edge of each tire and not the inside edge, I would guess there is a toe-in problem with the axle.
Perhaps the axle was installed on the leaf springs in the wrong orientation? Is the bend in the axle pointing to the stern?
Or did the axle impact something and bend in the center and is now pointed to the stern?

Seems like if the rear axle tires are not doing the same, you should be able to detect a difference between the two axles, spindles etc.

Maybe put a long straight edge horizontal and level at the tire centerline. It should contact the tire sidewall in four places at the same time if nothing is toe-in.
I agree, it sounds like a toe-in condition for the front wheels.
 

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The first time I trailered (tandem trailer) my boat from NY to Tavernier I loaded all my gear (and Beverages) in the boat. I ruined the front tires. From then on I trailered the boat empty.
 

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">If you can?t fix it I would recommend Rob?s Trailers and Hitch in P?Cola. Family owned and run and do quality work.
 

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Tidewater1 (1/31/2010)I am running a Ford F-150 4x4. This boat ready to fish is probably in the 4000 lb. range. Need a bigger truck you think? She settles about 2.5 inches when you drop the boat on it. thanks for the help.


Is this a torsion axle or leaf spring axle trailer?

Have you run any of the suggestions in order to figure out what might be wrong ?
 
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