We recently had to take a trip back to California for a grave side service for MIL at Riverside National Cemetery. Since we had not been since 2002, we decided to take it slow and easy towing our 22' HiLo travel trailer. I had replaced all four tires and wheels in 2003 and they had less than 1,500 miles on them when we left. I did not consider age to be a major factor, but I learned.
This is a tire with less than 4,000 miles.I check proper inflation regularly and at each stop, take a quick walk around with my infrared thermometer, checking the temp of the tires and bearings. All were okay until POW! This one did not blow, just threw it's tread.
We made it out to Anaheim, no problems, however on the way back we starting blowing tires, the first one just east of El Paso, so we went back to El Paso and bought a new tire.
Then the next morning in a RV park in Ft. Stockton, I noticed the right front was flat, so we bought another new tire. The tire dealer laughed when I told him we had Goodyear Marathons. They are 6 ply, ST trailer rated for 1,760 pounds. Our trailer weighs about 4,000 pounds wet and loaded, so we were well within our load range. Monday we were trying to get home, when we heard another big noise when this tire lost it's tread in Gulfport, MS. It did damage to the wheelwell as well as breaking one of the lift cables from the hydraulic ram to theright rear corner that lifts the top. In order to change a tire, you must lift the trailer top,, but with a broken cable it is difficult. We pulled off I-10, looking for a tire store, but they were all closed, so found a spot where I could change the tire. I carry a small floor jack and some wood shoring, so was using that to lift the corner of the trailer, when a guy who was playing ball with his kids say this old crippled phart and his wife struggling came over and took charge. He was a tile contractor in Gulfport and had some wood and concrete slabs in his truck, so we got the trailer top up and installed the spare. He was a GOOD OLE Mississippi boy and would not accept any money, so we invited him and his sons to visit us on Bayou Chico and go fishing.
We made it home on the two new tires, the spare of indeterminate age and the last of the Goodyear Marathons. Apparently trailer tires have a life span of about 5 years whether you use them or not. I always try to buy AMERICAN and have Coopers, (made in Mississippi, like me). The Coopers on my Chevy Van are holding up great, but are about 4 years old.
Anyone on the PFF a tire expert? Right now I have five boat trailers, all tandem axle, my car hauler flat bed trailer and our HiLo travel trailer for a total of 28 tires, then 3 cars X 4 tires for a total of 40 tires.
What to do?