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Re: trailer special junk tires

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Mike (WA)

11-16-2012 02:32:03

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Are you talking about the tires (and axles) used on mobile homes, then sold to put under utility trailers? They're junk because thats good enough to accomplish their original intended purpose. They are designed to move a mobile home to the buyer's place, usually less than 50 miles. Not to be put on an equipment trailer and used for years and years.

Jerk those crummy axles out, put in a couple of Dexters, with decent tires, and that should solve the problem. Not cheap, but a solution.

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11-16-2012 05:10:51

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 Re: trailer special junk tires in reply to Mike (WA), 11-16-2012 02:32:03  
I've got a pair of mobile-home axles under my trailer. 14.5" tires. I put them on 15 years ago. Greased the wheel bearings and put new DOT rated trailer tires on it. Never had a single issue with it since with 15 years of use. Granted I never carry more then 7000 lbs. Trailer weighs 2000 lbs. empty so it's hauled 9000 lbs. all over of the place with zero problems. I just came back from a 1200 mile haul (2400 mile round trip).

There is nothing wrong with those trailer axles. They just have smaller bearings then usual since they are built to carry a heavy load for short time and not the converse. When not loaded to the max they last a long time.

The doughnut 14.5" rims are rated 3500 lbs. each and each axle is rated for 7000 lbs. Axles have # 2580 Timken bearings.

Trailer axles have the same size axle stubs as regular trailers with 6 or 8 lug hubs and can be upgraded if wanted.

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11-16-2012 05:23:16

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 Re: trailer special junk tires in reply to LJD, 11-16-2012 05:10:51  
thats the way my 14'5's are that trailer is pushing 40 years old made special to haul a d-4 back inthe day its been a good hauler, the lowboy rated tires are trouble free- unless you loan the thing to your bil, who wont check the air pressure in the tires and blows them out, as long as they have around 80 psi, ive never had a blow out with them

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Lazy WP

11-16-2012 06:07:57

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 Re: trailer special junk tires in reply to ericlb, 11-16-2012 05:23:16  
My 30ft flat bed has 9X14.5 lowboy tires. I might be able to go 500 miles on a tire. They throw the tread off. Still hold air, and if I am loaded they ride ok, but empty, vibrate like crazy. I am looking at putting 8 bolt hubs on it, but they are kinda hard to find.

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