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howardcaver posted 11-29-2002 07:30 AM ET (US)   Profile for howardcaver   Send Email to howardcaver  
Had my 2-wheel boat trailer for 2 years. Just noticed that both tires are severely worn on inside AND outside. The middle of the tires show only a little wear. What's the problem?
timbaho posted 11-29-2002 08:22 AM ET (US)     Profile for timbaho  Send Email to timbaho     
I had a simular problem on my twin axle trailer and was told by a marine dealer the unusual wear was caused by continually running under inflated tires.
jimh posted 11-29-2002 08:45 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Proper inflation oftens means over 50-PSI pressure in a trailer tire. Many service stations today only have tiny air compressors that cannot produce that much pressure no matter how many quarters you insert into them.

An accurate pressure gauge is a must, too. I don't trust the calibration on the pumps.

kingfish posted 11-29-2002 08:51 AM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     
Such wear is classic indication of long-term under-inflation; conversely if any given tire is wearing in the middle of the tread and not wearing on the inside and outside, it is indicative of over-inflation.
howardcaver posted 11-30-2002 08:40 AM ET (US)     Profile for howardcaver  Send Email to howardcaver     
Thanks for the info on the tire wear. My fishing buddy told me the same yesterday. Off to get new tires and a pump and tire gauge.

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