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#10870916 - 05/25/15 12:54 PM trailer tire wear
bigjim Offline

Registered: 06/22/02
Posts: 237
Loc: Granbury,Texas
Does anyone do an "alignment" on single axle trailers? I am having extreme tire wear on outer edge of tires . They are unusable after less than 1,000 miles
Jim Britton Granbury,Tx

#10871122 - 05/25/15 02:52 PM Re: trailer tire wear [Re: bigjim]
2015fordnut Offline
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Registered: 06/24/09
Posts: 1878
Loc: Garland, TX
Sounds like you may have a bent axle. You may try a trailer shop, google is your friend.

#10884432 - 05/30/15 08:07 PM Re: trailer tire wear [Re: bigjim]
hopalong Offline
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Registered: 09/06/08
Posts: 78895
Loc: drake river ranch telephone T...
if the outside of both are wearing about the same then you have an inward toe/bent or rolled axle.

check spring mounts for tightness first.
lake fork FISHERMANS COVE MARINA/reservations - 903 474 7479

#10884521 - 05/30/15 08:47 PM Re: trailer tire wear [Re: bigjim]
Flippin-Out Offline
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Registered: 02/25/15
Posts: 2167
Loc: Magnolia, TX
I'm betting that Triton trailer has a torsion axle that is welded on. Sadly, some factory-rigged single axle trailers offer little margin for the load that is put on them once you consider the realities of added weight. The axle (often 3500# rated) must support more than just the boat hull. The trailer's weight must be included along with the outboard, trolling motor, batteries, all tackle/gear, and fuel (6 lbs./gal.).

When I needed trailer alignment, I've had good luck with truck & frame shops. Alignment on most heavy trucks is done by controlled bending of the frame and/or axle. The same process and set-up is used to align a trailer. I've never found a trailer shop that had invested in the laser alignment gear used to properly align the tires.

#10885547 - 05/31/15 03:26 PM Re: trailer tire wear [Re: bigjim]
Larry Mosby Offline

Registered: 12/11/14
Posts: 119
Loc: Rusk County, Garrison, Texas
I had the same problem on a single axle boat trailer. I launched my boat and left it tied to a friend's pier. I took the trailer back to the shop and set the axle on jackstands to take the weight off of the tires. I took two four ft levels and held them against the outside of the tires and measured at the bottom and top of the levels. This took some assistance. I then marked center of the axle, heated it with a rose bud, then used a hydraulic Jack to bend the axle downward. I jacked it until I read the same measurement top and bottom of the levels. I repainted the axle and my tires quit wearing. I put on a new set and they are have good tread.
Larry Mosby


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