We are excited to share a few tips from Ronnie, head of the service department at C&R. Today he is sharing a bit of advice on tire maintenance.
One of the recurring issues we are seeing in our service department is problems with trailer tires. A common mistake is the perception that as long as the tread on a tire looks good, the tire should still be good. With a vehicle, this philosophy works better, because car and truck tires are used more frequently. With more regular road use, as the the inside of the tire wears out, the tread on the outside of the tire also shows signs of wear- signaling the need for replacement. However, on a trailer, the tire tread isn’t exposed to the daily wear and tear. The tire may still look “new” on the outside, while the inside of the tire has become compromised over time.
Trailer owners should be aware that the tires on their trailer should have something similar to an “expiration date” on them. All tires have a manufacture date code stamped next tot he ADOT number. I have included a picture of this code below.
The date code pictured on this tire is 2516. The 25 represents the 25th week. The 16 represents 2016. Therefore, the number 2516 means that the tire was manufatcured the 25th week of 2016. By law, all tires must have this date code. Jeff at Archibald & Sons Tire Pros recommends that trailer tires should be replaced every five to six years.
Being aware of the tire date code is important, however we are also seeing new tires that are coming apart. The following picture is of a tire that has blown apart with a date code of 07 of 2014 and was mounted on a 2015 trailer. This was the second tire on that particular trailer that had blown. I always recommend that if you blow one trailer tire, you should replace the remaining tires. If you have one tire go bad, there are usually three others that will follow.
It is important to keep insurance on your trailer to help pay for damages that come from tire problems. We had seen damages from trailer tires blowing that exceeded $4000!
What can you do to prevent blow outs? The best thing you can do is keep your tires covered when the trailer is sitting idle between uses, and make sure you are keeping your tires at max air pressure. Also, always run a reliable brand name tire on your trailer. We stock Provider brand tires here at C&R. They have proven to be great tires and are very reasonably priced.
Thank you Ronnie for these great tips on trailer tires & maintenance. Have you had tire problems before? Did you learn something new today? I know I did! If you still unanswered questions after reading this article, leave a comment and we’ll do our best to help you find an answer.
Be sure to follow Ronnie’s expert advice so that tire problems don’t “blow” your recreation plans!