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How Axle to Axle Misalignment Affects Trailer Tire Wear

wo or more axles on a trailer can cause unusual tire wear problems if the axles are not aligned with each other.

The diagram below describes a typical trailer frame. Trailers use a centerline as the standard during manufacture.

This is called a geometric centerline.

The axles and draw bar are both on the geometric centerline.

Boat trailers, house trailers or the multiple varieties of utility and RV trailers all use this standard.

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Two axle (or more) trailers require not only wheel to wheel alignment on each axle but the more difficult axle to axle alignment.

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In this case the trailer was manufactured with the front axle not in line with the geometric centerline of the trailer. The front axle steered to the right while the rear axle steered straight, causing the tires to scrub on the roadway. Excessive heat was generated and the tires pulled apart. See diagram above and photos below.

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Most often misalignment is caused by hitting curbs or objects in the roadway or running off the road. Whatever the cause, unusual tire wear or failure is the result.

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Axle and tire damage by an impact is often covered by insurance.

Don Stec is the owner of Coachmaster of Redding. Coachmaster is a full service collision repair shop also specializing in the repair of recreational vehicles, trailers and boats. The company works with all the major insurance companies and has a great reputation in the North State. Don Stec can be reached at 530-243-1310 or at the shop at 6851 Eastside Road in Redding.


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