Camper trailer tyres

Submitted: Wednesday, Jun 04, 2014 at 13:12
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Hello,

Just after other peoples thoughts.

I have a outback trip planned, onadatta track, Alice, Palm valley.

My concern is the amount of water that's acceptable on camper trailer tyres. I have been in this area before. Just never towed in the outback. I have always maintained the car tyres are above 50%. I always drop my tyre pressure to suit the conditions.

I have bfg mud tyres fitted. If anyone knows the km2 tread pattern well. The center sipes have just worn to the center tread block. Still above wear indicators.

Since the tyres just roll along my thoughts are they should be ok. Yet I know the tyres will get showered on rocks from the car. I have two complete spares and tyre plugs.

So do I buy two new ones? Or run what I have since it's on the trailer only?

Thank you
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Reply By: Honky - Wednesday, Jun 04, 2014 at 13:17

Wednesday, Jun 04, 2014 at 13:17
Also a major concern is the age of the tyre.
I have had two blowouts on old tyres on my camper trailer and they had plenty of tread.
The amount of damage the steel belts do is amazing.

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Follow Up By: mick78 - Wednesday, Jun 04, 2014 at 13:26

Wednesday, Jun 04, 2014 at 13:26
Hey Honkey,

I forgot to add the date code. The date code is 0912. Sept 2012. I thought after ten yrs it's time to replace the tyre even if trade and condition is good.

Thanks you
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Follow Up By: Member - Serendipity(WA) - Wednesday, Jun 04, 2014 at 18:10

Wednesday, Jun 04, 2014 at 18:10
The date stamp shows the week of the year and then the year of manufacture. 0912 is ninth week of 2012.

Tyres have a recommended life of 6 years but some tyres that are well looked after and not exposed to weather can last some years longer. I have seen tyres show signs of aging well before their tyre date is up.

I have also had tyres delaminate due to aging and extreme conditions like living in Darwin. Heat is a factor.

A visual check is also in order as well as the date stamp.

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Reply By: Member - mike g2 - Wednesday, Jun 04, 2014 at 15:25

Wednesday, Jun 04, 2014 at 15:25
Hi mick, to my knowledge as trailers are registered vehicles, tyre tread depth has to comply with vehicle tread specs for your state. trailer tyres do more than 'roll along', you would have load and gear, a flat or at worse a blow out would be at the least inconvenient and at worst cause a flip over and damage to trailer and contents. . assume your using treg hitch? there's lots of info on tyres in explor oz already. try a search . generally for robust 4wd work, steel rims better with an off road rated tyre and heavy suspension. add stone guards, they cut down damage. tyre age is also relevant as the others say. spares are good. went thru 2 in one day on a seriously rough army trip once following the Zuytdorp cliffs ( WA) . your thread speaks of "water"..., I assume you mean wear?
all the best for trip,
MG.
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Reply By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Wednesday, Jun 04, 2014 at 16:45

Wednesday, Jun 04, 2014 at 16:45
Hi Mick, my thoughts are that trailer tyres are subject to about the same stress and wear as front (un-driven) vehicle tyres. They do a bit more than "just roll along", for one thing they need to resist forces that tend to slide sideways . And a blowout on the trailer could be as bad as one on the vehicle.
If I'm right, and you apply that consideration it may help in you resolving the issue.
If I'm wrong, I am sure someone will tell me so nicely. LOL
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Reply By: Kris and Kev - Wednesday, Jun 04, 2014 at 17:00

Wednesday, Jun 04, 2014 at 17:00
I must admit that I took our camper tyres for granted, until this happened on the William Creek Road, just outside Coober Pedy. Plenty of tread, road was smooth as. Age of tyre, 8 years. Spoke to a tyre specialist who said the tyres were past their use by date and when I looked at the other one you could see cracks in the rubber between the treads. I got both (obviously the blow one) replaced with good quality LT tyres. Kevin

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Reply By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Wednesday, Jun 04, 2014 at 17:14

Wednesday, Jun 04, 2014 at 17:14
Here's another, at Birdsville. Not mine thank goodness.
Don't know what went first, the tyre or the bearing! I'd guess the bearing.

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Reply By: mudbro2 - Thursday, Jun 05, 2014 at 00:26

Thursday, Jun 05, 2014 at 00:26
We went to the Finke desert race in 2012 with a tradesman type trailer with a rooftop tent on it and road tyres. What I did was the big mudflaps on the rear of the Patrol and put some mudflaps on the trailer infront of the tyres so stones being flung up from the Patrol would hit that instead of the tyre (well most of them) which I believe is the cause of most trailer blowouts. We went from Kulgera east to Finke, then down to Dalhousie springs via Mt Dare, then down the Oodnadatta track and home to Adelaide. The rear tyres on the Patrol were badly chiped from stones being flung up from the front tyres, but the trailer tyres looked as good as the day we left but the mudflaps took a hammering so I guess that worked for me.
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