Wheels and Tires: Pole Trailers

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There are many questions when it comes to the wheels and tires of pole trailers. No matter the style of pole trailer, we have you covered! Below are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.

Can I Use Wheels With Greater Offsets?

The distance from the mounting surface to the center line of the tire is the wheel offset. We do not recommend using wheels with greater offsets because exceeding the offset will shorten the bearing life and may lead to dangerous failure.

What Causes Tread Wear and What Should I Watch For?

According to the National Association of Trailer Manufacturers, you should check tire pressure before each tow to ensure that it is at the level indicated on the tire sidewall or VIN label. It is important to only check the tire pressure when the tire is cold. Never check tire pressure immediately after towing the trailer. Always allow at least three hours for the tires to cool, even if the trailer has only been towed for one mile.

Tires can lose air over a period of time. If the tire treads have less than 2/32 inch depth or the telltale bands are visible, then replace the tire before towing the trailer.

Inspect both side walls thoroughly for any bubbles or cuts because this can result in a tire blowout. If there is a damaged tire, replace it before towing the trailer.

Make sure the tires are inflated to the maximum rated pressure indicated on the sidewall or VIN label if you are storing your trailer for an extended period of time. Store them in a cool, dry place such as a garage to prevent possible weather damage. Also, use tire covers to protect the tires from harsh effects of the sun.

Why Do I Need to Re-Torque My Trailer Wheels?

Trailer wheels can carry significantly more weight than two vehicle wheels of the same size and thus see more disc flexing due to side loading stresses. Re-torque them several times is necessary until the wheel nut torque stabilizes, especially for new wheels that need to have the paint worn away at the hub mounting face and under the wheel nuts.

 

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