"I was wondering could some one cover a topic travel trailers ,5th wheel, bus , semi's and semi trailers, and anything recreational W H A T IS T I R E LIFE FOR THEM? I have never seen this covered HUM !"
I have covered this in a few different posts on this blog and some RV forums but this post may put it all in one place:
Daily drivers (cars & P/U) drive about 12,000 a year and may get 3 to 5 years life again most based on wearing out.
With RVs (Trailer & Motorhome) mileage might be as low as a few hundred miles a year to a few driving up to 20,000. BUT if you consult your owner's manuals you will probably see them point out expected life to be 3 to 5 on trailers. Motorhomes probably hit 7 to the suggested max of 10 years, again before wear-out due to low miles driven in most cases.
The primary reason for the earlier "end of life" on trailers is the result of the unique radial belt shear forces identified in this blog and in the industry technical papers as "Interply Shear" that comes from a combination of tires being dragged rather than steered around corners and tires "fighting" each other when going around corners as the tires on different axles are not all rotating around the same center of the turn. It is the Interply Shear that initiates the cracks between the belts and accelerated the crack growth that can end up as a belt separation before the tires wear out. The Interply Shear damage is augmented by damage from improper (low) inflation, improper (high) load and in some cases, excess heat due to speeds higher than the basic design called for.
I hope this helps others why we have different tire life experiences on our RVs than with our cars.
Thanks for the info. Does this also apply with 4wheeler tires too? I have an ATV I used for our off-road trips.ReplyDelete