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Old May 30th, 2011, 10:51 AM   #1
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I did some searching but came up empty handed.

My trailer tires are a year old and are starting to dry rot to all hell. I do not put any type of tire cleaner like armor all on them. I do apply stuff to the tire that is approved by the tire manufactures and does not contain petroleum or silicone. I keep them covered 99% of the time it is not in use as well to protect against the sun's uv rays. Is there anything else i can do to try and stop this from happening? What works for some of the guys on here? The conventional wisdom i have found online does not appear to work very well for me. I am going to be buying new ones here soon and do not want this to happen again so quickly.
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Old May 30th, 2011, 11:01 AM   #2
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lower the psi when not in use, might help
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Old May 30th, 2011, 11:04 AM   #3
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another thing that helps is to put it on jack stands if possible keeping the tires from touching the ground.
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Old May 30th, 2011, 01:00 PM   #4
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when i store my boats for the winter i put the axles up on blocks and let all the air out of the tires. in my experience it has kept them from rotting. a black garbage bag over the tires will keep the sun from getting to them but leave it open in the back for ventilation.
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Old May 30th, 2011, 09:52 PM   #5
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My trailer is parked on asphalt in the Georgia sun, i have no dry rot problems.

i'd move to Georgia, either that your the tires you have were old when you got them or low quality.
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Old June 4th, 2011, 09:43 PM   #6
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My trailer is parked on asphalt in the Georgia sun, i have no dry rot problems.

i'd move to Georgia, either that your the tires you have were old when you got them or low quality.
Looks like Georgia here i come haha.

I will try lifting the trailer off the ground, letting air out of tires, and putting bags over them. If this happens again then you are going to have a new neighbor scottie.
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either that your the tires you have were old when you got them or low quality.
I was thinking the same thing. I remember a thread a while back about someone buying "new" pop up trailer tires there were actual manufactured like five years ago. Isn't there someway to read the #'s on the tires to tell when they were manufactured?
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yes there is.. i worked at discount tire and just because your buying "new" tires don't meen there newly manufactured. we had some in the store that were 10 years old. sounds like u have a bad batch of tires my friend.
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Look on the tires for some numbers in a small oval- granted there is a lot of numbers but one is the built date on the tires

should look like this



which means the tires are made in the 7th week (07) OF 06- that is just in my case look on your tires- these were near the dot marking but depending on who made them it could be anywhere
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