April 18, 2022
Trailer tires are a big investment, but if you can keep them in service long enough, they can also yield big returns. Read on to learn 3 tips to extend the life of your trailer tires, or use the Find a TIRECRAFT tool to speak with a trailer tire specialist straight away.
Top-3 Tips To Extend The Life Of Your Trailer Tires
1. Maintain Proper Trailer Tire Pressure At Your Local TIRECRAFT
If you want to get more miles out of your trailer tires, proper inflation is paramount. If your trailer tires are underinflated by as little as 5 psi, you could be at risk of imminent tire failure, while every rotation adds excess wear and wastes fuel.
To extend the life of your trailer tires, we recommend that you:
- Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations. Excessive inflation is no better than underinflation, so be sure to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations to the letter. Most trailer tire air pressure levels can be found printed on the tire sidewall, displayed on the vehicle placard, or detailed in the owner’s manual.
- Make time for regular trailer tire air pressure checks and top-ups. Most experts recommend checking trailer tire pressure at least once per month, but in this case, the more the merrier! Be extra vigilant in winter, as air condenses and trailer tire pressure naturally drops, even in brand-new, leak-free tires.
- Check your tires when they’re cold. Trailer tire pressure increases as they heat up during use. To ensure an accurate reading, check trailer tire pressure before you get moving.
- Invest in a high-quality trailer tire pressure gauge. Inaccurate readings can cost you, both at the pump and in terms of long-term wear and tear, so make sure you’ve got a quality pressure gauge and use it often! You can find a large selection of brand-name trailer tire pressure gauges for sale at your local TIRECRAFT, and your purchase can earn you rewards points through the MyTIRECRAFT Rewards program.
2. Optimize Trailer Tire Storage At Your Local TIRECRAFT
In many cases, trailer tires are stored on service vehicles for long periods. To keep your tires in shape while they’re stowed in this way, make sure that:
- Trailer tires are properly inflated before being stored
- Trailer tires are cleaned of contaminants (e.g., road salt, solvents, dirt, pesticides)
- Trailers are stripped of unnecessary loads
- Trailer tires are stowed away from any equipment that produces ozone
- For long storage applications, place the vehicle on blocks
- To reduce risk of flat spotting, rotate trailer tires on occasion by moving the vehicle
- Trailer tires are not exposed to the sun
If you lack the time, energy, tools, or space for proper trailer tire storage, you can always leave it up to us. Use the Find a TIRECRAFT tool to get in touch with a trailer tire storage expert and discuss your needs.
3. Invest In Proper Trailer Tire Maintenance
As the saying goes, ‘An ounce of prevention is a worth a pound of cure’, and your local TIRECRAFT offers all recommended preventative maintenance services under one roof, including:
- Trailer tire rotations
- Trailer tire alignment
- Trailer tire air pressure management
- Trailer tire repairs
- Trailer tire replacements
- Trailer tire retreading, and more
What’s more, if you sign up for the Advantage Plus Program, you may be eligible for free trailer tire repairs and rotations. And the more services you leave up to us, the more reward points you can collect via our customer loyalty program.
Extend The Life Of Your Trailer Tires: Contact TIRECRAFT
Use the Find a TIRECRAFT tool to get in touch with a trailer tire expert near you.Back