How old are your horse trailer tires?
I just learned this about tires and thought you might find it useful sense most of us have to trailer to get to the trails.
It’s important to check the age of your horse trailer tires because the rubber degrades over time. I’ve never really thought about it but it does seem to make sense. I called my trailer gurus and both said that tire manufacturers are recommending that any tire be replaced if it’s over 6 years old. And old doesn’t mean from when the tire was placed on the trailer. It’s from the date of manufacture.
The code with the manufacturing date information is printed on the tires and is a bit cryptic but once you learn the code it’s easy peezy to figure out. Basically it’s a two digit week of year and two digit year.
You can learn more on reading the code and see examples here
I've always heard that they need to be replaced after 5 years.
Most trailer tires will not be worn out as far as the tread goes. Its the deteriation of the rubber that is the big problem.
Yeah, I figure 6-7 year range for tires to avoid blow outs. I know manufacturers suggest earlier but I've taken that long plus to wear out a set of tires on a vehicle with no issues.
My trailer is 2.5 years old and was ordered so the tires can't be much older than that! I have had to have one tire plugged as it was leaking air. Other than that, no issues. I will try to remember to replace them when it is paid off...that is when it will be 5 years old.
Painted - exactly. Chances are none of us will ever wear out a set of trailer tires and it just seems wasteful to replace them with lots of good tread left. What I've done in the past with "old tires" was to put them on farm equipment. Unfortunately recycling to another contraption isn't an option for a lot of people and quite frankly some people don't know what dry rot looks like or what to look for (I was one of them). I look at at as cheap insurance. And a good reminder to check the age of the tires when I look at new ( or new to me) trailers.
Here's a pic I lifted off of the web of one of the signs of dry rot
We get new about every 4 years. I've recycled in the past but would love to find a place to shred them to add to my indoor footing.
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Informative and interesting!
I read that tires from southern areas of the U.S. degrade faster (due to the heat?) at about 5 - 6 years, whereas tires from northern areas of the U.S. were good for 10 years. Any more info on that?
I also heard somewhere that exposure to sunlight was a prime reason for degrading tires, so if you covered them when not in use it helped. Anyone hear anything more about that?
PLEASE have your mechanic double check the weight load for yours bc mine weren't graded for my trailer! **SUPER mad face**
MY 4 horse, steel, slant load trailer's tires are 3 years and 4 months old. We have 4 tires below and 2 spares on the sides. Two originals blew out on us when we drove home from PA (for the Natl. 145th Gettysburg Reenactment) in July, 2008 with 3 horses, and drove back home with 4. The first tire blew a few hours after we headed home, which we discovered after we ate dinner, in the parking lot of a restaurant. The 2nd tire blew about 1/2 way home, in the middle of Ohio, on a very busy Interstate. The guys from AAA really risked their lives taking the tire off and putting on the spare. Our first call was to them, and our 2nd call was 9-1-1. An officer stopped to see what the problem was, then LEFT US about 10 minutes later. **TOTALLY WTFudge!!!!** I was expecting him to help us with traffic, so nobody would get hurt, since there was hardly a shoulder and there was one lane under construction.
WE used our Garmin and exited 3 miles later to a town with a tire shop. They sold tires for pretty much everything, including semi's, and they lifted the trailer fully loaded up to replace the tires. Our trailer (and horses) are in the back yard, and though we don't put a lot of miles on the trailer these days, we ALWAYS double check the pressure and condition before transporting anywhere. DH and I had to learn SO MUCH about trailering by trail and error over the past 26 years, and we have spent MORE than one extra night stranded, bc we needed trailer repairs (with our first stock trailer) and twice with truck repairs (loose U-joints and broken regulator & alternator.) Educate yourself and save some grief!!
I just had the trailer serviced and they said the tires were fine. I do haul it almost every week. The former Brenderup shop manager said I was an unusual Brenderup owner! LOL he said they don't haul that often. I told him I bought it to trail ride and it is a rare week I don't go somewhere!!! I will check out the dry rot look. I am hauling it tomorrow!
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