Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: East Central Illinois
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!!