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Trailer Tire Maintenance

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I live on a lake, so the only time I use my trailer is once in the spring and once in the fall. The tires seem to be in great condition and want to keep them that way. What should I be doing to make sure it stays that way?

I have seen tires with brutal dry rot - I don't know what causes this or any other issues from limited use, but want to be proactive.

Over the winter I keep the trailer and boat in my garage w/ concrete floor (usually gets no colder than about 40 degrees. In the summer it stays unloaded in my brother-in-law's pole barn that has a dirt/gravel floor.

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In the summer I would jack the trailer up and rest the axle on blocks - that way you're keeping the load off the tires. If it's inside a building and sun getting to them isn't an issue I think you should be in good shape.

marine_man

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Is there a conditioner that one could use to help prevent cracking and such? Might be good for other tires too like lawn mowers, ATVs, etc.

Bob

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I would also block them up in the winter in your garage, It only takes a couple of minutes and it keeps the weight off them all winter.

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Ozone destroys tires and they will start to fall apart in spite of what you do.

Dealers recommend replacing tires after 4 years becomes of this (and it helps their bottom line!)

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