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SUBJECT: # 13591: Back Track trailers

Submitted by 1 (98.83.153.158) from ALABAMA on 6/10/2012 11:52:00 AM

Im wanting to take my boat trailer to have it checked out, I suspect from the tire wear pattern that I may have an issue with the axle being bent, or axle to trailer misalignment.I measured from the rear crossbar of the trailer to the axle on each side and it measures even, but I'm not sure that's telling me enough. Any suggestions as to what type of repair shop can check this for me?


  1. 6/10/2012 1:21:00 PM Submitted by Jeff Hahn from OH says It depends
    It depends on the type of trailer you have. Torsion bar trailers are dealt with differently than the older style axles.

    I had bad tire wear on one tire a few years back. I also thought I had an alignment problem. But, I replaced the tire and the new one is wearing evenly. I think I just had a bad tire...a Goodyear Marathon. From what I have read here and on other bass boat forums, some Marathons we just made poorly and had this problem. Perhaps that is also your problem???

    Jeff Hahn


  2. 6/10/2012 9:16:00 PM Submitted by mofishin #10690 from AL says Tire wear
    The original tires on my tandem axle trailer lasted only 2 years with few miles on them. The had uneven wear on all 4 tires. When I got a new set of Goodyear Marathon tires I had the dealer to balance them. 3 years later and the tires are still in excellent condition.


  3. 6/13/2012 9:57:00 PM Submitted by Catfan #10754 from IN says Measure the hubs
    Get about a two foot straight edge like a level. Pull the tires and lay the level against the wheel mounting surface horizontally and measure from the straight edge to the frame fore and aft of the wheel. The measurements should be almost exactly the same.


  4. 6/13/2012 10:43:00 PM Submitted by Alex from GA #10518 from GA says Alignment.
    A front end shop that aligns Ford twin I beam axles can do a trailer. They have to bend the axle to align it.


  5. 9/3/2012 4:33:00 PM Submitted by fatboy from OH says Are you talking camber?
    Camber is the angle your tires tilt in or out. Tilted in would cause wear on the inside of the tire. I would think that if you have a good level you could hold it against the center of the wheel and see if it is plumb.

    To check alignment you will need to find a spot on the axle such as a u bolt ( use the same spot on each side ) drop a plumb bob down and mark that point on the ground. Use duct tape on the ground or I guess I should have said the floor. Do this for both axles if it is tandem . Then from the center of the hitch drop the plumb bob and make a mark.

    With the help of someone else measure from the mark you made off of the tongue to the points from the front axel. To measure hold the tape measure at 1 inch on the front dot. This gives you a better read. They should be very close the each other.

    If you have a duel axle just measure the dots from the front axle to the rear.

    If this is more than you want to do or the thing is off any good alignment shop should be able to do it.

    I have used this way to align semi trailers and trucks. You would be shocked at how good this old school way works.


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