Unusual wear pattern ruining trailer tires

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  1. RunningAces

    RunningAces Road Train Member

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    Two tires in a row wore in this weird wave pattern. It's an Inside tire on the front axle of a 48 ft spread. Shocks were changed about six months ago. I drive at about 68 mph loaded or empty if it matters.
    Edit: forgot to mention both tires are equally aired on the duals.
     

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  3. OlegMel

    OlegMel Light Load Member

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    Wheel bearings loose most likely. Get them torqued down and regressed. I had the same issue. Jacked up the axle, took of the cover and I could unscrew the axle nut by hand.
     
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  4. uncleal13

    uncleal13 Road Train Member

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    Hendrickson light weight axle flexes under load. Wheel ends of the axle bend upwards while flexing down the road causing inner tire to wear.
     
  5. RunningAces

    RunningAces Road Train Member

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    What do I do to stop it from happening in the future?
     
  6. lester

    lester Midwest's #1 Feed Hauler

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    take it to a good alignment shop.. they can bend some positive camber into the axle to account for loaded flex
     
  7. rollin coal

    rollin coal Road Train Member

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    Weld some angle iron across the top and bottom of the axle to stiffin it up.
     
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  8. Long FLD

    Long FLD Road Train Member

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    MD Alignment recommends the angle iron trick to stop axle flex.
     
  9. snowwy

    snowwy Road Train Member

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    Alignments and wheel bearing tightness should be checked occasionally
     
  10. abyliks

    abyliks Road Train Member

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    What brand rubber?
     
  11. uncleal13

    uncleal13 Road Train Member

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    Axle flex and tire wear

    Some discussion about it here, some had success with getting chamber bent into the axle at a good alignment shop.
     
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