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Old 06-02-2021, 11:11 AM   #1
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Dolly tires?

For those of you who have owned a dolly for a length of time: Have you replaced the dolly's tires? If so how did you determine the tires needed replacement? Age? Wear?

Our dolly sits as much as the RV--maybe a little more as there are trips we take without the dolly. Do those tires age like the RV's tires do? (EZE-Tow dolly with its 10-ply tires?)

Asking because this summer we'll be taking the dolly on a 3500 mile journey and its 6+ years old now. Thinking I may just replace those tires to be safe.

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Old 06-02-2021, 12:38 PM   #2
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The tires do age and I would be cautious using them if they are that old. The sun and weather conditions age the tires. They are supporting the front end weight of your towed car. I would change them out with new ones at this point. I just bought a tow dolly and have extra tires that came with it in the deal. I wrapped them up and placed them inside my garage out of the elements to keep them as fresh as possible for future use.

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Old 06-02-2021, 12:52 PM   #3
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Buying tires is a whole lot cheaper than fixing damage to toads...
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Old 06-02-2021, 01:34 PM   #4
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Yeah that is the direction I've been leaning.
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Old 06-02-2021, 01:46 PM   #5
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I personally would replace the tires and p
Repack the bearings.
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Old 06-02-2021, 02:23 PM   #6
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Old 06-02-2021, 03:51 PM   #7
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Age, usually, as they usually don't get enough miles put on them to wear them out. IMO, if they're ST tires then at around 6 years old, according to the DOT date code on the tire, it's time to look for replacements.
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Old 06-02-2021, 04:52 PM   #8
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Well new tires on their way...
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Old 06-02-2021, 04:57 PM   #9
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I also have EZE-Tow dolly like you. I replaced the original tires after around 10K miles. One tire developed a bubble on one side. I posted a side by side picture of my tires at another forum site (when we had the Class C Forest River). It was suggested that the tires "may have had some sort of radial belt separation", which caused the tire to expand. I was glad we didn't had a blow out. My dolly is kept inside our garage when not in use. So no excessive sun exposure. At 6 years old, I would replace them. Tires are not that expensive. Damage caused by a blow out will be.
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I know that my tow dolly tires have the balancing beads inside the tires so no lead weights are required. My tow dolly tires each use 2 ounces of balance beads per tire to correctly balance them. It is based on the size of the tire as to how much in balance beads are needed.

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