Tire Dry Rot
Dry rot? Yuck! And it’s not just ugly; it’s expensive.
How to Protect Your Trailer Tires and Avoid Dry Rot
Tires, generally speaking, will only last for about 6 years (under ideal conditions). So, even (or especially) if you’re not using your trailer often, your tires won’t last indefinitely.
What causes dry rot? Sunlight is the main culprit. Protecting your tires from the sun is the most important thing you can do to avoid tire dry rot. Some tips to keep you rolling safely:
- Apply liquid protectorate (like Murphy’s Oil Soap or Armor All) according to directions. BUT, understand these liquids are like SPF for your tires – they only protect from the sun for a short time.
- Use canvas wheel covers! They are cheap (and effective) insurance. We sell several sizes and styles for $18 – $23.
- Reposition the trailer at least once a month, so as to rotate the tires.
- If the trailer is going to sit for longer than a month, jack it up to so pressure isn’t constant on just one spot the tires.
Can Tire Dry Rot be Repaired?
In a word, no. Once dry rot has obviously set in, that tire – and therefore your trailer’s load – is riding on borrowed time. If the area with dry rot is very small, and the cracks aren’t deep, you may be able to get a few more miles out of it by keeping the tire well-lubricated with a product like Armor All, but any dry rot spells doom for your tire, and can be a significant risk on the road.
What Does Tire Dry Rot Look Like?
Got questions about your trailer’s condition or maintenance? We’re here to help. Request a service appointment or stop in to see us. We’re just off I-271 at the Forbes/Broadway exit in Oakwood Village, Ohio.