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2014 Itasca Ellipse 42QD

Tires: Michelin XZA2 ENERGY 295 80R22.5 

Position: Front / driver's (steer tire)

These tires were put on a little over 2 years ago

I just noticed some unusual damage, can't be normal tread wear. The inner portion of the most outside tread looks as if it's been shaved off about 1/8 inch, but only in strips about 2/3 around the tire.

Strangely, it's not a continuous cut/shave.  It seems to be thin, thick, thin, almost nothing, then same pattern again about 2/3s around the tire. About 1/3 shows no damage. 

Inspecting the tire and it doesn't seem to have enough damage to be immediately concerned, but I'm going to keep an eye on it.

Wondering if anyone can tell me what may cause this?  (For one pic I wet the tire to see if that would help see the damage.)

 

 

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First thing to have checked would be the alignment. Steering components could cause this issue. The other could be a defective shock absorber. Does not look like a defective tire issue. Where a you located. That would help locating a shop close by. I would NOT put to many miles on that tire until you get the issue and tire replaced 

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18 hours ago, eric@babin.com said:

2014 Itasca Ellipse 42QD

Tires: Michelin XZA2 ENERGY 295 80R22.5 

Position: Front / driver's (steer tire)

These tires were put on a little over 2 years ago

I just noticed some unusual damage, can't be normal tread wear. The inner portion of the most outside tread looks as if it's been shaved off about 1/8 inch, but only in strips about 2/3 around the tire.

Strangely, it's not a continuous cut/shave.  It seems to be thin, thick, thin, almost nothing, then same pattern again about 2/3s around the tire. About 1/3 shows no damage. 

Inspecting the tire and it doesn't seem to have enough damage to be immediately concerned, but I'm going to keep an eye on it.

Wondering if anyone can tell me what may cause this?  (For one pic I wet the tire to see if that would help see the damage.)

 

 

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Eric, Looks like the Tow in or Tow out  setting is off!

Rich.

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These pictures and explanation seem to indicate  incorrect camber might be the problem. Michelin Truck tire PDF seems to indicate loose wheel bearings or counter-steering due to drive axle mis-alignment.

That is a very important part of having a vehicle aligned, a drive axle mis-alignment is also the main cause of the steering wheel not sitting level when driving straight. Mine was out by 3/4", since the total alignment steering is more like driving my pickup than previous to the total alignment, which BTW cost me $300 at a local HDT repair shop.

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18 hours ago, wildebill308 said:

I agree with Ray. I would make shure it was loaded like you were leaving on a trip. My last coach was off more than Ray's

Bill

Exactly! MH should be fully-loaded and ride-height be at designated measurements prior to alignment for best results. Now I use cruise-control regularly, otherwise I find myself driving at 70 MPH instead of my normal 62 MPH.

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