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  • Leave trailer tires on the floor during winter storage?

    A question for you guys that have done this a lot longer than me... I am storing my wellcraft 170 on it's trailer in a heated storage facility this winter. I am aware of all the winterizing issues for my I/O and will get those done, but I am wondering about whether or not I leave the trailer on the cement floor for the 7 months of storage. I wouldn't doubt the tires would go soft, but are there any other issues to consider? Should I jack the trailer up, put it on stands to relive the pressure off the tires? This is a nice, clean facility, but are there ways to keep mice out of my boat, etc? I am just trying to keep from having too many issues while the thing sits so long.
    Thanks! This site has been great in teaching me a lot.


  • #2
    Re: Leave trailer tires on the floor during winter storage?

    I've never given any special attention to tires and wheels other than keeping them clean. My boat overwinters sitting on the trailer and all I've ever done is back the trailer up with a patio block under each tire to keep them sinking into the soft ground during the spring thaw.
    There are guys who will put the wheels and tires in plastic bags bring them into their homes and sleep with them, but I'll only dream of indoor heated storage.
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    • #3
      Re: Leave trailer tires on the floor during winter storage?

      Some say that you should support the trailer by the frame thereby taking weight off of the tires and suspension. It certainly can't hurt. However, I at one time had 7 trailers on my property (4 single axle and 3 tandems), and I still have 4 (2 single axle and 2 tandems) and every one of them sits on their tires all year long. I have never had a problem doing this. With the number of trailers I have I don't have the inclination or the required number of stands to jack them all up off of the ground. I also want to be able to move them quickly if needed and don't want to have to jack them up, remove stands, lower to ground, just so I can move a trailer for maybe a few minutes. Just my 2 cents.
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      • #4
        Re: Leave trailer tires on the floor during winter storage?

        I think alot of the issues are from leaving them on grass or dirt, the moisture "overtime" does certanly seems to rot tires and rust out rims,
        so when we park the boat for the winter in the shed, the tires are fully inflated and are parked on wood or concrete blocks, not sunk into the dirt floor.
        rob
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        • #5
          Re: Leave trailer tires on the floor during winter storage?

          I park indoors, in New England and not heated, but do take the pressure off the tires and spings by restting the frame on jack stands. I have a floor jack readily accessible and it only takes a few minutes so why not.

          The tires just barely touch the floor, so in an emergency I wouldn't hesitate to hitch and go without worrying about the stands.
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          • #6
            Re: Leave trailer tires on the floor during winter storage?

            I feel about the same as the other comments. All of my trailers are parked on concrete pads or couple pieces of 2x10 wood for the winter.
            Never had a problem.
            I have heard fabric softener dryer sheets keep mice away but have never tried it.
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            • #7
              Re: Leave trailer tires on the floor during winter storage?

              I have always taken the weight off the tires by supporting the frame with jack stands. For 1 boat and trailer it only takes a few minutes and certainly can't hurt.
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              • #8
                Re: Leave trailer tires on the floor during winter storage?

                Probably doesn't matter if the boat is inside but if stored outdoors I'd leave pressure on the wheels (on top of wooden blocks is a great idea). There is UV
                protectant in the rubber which requires the weight of the trailer to "force" it out of the rubber to the surface.
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                • #9
                  Re: Leave trailer tires on the floor during winter storage?

                  Indoor heated storage.
                  Trailer on blocks to keep weight off one area of tires for a long period of time.
                  Small containers of mothballs and downy sheets scattered around the interior.
                  Steel gauze over the plug hole.

                  Outdoor Freezing Cold Storage.
                  Trailer on blocks.
                  Wheels stored inside somewhere in a warmer than freezing place.
                  Small containers of mothballs and downy sheets scattered around the interior.
                  Steel gauze over the plug hole.
                  Outboard or inboard properly winterised
                  Outfit completely covered with cover or tarp or both.

                  Just my opinion though.
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                  • #10
                    Re: Leave trailer tires on the floor during winter storage?

                    Frozen flatspots can't be good for tire longivity. Don't have to worry about that here in socal
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                    • #11
                      Re: Leave trailer tires on the floor during winter storage?

                      I pay to have our rig stored during the winter. It is enclosed, but not heated. Since the storage place owner has to move rigs around sometimes, customers do not jack up their rigs. So far, so good. No tire or suspension issues.

                      And, yes, Bounce fabric softener sheets scattered throughout the various compartments works for us to keep the critters away. Since our boat is stored indoors, I just leave the drain plug in. -Ken
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                      • #12
                        Re: Leave trailer tires on the floor during winter storage?

                        We have used dryer sheets every year when we close the cottage. Works great. One year I didn't put any in the back storage room and I had droppings everywhere.
                        Ray

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                        • #13
                          Re: Leave trailer tires on the floor during winter storage?

                          Originally posted by kenmyfam View Post
                          Outdoor Freezing Cold Storage.
                          Trailer on blocks.
                          Wheels stored inside somewhere in a warmer than freezing place.
                          Small containers of mothballs and downy sheets scattered around the interior.

                          just curious why for that one? tires really don't care if they freeze or not.

                          personally, all my trailers are ALWAY stored with the tires on, although I usually put some wood blocks under the tires to keep it from sinking in during the spring thaw. Sunrot/weather rot is fairly rare in modern tires, I haven't replaced a tire in 10 years that wasn't due to road damage or mileage issues.

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                          • #14
                            Re: Leave trailer tires on the floor during winter storage?

                            Although I have never had it happen over winter, sun rot is pretty common in the southwest espescially if the trailer does not get used. I have read that the standard is if you tow your trailer at least 6 times per year enough of the UV protectant is forced out to prevent any rot problems. NOt a problem for most people. They also claim that regardless of wear you should replace tires every 5 years. Barring any damage I usually get 6-7 years before I break down and buy new ones.
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                            • #15
                              Re: Leave trailer tires on the floor during winter storage?

                              Thanks to everyone who replied! Great advise... and I'll be buying some dryer sheets for the winter.

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