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Old 05-01-2011, 08:50 AM   #1
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Ground clearance???

Great forum, recently discovered. Am looking for my first FRV 13-18 ft. and without spending 100 hours researching, thought I'd ask here first.

Will use this for hunting, fishing, camping expeditions. Plenty of tow vehicle, concerned about rough roads, trails; you know, overall ground clearance. Some of these appear to have very, very limited clearance.

Is there a specific model, manuf I should target to maximize this. Not too wrapped up on interior, etc.

Any and all help is appreciated.

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Old 05-01-2011, 09:27 AM   #2
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All trailers should tow level when hooked up to the tow vehicle.
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I would just change the axle if it's to low.
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Old 05-01-2011, 09:34 AM   #3
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Old 05-01-2011, 11:58 PM   #4
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JimBob, Also take into consideration when taking them on rough roads, besides overall ground clearance, most if not all these fiber-eggs have a single axle torsion bar suspension. Taking them on rough roads can really scramble things inside them, if not anchored down/secured.
Dexter or one like them: Dexter Axle - Trailer Axles and Running Gear Components - Torflex Axles

We have a Scamp, which have 13" wheels and as far I know can not be order with a high lift kit. Only ones which can be, it seems, are the Casitas. They also have 14" wheels, and 15" wheels can be order as well.




Yes, You will want tow the trailer as level as possible as well.
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Old 05-02-2011, 12:33 PM   #5
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Jimbob;

I always flip the axle (springs above the axle) to gain ground clearance for the trailer body. The only option to gain ground clearance for the axle itself is to go to large rims and larger profile tires. Just make sure they fit in the trailer wheelwell. In addition, get an adjustable trailer hitch so that you can tow level.

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Old 05-02-2011, 12:45 PM   #6
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Victor, all very true if one has springs. However, with Scamps & Casitas, they do not have springs to flip, the torsion bars are the springs. True large rims and larger profile tires would work, but only as far as they fit in the trailer wheel well is very true as well. On the Scamps, the wheel well doesn't allow much leeway. I have gone up a size in tires but not in wheels. Be nice to have at least 14" wheels...
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Old 05-02-2011, 12:50 PM   #7
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You'll have to take the axle off and then weld square tube to the frame and then weld the axle to the square tube. Or you can take the axle off and try to find or have a leaf spring axle assembly made to fit the trailer,that's about it.
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Old 05-02-2011, 12:59 PM   #8
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Victor, all very true if one has springs. However, with Scamps & Casitas, they do not have springs to flip, the torsion bars are the springs. True large rims and larger profile tires would work, but only as far as they fit in the trailer wheel well is very true as well. On the Scamps, the wheel well doesn't allow much leeway. I have gone up a size in tires but not in wheels. Be nice to have at least 14" wheels...
What do you mean you went up a size in tires but not in wheels?

What size trires do you have?

What is the maximum size tire you can fit?


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Old 05-02-2011, 01:16 PM   #9
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He went with a taller tire, tires come in different widths and heights even though the rim is still the same.
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Old 05-02-2011, 01:46 PM   #10
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Old 05-02-2011, 03:25 PM   #11
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Yes, tires are still 13" but the next step up in height: ST185/80R13
Our Scamp 16' came with ST175/30/R13 Goodyears, we discovered a knot from what appears to be tread separation.
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Tires for a Scamp 16'
http://www.fiberglassrv.com/forums/f...r13-29686.html

After we had one of these Maraton Tires go....we now have a Greenball tire on.
Another Marathon goes down
Greenball Transmaster ST185x80Rx13...made in China but it looked good. So far it is doing well. See what happen this year.

May try to find a 14" tire which would fit in the wheel wells....haven't started looking or doing any research yet. The tires going bad have been the ones on the right side were so much of the heavy stuff is located....fridge, hot water, sink/stove, fresh water, microwave, pot & pans, etc.
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Old 05-02-2011, 04:56 PM   #12
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Good luck with that Chinese junk, I put four Chinese tires on my stepdaughters car and they never made the first year, off brand crap called "Good ride".
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Here's a new post from the camping section:
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Old 05-03-2011, 08:45 AM   #14
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Trailer tires are strange creatures for sure. It does seem that the curb side ones seem to self destruct more often than the other.
Probably from the excess weight on that side as well as damage occuring from that tire leaving the road from wandering on narrow roads or from hitting the curbs on turns
On a couple of the tire forums, the two brands that "Seem" to give the least trouble are the Kumho (Korea) and the Maxxiss (Thailand).

I can't understand why Casita puts all the potentially heavy stuff on the one side. Sink, fridge, stove, closet, awning, and fresh water tank as well as the outside storage where the jack and other heavy things will most likely end up. The street side does have the water heater, power supply, side dinette and toilet. But it doesn't "seem" to be proper weight distribution. Just filling the fresh water tank can add 128-160 lbs of weight to the curb side. Filling the fridge can add a lot also.

We try to compensate by having our tools, jack, and so forth under the side dinette across from the kitchen stove and over the axle to help ballance. Plates, pots and pans ( minimum ) and canned goods go in front of that. The only way we would know for sure if we are doing the right thing would be to have some scales to weigh each end of the axle seperately.

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