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Old 05-28-2015, 11:12 PM   #1
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Trailer tires for Bigfoot

I am looking for tires for my 17ft Bigfoot trailer 205/75/14 is there really a huge difference in trailer tires or are they generally all the same?
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Old 05-28-2015, 11:22 PM   #2
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That is a super loaded question and one that has caused great debate here and on other RV forums. Have you done a search of the discussion archives to read previous discussions on the subject? That might be a good place to start rather than rehashing the debate in yet another thread.
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Old 05-28-2015, 11:24 PM   #3
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Sorry for asking
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Old 05-28-2015, 11:34 PM   #4
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No need to get in a snit, I'm not trying to be a jerk.

The answer is, "Yes, there is a huge difference in trailer tire brands and specifications." It's a really passionate topic for a lot of people and has been thoroughly discussed in the recent past.

What's wrong with looking through the archives? You might find a ton of information there. I sure have!
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Old 05-28-2015, 11:52 PM   #5
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There really are only a few brands available in BC, don't remember which I put on.
I'm sure I have read on the forum about differences of opinion.

My view is as long as one maintains proper tire pressure & the tires are within the age limit ie under 7 years most road problems can be avoided.
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Old 05-28-2015, 11:55 PM   #6
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Thanks Daniel
That's good to know, I'll be traveling mostly on dirt gravel roads
So I was just wondering. I have read several posts but couldn't find any
thing about trailer tires and gravel roads.
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Old 05-29-2015, 12:02 AM   #7
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Check with a couple of RV shops and see what they recommend based on experience. My trailer is only used on paved roads.
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Old 05-29-2015, 01:26 AM   #8
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Sue, the only thing I would add, because you talk of dirt/back roads, you may want to look into a higher ply rated tire than normal highway tires. I use that on my off road buggy for extreme abuse. A lot of members here run the same type roads you're talking about. They will chime in soon for you.
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Old 05-29-2015, 07:07 AM   #9
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Just to add, if you are going off the main roads, be sure to have a matching "New" spare tire. The age old practice of "Keeping the best old one" for a spare is a recipe for disaster. Many an RVer has learned that the hard way.


Be sure you have the tools (jack, wrench, blocks) to change a tire and, if you haven't already done so, practice it one time before going. And last: Be sure you can loosen all of the trailers lug nuts. Some times tire jockeys get carried away and over tighten to the point that only a 500 lb. gorilla can loosen them. On the other hand, if you are a 500 lb. Gorilla, don't worry about the last point.... LOL
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Old 05-29-2015, 11:10 AM   #10
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LOL.... Thanks for the good advice,
I am not a gorilla but maybe have to take one with me... LOL
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Old 05-29-2015, 11:46 AM   #11
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If you just purchased your trailer you might want to check your axle. Most if not all bigfoot 17's left the factory with a 4 inch drop axle and that puts the trailer lower than many of us like. Your trailer may have had an axle modification. The original owner might have changed the drop axle for a straight axle or might have had the original axle remounted under the springs. either modification would give you lots more tire and wheel options. Since you said you will be on dirt and gravel roads you should consider an axle change along with new tires.


I put a straight axle on my Bigfoot and went to 15 inch wheels and tires. I picked up 5 inches of ground clearance and am very happy with this change.
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