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Old 08-06-2013, 08:09 PM   #15
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Ha.... I'll almost bet that any tires you buy at the Scamp factory are a) Fleet Priced (Meaning cheap tires) and Already well over a year old.....
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Old 08-06-2013, 08:11 PM   #16
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Sure, replace them, if only because Bob is right and anything marked "B78-13" is ancient. On the other hand, I wouldn't panic about the six-year thing; ask anyone with a collector car that gets driven only occasionally if they buy new tires every six years, and if they have ever heard of a tire failure due to age...

... but I think new would almost certainly be prudent in this case.
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Old 08-06-2013, 08:26 PM   #17
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If you need to travel to get to a location where you have a decent selection of tire stores just really take it slow. And make sure you have a jack, lug wrench and air in the spare.

Heat is what will cause a tire to fail, faster you drive, hotter the tire gets.

I have a pair of Dunlop K71's on my 1966 triumph motorcycle, the tire went out of production about 1971. As Brian said it still works despite it's age But the most strain it will see is if I putt the couple of miles to town on the two lane. No way I'm hitting highway speeds or taking those on a road trip. I don't heal as well as I used to.
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Old 08-06-2013, 10:23 PM   #18
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The factory tires on my 16' scamp were 175-70r13. They were replace by the PO with 185-70r13. I have plenty of clearance, but our axle was just replaced last year
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Old 08-06-2013, 10:35 PM   #19
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Grrrr that's a good point - height !!! The axel was replaced in 1998 and I feel spring still but hate to put new tires and then find out I need to deal with the height . More to think about : (
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Old 08-07-2013, 12:38 AM   #20
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Recently I was at a Wheel Works tire center, looking for trailer tires. They didn't have any, but I got this great piece of advice from the nice young man behind the counter:

"You know, we sell mostly passenger tires here, and trailers take special tires. Passenger tires roll too well. If you put them on a trailer, the trailer might speed up and run into you.".

I told him I'd keep that in mind.

Keeping a straight face was hard.
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Old 08-07-2013, 12:56 AM   #21
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"You know, we sell mostly passenger tires here, and trailers take special tires. Passenger tires roll too well. If you put them on a trailer, the trailer might speed up and run into you."


I hope he was joking. I'm afraid he was not.
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Old 08-07-2013, 01:02 AM   #22
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The factory tires on my 16' scamp were 175-70r13. They were replace by the PO with 185-70r13. I have plenty of clearance, but our axle was just replaced last year
I don't think ST or LT tires ever came in this size - was Scamp using regular (not specifically for trailers) tires, or were the sizes perhaps ST175/75R13 and ST185/75R13, or ST175/80R13 and ST185/80R13?
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Old 08-07-2013, 12:47 PM   #23
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Your B-78-13 tires are 30+ years old. I would not even think of using them.

A ST175-80-13 tire is 24.02 inches in diamater and 6.89 inches wide. It has a maxium load capacity of 1360 pounds (load range C ) per tire.

A ST185-75-13 tire is 24.65 inches in diamater and 7.28 inches wide. It has a maxium load capicity of 1480 pounds ( load range C ) per tire.

If you have clearance the 185's would give you greater load capacity while raising your trailer a little over 1/4 inch off the ground and putting the top of the tire a little over 1/4 inch closer to the wheel well. A pair of 185's can carry 240 pounds more.
Unless your current tires are really close to the wheel wells eiher size would work.

One more thing to think about is tire chains. If you are going winter camping having clearance to allow for chains could be critical. I know Minnesota people are familiar with winter driving and tend to not use chains but if you are in some of the western states chains are sometimes required. I've never had to chain up my trailer but I am prepared to do so if needed.

Have fun !
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Old 08-07-2013, 09:27 PM   #24
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Ok 3 new tires !!! Now hoping to get bearings greased or repacked and test lights count down is on ! Crossing fingers this will be the first of many safe trips : ) in my little scamp . Thank you for pushing me to replace tires ( guy that remounted spare said it torn into pieces when he removed it .
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Old 08-07-2013, 10:17 PM   #25
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Great to hear, what size did you go with?
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Old 08-07-2013, 10:32 PM   #26
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175-80-13 I believe - didn't have time to order what I wanted . Wish I had started with the tires a few weeks ago when I bought her but I was lead to think that if the axel was replaced it would no longer have the original tires on it after 30 yrs .
Now I'm worried about the bearings lol . Need to go drag her around town a bit see how that goes and call AAA make sure RV is on it .
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