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Old 12-22-2014, 05:26 PM   #43
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Switch from 13 inch to 14 inch tires & wheels

Has anyone put 14 inch wheels and tires on their 16 foot Scamp?
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Old 01-06-2015, 08:47 PM   #44
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My scamp is a deluxe 13. It has load range c now. I can get d for the same price. Can you over tire it?


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Old 01-06-2015, 08:56 PM   #45
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My scamp is a deluxe 13. It has load range c now. I can get d for the same price. Can you over tire it?


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IMHO, not within reason. I always pick the highest load range in the size, personally. It gives a greater safety margin for hot days and higher speeds. Keep in mind you don't have to run max pressure. The manufacturer will have a chart for tire pressure vs speed vs weight.




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Old 01-27-2015, 10:29 PM   #46
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IMHO, not within reason. I always pick the highest load range in the size, personally. It gives a greater safety margin for hot days and higher speeds. Keep in mind you don't have to run max pressure. The manufacturer will have a chart for tire pressure vs speed vs weight.




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The charts referred to above are minimum pressures to avoid tire damage.
Please read the manufacturer's PDFs completely, or just do the right thing and maintain proper tire pressure. ST tires are best kept at max pressure as stated on the sidewall.
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Old 01-28-2015, 07:36 PM   #47
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Has anyone put 14 inch wheels and tires on their 16 foot Scamp?
I added 205/75R14 tires/wheels to my 2005 16' Scamp 2 1/2 years and 25,000 miles ago. Main reason was that it's getting hard to find 13" tires if you need them while traveling.
I was lucky and did not have to do any trimming of the fiberglass to make them fit. I've read that some had to do just a little bit of trimming with a Dremel to make them fit.
I ordered mine from etrailer.com and am happy with them.
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Old 05-27-2015, 09:58 PM   #48
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Just bought a 13 ft Casita with 15" rims. Has very new looking 7 yr old tires on it. The dealer was supposed to replace them, but said they were too nice to toss. Neighbors, friends and family members are telling me the same. Well.. I am getting new ones regardless of their opinions. I may be just a "typical woman, worrying about everything" but having a blow-out ripping through the fiberglass is not on my bucket list.
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Old 05-27-2015, 10:39 PM   #49
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Just bought a 13 ft Casita with 15" rims. Has very new looking 7 yr old tires on it. The dealer was supposed to replace them, but said they were too nice to toss. Neighbors, friends and family members are telling me the same. Well.. I am getting new ones regardless of their opinions. I may be just a "typical woman, worrying about everything" but having a blow-out ripping through the fiberglass is not on my bucket list.
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Old 05-27-2015, 11:12 PM   #50
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I think that I read somewhere that Oliver uses LT tires on their trailers rather than ST tires. Any ideas as to why?
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Old 05-27-2015, 11:18 PM   #51
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I agree. Some tire manufacturers state to replace the tires as often as every 6 years regardless of tread wear. Rubber compounds oxidize and break down over time. Just because the tire has good tread doesn't mean it's roadworthy.
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Old 05-28-2015, 10:33 AM   #52
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I may be just a "typical woman, worrying about everything" but having a blow-out ripping through the fiberglass is not on my bucket list.
From another "typical woman" who has had a 5 year old tire fail from the inside out that still had lots of tread on it, I say there is nothing wrong with being a "typical woman" if your worries have some merit to them

While tire failures that are a complete blow-out and ripping the trailer apart are not all that common, what is common in my own experience is for the tire to fail at the least convenient location. I.E. on a busy freeway where safety while changing a tire is a concern or in a location where the nearest tire shop is 150 miles or more away and it only carries one brand of never heard of before tires. Giving you no opportunity to shop around for brand or best price. Been there done that!

If you google this site you will find lots of discussion on which brand is best. Everyone has their preferences and most often it comes down to past experiences. Whether it been a good or bad historical experience. I currently have a brand of tires on my trailer (not by choose but necessity) that I probable would never have chosen if I had a brand choose at the time. Funny enough they have actually out performed/lasted 2 sets of more expensive well known name brand tires I have had on the trailer.

I honestly think the reality is that the longevity of a tire is not as much to do about brand as it does in making sure the tires are of adequate load rating, balanced and running at correct inflation rate. As well as how long a trailer stays parked in one position during the course of the year and whether it is left sitting in a wet location or left out baking in the hot sun or if its parked in a nice dry garage.

If I have a big preference when it comes to ST tires it would be that I prefer radials to bias tire.

Yes some folks do put LT tires on their trailers - but I have noticed its often on much heavier trailers than our typical 13' or 16' fiberglass trailer. Here is a link to an explanation of the differences between ST Tires and LT Tires if you are considering going the LT route.

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Carol, thanks for the link.
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Old 05-28-2015, 01:27 PM   #54
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I moved up to 205 75 r 14 from the original 13 inch tires on my 16 foot Scamp for the very reason you stated. I wanted more margin between the actual load and the rating than could be found with the 13 inch.
That and the rolling diameter is greater etc.
It did generate more work replacing wheel wells etc, but I was redoing the floors and interior anyway.
This was also a driving factor in choosing the Flexiride axle to enable height adjustment and the 10 in. Drums required new wheels anyway. Good by 4 lug hello 5 lug wheels.


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