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Old 12-20-2012, 07:48 PM   #1
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What tire size

I've searched to no avail. So I thought I'd throw it up on here. What is the factory tire size on a 1997 16' spirit casita. The wheels are 13" but what tire size should I put on. The ones on there currently look small. Thanks in advance
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Old 12-20-2012, 08:33 PM   #2
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There is a lot of info on tire sizes on both of the Casita forums but if I were you I would move up to 14" tires and rims. That way you can get a Load Range D rated tire and have some added security while towing. I went with the Kumho 857's, 205 R14 Load Range D tires and have been very happy with them but there are also other good brands to choose from.
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Old 12-20-2012, 08:46 PM   #3
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Do u think your 14" wheel/tire combo would fit on my trailer it has the welded on 10 degree up axel

And I did search the casita forum. It is much harder for me to navigate on my phone and I could not find an answer to this q
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There is a lot of info on tire sizes on both of the Casita forums but if I were you I would move up to 14" tires and rims. That way you can get a Load Range D rated tire and have some added security while towing. I went with the Kumho 857's, 205 R14 Load Range D tires and have been very happy with them but there are also other good brands to choose from.
I run a 185/80 D-13 "HI RUN" (brand name) that is a D rated tire, and is quite a large looking tire.
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Old 12-21-2012, 09:34 AM   #5
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Check out etrailer. They let you sort by rim size, load range, etc in their search function. It probably came with a 175 width and you can bump that to 185.

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13 Inch Load Range D Tires and Wheels | etrailer.com
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Old 12-21-2012, 11:30 AM   #6
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I run a 185/80 D-13 "HI RUN" (brand name) that is a D rated tire, and is quite a large looking tire.
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It may well be that your's is a "D" rated tire ... but, to avoid confusion, I just want to point out that the "D" in the size lettering above indicates "bias ply", not load rating.
Load rating is indicated elsewhere on the tire in plain language.
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Old 12-21-2012, 06:09 PM   #7
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Do u think your 14" wheel/tire combo would fit on my trailer it has the welded on 10 degree up axel

And I did search the casita forum. It is much harder for me to navigate on my phone and I could not find an answer to this q
I also have the welded on 10 degree axle on my 17'- I'm sure they will fit without any problem. I'm thinking about purchasing the lift kit that they sell on Amazon for Casita's so those of us without the highlift axle can fit 15" tires under them!
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Thanks for all the advice. I would go with the lift and 15 but too much work since my axels are welded on instead of bolt on. I think I will go with the larger 13s.

I've heard that c load range is adequate for my size camper yet many people run d. Is this for stronger sidewall. Less chance of blowout?
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Andyman, I run a D range tire for peace of mind while towing a single axle trailer. I never have had a flat on any of my trailers when using this philosophy combined with changing out the tires every 5 years.
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Old 12-22-2012, 08:47 AM   #10
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C load rating is 'adequate' but IMHO D load rated tires are better- I prefer to err on the side of safety!
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Old 01-19-2013, 03:00 PM   #11
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I bought some 175/80/13. And was not happy with the ground clearance. So I emailed casita and they told me I could go as large as an st205/75/15 I believe and now am v happy with clearance.
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Old 01-19-2013, 07:36 PM   #12
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It's good to know that a 15" tire will fit under the Casita with a standard axle- let us know if you have any problems with the tires rubbing or any other problems while towing.....
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I just love that picture of Andy's family in the window.
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Old 01-19-2013, 08:17 PM   #14
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Thanks. And I'll let u all know how it goes
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