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Old 08-17-2012, 07:42 AM   #15
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I have "cupped" one tire badly, and am not sure if I had lost a wheel weight or had my trailer brakes set to hard and "flat spotted" it in various areas.
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Old 08-17-2012, 08:14 AM   #16
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so,,, after reading these posts, I assume i just need to find a c or d rated 13 inch radial. I learn something new everyday. Thanks. The search begins......

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Old 08-17-2012, 08:58 AM   #17
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Good luck you should be able to find many good choices, don't forget tires tend to deteriorate internally with age so consider if you will wear them out or just have to change them due to age (generally about 5 years). For myself high milage tires don't make good sense, I camp local so I don't put the miles on them.

Another factor is what percentage of the tires load capacity your trailer requires. Having a tires with 50% surplus load capacity means that even as the tire deteriorates you still have a good safety margin left. Especially important if you tend toward higher speed driving as heat speeds deterioration. 13 inch tires will run hotter than 14 inch at the same speed.

Your rims will need to be able to handle the higher 50 psi pressure that the high capacity tires require to reach full capacity.

I think most of the people with 14 and 15 inch tires have replaced axle, one with more "down angle" provides greater clearance to the top of the wheel well. Raises the trailer a bit too. But alas at around $700 it's not in my budget near term.
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Old 08-17-2012, 11:10 AM   #18
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Tire size calculator

this will give you your current tire specs, and you can compare against different
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Old 08-26-2012, 07:43 AM   #19
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I have a 19' Scamp 5'er. I needed new tires and decided to also buy custom wheels. I called Scamp and their tech/mechanic guy told me that 205 r 14's, and probably bigger, would fit just fine with no modifications. I found lots of tires locally but had a very hard time finding wheels I liked. I desperately needed tires so had them mount them on the old wheels, finished my trip, and now I'm waiting for my new custom wheels from etrailer. I was gonna just buy off of ebay but everyone wanted a fortune to ship them so I decided to look at etrailer. It turns out that any order over $150 ships for free, nice! Now I wish I had ordered the wheels and tires as they are far cheaper than anything I could buy at Discount tire or Les Schwab and they come mounted and balanced. Live and learn, who would have thought that an online RV parts dealer would be cheaper than Discount or Les Schwab with free shipping?
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Old 08-26-2012, 08:29 AM   #20
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I'd check out your axle out before investing in new wheels and tires. If you suspect your axle may be shot you should save some cash up and replace it with a new one which will have a 5-bolt hub. Your trailer will be happier and you wont have to worry about buying new wheels now that you wont be able to use in the future when you fix your axle.
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Old 08-26-2012, 09:01 AM   #21
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Hi Folks: I need help in finding a source for Baby Moon hubcaps and Beauty Rings to fit the original 13" rims on an 84 Scamp. Thanks Joe
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Old 08-26-2012, 09:47 AM   #22
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Hi Folks: I need help in finding a source for Baby Moon hubcaps and Beauty Rings to fit the original 13" rims on an 84 Scamp. Thanks Joe
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Old 08-26-2012, 02:26 PM   #23
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You can only use hub caps if there's nubs on the wheel. Innies and outies take different hub caps too.

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