Wheel size - Fiberglass RV


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 04-21-2003, 11:14 AM   #1
Senior Member
 
Trailer: No Trailer Yet
Posts: 18,870
Wheel size

I just had an alignment shop cut the axel off of my 5W and add a 2" spacer between the axel and the frame so that I could replace the 13" wheels with 14" wheels. I found out that Scamp now offers the 5W with this option but according to them you need the spacer. Now it looks like I could even go with 15" wheels but that might not be a good idea???:shg
Any opinions??:conf
__________________

__________________
Legacy Posts is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-21-2003, 11:25 AM   #2
Senior Member
 
Trailer: No Trailer Yet
Posts: 18,870
Hi Larry
I think 15" wheels would be great.I am looking at that possibility with my Boler.:wave
__________________

__________________
Legacy Posts is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-21-2003, 11:51 AM   #3
Senior Member
 
Trailer: No Trailer Yet
Posts: 18,870
After schreding a Carlisle and blistering a second a month later, it was time to change tires....so in the might as well/why not dept. I decided to look cool also.

After a lot of research I came up with this P245/60Rx15 on 15"x7" wheels.

The criteria was to 1.carry the weight 2.Fit with out having clearance problems 3. have great tread wear 4.a speed rating above 65 mph 5.easy to find anywhere 6.cost about $65-$85 each (The Carlise cost me $73 on the road) 7. look Cooool

I put them on last year and have dragged them all over the westen states with nary a sign of tread wear and man do they corner great.



<img src=http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/uploads/3ea41d0e1062dCoolWh&T2990.JPG/> <img src=http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/uploads/3ea423bdde370CoolWh&T2986.JPG/>
__________________
Legacy Posts is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-21-2003, 12:52 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
Trailer: No Trailer Yet
Posts: 18,870
How much...

Did it cost to have the spacer added? I'm looking to have that done to my 17' Casita. All of the welding shops that i have contaced around here don't seem willing to take it on...

You did yours at an alignment shop??

Maybe i should go to Belle Tire or someplace like that...
__________________
Legacy Posts is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-21-2003, 01:13 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
Trailer: No Trailer Yet
Posts: 18,870
spacer

bdavid:

A spacer isn't needed to put 15" wheels on a 'Casita'!

Note: Glen used a series 60 tire which helps reduce the overall diameter. He's got all the 'coool' stuff. :)

========

The spacer was what Larry put on a 'Scamp' 5th wheel. Apparently this is something the Scamp needed, I dunno. But I bet it wasn't cheap!!
__________________
Legacy Posts is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-21-2003, 01:55 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
Trailer: No Trailer Yet
Posts: 18,870
Spacer

Don,


Thanks for the reply. I probably wasn't making myself clear (as usual). I 'm looking for the added ground clearance, not the 15'' tires. I've had a hard time finding a place around here that would do that for me....

I figure if i get the extra 2", i wouldn't need the bigger tires..
__________________
Legacy Posts is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-21-2003, 01:59 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
Trailer: No Trailer Yet
Posts: 18,870
Hi All,
Like the rest here I would like to swap to larger tires, I have a 17 ft Boler like Ches, does anyone know what is invovled to do so? Ches since you have one, what type of suspension does yours have, will you need to replace the axle or can 15" tires fit on the existing axle?
I'm going to Standens here in Calgary to see what they say but I would like to at look like I know what I'm talking about before I go.
Thanks for any help you can give.

PS: just wanted to say this has to be one of the best forums I've come across... a very positive environment if only the rest of the world could get along as well as the members of this forum.

Daniel G
__________________
Legacy Posts is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-21-2003, 05:03 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
Trailer: No Trailer Yet
Posts: 18,870
Cost etc.

The alignment shop ACCURATE ALIGNMENT here in Appleton charged me $148 to cut the axel off, weld a 2" spacer on and re-weld the axel back on. I thought that that was quite reasonable. It appeared to me that 14" wheels would have fit fine as it was but the folks at Scamp want more clearance because the torson axel slowly sinks over time and for that reason, I took their advice. The reason that some shops are reluctant to do this is that they have to get the axel welded back in perfect alignment. Otherwise you are going to have abnormal tire wear among other things. My thinking was that by going to an alignment shop I would be assured that things would stay in alignment.
I have decided to go 15" with 205/75R15 tires to replace the 175/80R13 tires that came with the trailer. According to my tire shop that will increase the overall wheel diameter from 24" to 27.1"
__________________
Legacy Posts is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-21-2003, 09:21 PM   #9
Senior Member
 
Trailer: No Trailer Yet
Posts: 18,870
Quote:
Orginally posted by Daniel G

Hi All,
Like the rest here I would like to swap to larger tires, I have a 17 ft Boler like Ches, does anyone know what is invovled to do so? Ches since you have one, what type of suspension does yours have, will you need to replace the axle or can 15" tires fit on the existing axle?
I'm going to Standens here in Calgary to see what they say but I would like to at look like I know what I'm talking about before I go.
Thanks for any help you can give.

PS: just wanted to say this has to be one of the best forums I've come across... a very positive environment if only the rest of the world could get along as well as the members of this forum.

Daniel G
Hi Daniel
I got springs on my unit and my axil is a 3500lb.All I got to do is find rims to fit in 15 inch size tires.
__________________
Legacy Posts is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-22-2003, 08:22 AM   #10
Senior Member
 
Trailer: No Trailer Yet
Posts: 18,870
Thanks

for the info Larry.

When you're done with your Scamp you will have the coolest off-road 5th wheel ever....
__________________
Legacy Posts is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-22-2003, 08:44 AM   #11
Senior Member
 
Trailer: No Trailer Yet
Posts: 18,870
Quote:
Orginally posted by Chester Taje
I got springs on my unit and my axil is a 3500lb.All I got to do is find rims to fit in 15 inch size tires.
Ches, did you have those springs put on? do you like it better? why did you do it? and any thing else closely related or not would be appreciated. (if the answer to the first part is no, then I guess you can't answer the others :( )
__________________
Legacy Posts is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-22-2003, 10:03 AM   #12
Senior Member
 
Trailer: No Trailer Yet
Posts: 18,870
Ches,
Thanks for the reply, now that it is somewhat drier here I had a look under the Boler last night and I also have leaf springs with 14" tires. If I remember correctly the tires are the same size as yours and not trailer tires either.
Jana, since both Ches and mine have the leaf springs I believe this is the original makeup.
Take care
Daniel
__________________
Legacy Posts is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-22-2003, 10:13 AM   #13
Senior Member
 
Trailer: No Trailer Yet
Posts: 18,870
Quote:
Orginally posted by bdavid
When you're done with your Scamp you will have the coolest off-road 5th wheel ever....
Well, the reason for all this is that we are getting ready to leave on our dream RV trip to Alaska in about 4 or 5 weeks.:steer We plan on being gone for about three months. I have heard horror stories:omyabout bad roads, blowouts, etc. so I want to be as prepared as possible. As a matter of fact, as long as the Scamp was in the shop for the axel work, I had them install a set of shocks and weld on a fold down step under the door. At this rate I'll spend our entire trip budget before we even get out of town. :reyes
__________________
Legacy Posts is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-22-2003, 12:54 PM   #14
Senior Member
 
Trailer: No Trailer Yet
Posts: 18,870
Hi Larry
Going to Alaska is not the horror trip it once was.I lived up north for a while and talked to a lot of Americans about there trip.From my own experiance spare tires and some main spare parts are all thats needed.Most of those folks going North stop at Mile 1 for a few days to make finnal prep work. Have a good trip when you go.:)
__________________

__________________
Legacy Posts is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Size of wheel bearing seals - Bigfoot Carol Crawley Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 8 06-15-2010 12:03 AM
Wheel Size Filbert V. Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 1 12-01-2009 10:57 AM
72 Boler American wheel hub size? Brian Scott Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 4 11-03-2009 06:28 PM
Interior height and bed size in Bigfoot 5th wheel? Lizbeth General Chat 6 09-18-2008 12:41 AM
Trillium 5500 -- wheel size? Janice M Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 5 08-24-2008 12:40 AM

» Upcoming Events
No events scheduled in
the next 465 days.
» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 09:46 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.