Tire Options - Fiberglass RV


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Old 05-27-2009, 10:16 PM   #1
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Just bought a 1972 Boler 1300 and need to put different tires on it so my Jeep can tow it.
Now I am installing a 15" rim but need to know about tire rating, do i need a light truck tire for this trailer or will a car tire suffice?

I want to make sure this is proper because the wife and I are taking our first vacation in it and we will be traveling from BC to Ontario.
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Old 05-27-2009, 10:46 PM   #2
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Now I am installing a 15" rim

I may be misunderstanding your question but most Bolers will only accept a 13 inch tire without major modifications. I had smaller 13" car tires on my Boler and they served me well but I upgraded to a larger 13" last year to get a bit more height.

I am using Maxxis trailer tires available from KalTire

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Old 05-27-2009, 10:56 PM   #3
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I may be misunderstanding your question but most Bolers will only accept a 13 inch tire without major modifications. I had smaller 13" car tires on my Boler and they served me well but I upgraded to a larger 13" last year to get a bit more height.

I am using Maxxis trailer tires available from KalTire

Model M8008
ST175/80R13
Looks like someone may have cut part of the fiberglass away but yes I can put a 15" rim with rubber on it with no issus.
Cant upload pic because of size but all I need to know is can I use a car or suv rubber.
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Old 05-27-2009, 11:02 PM   #4
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When I had my smaller 13 inch tires they were motomaster car tires and I had no problems with them even with a 2200 lb load. Trailer tires are preferable as they have stiffer sidewalls but I think you would be OK with truck or SUV tires.
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Old 05-27-2009, 11:54 PM   #5
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ST (Special Trailer) Tires are designed with less sidewall flex then car or truck tires. Car/Truck tires are designed to flex more to hug the road during curves. ST tires have stiffer sidewalls as they just need to track the vehicle.
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Old 05-27-2009, 11:55 PM   #6
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Whoops, duplicate post. Carry on ...
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Old 05-28-2009, 01:57 PM   #7
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Here is a good discussion on trailer tires:

http://www.carlisletire.com/product_care/t...r_tires_101.pdf

Probably duplicated, but what the heck.
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Old 05-28-2009, 02:52 PM   #8
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Hi Peter,

Question: "but all I need to know is can I use a car or suv rubber."

I've seen Special Trailer ST tires recommended most often and also Light Truck LT tires recommended for trailers. Most experts do not recommend Passenger P tires for trailers. Not sure what you mean by SUV tires, as some have P and some have LT. Look carefully at how much weight you will carry on each tire and buy a weight rating 25-50% greater for a margin of safety. Stay away from cheap tires!
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Old 05-28-2009, 09:16 PM   #9
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Question: "but all I need to know is can I use a car or suv rubber."

I've seen Special Trailer ST tires recommended most often and also Light Truck LT tires recommended for trailers. Most experts do not recommend Passenger P tires for trailers. Not sure what you mean by SUV tires, as some have P and some have LT. Look carefully at how much weight you will carry on each tire and buy a weight rating 25-50% greater for a margin of safety. Stay away from cheap tires!

Figure I will just buy the proper tires, no sense being cheap about it.
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