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Old 01-10-2016, 01:20 AM   #1
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Tire recommendations for a 16' Front bath Scamp

Any suggestions for tires to replace the original tires? Tires on there now are B78/13ST tires.
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Old 01-10-2016, 11:22 AM   #2
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LOL Frank, asking what tires to buy is about the same as asking what car to buy !!

Recommendations as to what tires to buy will pretty well come down to what someones experience with a particular tire may have been - good or bad. Some folks swear by one brand and type while others will say its the worst tire they have ever owned!

If you use the search function Top Right and use the bottom box "google" you will end up with lots of threads from this site on the topic.
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Old 01-10-2016, 11:36 AM   #3
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buy the highest load rating you can get, probably "C".
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Old 01-10-2016, 11:44 AM   #4
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Heck, I would go with 14" wheels and new tires if there was room.
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Old 01-10-2016, 12:54 PM   #5
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Due to under-inflation (my fault) causing premature wearing of the old set, I will be shopping new tires soon. I do not know what I can find locally but do have a guy that will mount anything I bring to him so may end up with mail order tires. I would sooner have somebody cover the whole thing, supply them and mount.
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Old 01-10-2016, 02:38 PM   #6
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Old 01-10-2016, 03:09 PM   #7
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Any suggestions for tires to replace the original tires? Tires on there now are B78/13ST tires.
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We had ST175/80R13 tires. After 10 years and no problems except uneven wear on the right side tire, we changed to ST185/80R13, which are a bit wider and a bit higher in load capacity.
You should be Ok to carry 45 psi air pressure. but may go as low as 35 psi as long as they don't get hot at highway speeds.

Go to a reputable trailer shop.
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Old 01-10-2016, 04:48 PM   #8
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We've used Goodyear Marathons SR185/80R13 set at 50 psi for the last 8 years. We travel about 7 months a year and have never had a problem.
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Old 01-10-2016, 06:17 PM   #9
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Heck, I would go with 14" wheels and new tires if there was room.

Heck...why not Mickey Thompson TIRE SIZE: L60-14
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Old 02-27-2016, 05:41 PM   #10
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We upsized to 205/75R14 Provider wheels/tires from etrailer dot com. They are "M" speed rated to 81 MPH so we figure that should be a bit sturdier. The standard 13" tires are hard to find when traveling and you need a spare today. The front bath/side dinette 16 also is pretty heavy on the door side if you travel with an awning, full fridge, microwave, full water heater and fresh water tank so the extra capacity reduces stress on the tire due to greater capacity.

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Old 02-27-2016, 10:44 PM   #11
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The Scamp side dinette 16' can get too heavy on the curb side for most 13" tires. We went to 14" wheels and found some Kuhmo tires that would carry the weight. They are 2 years old now and so far are performing well.
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Old 02-29-2016, 11:47 AM   #12
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All comments seem to be steel radials. What do you think of these bias tires for my 3 yr old 16 foot Scamp? I am concerned about safety at 60-67mph, with 2200-2600 lb load, inflated at 50psi.

Loadstar ST185/80D13 Bias Trailer Tire - Load Range D, (these use 65psi. )

Is there a way of having softer ride for the trailer, or ones that take the unexpected pothole a bit easier?


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Old 02-29-2016, 09:01 PM   #13
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Dave,
The nature of a torsion axle tends to ride jouncy. The rubber inside is no substitute for proper damping. The closer to the axle's capacity weight you load the trailer the softer the ride. Some people are installing shock absorbers to help soften hits and calm down the jounce. Larger tires can absorb more energy than smaller, but we are somewhat limited in space to house them. Weight capacity increases with more tire inflation pressure at the expense of comfort. Old sagged out axles will have less travel and resiliency, so should be replaced. More suspension travel is better for soaking up bumps, so lifting your rig can have a benefit.
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Old 02-29-2016, 09:09 PM   #14
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Thanks Russ,
Good point about weight. I also wondered about shock absorbers. When mine approaches wear-out time, I'll look at shocks. I haven't searched for shock absorber posts, but that would be interesting. Sounds like a BIG project.


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