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Old 09-24-2008, 11:53 AM   #11
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Hi dezolen,
Up until this point, I haven't traveled over 65 mph pulling the trailer. But Carlisle tires are just not what they're supposed to be and as I said before, I want to start my vacation when I leave the driveway, not when i arrive at my destination. I won't keep this camper if i have to be concerned about the tires for the entire duration of the trip...that's just not practical and not to mention, not much fun. I'll check the air, rotate, check for rotting, check the lugnuts to make sure their tight before I leave, but I don't want to be that person that has to pull over every 50 miles to check the heat and wear on the tires and that's all i did dragging this back from Des Moines a couple of weekends ago after blowing the front axle tires.

Thank you for the input!

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Old 09-26-2008, 11:55 AM   #12
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Know of any aluminum wheel suppliers

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You're only increasing the radius 3/4". You had way more than that in every direction. You're only increasing the rim width 1/2", and with zero offset rims that's 1/4" added to each side so no problems there. That tire will probably be a max of 1" wider across the buldge so 1/2" each side ain't gonna be an issue either.

You're increasing your load capacity by over a ton so I'd say go for it!

As for the wheels. My strictly personal opnion would be aluminum, just cause I like the way they look but whatever you decide on will be fine. Just make sure they're rated for more than 65psi.

Hey Bama...
Just wondering if you have a supplier for such rims? I've called around locally for them and so far, not having much luck. I called some RV places too since they install them on the new pop ups and hybrids and they don't carry them either and can't order them. So short of ebay or any online shop, i'm pretty much out of ideas.

Thank you for the input on those tires too, by the way. That really helps to have a second set of eyes on it so that i'm not missing something in all my research. I think in the next couple of paychecks, I should be able to start the ball rolling, so once i'm done, I'll post up some photos for everyone in here too. I'm stoked to see how they look once their mounted and rollin.

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Old 09-26-2008, 08:20 PM   #13
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Well, believe it or not, go to your local used parts dealer and ask for a set of Ford Ranger wheels. They put some nice aliminum wheels on those things and they're 5 on 4-1/2" with zero offset.

Here's one of my favorite Aluminum Trailer Wheels if you're looking to buy new.
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Old 09-26-2008, 11:42 PM   #14
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Ford Ranger Wheels Why didn't I think of that?
This is good news, there's tons of those laying around these parts. You have been a huge help!!! Thank you


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Old 03-23-2009, 11:19 PM   #15
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Greetings Bama and dezolen...

I hope this update finds you both doing well and surviving this economic slump we're in and not prohibiting my fellow R.V.-ers from making some plans this year to hook things up and rolling out. As for the wife and I, we're surviving, she was laid off 3 days after we returned from our Christmas vacation in Telluride, but we're doing okay and making some plans for this year's travels, but not going too far out of state until she has something to replace the income she had last year.

I just wanted to repost to this thread and let you know that I put the tires on order today and they should be in next week. I also found a local trailer part supplier that carries Redneck trailer parts and wheels that i'm going to go visit tomorrow after work. So with any luck and patience, i'll have these new tires on the rig and be able to shoot a couple of photos to show ya.

We're pretty excited about it and with a couple more minor repairs/upgrades, we'll be ready to roll again. I can't wait for that UPS truck to roll up with the tires...they should be here late next week. By the way, I know that the tire rack carried these tires but I was able to save a few bucks by buying them from discount tire direct since they included shipping in the price (about $20 cheaper). So if anyone is looking for tires...PM me and i'll send you the guy I talked to and he can hook you up as well.

I'll post the new shoes in a week or so...

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Old 03-24-2009, 10:12 AM   #16
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Good to hear form you. Things are good here. Post some pics when you get a chance.
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Old 03-24-2009, 10:37 AM   #17
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I'm glad things are working out with your RV. I know what you mean about these blow outs on the Interestate, I had two of them my self on I-75 here in Florida. We got rid of the Carlisle tires and replaced them with Denman trailer tires. Also we upgraded from D rated which were basically maxed out for our unit, and got E rated ST tires, 15" size. By the way, we got our tires from Discount Tire, they balanced them, put the correct type valve for the E rated tire, and replaced the lug nuts with much better ones than the ones that were on there, and the price was right! ! ! So good luck and enjoy that camper.
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Old 04-13-2009, 09:55 PM   #18
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There on! Check em out - before & after's

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After:

After:

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So there we go. I might even have enough room for the next size up, but for now, these are a huge improvement over the 13" weenie wheels and tires I had on there. I was only limited to 4 pics, so if anyone wants to see more pics...go here - http://picasaweb.google.com/rthrbels...eat=directlink Plus i gained another ton of weight capacity. Thank you again for all the info and the support of doing this. Now I can relax...

To do list - perdy lugnuts, maybe the cap inserts too
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