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Old 08-16-2016, 07:50 AM   #1
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Crusader 315 Tire Size upgrade problems.

Well, I was really happy to get the may-pops off and get some decent tires on my trailer. I thought I had done plenty of research and visual inspections. Apparently I did not and now have a potential rubbing situation. Any thoughts on this? The pic with about 3/8" clearance is normal position, the pic with much less clearance the trailer was on an odd angle. The problem bracket is on the passenger/kitchen slide. Any suggestions?

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1. Tires were special ordered, so taking them back is not really an option.
2. I can use my metal cutoff tool to trim the bracket down. Tire is only a 1/2" closer to the bracket than the factory tires were.
3. Get a welder to use a torch to trim the bracket.
4. Opening the slide less than a 1/2" would move the bracket out past the tire. I have trip coming soon and this may have to be my primary option for now.

Yes, this was a stupid mistake so let's save all of the "You Dummy" comments. I was so excited about new shoes and now I am almost sick.
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Old 08-17-2016, 07:48 AM   #2
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I don't have an answer for you but I do have another thing for you to be aware of.

I got very lucky with my blow max tires. They did not blow but swelled so much the actually rubbed in the middle of the tire (front and back tire).


Someone warned me as I was driving down the road. Weird thing was that both tires had grown by more than an inch in diameter. The tire guy could not find broken belts and found no real cause for the swelling. My tpms had not even picked up the temp rise yet.

Make sure you have enough clearance between tired as well as to the bracket.

Good luck in your fix and safe travels
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Old 08-17-2016, 09:10 AM   #3
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I think I'd use the grinder with cutoff wheel to trim the bracket temporarily.

I'm sure you will, but be very aware of the sparks produced while cutting it back.

It's hard to tell from the picture, so can you tell us what exactly that bracket is supporting at that end.

Also, can you get a picture of it from on top of the tire?
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Old 08-17-2016, 09:29 AM   #4
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I would also like to know what the bracket is for. I would not use a torch but rather like BR said a 4" grinder with thin cutoff wheel.
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Hey guys, thanks for taking the time to chime in, any and all input is appreciated. The bracket is a plate that is on the end of the square tubing that slides out with the slide out. The top part of the bracket has a vertical slot in it, it appears it is used to adjust the slide up and down. I can get some more pics in the next couple of days.
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Old 08-17-2016, 11:58 AM   #6
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You just don't want to cut off something that will affect the stability of the unit or slide.
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What size tires did you upgrade to?
Also, I have a 2014 PT 315 and had a recall on it. they had to put something on it to prevent the unit from bottoming out and hitting the tires. Assume they corrected it on the later models.
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Old 08-17-2016, 02:04 PM   #9
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John I went from 235/80/16 to the 235/85/16
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Tire upgrade

That is what I have on mine and have over 1k miles on them. Now I will go check. Maybe the 2014 and 2015 sit a little different.
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