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Old 02-15-2012, 11:14 PM   #11
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OK...I'm a Jeep guy, so don't get me wrong--I love off-road tires. But why would you need/want them on a towed vehicle? You're paying for traction that you'll never use...??? Am I missing something? You can get larger truck or trailer tires, probably in a better/higher load range, without the off-road tread, so why the gnarly meats? I mean, other than that they look friggin' cool?
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Old 02-15-2012, 11:33 PM   #12
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OK...I'm a Jeep guy, so don't get me wrong--I love off-road tires. But why would you need/want them on a towed vehicle? You're paying for traction that you'll never use...??? Am I missing something? You can get larger truck or trailer tires, probably in a better/higher load range, without the off-road tread, so why the gnarly meats? I mean, other than that they look friggin' cool?
These tires are the only 8 ply tires I could find for the 14" rims and still fit under the camper (with seemingly little modification). We ice-fish and hunt in conditions that require good traction and ability to handle sharp rocks that would slice normal trailer tires. In the conditions we camp in -- standard trailer tires are called " Fire Crackers "

'cause they go "pop"

My setup is definitely for everyone - but it works for us.

I wanted to show the OP that larger tires require modifications to the trailer and a tire requiring a 15" or 16" rim will likely not work on this format. (although on other Forest River products larger tire/rim combinations might be workable)

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Old 02-15-2012, 11:36 PM   #13
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OK...I'm a Jeep guy, so don't get me wrong--I love off-road tires. But why would you need/want them on a towed vehicle? You're paying for traction that you'll never use...??? Am I missing something? You can get larger truck or trailer tires, probably in a better/higher load range, without the off-road tread, so why the gnarly meats? I mean, other than that they look friggin' cool?
If I remember correctly Darren (Teamgl) does alot of Ice fishing and takes his camper across the frozen lake for one - am pretty sure he will chime in here and let ya know the other reasons as well

Well he chimed in after I posted this but am gonna leave it cause I was close to what I had figured LOL
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Old 02-16-2012, 07:57 AM   #14
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Going from 14" to 15" wheels usually is not a problem, as long as you do the measurements described above. The comment I want to emphasize is from 15" to 16". Most, except for the very heaviest 15" wheel is a five lug, and all 16" are six lug. Only way to overcome this is new hubs and brake drums, making it pretty expensive.

That's the problem I'm having. My trailer has 4K axles, using the biggest tire/wheel combo available, and still keep the 5 lug 15". Only alternative I can see is a better quality tire, but same size.
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Old 02-16-2012, 08:01 AM   #15
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These tires are the only 8 ply tires I could find for the 14" rims and still fit under the camper (with seemingly little modification). We ice-fish and hunt in conditions that require good traction and ability to handle sharp rocks that would slice normal trailer tires. In the conditions we camp in -- standard trailer tires are called " Fire Crackers "

'cause they go "pop"


Man, I wanna go camping where you go camping!
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These tires are the only 8 ply tires I could find for the 14" rims and still fit under the camper (with seemingly little modification).
Kumho Radial 857

Just put a set of these on; 8 ply and speed rated Q (99mp). Yep, it's a trailer tire.
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I had to upgrade to the kumho's as soon as I bought my new TT because the c load rating that came on it was within 150 lbs of max weight with the trailer empty! Don't know what forest river was thinking when they did that. Anyways, the kumho's in the d rating work great and they just barely fit in the well's. Just remember to play around with the air pressures to see what's good for you. I keep mine around 50 psi and it doesn't make the trailer too bouncy. Might want to think about a tpms system too. I only have a single axle so it was a no brainer for me to get it but it's nice to see when a tire is going down vs. when it's too late.
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I had to upgrade to the kumho's as soon as I bought my new TT because the c load rating that came on it was within 150 lbs of max weight with the trailer empty! Don't know what forest river was thinking when they did that. Anyways, the kumho's in the d rating work great and they just barely fit in the well's. Just remember to play around with the air pressures to see what's good for you. I keep mine around 50 psi and it doesn't make the trailer too bouncy. Might want to think about a tpms system too. I only have a single axle so it was a no brainer for me to get it but it's nice to see when a tire is going down vs. when it's too late.
That seems odd that the tire load rating would be that low relative to the trailer weight. The manufacturers usually supply tires with sufficient load to exceed the axle rating.

The load range 'D' tire should be aired up to 65 psi if you want the rated load. At 50 psi, they may not have any more load capability than the 'C' range tires they replaced.

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Forest river's response when I called them on it was interesting: Well, if you subtract out your tongue weight and fully inflate the tires, then you will only be UNDER the weight capacity of your trailer by 50 pounds. By the way, we do not recommend fully loading your trailer.
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Forest river's response when I called them on it was interesting: Well, if you subtract out your tongue weight and fully inflate the tires, then you will only be UNDER the weight capacity of your trailer by 50 pounds. By the way, we do not recommend fully loading your trailer.
Surprised that Forest River didn't re-rate the camper's GVWR as not to overload the tires supplied. The GVWR of the camper seem to be calculated as the axle weight ratings plus the tongue/pin weight. In your case the tire load rating were 50 lbs less than the axle weight.

The campers tires should always be inflated to the maximum pressure noted of the tire's sidewall. Running less that rated pressure in the tires could lead to heat build up and tire failure.

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