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Old 03-05-2008, 12:31 PM   #1
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Tire size for '65 Caravel

Could someone point me in the right direction when it comes to buying new tires for my 65 Caravel? The info I'm looking for is: Tire size, load rating or ply, best place to buy them, do I need tubes? I just bought a new axle and I want to replace the tires (all three of them). What's the best way to go?

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Old 03-05-2008, 01:27 PM   #2
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Caravel tires

There are many '65 Caravel owners on this forum who will probably jump into to help. I just replaced the tires on my '66 Caravel with the current day size equivalent to the factory tires - the original manual called for 6:70 X 15 tubeless tires. Be sure and get TRAILER tires not passenger tires - and I found that going to a smaller owner/operated tire store was a better option for me.
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Old 03-05-2008, 05:16 PM   #3
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Hi Dan, I bought my tires at Les Schwab Tires. I think you have them in UT. I went down in rim size to 14" and up in tire size to get the right fit for me. I don't have the size I got right at the moment.
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Old 03-05-2008, 06:36 PM   #4
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C J,
That's interesting, down sizing the rim and up sizing the tire. I never thought of that. Why did you go that direction?

I've got some radial passenger tires that are on the trailer now that are ST 205/75R X 15's with a C load rating (1820 lbs. at 45 psi). The 205's are only 4 ply and about an inch shorter than the recommended stock tire of 6.70 X 15.

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I got my tire, Goodyear 6.70x15's, at a local tire store. This may still be a common size elsewhere as they were made in Peru.
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C J,
That's interesting, down sizing the rim and up sizing the tire. I never thought of that. Why did you go that direction?

I've got some radial passenger tires that are on the trailer now that are ST 205/75R X 15's with a C load rating (1820 lbs. at 45 psi). The 205's are only 4 ply and about an inch shorter than the recommended stock tire of 6.70 X 15.

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I went with the smaller rim because the smallest ST rated tire that was available to me was too close to the outriggers on both sides. I wanted more clearance between the tire and the outriggers. So I went down in rim size and up in tire size to get the largest tire I could and still be comfortable with how close the tire is to the trailer outriggers.

on a side note -- should the need ever arise, I will be able to use cable chains during the winter. I have towed the Caravel in the snow but the chain law wasn't up at the time. I take my Caravel off-road too so I wanted the clearance.

In a nutshell it was personal preference. I probably would have been just fine if I stayed on paved roads and out of the snow.
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Hi Dan, I bought my tires at Les Schwab Tires. I think you have them in UT. I went down in rim size to 14" and up in tire size to get the right fit for me. I don't have the size I got right at the moment.
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Hi Dan,
We put on 700R-15/8 M53 Radial Hwy Tubeless (Toyo) as advised by Les Schwab. Our Caravel has been raised 1.5 inches; clearance is tight (1 inch) on forward streetside. We also have a new Henschen axle, so that plays into the equation.
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