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Old 03-16-2015, 12:35 PM   #1
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19' Bambi wheels and tires

Ok with all the info out there about wheels and tires my head is swimming.
i know fact one is i want to get rid of the ST gym tires.Way to many cases of tires coming apart, but for my trailer 2014 19' flying cloud bambi I am not sure of what the best option is. I read interstate flyers post that he swapped to 16" sendel wheels and michelin LT 225/75 R16/E tires which seems like a good option. but I read later where he posted this option popped interior rivets. maybe tire psi too high @ 75psi but you would need that psi for weight of trailer. There doesn't seem to be a great option for 15" size wheel. So i guess what i am looking for is just clarification what the best possible option is with our size trailers.

any help with this issue would be greatly appreciated.
thank you

just to clarify my trailer came stock with 15" wheels

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Old 03-16-2015, 12:42 PM   #2
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Does the Bambi have 14 or 15 inch wheels? Either way you should be able to find other tires because your weight is low.jim

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Old 03-16-2015, 02:12 PM   #3
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I've been running the 16" wheel and tire combo for a couple of years now and actually pop less rivets than prior to installing them. Turns out the hitch was never set up correctly from the dealer and after I installed the wheels and tires I went through the set-up steps by the numbers. Hugh difference in the way the trailer tows and rarely pop rivets. Can't tell you the peace of mind running on Michelins makes.
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Old 03-16-2015, 02:35 PM   #4
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Regarding the weight of the 19' being low: The issue here is the weight per wheel/tire, and because it is a single axle trailer the weight per wheel/tire is pretty high. It is almost 2,000 pounds per wheel empty, and 2,250 per wheel loaded.

In my opinion, it is a good idea to upgrade to 16" wheels and better tires.
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Old 03-17-2015, 11:14 PM   #5
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The best bet after you get the new tires installed is to go to the manufacturer's web site and find out what tire pressure each wheel requires for its particular weight for optimum service, and inflate to that amount cold. If you are lazy like me, Just inflate to the placard amount on the tire. Then watch for unusual wear, i.e., center wear = over-inflation and outside edges wear = under-inflation. Irregular wear can be balance. If the tires were balanced to begin with most likely it is tread separation and all you can do is think replacement. I think the shorter trailers are a lot easier on tires than the three axle monsters. I believe too much side loading and scuffing really contributes to tread separation.
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Old 03-17-2015, 11:55 PM   #6
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I have a 2014 20' FC and went to the Sendel wheels and 16" LT Michelin tires. I have had no issues whatsoever, fit, ride, and not one poped rivet.

I put 16" wheels and Goodrich LT 16" tires on my '74 Argosy 20' several years ago, and again, no issues at all.

It is a happy combination for a single axel trailer like ours.

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