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Old 11-09-2015, 05:58 AM   #15
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why not just raise the trailer @ the axles? \
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Old 11-09-2015, 08:54 AM   #16
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I suppose my thinking was if I could "kill two birds with one stone" by getting a more reliable tire and clearance at same time why not? But only a half inch is hardly worth it. A lift kit would be the answer I guess.
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Old 12-17-2015, 06:35 PM   #17
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Another Tire Question for 16' Bambi Sport

I put a Dexter Lift Kit on my Bambi Sport 16' that has greatly improved my clearance. So far, so good. However, looking ahead, I know I will eventually need to replace my tires. Does Michelin make a 14" tire that would fit the 16' Sport? Also, I've read on the forum how people recommend LT rather than ST tires. If 14" Michelin tires are not an option - I've read that some have put 15" tires on their Sport. Will having the Lift Kit on the axle make putting 15" tires easier or more difficult? Are there any warnings about having the lift kit and larger tires (center of gravity shift, or something)?
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Old 12-17-2015, 07:16 PM   #18
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We had the stock 14" tires and wheels on our 2015 23D. We used the 15" SenDel T03-56545T wheels and the 15" Michelin LTX (P) 235/75R15 XL tires plus the Centramatic 200-221 wheel balancers. This raised the axle 1.1" over stock height or to the same elevation of our 2013 25FB with these same tires. These tires are derated to 1,983 pounds for trailer use.
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Old 12-19-2015, 11:44 AM   #19
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So I'm still uncertain. Will having the Dexter lift kit on my 16' Bambi complicate getting larger tires? (14" to 15"). Any safety issues that might arise?
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Old 12-20-2015, 09:24 AM   #20
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Getting the trailer too high could impact stability. Note that a lift kit does NOT raise the axles higher off the ground. Only larger tires will increase the ground clearance under the axle.

The Michelin LT225/75R16/E LTX M/S2 tires are load rated 2,680 pounds @ 80 psi and are 29.2" in diameter.

The Michelin Michelin LTX (P) 235/75R15 XL tires sidewall load rating is 2,183 pounds @ 50 psi but is derated to 1,985 pounds and has a 28.9" diameter.

The GoodYear Marathon ST215/75R14C tires are load rated 1,870 pounds @ 50 psi and are 26.7" in diameter.

So going from 14" tires to 16" tires, the tire diameter increases 2.5" and raises the axle about 1.25" higher off the ground.

Another factor is that the hitch will be higher and may make the connection to the tow vehicle more challenging. Fortunately there are balls with Ĺ" incremental increases in the shaft length to help get the trailer level.

Doing just the 15" tire and wheel upgrade allows our 23D to be at the same elevation that our 25FB was on the same tires and thus we are able to use the modified straight through Hensley stinger we had in stock.

The SenDel wheel company make both a 14" and 15" wheel that will fit the 14" 5/4.50" bolt circle with zero offset and the same 3.19" center bore so the original stainless steel hub can be used in both wheel sizes. They also make both a 15" and 16" wheel that will fit the 15" 6/5.50" bolt circle with zero offset and the same 4.25" center bore so the original stainless steel hub can be used in both wheel sizes.

http://www.sendelwheel.com/wheels/t03bm
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Seidel necessary for tire upgrade?

I've been reading about upgrading the 14" Bambi Sport tires to 15" Michelins. I've also seen mention of a 15" SenDel T03-56545T wheel. Are those wheels necessary to upgrade to the Michelin 15" tires?
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15" tires are the way to go

Howdy,
For our 2013 16, we upgraded to 15" Truck tires and matching rims for our TV.

The ride is excellent (was not bad before) and I highly recommend it. We had a tire/axle shop do the install.
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