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Old 11-07-2015, 07:01 PM   #1
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2016 Bambi Sport 16 tire upgrade to 15"

I am looking to upgrade to a 15" tire. Will a 235/75/15 fit without major modification to wheel wheel? Thank you.
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Old 11-07-2015, 07:24 PM   #2
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Good question. If my memory serves, I believe the tech that did our orientation on our 2015 Sport 16 said no when I asked. I probably would call the factory on that one. I would like to know as well.
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Old 11-07-2015, 08:28 PM   #3
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I did make the move replacing my 14 inch wheels with 15 inch Michelin (235/75R15) on my 16 foot Bambi.

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Old 11-07-2015, 08:55 PM   #4
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I am looking to upgrade to a 15" tire. Will a 235/75/15 fit without major modification to wheel wheel? Thank you.

Sendel T03-556545T 15x6 5/4.5 Aluminum T03 Trailer Wheel Silver Inlay. Ordered through Amazon (Ships from and sold by Recstuff).

Michelin LTX MS 235/75R15 purchased from local tire dealer replaced the 14 inch wheels on the 2015 Sport Bambi 16'.

Before I purchased I measured my wheel well clearance to make sure I was comfortable with the fit. Would encourage you to do the same before ordering.


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Old 11-08-2015, 07:05 AM   #5
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Hi Ron. D. Greene here in western NC. I am interested in hearing more about the 15 inch wheels. After some time pulling with them are you still satisfied with the clearance? Any issues at all? Are the wheels themselves " plug and play" in terms of lug nut placement, brakes, etc. Did it give you a full inch of extra ground clearance? What is clearance in wheel well? I know that is a lot of questions. Thanks for your time and help.
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Old 11-08-2015, 08:41 AM   #6
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D. Greene, I just recently put the 15 inch wheels on. I am on my second trip now, first one was a short trip of about 50 miles, this trip approximately 370 miles as of today. Only makes approximately half an inch difference in height of the trailer. No multiplication needed for spare tire mount. Only slight modification around the outside trim to get a little more clear for my comfort. Photo attached. No other changes made. I measured very carefully before taking the leap to make sure. However remember all wheel wells may not be created equal. This is what worked for me, cannot say it will work for you please measure carefully please.Click image for larger version

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Old 11-08-2015, 09:06 AM   #7
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Ron A made a worth while change to his Bambi. 14" ST tires on a single axle trailer is problematic particularly in hot weather as a blowout at freeway speeds creates emergency handling issues. The smaller diameter tires makes the heat and speed problems on ST tires worse.
I was tire kicking on the lot and noticed many new Airstreams including double axle ones had 14 inch tires. The only reason I can imagine for this is corporate greed. MSRP for even the Bambis is over 50k, surely there is room in that price for quality tires.
I replaced the 15 inch 225 R 75 ST tires on my double axle 25 Safari with P 235 R 75 Michelin extra load. They fit fine as there is little difference in the tire size. I had lots of clearance to change a tire that was punctured by a screw.
The ride on my trailer is much improved as I am running 50 pounds of air, the maximum pressure listed on the tire. For a while I ran E rated ST tires on my trailer and the ride was like an oxcart and I still had tire problems.
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Thank you for the detailed reply. Safe travels.
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What would the advantage be of having 15" tires ?
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Old 11-08-2015, 03:58 PM   #10
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From reading the forum it seems many folks are of the opinion that there are better quality tires available in the 15 inch size. Also affords a little more ground clearance. But I know next to nothing about trailer tires. My interest is increasing ground clearance.
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D. Greene, I just recently put the 15 inch wheels on. I am on my second trip now, first one was a short trip of about 50 miles, this trip approximately 370 miles as of today. Only makes approximately half an inch difference in height of the trailer. No multiplication needed for spare tire mount. Only slight modification around the outside trim to get a little more clear for my comfort. Photo attached. No other changes made. I measured very carefully before taking the leap to make sure. However remember all wheel wells may not be created equal. This is what worked for me, cannot say it will work for you please measure carefully please.Attachment 251768


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You said slight modifications to the trim to fit your 15 inch new rims and tires, can you explain more on the modifications to the trim and if you have pictures that would be great !
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From reading the forum it seems many folks are of the opinion that there are better quality tires available in the 15 inch size. Also affords a little more ground clearance. But I know next to nothing about trailer tires. My interest is increasing ground clearance.
You gain half an inch from 14 to 15 in. tire
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so the factory tires are not safe to use or do you get a bumpy ride w/factory 14 tires dbl axle?
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If ground clearance is the issue, would a lift kit not be the way to go? Bigger wheels/tires may lead to other problems, and only give a minimal increase in clearance, as described above.
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