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Old 08-04-2005, 12:35 PM   #1
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64 Globetrotter - Wheel and tire sizes

I'm picking up my new (used) trailer next week, and I'd like to show up with a pair of brand new tires and rims rather than trusting whats on it. I've tried to glean some of the info from the forums and here is what I do and dont know. Please add and correct where necessary:

*Wheels*
Diameter: 15"
Width: 7" ( correct? )
Lug Pattern: 6 on 5.5"
Backspacing: ???

*Tires*
225/75R15 or
7.00R15 ST

Is this correct?

Secondly, I have a set of OEM chrome steel Toyota Landcruiser Rims: 15"x6", 6 on 5.5", 3.75" BS, (I just removed them to put on 8" rims with 31x10.5's.) There is a very good condition set of 235/75R15 LT tires on there.

Would these wheels work? Would these tires be usable to get the trailer home (~700 mostly flat miles)? Or will they be too big? I like the idea of the chrome rims. It would go well with the polished skin of the tires. If the tires would fit, I would trust them much farther than what's on there now.

Thanks,

Geof

Edit: Oh, in case it's helpful, here is the ebay auction:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...tem=4565184237

The seller seems to think it is fine as is, but I'm a bit wary, especially since I'll be driving through the Mojave desert in a week (~108 degrees)
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Old 08-04-2005, 01:19 PM   #2
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Geof:

Althought the serial number for the 19' Globe Trotter you just bought is a 1964 serial number, based on its 7 panel end caps and numerous other features, the trailer itself appears to be a 1963 or earlier Globe Trotter, so I would not reply solely on the 1964 GT wheel or tire speficications to positively answer your question. The 1961-63 GT wheel and tires specifications might be the same as those for 1964, or they may not -- I don't know either way -- but I'd depend more on actual measurements from your new trailer than printed specifications for an inapplicable year (1964).

What size tire presently is on the trailer? How does it fit in the wheel well? Can someone with a 1963 GT tell you the offset or backspacing of their spare tire? Can the seller measure the backspacing or offset for one wheel now on your trailer?

One hint: before changing tires, first remove the grease cap from the end of each axle. The grease caps on my 1964 GT axle are threaded on, not pressed on. Whatever the method of grease cap attachment, removing them will give you just enough additional space to squeeze the tire over the axle tip and into the wheel well.

I don't know of the additional 10 mm. in aspect ratio on your used Toyota tires compared to typical GT tires (235 vs. 225) will make the Toyota tires that much more difficult to fit, but it seems the Toyota tires will be wider and fatter than the Airstream tires, making a tight situtation even tighter.

Good luck!
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Old 08-04-2005, 01:28 PM   #3
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I have seen Globetrotters with standard issue Airstream rims, from later models, or retrofitted to get rid of split rims.
The wheels that were standard are 15x6, 2600lb wheels with zero offset. The bolt pattern is usually 6 on 5.5
Those also fit my 1963 Overlander without any problems.
This is providing that the Globetrotter has the stock axle and brake configuration.
If in doubt, then buy 2 new ST trailer tires,and have them fitted on the rims locally. There are a large number of tire stores in the area were the trailer resides right now.
You can always have the new tires transferred to new rims once you get home and have time to research the axle/brake/rim combination. We're assuming that what's on there now has been working for years, and is not split rims.
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I have seen Globetrotters with standard issue Airstream rims, from later models, or retrofitted to get rid of split rims.
The wheels that were standard are 15x6, 2600lb wheels with zero offset. The bolt pattern is usually 6 on 5.5
When you say zero offset. do you mean that the inner hub contact surface is in the center of the width of the rim? i.e. 3" backspacing in a 6" rim?

I guess, 6" rims with a 3.75" backspace would offset inward by .75", correct? So in that case, interfering with the skirting on the wheel well is unlikely, but but there is a possibility that it will interfere with something on the axle, or the inner part of the well.

I sent a bunch of questions to the seller, hopefully I'll know more soon.

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Old 08-04-2005, 06:40 PM   #5
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what work on my '63 GT

The wheel sizes sound right for your 63/64?. Any good truck supply should be able to get them. I would be concerned about checking the bearings before towing. Jack it up spin the wheels to check for play, pull the caps check the grease ( big cresent or channel locks as they are threaded caps). Don't know about the Toyota wheels. The wheels on it might be fine. I run Lt 7:00x 15 R Yokohama tires on mine (they have the original tire look not like a modern radial) I feel better with the LT tires than ST trailer as I have had a number of bad experiences with ST tires while towing boats many thousands of miles
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The wheel sizes sound right for your 63/64?. Any good truck supply should be able to get them. I would be concerned about checking the bearings before towing. Jack it up spin the wheels to check for play, pull the caps check the grease ( big cresent or channel locks as they are threaded caps). Don't know about the Toyota wheels. The wheels on it might be fine. I run Lt 7:00x 15 R Yokohama tires on mine (they have the original tire look not like a modern radial) I feel better with the LT tires than ST trailer as I have had a number of bad experiences with ST tires while towing boats many thousands of miles
The seller says they're fine. Unfortunately I'm on a time constraint and wouldn't have time to wait a couple of extra days while they're fixed, so I'm trying to show up prepared, but to some extent that depends on the seller representing it accurately.

Since you have a 63, which seems to be what mine is closer to, can you tell me if there is a reasonable amount of space inside of the tire/wheel, between the tire and the wheel well and the axle assembly? It looks like the section width on the 235 is about an inch wider (.5 per side) that the 225, plus the .75 inch difference from my rims to the 0 offset rims.

Seems like driving and getting the trailer is the simplest part of this process. Preparing for all eventualities is what takes the most time.

Thaks for the help,

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Old 08-04-2005, 11:04 PM   #7
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don't think 235 will fit

My 7:00x 15 tire is a close fit. I think that the 7:00 would be replaced with a 225 or even a 215 metric if I read Goodyears chart right. I really doubt a 235 will clear. Maybe someone else has tried this. Good luck. Tires used to be so simple.
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