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Old 04-14-2004, 01:34 PM   #15
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Thanks Ken. I was setting it up with Carlile because they have the size. Also found a conversion table and can use a meteric size. Don't have it with me but think is was a 205. The table has the dimensions of all three types so you can make sure it fits all around. I'll look into the Cooper's. The talk on the forum is divided about radials, I'll have to read the thread again.
Moving to new thread step by step as this whole thing is going to take some interaction.

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Old 04-14-2004, 02:07 PM   #16
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Thats why I thought I'd would mention the Carlile - you can do a search and you'll see other comments. They must be easy to get, because they seem to sell alot of them. My understanding over the years on those conversion tables is you can end up with different sizes - take a look at RJ's site where he shows various tire sizes.

As I understand it - and would like to hear from others - is that the disadantage of the Goodyears is they had problems with them for a while and when they break apart they really make a mess. The Coopers and Carliles are the exact size of the old vintage tires and therefore look better on the old trailers.

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Old 04-16-2004, 12:47 PM   #17
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Not alot of choices for tires. Seems like Cooper doesn't make 7 14.5 anymore.
Wheels/hubs turn out to be 6 on 5.5 which really helps. Current money is on new 7's at least until trailer is done and ready to dress shoes.
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PS KenJ. do you mean to say there is a Goodyear that would fit the same wheel as the 7 14.5 is on. Are the 14.5 wheels really 15"
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Old 04-16-2004, 01:00 PM   #18
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Cooper does not make that tire anymore - bummer - before cooper michlean quit making them, now Cooper - guess Carlile is the only one left that I'm aware of - big bummer.

Yes, although I have not done it myself, the Goodyear Marithons fit the same rim size. In fact, when I do replace my 7.5's on my 75 - I planning on it because the trailer has those nice aluminum rims. My understanding the Goodyears are what the factory recommends for replacement tires. On my 59 Traveler, I was bent on keeping everything exactly original, now with the 58 Overlander - I'm less worried about that, and want to go with whats best. I finally came to grips that some products have been improved over the years and I think radial tires is one of them. Just my thoughts.........

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Old 04-16-2004, 01:02 PM   #19
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One more thing..... I understand that if you go with the Goodyears, the trailer sits about 2" lower...

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Old 04-16-2004, 01:24 PM   #20
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Well ok two more things - - be sure to have them put on metal valve stems - not the rubber ones......

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Old 04-22-2004, 10:10 AM   #21
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I've been using a 14.5 Deestone tire my local garage found for me (for '57 Caravanner). Load range F bias plys.

I just had to swap out axles (brakes fell apart and dead), and am trying to find a compatible 15 inch tire/wheel combo. The old 14.5 inch wheels (3.5 center hole, 5.5 lug to lug) with 6 lugs are being retired (bad pun) because I can't find a third wheel as a spare.

There seems to be very few 15 inch tires that will fit... overall diameter needs to be less than 26 inches to fit, which rules out the Marathons...

Any comments?
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I've been using a 14.5 Deestone tire my local garage found for me (for '57 Caravanner). Load range F bias plys.

I just had to swap out axles (brakes fell apart and dead), and am trying to find a compatible 15 inch tire/wheel combo. The old 14.5 inch wheels (3.5 center hole, 5.5 lug to lug) with 6 lugs are being retired (bad pun) because I can't find a third wheel as a spare.

There seems to be very few 15 inch tires that will fit... overall diameter needs to be less than 26 inches to fit, which rules out the Marathons...

Any comments?
Standard in later years seems to be the ST225/75R15-D tire. Have you checked that out? The newer wheels seem to be that size, too. The only question would be if there is room in your wheelwells for them.
On edit, I found that a tire of ST185/75-15 would be the biggest size to fit within your criteria. It is a nominal 25.9" circumference. The next trick will be to find one with the correct weight rating in that size.
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Old 08-10-2010, 07:56 PM   #23
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Time to retire, the trailer that is....
Ran the 7-14.5 Tow Masters with no problems, at least none I can blame on the tires. Wheel's are rusted. The only brand out there seems to be Load Star. Would overrated tires cause a problem? So back to the new tires or new tires and wheels problem.
Interesting that the tires looked OK from the street, except one with worn thread. Turns out the inside track of two are badly scuffed and another badly worn in the inside thread. Looks like something isn't lined up right.
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I think that holds the record for longest followup at 6 1/2 years!
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Guess I got my money's worth from the first set. Actually was underreconstruction the first two years. Anyone know what Low Platform Tire means?
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A low platform tire is for a low platform (lowboy) trailer.
A 7-14.5 tire is only 26 inches diameter, a real advantage for loading and low center of gravity.
Does sacrifice load capacity though.
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Hub to Hub

So with 32 inches center of hub to center of hub I could put on some new 15" wheels and tires rather than buy new tires. Twenty eight inch Diameter should give me four inches between, No?
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Pulled street front hub and found a bad made in china bearing. Hub is at the machine shop getting new races. Tire guru in town looked at the tire and thinks the axle is out of alignment. Not surprised given some of the shots it took on I495 bridges. (avoid this road if at all possible or slow down to 30 for the torn up bridges, if there is a bump sign crawl across).

So I'll be taking the whole think to the trailer shop in RI for a make over. May be grounded for the season.
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