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Old 08-24-2010, 02:41 PM   #1
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Angry spare tire

2008 19 ft. Bambi. We are leaving on a trip tomorrow so I was checking the tire pressure. I lowered the spare ( my first time ) from the factory mounting. The tire had only 35 psi, so I uped it to 65 psi. Now, the properly inflated tire is too wide and I cannot lift and lock the spare tire assembley. I've had to deflate the tire back to about 35 psi to in order to properley secure it. I do have a portable air compressor if I need to use the spare. These are the factory GYM tires. The spare has never been on the ground. Has anyone else had this problem?
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Old 08-25-2010, 01:43 PM   #2
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Are you sure 65psi is the right pressure for your bambi? Sounds more like a pressure for a heavier trailer.

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Old 08-25-2010, 03:06 PM   #3
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We have a 2005, 19-foot Bambi. The 65 psi is correct for your spare. Not sure why it won't fit in the tire carrier. Is the tire 225/75x15? I guess you could carry it deflated; just remember to pump it up to 65 psi before driving on it.

When you get back from your trip, I'd go see the dealer where you purchased your trailer and have them check it. The only thing I can imagine, is that they put the wrong tire carrier on your trailer (assuming this was a dealer installed option). If that is the case, they should put the right one on for free (just my opinion).

Just a thought (I haven't looked at our tire carrier recently), is the swing arm or lower portion of the carrier adjustable? It might have a nut or bolt that can be adjusted, or some slots or something that will lower the swinging portion enough to allow the fully inflated tire to fit.
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Are you sure 65psi is the right pressure for your bambi? Sounds more like a pressure for a heavier trailer.

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This is a single axle trailer. So the load per tire is greater than most multi-axle trailers.

65 PSI, I think that is a load range "E"? Not sure.

Having a fully loaded spare is the only way to go. Otherwise you would need ot find a source to inflate the tire (like a 12V air compressor that was stated above) Because a flat or low spare doesn't usually work.

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you might be able to shim the fixed end with washers to lower it a bit. can you tell which end seems too short?
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Old 08-25-2010, 06:24 PM   #6
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65 psi is correct. I turned the tire over in the rack so I don't have to lower it all the time It fits just fine on our 2007 Bambi with 65psi
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Old 08-26-2010, 02:52 PM   #7
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Load range "D" (8 ply rating) is 65 psi. Load range "E" (10 ply rating) is 80 psi.
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