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Old 06-08-2014, 07:14 AM   #1
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Tire/Wheel Help Needed

I just purchased a 1961 Tradewind and need to bring it home. It will be a 300 mile trip over (flat) Illinois. It has been sitting for about 15 years, so I am just going to buy three new wheels and tires. The question is this - I have heard that the wheel well width may be a bit narrower and, with axle needing replaced, it might be a snug fit for tires. I have a 73 Overlander that I use 225/15 75, but am wondering if I should go narrower. The problem is I lose load capacity. I have searched the Forums for several hours and not been able to find an answer. Need to order the tires ASAP. Any thoughts? Am really looking forward to this trailer!
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Old 06-08-2014, 07:45 AM   #2
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If the axles are bad, and they probably are after setting for that long, even the original tire size (I believe 7.00X15) would be hard to remove/install.

You could buy some 7.00X15 tires, and some inexpensive steel 15X6 wheels, and that would be your best chance to be able to install, and make it the 300 miles home.
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Old 06-08-2014, 08:55 AM   #3
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I just purchased a 1961 Tradewind and need to bring it home. It will be a 300 mile trip over (flat) Illinois. It has been sitting for about 15 years, so I am just going to buy three new wheels and tires. The question is this - I have heard that the wheel well width may be a bit narrower and, with axle needing replaced, it might be a snug fit for tires. I have a 73 Overlander that I use 225/15 75, but am wondering if I should go narrower. The problem is I lose load capacity. I have searched the Forums for several hours and not been able to find an answer. Need to order the tires ASAP. Any thoughts? Am really looking forward to this trailer!
Both those trailers use the same size tires as well as wheels.

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225/75X15 radial tires were not built in 1961, and they are wider than 7.00X15 tires.
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Old 06-08-2014, 11:23 PM   #5
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I assume your concern about load capacity is because this is a single axle trailer.

I would start by taking the needed tires/wheels off your 73 Overlander and see if they can be installed on the 61 TW.

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I think the first order of business is to let us know what tire size is on the trailer. Someone has said it is 7.00-15 - and that makes some sense. But there is also the issue of load carrying capacity - which may or may not be stated on the tire. This wasn't a requirement until about 1968, or so. So does that tire have a "Load Range" or a "Ply Rating" stated on the tire? Those would be helpful in comparing load carrying capacities.

One thought: If all that is a lot more work than you are willing to do, you could just slap the new tires and wheels on the old trailer and hope for the best. Chances are a 300 mile tow - especially at slower speeds isn't going to have an immediate tire failure.

And you can monitor the inflation pressure buildup to see if things are going horribly wrong. Check and record the inflation pressures cold before you start. Run at highway speeds for 30 minutes, and stop to check the pressures. Anything over 10% should be cause for alarm. Stop every 30 minutes to watch the build up. After 2 or 3 stops you should have a good feel for what is happening.
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Much appreciate the insight. I went ahead and ordered two wheels from VTS and will just go with a pair of GYM 225. The 205's drop almost 600 pounds in capacity and are not that much narrower. Plus worst case if they don't fit I have spares for the Overlander. One more question - does a 1961 have a "jack pad" or marking of some sort like my Overlander does, or do I just need to feel out where the frame is when I jack the trailer?
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Much appreciate the insight. I went ahead and ordered two wheels from VTS and will just go with a pair of GYM 225. The 205's drop almost 600 pounds in capacity and are not that much narrower. Plus worst case if they don't fit I have spares for the Overlander. One more question - does a 1961 have a "jack pad" or marking of some sort like my Overlander does, or do I just need to feel out where the frame is when I jack the trailer?
On a tandem axle, place the jack on the axle mounting plate, between the tires.

On a single axle, place the jack on the axle mounting plate, just rearward of the axle.

Using the jack pad spot has a built in hazard, in that the jack can easily slip off and then punch a hole in the underbelly and/or floor.

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