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Old 05-04-2019, 12:42 PM   #1
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wheels for 65 Caravel

Having put a new axle, rims, tires on 65 Caravel, we experienced a ruined tire within 7,000 miles as shown in photo. The other tire is fine. What could be the cause? It doesn't appear to have been a problem with the tires.

Meanwhile we tried to put on the spare and cannot get the tire up into place--there isn't enough room to get it in and lined up with the hub. These are 15" offset rims. Do we need to go to a 14" rim? The new tires/rims were installed by someone else, and one has to wonder how he got them in place. All we can figure out is the tires weren't inflated at the time.

Any ideas, suggestions, etc, most welcome.

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According to the 1965 brochure, the tires were 6.70x15 6-ply. Are the center of the hubs both equal distance from the hitch ball?
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Having put a new axle, rims, tires on 65 Caravel, we experienced a ruined tire within 7,000 miles as shown in photo. The other tire is fine. What could be the cause? It doesn't appear to have been a problem with the tires.

Meanwhile we tried to put on the spare and cannot get the tire up into place--there isn't enough room to get it in and lined up with the hub. These are 15" offset rims. Do we need to go to a 14" rim? The new tires/rims were installed by someone else, and one has to wonder how he got them in place. All we can figure out is the tires weren't inflated at the time.

Any ideas, suggestions, etc, most welcome.

Ann
We recently replaced the wheels on our 68 Caravel. I ran new Goodyear Endurance ST205/75 R15 on the original wheels for the 600 miles from where we bought the trailer. I realized that the original wheels were not rated for high pressure tires and that we would most likely run the Endurances at a higher pressure than the original wheel spec.

I purchased a new set of 15x6 5 bolt 4.4, 75 psi wheels from VTS. The tires are just a slight bit wider on the new wheels, although the new wheels are the same spec as the originals, or so I thought. In reality they are 1/8 to 3/16 inch wider just enough to cause wheel well edge clearance issues on the curb side when mounting and un-installing. So we have to deflate the tire on the curb side in order mount the wheel. I'm looking into creating more clearance by possibly removing some material from the inside of the wheel well.

We just recently discovered the issue so hopefully I can post news of a solution shortly.
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Or the axles were in better shape.

How old are those tires?


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The tires, wheels and new axle were put on in Jan 2016. We drove from VT to Ajo, AZ, not too far from Phoenix (!) and back. She went into storage over winter. Just discovered the tire and are SO grateful that we didn't have a disaster on the road. The manual we have on page 17-2 says: 7:00x15 travel trailer tires (Carael has 7:50X14 tubeless).

We dug a hole in the ground and took air out of the tire and still couldn't. But you're right--more clearance is needed. The answer to that part of the problem looks like new rims/tires in size 14.

Still need to figure out why one tire went bald and other is nearly perfect. Need to check re Bubba's question. Old tires didn't have this problem, so we are thinking it's tied to the new axle. Will be checking with our restoration guru on Mon morning.....

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The probable answer

It looks like the cause of the worn tire is probably that the axle got bent. Seemingly a pot hole can do it, so the axle must be fairly delicate. Our repair choices are a new axle or possibly a repair to the old one. We are going to consult a specialist in Barre first about a repair. He was highly recommended by an ardent enthusiast (not an Airstream person), so we'll see how that goes.
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