Changing trailer tire size

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trswem
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Changing trailer tire size

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Hello. My trailer for the 88D came with 215/75r14 tires, but noone stocks those around here. Has anyone swapped tires for something that's a little easier to get a hold of?
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Re: Changing trailer tire size

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Tractor Supply can get them for you - you can buy then and pick them up at the store. TS is a great place to look for trailer parts and supplies... they have a lot that matches our Mac trailers.

https://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/produ ... ire-470218
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Re: Changing trailer tire size

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How about some 5 ft - 6 ft tires like you see at auto shows? Make it easy to get under the boat on land. :)
trswem wrote: Thu May 30, 2024 4:13 pm Hello. My trailer for the 88D came with 215/75r14 tires, but noone stocks those around here. Has anyone swapped tires for something that's a little easier to get a hold of?
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Re: Changing trailer tire size

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To answer your question: as long as the lug pattern matches your hub, any change in diameter does not cause the tire to rub on the fender or boat, any change in the width does not cause the tire to rub on the fender or the trailer, and the tires are rated to carry at least as much weight as the originals you should be fine.

On the other hand, what you currently have on the trailer should not be hard to find. Good luck.
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Re: Changing trailer tire size

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Be Free wrote: Fri May 31, 2024 5:12 am To answer your question: as long as the lug pattern matches your hub, any change in diameter does not cause the tire to rub on the fender or boat, any change in the width does not cause the tire to rub on the fender or the trailer, and the tires are rated to carry at least as much weight as the originals you should be fine.

On the other hand, what you currently have on the trailer should not be hard to find. Good luck.
Thanks Be Free. The local marine and trailer stores didn't carry these, but I was able to order them through West Marine. I went ahead and got new wheels too, mine were looking pretty sketchy. $515 for two tires/wheels for interested parties in posterity.
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Re: Changing trailer tire size

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trswem wrote: Fri May 31, 2024 9:06 am
Be Free wrote: Fri May 31, 2024 5:12 am To answer your question: as long as the lug pattern matches your hub, any change in diameter does not cause the tire to rub on the fender or boat, any change in the width does not cause the tire to rub on the fender or the trailer, and the tires are rated to carry at least as much weight as the originals you should be fine.

On the other hand, what you currently have on the trailer should not be hard to find. Good luck.
Thanks Be Free. The local marine and trailer stores didn't carry these, but I was able to order them through West Marine. I went ahead and got new wheels too, mine were looking pretty sketchy. $515 for two tires/wheels for interested parties in posterity.
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Re: Changing trailer tire size

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Hi Trswem!

That $515 quote seems a bit high. :| :o :?

I just did a quick search on Walmart.com and came up with the following:

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There are more but it gives a general cost perspective for new trailer tires 🛞 for the size you are looking for.
The average cost is about $70 each or about $140 for a set of two.
(It’s not that I like Walmart but it generally ships nearly anywhere to a store, business or home.)

A standard rim to fit this model size tire is:

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This is about $60 each or $120 for a set of two.

So for a new set of tires and rims would roll up to $140 + $120 = $260 (plus mount and balance).

Hope this is of some help….

Best Regards,
Over Easy 😎😎🐩🐈
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