14 inch trailer wheels?
Posted 26 March 2012 - 11:59 AM
any problems with this setup?
Phil & Alberta Saran
Posted 26 March 2012 - 01:05 PM
Check the maximum load rating of the tires mounted on those wheels. Does the total tire load capacity equal or exceed the GVWR of the trailer.?
It is a common problem that trailer manufacturers deliver trailers with just enough load capacity to cover the dry weight of the trailer. Also, many 5th wheel manufactures subtract the pin weight from the GVWR on the premise that they only need to supply enough load capacity for the portion of the trailer weight that is on the axles.
Since the pin weight is about 20% of the total weight, that is a good safety margin. There are times when the tires on the trailer will have a greater load due to going over bumps, etc.
It costs little to add tire load capacity to a new trailer in higher rated ties or larger rims with higher rated tires than it does later on.
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Posted 26 March 2012 - 02:09 PM
One other thing to consider when evaluating all the horror stories about multiple tire failures is that when one tire blows, the second one in the pair is subject to nearly double the maximum load. I rarely see recommendations to replace both on RV forums, but there are numerous accounts of sequential blowouts or failures.
Edited by trailertraveler, 26 March 2012 - 02:18 PM.
Posted 26 March 2012 - 04:02 PM
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Posted 26 March 2012 - 07:23 PM
I got to contact a factory rep at Forest River and according to him, they have had NO problems over the past 10 years with these 14" wheels/tires.
and there is NOT enough room to swap to 15" wheel/tires unless I move the axles down for more clearance, then I would run into problems with
the center of gravity or balance for the trailer.
Like others I've always had RV's with at least 15" wheel/tires and I am still a bit leary about this. My problem is my wife has fallen in love with this
particular floor plan. And we all know that what the wife wants is what we want......right?!?
Phil & Alberta Saran
Posted 27 March 2012 - 06:13 AM
Posted 28 March 2012 - 12:04 PM
Edited by geysergazers, 28 March 2012 - 12:22 PM.
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