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Vtwhaler posted 08-08-2001 05:06 AM ET (US)   Profile for Vtwhaler   Send Email to Vtwhaler  
I just bought a 15' sport and it is on an older trailer (late 60's). THe trailer is not in that bad of shape but has 8" wheels. I will be trailering everywhere I go, is it possible to put larger wheels on the trailer somehow or do I need to get a new(er) trailer with larger wheels for longer distance towing?
Thanks,
Bruce
whalerron posted 08-08-2001 08:27 AM ET (US)     Profile for whalerron  Send Email to whalerron     
The bolt pattern on your hubs governs what wheels will fit on your trailer. If you can go to a larger wheel, it will probably only be a 12 inch rim. I am guessing that your 8 inch wheels use a 4 bolt pattern and most of the 12's use a 4 bolt pattern with the same spread (I think). Anything larger than a 12 inch rim and you will need to determine if the spindles are large enough to handle the side-to-side torqueing of the larger wheel. I don't think you can find any 13 inch or larger wheels with a 4 bolt pattern to fit your trailer.

-ron

Bigshot posted 08-08-2001 10:01 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
I would consider a newer trailer. Wheels and tires are not cheap. Is that trailer galvanized. If not and you use it a few times in salt it will disolve(not that quick).
L A posted 08-08-2001 03:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for L A  Send Email to L A     
By the way I bought a new trailer last month from American High Performance in Lakeland FL. that is all aluminum for about 150 more than a galvanized trailer. They make a trailer with 2000 lb capacity that will handle 13-17' boat. As far as I know they are the only manufacturer that makes aluminum trailers that small. Have been very happy with it, has stainless fasteners, tread plate fenders, etc.
Bigshot posted 08-08-2001 03:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
FYI! Just "about" all alum trailers are made by Towmaster. These other co's uy the parts and assemble them. I have 2 alum trailers, 1 is a tropic(FT MYers) and the other is a sturdy built(Bradenton). They are identicle and so is their brochures. My bud got one from a co. in NY and it is the same as mine. They are great as long as you want a bunk(which I do)and half the weight of a galv too.
L A posted 08-08-2001 04:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for L A  Send Email to L A     
These guys had I-beam stacked up in the shop and bending equipment, looks like a manufacturer, the owner is Stewart Cooper, pretty good guy.
gunnelgrabber posted 08-08-2001 07:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for gunnelgrabber  Send Email to gunnelgrabber     
whalerron, The wheels come 4 or 5 hole.I have 8" wheels with those big fat high floatation tires.trailer does fine.Also a spare i have has a 12" wheel, with a 4.80 tire ,it's the same overall height but skinny. Most folks say bigger is better,but if you get your boat up too high..not good on highway or launching,in my experience.you may even run into clearance problems. I have even relocated axles to get lower...higher isn't better ...to my way of thinking.....lm

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