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Old 03-27-2013, 02:43 PM   #1
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2005 jay feather 25g (bunk house) wheel and tire upgrade

Hello, this is my first post to the site, I hope I can get some insight on my trailer setup. I am a first generation tt owner and have owned my 2005 jay feather 25g (bunk house) for three years. It is now time for some new tires. I have been advised when getting new tires to convert from my bias tires to radials. The trouble I am finding is that you cannot find a load range D in a 13 inch wheel (ST185/80R13). I called jayco to ask if I could convert to a 14 or 15 inch wheel and they gave the standard answer that they don't recommend anything other than OEM which is ST185/80D13. my question is if anyone knows if I can upgrade to a 14 or 15 wheel?

Also if you have any other insight that relates to this subject that I should consider I would appreciate it.

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Old 03-27-2013, 03:28 PM   #2
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If you do some research on the height of the new tire/rim combo vs the specs on the ones you currently have you should be able to determine if you have clearance.

I would like the largest rim and highest load range tire I could get in the space available. What you got from Jayco is the standard legal dept. answer.

Even a tire dealer, unless you have a great relationship would not want the liability of giving bad advice.

There is plenty of it free on the internet!

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Old 03-27-2013, 06:10 PM   #3
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Thanks for the response. I plan to go out to my TT later this week (offsite storage) to get the measurements on the wheel well to see what will fit.
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Old 03-27-2013, 06:53 PM   #4
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Here is a picture of my current wheel well with 13 inch bias tires.
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Old 03-28-2013, 04:58 AM   #5
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we picked up a set of Load Star D tires in 13" bias from e-trailer.com a year ago. so far no issues/problems with them. i was also looking to jump to a 14 or 15" size initially for more options but the wheel wells are just too tight to jump up a size. looks as if you have the room for a larger wheel/tire just really depends on wheel travel and your back space clearance. good luck.
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Old 04-06-2013, 01:42 AM   #6
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I have a Jayco 213 EXP and it came stock with the 13" wheel as well. The first time I had a tire go and I had so much trouble finding replacements in a 13" size, I just upgraded the wheel and tires to 14" based tires and I'm not going back now. The local Discount tire looked at the setup and said it should not be a problem and then just put them on so I could see it and there was still plenty of clearance. The 14" tires are a lot easier to come by too.
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Old 05-04-2014, 05:00 PM   #7
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What's interesting is that I have a 2005 25G Bunkhouse and it came with ST1815/80R13. This was actually ordered from Jayco from the Dealership. I only know this as I just ordered tires on Amazon as one blew out on the way home from Florida.

On that note, anyone know where I can get a new fender well? I seem to have split mine in half with the tire blowing out.... nothing says good times like changing a tire in 18 degree weather and snow! :P

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