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Old 09-24-2011, 09:54 AM   #1
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Swapping wheels on an SLX...

Does anyone know if the 13" wheels on Jayco's SLX trailers (154BH) can be swapped out with 14" wheels with no modifications? It looks like the swap would result in an overall tire diameter increase of about 1.75 inches or less than an inch in any direction. There seems to be enough room in the wheel well area, but I'm unsure of how much clearance is actually needed.

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Old 11-14-2011, 06:24 AM   #2
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Wheel Change

I replaced the 13 inch wheels on my Jay Feather 226 with 14 inch..Have no problems whatso ever plus they are safer as the load carring capacity is higher...
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Interested in the outcome of this thread. Good topic.
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Old 11-28-2011, 09:24 AM   #4
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Dexter Axle specifies a minimum 3" clearance between the tire and the wheel well, also a minimum of 1" clearance between tires.

http://dexteraxle.com/i/u/6149609/f/...sions_7-11.pdf

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Bob, thanks for posting the link to the 3" requirement. I was looking at the space I had the other day. I'm thinking a inch and a half to two inches. I will be surprised if there is three inches.
I was thinking of going up to 15 inch tires but thought there wasn't enough room without modifying the height of the trailer.
After reading about the trouble people have had with their tires , possibly because the tire's ratings, I wanted to give my trailer a better chance of avoiding a blow out. Btw I had read in one of your posts that you recommend Maxxis trailer tires. After more research it appears a lot of people agree with you. As always thanks for your insight.
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Old 12-27-2011, 12:09 PM   #6
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Richard,

My Eagle clearance is 2 3/4" under loaded conditions, so I feel that I'm ok. I did however find that I couldn't install the Dexter HD EZ-Flex equalizer because it would have brought my clearance down to 1 3/4", a little to close for my heavy TT. A little more info here: http://www.jaycoowners.com/showthrea...le+flex&page=2

Yep, going with a new set of Maxxis tires in the spring, upgrading from a "C" to a "D", same size though.

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Do you have thoughts on C vs D grade Maxxis on a 22/6 featherlight?
Thanks, ready to upgrade in spring.
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Dave,

What is the present size/rating of the tires presently on your trailer, and do you know the maximum psi rating of your trailer wheel?

In my case I'm going from "C" to "D" because my existing "C" rated Maxxis tire cuts it close to my max weight, so the "D" will give me a better weight cushion, plus I like the idea of a firmer tire sidewall and added psi.

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I have the Jayco 226 and I replaced the wheels with 14 inch and went to Radiel tires. They are C range but the load capacity is higher than the 13 inch tires...have towed about 5000 miles and have never had any problem at all, I think it is much safer and puts less strain on the tires....
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Thanks guys, now I need to do a little more research.
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Gentlemen, went to trailer storage lot in a Sou'Easter gusting 20 knots. After engaging the tarp in a wrestling match and re-attaching same I made some notes.

Thanks for your patiennce and help. Tires - ST185/80D13D

Rims - 13x14.50B

PSI 65 lbs.
GVWR 4750 lbs. GAWR 3300 front and 3300 rear. Dave.
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Dave,

It appears that your Sport came with a "D" load range tire which is an 8 ply/high psi tire..., which is a nice tire spec for the Sport.

In the 185/80R13 size Maxxis only makes a "C" range (6ply) tire in the size tire you presently have, according to the following Maxxis chart: http://www.maxxis.com/Industrial/Tra...ST-Radial.aspx

IMO, I would not drop down to a "C" just to get a 13" Maxxis tire.

Going to a 14" wheel with a Maxxis still only provides a "C" range tire (if clearances allow) with a little more load capacity..., but 2 less ply and a lower psi.

Assuming that load weights are met, I tend to lean toward the higher ply/higher psi combination in tires for the firmer sidewall..., but that's just me.

Give Maxxis a call, maybe they do make a "D" tire for a 13" rim but don't have it listed on the chart.

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Thanks Bob, much appreciated. I think we will get a little more camping out of the tires.

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