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Old 09-24-2011, 10:54 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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Old 11-27-2011, 11:35 PM   #3
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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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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: https://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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