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Trailer Rim Upgrade?


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As I am getting ready to pick my boat up in a few weeks, I am getting ready to purchase a spare tire since the previous owner never had one. Since it is a single axle trailer and no spare, makes me think the previous owner didn't trailer much. Taking the boat home will be a 300 mile drive and I don't want to start off with a blown tire and no spare.

That being said, I will be replacing both tires once i get it back home. But since I have to buy a spare, should I contemplate upgrading to a better rim since i already have to buy one? Then i would just keep one of the old rims as the spare. The current tires are an ST225/75/R15 Load Range D. After looking on a few websites I have found the current rim, and it comes in multiple load ranges which makes me worry that the rims on there are maybe garbage. Could that be the case?

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Thought I could get something like this?

http://www.trailer-wheels.com/15x6-Black-Inlay-Aluminum-Bullet-T03-Trailer-Wheel-6-Lug-2830-Max-Load_p_1176.html#.UzsyBtw1dg0

Thanks

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As I am getting ready to pick my boat up in a few weeks, I am getting ready to purchase a spare tire since the previous owner never had one. Since it is a single axle trailer and no spare, makes me think the previous owner didn't trailer much. Taking the boat home will be a 300 mile drive and I don't want to start off with a blown tire and no spare.

That being said, I will be replacing both tires once i get it back home. But since I have to buy a spare, should I contemplate upgrading to a better rim since i already have to buy one? Then i would just keep one of the old rims as the spare. The current tires are an ST225/75/R15 Load Range D. After looking on a few websites I have found the current rim, and it comes in multiple load ranges which makes me worry that the rims on there are maybe garbage. Could that be the case?

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Thought I could get something like this?

http://www.trailer-wheels.com/15x6-Black-Inlay-Aluminum-Bullet-T03-Trailer-Wheel-6-Lug-2830-Max-Load_p_1176.html#.UzsyBtw1dg0

Thanks

The rims you linked look fine, and I suspect the ones that are on the trailer are fine too. Anything with 6 lug pattern is typically going to have a pretty high load rating.

Here is an option for a wheel tire combo

https://www.etrailer.com/Tires-and-Wheels/Kenda/AM32669.html

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Just a thought, but there is a guy on WW who figured out that stock Ford Ranger rims fit his trailer great. They look descent & should be pretty easy on the wallet.

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Thanks for the responses, I will look into those!

Is there any reason so go to a Load range E tire? Knowing the boat is 2900 dry plus trailer gas gear etc, I'm still covered by the "D" but after seeing so many bad experiences, I am hesitant.

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Just a thought, but there is a guy on WW who figured out that stock Ford Ranger rims fit his trailer great. They look descent & should be pretty easy on the wallet

he has 6 lug rims. Ranger are 5

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Interesting. I didn't know single axle trailers had 6 lug rims. Or is that unique to any brands of trailers?

thought that all singles were like that. My fil has a response on a single and it has 6 lug too.

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thought that all singles were like that. My fil has a response on a single and it has 6 lug too.

Yea, so in that case, the Ranger rims may only work on tandem axle trailers. I imagine there are other OEM truck rims that may be the right size & offset to fit the OP's trailer though..... it's just a matter of finding out which ones.

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Thanks for the responses, I will look into those!

Is there any reason so go to a Load range E tire? Knowing the boat is 2900 dry plus trailer gas gear etc, I'm still covered by the "D" but after seeing so many bad experiences, I am hesitant.

E is going to ride rougher due to the stiffer sidewalls. D should be fine, just keep them properly inflated. A good share of trailer blowouts are due to under inflation not bad tires.

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