Trailer Up-Grade

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  1. sugranes

    sugranes New Member

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    My trailer is a Snug Harbor with 8 in tires. I would like to use the trailer for long distances (more than 1,500 miles trips) and I am concidering change the 8 in tires for 12 in.

    I need advise on the ups and downs regarding this up-grade.

    I do not have the trailer manual and do not have the manufacturer contact information.
     
  2. Spidey

    Spidey New Member

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    Trailer Upgrade

    I did just what you are asking with my Sprint trailer.
    I have a second trailer tht I had rebuilt a few years
    ago that had nearly new tires on it. The trailer that
    came under my Capri had really old, cracked 8"
    tires on it, so I swapped the tires and rims between
    the two. Naturally, the 12" tires raised the rear of
    the trailer, so I flipped the ball on the offset hitch
    receiver to make the trailer sit level again.

    pro:
    12" tires/rims may be easier to come by in a pinch.
    Not positive, but I think Wal-Mart even sells 'em.

    con:
    You have to back the trailer a bit deeper in the lake
    to float the boat. I have to strong-arm mine on and
    off the trailer where I put in, as the regular boat ramp
    has a bridge between it and the lake I sail which is
    1/10 mile from the house. Thank goodness for rollers!
    I may modify the tongue so it pivots (dumps) someday.
    I can rob the hardware from the other trailer if needed.

    I didn't have any clearance issues with the trailer
    fenders and bigger tires.

    Best of luck!
     
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    sugranes New Member

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    Thanks Spidey for your feedback. Probably I should do the up-grade from 8in tires to 10 in. have you noticed an improve on the trailer stability or handling (in the road) when changed to 12 in?
     
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    Spidey New Member

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    i haven't had this trailer on any long-distance trips
    since changing the tires over to the 12", but was
    quite happy with the way the tires performed when
    they were on the other trailer toting a DN iceboat
    around Indiana, Ohio and Michigan. The trailer
    pulled so easily you really didn't know it was there,
    and it only took 1 mpg off my normal average to
    pull it, even at 65-70 mph behind an Olds Intrigue.
    I need to pull the hubs apart and inspect/repack
    the bearings before any long road trips with this
    newer trailer. Good fall project.
     

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