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October 8, 2016
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I would like some opinions on replacing stock 14″ wheels and 205x70Rx14 tires with 15″ rims and larger tires, say maybe a 215 or 225.

I was wondering if spacers would be needed. I already have the lift kit installed and looks like enough room. Is it worth the expense and

is it going to help towing stability. What haven’t I thought of? How much more (including lift kit) does this change the center of gravity?

Am I over thinking this, or tell me to leave it alone… Thanks

October 8, 2016
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I don’t think I would go with a bigger tire unless the max load on the tire was higher. Currently on our factory tires the max load is 1760 pounds per tire. Now if you found a tire that was higher then this, it would make a difference and be worth the upgrade because it would increase the mount of weight you could carry in your Travel Trailer.  If your Having stability issues I would look into getting something like this setup. https://www.amazon.com/Eaz-Lift-48058-Elite-Weight-Distributing/dp/B005SB6S3Y/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&qid=1475969074&sr=8-1&keywords=towing+stabilizer+kit&linkCode=ll1&tag=travel-trailer-20&linkId=9cb9c6c75f6a0dbfd1b187ba7b477cf5

October 8, 2016
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I have a weight distribution hitch but not a sway bar. It made a difference but still wanders sometimes. Slower speed is best, nothing over 60mph.

We travel through California a lot to get where we are going, so it’s 55 when towing. There are some conflicting gvw weights on the 177 out there. I am going to take our loaded rig to the scales and get an accurate accounting. I changed my tires to radials (Greenball Transmasters), 1760 lb. load, but take 50lbs. of air, cold, not 32lbs.

I would think a 15″ 225 would be rated higher on max lbs., wider tread couldn’t hurt either. That just makes me think of putting a 5000lb. axle under it!!! 🙂  

October 9, 2016
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Weighting our retro’s wouldn’t be a bad idea. I know my 181B is suppose to weight around 2800 dry which means no battery or propane tanks.  Max weight due to the tires is about 3500 pounds. Which really is not that much extra weight I can load onto it. They really should of put bigger axles on our trailers with larger tires. Let me know what you find out.  Yes its only the Coker Tires White Wall tires that require 32psi. Mine didn’t come with the Coker Tires so my max PSI is at 50psi well.  I assume the Cokers have a pretty stiff side wall in order to run that low of a PSI. 

October 9, 2016
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Just found this, here is a guy who did a axle upgrade on his White Water Retro http://www.flatsurface.com/cam…..index.html

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What are the factory tires? I just purchased a 2017 177SE but haven’t picked it up yet.

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