Originally Posted by Pinchecharlie
I had rebuilt a dead v- hull tilt trailer 12 or 14 years ago and it's ok for close by but a bit suspect for anything else. It has those little 12 inch wheels and tires and crappy springs. Anyway I have some 15 inch wheels off a dead truck can I run those? Iam obviously buying a new 3500lb axle and springs hubs ect..but was hoping to not buy everything lol. So you guys that drag trailers near and far what size wheels and tires are you comfortable with. Also I need to source a roller bar and a winch .any ideas? I googled all this [email protected]
but I thought I'd ask guys actually running stuff. Thanks Charlie
I like 14" or 15" tires...easier to find than 13, but 13" still makes fewer RPM per mile than 12" or 10"! My trailer is a light-duty car hauler (dual 3500# axles) so it has 15" wheels.
Those truck tires will work fine, LT tires are typically load rated higher than trailer tires. You will likely need 5 on 4.5" lug spacing on your wheels, so check on an old Jeep XJ or Ford Exploder/Ranger.
If you're really rebuilding, I'd chop out all the V crossmembers and put in flat crossmembers. May allow you to shallow up the trailer frame to axle spacing (which will partially offset taller tires).
I've had good luck with etrailer.com for wiring and suspension components, also good service.
Originally Posted by MNichols
I'd suggest 2 or 3 shorter ones as the long ones can bend.
Agreed. I have a single long 2.5" diameter roller I built. Works great with a raft, bends under the dory's weight.
Rewire everything. Use a 7-way junction box on the tongue. The ones with indicator lights are awesome if you're troubleshooting. LED lights
I'd go with 2x6's instead of plywood. I just replaced my 2x6's after 15 years, don't think plywood would last that long.
Add a 2nd bolt to lock out the tilt function. If you're going over a lot of rough roads, would be nice to have it tight. If your wife is loading on a local run, pull the bolt.
I don't know your trailer length, but even with a big 156R, you don't need that much deck. Mine only sits on 8' of my 10' long bunks. Seems I put coolers/bikes/ammo cans/kayaks on the front of my deck, and not much of anything ever behind the boat. It doesn't make a lot of difference to trailer balance, so I tend to load the trailer with the raft toward the rear with heavier stuff between my axle and tongue.