What are the most popular 4WD & Caravan Tyre sizes?

Submitted: Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at 13:22
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Hi guys,
As you know, we are currently working on the production of spare wheel covers and would like to know what sizes you think we should stock?

Obviously, I want to make covers in a range of sizes but from past experience, there's only about 3 sizes that are the most popular, from a possible 8 or so size variations. However, to make things a bit more complicated for me, the ordering system from this manufacturer uses a different sizing system so I actually need to know the tyre size codes that most people are using - ie. 265/75/R16. So please use that in your response.
Please state what vehicle the size relates to also, ie. 4wd, camper, van.

Also - here's the modified design we've been working on.
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Reply By: Frank P (NSW) - Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at 13:31

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at 13:31
My spare is under the vehicle and the second, when I carry it, is in the canopy so sadly, you don't need my tyre sizes [:-(

Can I suggest the fifth star be put in the Cross. Otherwise it's excellent.

I would love that as a sticker. Any chance of that?

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Follow Up By: ExplorOz Team - Michelle - Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at 13:33

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at 13:33
Yes don't panic the 5th star will be in the final design - I just don't have the artwork for that revision yet to post today.

Yes I picked up the request for this as a sticker so am thinking about that. Leave it with me. Although - may I ask if you think you'd prefer it round as is OR rectangular? What shape/size?

Thanks for your comments and rapid reply.
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Follow Up By: Frank P (NSW) - Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at 13:37

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at 13:37
I'm thinking round, about the same size as the membership sticker. Whatever the resident artist thinks would look best.
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Reply By: Member - Suitcase (QLD) - Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at 18:32

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at 18:32
Prado and van both 265/65R17

I reckon I'll definitely have one

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Reply By: Gerard S - Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at 18:35

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at 18:35
Leave the stars as they are..I'm a Kiwi and have no problem with that configuration.
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Follow Up By: Member - Wildmax - Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at 23:26

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at 23:26
How about replacing the union jack with the aboriginal flag? :-)
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Reply By: Sir Kev - Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at 18:36

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at 18:36
Cruiser Ute has 265/75R16
Prado has 265/70R17
Camper has 315/75/16

Sticker in both round and rectangular would be good as there are spots a round one doesn't looks right.

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Reply By: Member - Ross N (NSW) - Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at 21:35

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at 21:35
Hi Michelle,
Landcruiser Cab/ Chassis with canopy.
Tyre size 265/75 R16 but unfortunately would only be interested if tyre cover
incorporated a rubbish bin.
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Follow Up By: ExplorOz Team - Michelle - Thursday, May 14, 2020 at 11:46

Thursday, May 14, 2020 at 11:46
We previously had both the spare wheel covers AND rubbish bags - but I'm still yet to find a replacement rubbish bag manufacturer after ours went up in smoke (figuratively speaking).
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Reply By: Mal58 - Thursday, May 14, 2020 at 13:59

Thursday, May 14, 2020 at 13:59
Both the 4WD and the Camper, have tyres that are 265/70/R17.

These are just one size over standard that the 4WD came with.

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PS : I love the design by the way !
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Reply By: Member - McLaren3030 - Thursday, May 14, 2020 at 15:49

Thursday, May 14, 2020 at 15:49
Hi Michelle,

Love the changes to the original design. As per others and as you have indicated, the 5th star will make a difference for the better. I too would like stickers when available. Car tyre is 285/70/R17, and Van tyre is 285/75/R16, but I have a "Wheel Bin" rubbish bag on the caravan spare. If a Wheel Bin rubbish bag becomes available, I would definitely like one of those. For now I would be happy with one for the car.

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Reply By: Member - Jim S1 - Thursday, May 14, 2020 at 15:57

Thursday, May 14, 2020 at 15:57
Hi there Michelle

We have an Isuzu DMax with tyre size 255/65R17. Not a popular size I know. The camper has old Patrol wheels, 265/75R16.

Like the wheel cover design.

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Follow Up By: ExplorOz Team - Michelle - Thursday, May 14, 2020 at 16:27

Thursday, May 14, 2020 at 16:27
No problem that fits within our standard range of sizes that will be available ;) thanks for responding and giving me a chance to check it though.
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Reply By: GG7777 - Thursday, May 14, 2020 at 16:21

Thursday, May 14, 2020 at 16:21
Michelle
I will probably confuse you with this , but - most 4 wheel drives can be described as having 31 inch / 33 inch /35 inch etc tyres , despite the myriad of metric descriptions to come up wit these rolling radiui.
If the design of the wheel cover is like most where a circle of material ( with that perfect logo ) fits flat onto the side of the tyre and a flat piece sewn to it covers the tread of the tyre, this is then is pulled in behind the tyre by a drawstring arrangement , then........as long as the tread cover piece is wide enough to overlap the larger width treads and hold the complete cover on the tyre, you only need the 3 or 4 most common rolling radius as sizes for the circle.
I would suggest that as most on this forum fit into a mature ( read sensible ) bracket, you will not need the larger sizes, i.e. 37/39 inch
Hope you understand my thinking
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Follow Up By: ExplorOz Team - Michelle - Thursday, May 14, 2020 at 16:26

Thursday, May 14, 2020 at 16:26
Yes we've sold tyre covers in the past and know all that ;)
we even publish a wonderful Tyre size calculator here - Tyre Size Calculator but I'm using old sales data as guide to know how many of each size I should bring into stock initially. It's ok - I've got it sorted now anyway I think.
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Reply By: ExplorOz Team - Michelle - Thursday, May 14, 2020 at 16:38

Thursday, May 14, 2020 at 16:38
Thanks everyone. The 5th star has been added and sent to manufacturer and we are on our way to making this happen. Once I approve the sample manufacture is only 14 days, then add postage to warehouse and stocking and you'll be able to order very soon.

I was only asking about tyre sizes across all your rigs to get a gauge on how our past sales data for the sizes that were sold stack up against current demand to ensure I stock sufficient of each size range. This is because we are buying in bulk (100) to keep price down for you, and it would be a shame to run out of one size too soon due to poor planning. I am ordering 5 sizes. Yesterday it was going to be 4 so its all about getting the right balance of sizes for an order of 100.

Sir Kev's camper needs the XL - but its the largest size we intend to offer and I'm only expecting to get in about 5 of them unless I get a lot of responses from people with massive 4x4 trucks etc?? Not sure what requirements people might have and this is your chance to get what you want in stock.

Go the tyre size calculator on our site and tell me if you need the size 11, or 3 or 1 as these are the odd sizes that I'm only getting limited of.

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Reply By: swampy - Friday, May 15, 2020 at 11:56

Friday, May 15, 2020 at 11:56
Hi
Standard Outback Jayco camper fitment 235-75-15 . Optional Touring tyre . Possibly the most common tyre ever fitted to vans campers .
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Reply By: Alan H11 - Saturday, May 16, 2020 at 07:53

Saturday, May 16, 2020 at 07:53
265/65R17 in our case. One is on the back and is covered by the spare wheel cover built in to the vehicle. When we carry a second spare a cover would be helpful to keep it clean, although since it's on the roof no one will see it other than drone pilots...
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Reply By: Member - IndroCruiser Brisbane - Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at 14:38

Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at 14:38
Hi Michelle and Explorozers,

Apologies -- I am a bit late to the party in responding to the initial request. The artwork looks excellent -- distinctive without being loud. My hope would be that the Exploroz wheel cover can be arranged so that a hole could be cut to to accommodate a typical number plate holder and light (KAYMAR example depicted) without diminishing the artwork too much? Will that be possible? Comparing the attached illustration to the proposed artwork would suggest that much of the artwork may disappear behind the number-plate or be destroyed by the cut-out. Suspect this may be an issue with some other wheel-carriers as well?
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Follow Up By: ExplorOz Team - Michelle - Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at 16:53

Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at 16:53
We have the same issue but think being vinyl people can cut their own hole if needed. Yes the number plate and light holder would block most of the image but that's unavoidable unless the design was only on the outer edge which wouldn't suit everyone. Cannot have 2 designs at this stage so its just a buying decision factor for each individual. The wheel cover is also offers UV protection, keep stones and dust out of your spare tyre so as much about the practicality of the cover as the design I guess. ?
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