Tyres Again

Submitted: Sunday, Jun 05, 2005 at 13:32
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Have got on 285/75/R16 BFG at the moment and love them my question is this i am about to order an off road caravan such as Bush tracker, Trackmaster, or Boroma and would like to run with the same tyre, the van will have tandem wheels but have not decided yet what suspension we will have but it is between the "cruise master" and the "air cruise master" which tyre is most suitable for caravans a wide profile like the ones i run or say a 255/85/R16 which would give me the same dia as the 285/75/R16 i have heard that tandam wheels tend to scrub out the tyres quickly would a wider profile such as the 285 be worse or better.
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Reply By: Ants - Sunday, Jun 05, 2005 at 16:26

Sunday, Jun 05, 2005 at 16:26

I'd have to disagree on the scrubbing issue - where it becomes a problem is in tight cornering - and unless you are doing a lot of that, then there shouldn't bee too much of a problem.

Any scrubbing though will be more apparent in the wider tyre, as the treadface will "roll" more in tight cornering, such as caravan parks etc.


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Follow Up By: 10 Para (Qld) - Sunday, Jun 05, 2005 at 17:25

Sunday, Jun 05, 2005 at 17:25
Hi Anthony what about general travel regards to the wider tyre
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Follow Up By: Ants - Monday, Jun 06, 2005 at 16:25

Monday, Jun 06, 2005 at 16:25
When you say general travel do you mean will they scrub when driving normally? Not really no.

The big "but" here has to do with wheel alignment. With older configurations of leaf springs and rigid axles on tandems, the wheels were never really aligned properly. And wheel alignment is everything! I'm still not convinced that trailer manufacturers take wheel alignment seriously enough.

But regardless, the better suspension systems will provide some degree of better wheel location.
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Follow Up By: 10 Para (Qld) - Monday, Jun 06, 2005 at 17:29

Monday, Jun 06, 2005 at 17:29
Hi Anthony,
I have heard that with the tandom wheels they have to be aligned every so often and you can do that yourself not sure how hard that would and i would be inclined to get it done . Well i have to decided soon so will let you know which way i go at the moment it looks like 285/75/R16 all round so that i can interchange also i am due a new set for the truck so the set i have on now can go on the van still got about 20,000 left on them.
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Reply By: Member - Michael B (NSW) - Sunday, Jun 05, 2005 at 22:26

Sunday, Jun 05, 2005 at 22:26
10 Para
Have set my Cruiser and Trakmaster up with BFG's all interchangerable with each other. 2 spares on the van and 2 on the Cruiser. Seemed logical to me as I did'nt
want to carry a bead breaker, to much like hard work.Even the wheel nuts match.
Single axle Kimberley with Trakair suspension , great van.
Mike B
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