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#1 coldone OFFLINE  

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Posted June 24, 2015 - 10:14 PM

Well the 5X10 trailer that my wife bought for me 4 years ago got stolen the last week of May. Dad had borrowed it and had a plastic storage shed that he just bought sitting on it. It was parked in his front yard. It was there when the went to town and gone when they got back 2 hours later. We filed a police report and I had it insured so the Insurance company wrote me a check.

 

I was waiting for the trailers to go on sale again at TSC before I bought another one. I friend pointed me to a local company that was cheaper than TSC sales price. I purchased my new trailer yesterday. Its another 5X10 with wood floor and a 3500 lbs axle. Its a much better trailer than the TSC I had. I did not notice until after I got the new trailer home, it has 13 inch rims. My old one had 16 inch rims. Looks wise I like the 16 inch better. Yesterday when I was pulling it home, it seemed to me that the truck was down shifting on hills more with the new trailer than with the old one. I dont know if that is because the new trailer may be heavier than the old one or if the smaller tires dont do as well as the 16 inch ones.

 

So does trailer tire size make much difference when pulling?


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Posted June 24, 2015 - 10:54 PM

Wood is heavier than expanded metal. I prefer the wood floor on a trailer. As for tire size, 15" rims are my preference, although I have had some decent 13" car wheels and tires on one before and it worked fine. Downshifting a lot might have something to do with air filter of your truck. My truck quit downshifting as often when I replaced the old air filter with a new one, and it was finally able to breathe. If you tow the highway a lot, you would benefit from the 15" wheels and tires, but if not, 13" will do you fine too.
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Posted June 24, 2015 - 10:55 PM

Wouldn't think so. Bearings and such need to break in, from new, hee!  If you have one with that big flip down tailgate, even tho they are big mesh, I've heard they can make quite a draw. Many have hinge slot that allows them to flip down flat on trailer when empty.  I would bet your wheels are only 4 bolt too, maybe not. If you have fenders also, the bigger wheels may not fit under them, at least not when weighted down.  I'ld leave it alone and be happy!


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Posted June 24, 2015 - 10:56 PM

Shouldn't make that much difference on pavement when your unloaded. Check the tire pressure and compare the weight of your new trailer against the old one. Should be listed on the title if I'm not mistaken. The larger tire should ride smoother over bumps and pull easier when loaded. 

  Flip down tail gates are like a parachute.


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Posted June 25, 2015 - 04:38 AM

Smaller tires on a trailer create more rolling resistance, which creates drag,,, we used to change out axles and go to bigger tires on the boat trailers and found noticable differance in gas mileage !


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Posted June 25, 2015 - 07:06 AM

The TSC trailers are built of pretty light stuff.  All other true trailer companies around here have much heavier gauges of metal in them, and definitely would outweigh TSC stuff by at least 50%.  I don't think it would have that much to do with tire size.


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Posted June 25, 2015 - 07:24 AM

I have 13" on my 5x8, they seem to be fine. I am actually downsizing tire size, the PO had larger car tires on it, any decent load and they would rub the inside of the fenders.

I'm with Daniel, probably just the weight difference of the old TSC trailer.


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Posted June 25, 2015 - 07:52 AM

What are you towing it with?



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Posted June 25, 2015 - 12:13 PM

The TSC trailers are built of pretty light stuff.  All other true trailer companies around here have much heavier gauges of metal in them, and definitely would outweigh TSC stuff by at least 50%.  I don't think it would have that much to do with tire size.

 

I'm with Daniel on this one.  I'd say tire size has nothing to do with it.


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Posted June 25, 2015 - 05:32 PM

What are you towing it with?

2004 F150 with towing package and new engine.



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Posted June 25, 2015 - 06:20 PM

2004 F150 with towing package and new engine.


Which engine

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Posted June 25, 2015 - 06:45 PM

2004 F150 with towing package and new engine.

Yes, which engine. My truck is a 2004 F150 (new body style) and it has the 4.6 liter V8. And as I stated earlier, it benefited greatly from a new air filter (stock setup), and quit downshifting as much.

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Posted June 25, 2015 - 07:05 PM

If it has a gate and you old one didnt thats the cause our 6x12 alum empty feels like you have to drag it downhill the gate deffinetly pulls it down.  when going on long trips empty we pull the  gate and lay it down.



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Posted June 25, 2015 - 08:02 PM

To a point taller tires will have less rolling resistance all other things such as tread style, plies, and air pressure being equal. I can't say I've ever seen 3500 lb trailer with 13" wheels.

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Posted June 26, 2015 - 05:59 AM

The truck  has the 5.4 triton. Both the old trailer and the new does have the gate. It probably my imagination as far as the truck seemng to down shift more.






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