I Might Just Know What I'm Talking About
Join Date: May 2002
Location: Selma,CA in the middle of the vineyards, Central California
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1.) see above for modular wheel description. As for the bolt pattern, steel wheels sizes are sometimes stamped on the inside. Any wheel/tire that will bolt up should do for you as long as it fits inside the fenders. Most wreaking yards, tire shops, etc will have the guage to determine the bolt pattern. Around here the Truck Tire shop will work on split rims but charge extra.
2.) The larger 'ball' is for more weight ....... same for those heavy spring packs & heavy axles. Anyway I would keep the 2 5/16" set. A 2 5/16" ball on your reciever is much cheaper than replacing the coupler on the trailer (unless it's damaged & needs to be replaced). Sounds like this trailer was used to haul heavy equipment (back hoe, bob cats, ????). A two inch ball is fine but you will be effectively lowering the trailers capacity. Removing leafs or replacing the spring packs will do the same but will soften the ride.
I would also prefer a flat deck over one with a hole/slot/gap down the center .... be sure the steel your removing isn't going to weaken it structually.
The electric brakes on a used trailer are probably in need of some TLC. Check to be sure the backing plates aren't bent (common), parts are available at any trailer/RV shops/stores.
3.) Your axles are heavy duty (I can't see them but sounds that way from your discription) so I would keep them! or sell them?
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Last edited by GoldToyBox; 05-23-2007 at 10:39 AM.