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Old 12 June 2018, 03:22   #1
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Replacement tyres

What does everyone else do when it comes to getting replacement tyres. My 750kg unbraked Snipe trailer tyres are down to 3mm or so, and they were original fit when I purchased my boat back in 2010. I have a spare wheel with probably 5mm of tread, so just the steel wheel needs refurbishment.

When I've looked online I can get replacement tyres and steel wheels for £50 or so plus VAT plus delivery. I'm sure tyres on their own aren't going to be far off that, plus I would need to get them fitted, plus the cost of paint to refurbish the existing steel wheels.

Currently I've taken the wheels of the trailer to remove surface rust and refurbish, but I may just keep them as spares and go for new wheels given costs aren't too prohibitive.

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Old 12 June 2018, 03:48   #2
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Would save you a lot of messing about with wire brushes & paint.

Don't forget that tyres have a lifespan as they deteriorate over time. Not unusual to find caravans with little wear on the tyres but the tyres are shot due to age. Not something you want to discover on a long journey.

Friend of mine had a boat refurbed in Norfolk in 2016 & they replaced the suspension units on the trailer. The tyres they fitted we subsequently found were brand new but their production date was pre 2000 (!). The first tyre failed not long after he'd left his overnight stop in Leicester en route back to his home in Cornwall & the second went somewhere around St Austell necessitating a full lift recovery.

This is worth a read:
https://www.bridgestonetyres.com.au/...-age-of-a-tyre
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What does everyone else do when it comes to getting replacement tyres. My 750kg unbraked Snipe trailer tyres are down to 3mm or so, and they were original fit when I purchased my boat back in 2010. I have a spare wheel with probably 5mm of tread, so just the steel wheel needs refurbishment.



When I've looked online I can get replacement tyres and steel wheels for £50 or so plus VAT plus delivery. I'm sure tyres on their own aren't going to be far off that, plus I would need to get them fitted, plus the cost of paint to refurbish the existing steel wheels.



Currently I've taken the wheels of the trailer to remove surface rust and refurbish, but I may just keep them as spares and go for new wheels given costs aren't too prohibitive.



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For that kind of money, it's not worth buggering about with the old wheels, bin 'em.
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For that kind of money, it's not worth buggering about with the old wheels, bin 'em.
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yep new wheels
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Thanks for the replies guys - look like I'm binning them then (recycle of-course).
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Thanks for the replies guys - look like I'm binning them then (recycle of-course).


Keep one as a spare if its roadworthy, or buy 3 new ones. I carry 2 spares on my trailer, to be sure, to be sure.
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Old 12 June 2018, 11:24   #8
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Keep one as a spare if its roadworthy, or buy 3 new ones. I carry 2 spares on my trailer, to be sure, to be sure.
Good call. Already carry a spare, but carrying two spares is belt and braces, I like it! Rear springs may say otherwise!
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just note there is 4" pcd and 100mm and there not the same , also the ply rating should go hand in hand with the load rating ,you need at least 375 kg , i,m thinking you got all this sussed correctly but just posting in case some are less aware of criteria,,,,,,,,, otherwise def +1
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Why not get the old ones galved
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