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Unread 09-12-2012, 07:17 PM   #1
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What size trailer tires would you use?

The classic military trailer (M416 or M100) had a trailer frame size (for the tub) of 41" by 72". Most of the companies that make Jeep off-road trailers now still go with a 41" by 72". I built one of those little 4' trailers (see picture at left). It works well, but 6' (72") would be ideal; 8' trailers (96") just seems a bit too long to pull behind a Jeep.

So here's my question: If you could buy a trailer frame of 41" x 72" (to put either a reproduction metal military trailer tub or make your own box) what size tires would you put on it? I believe the old military trailers had a 26" - 28" skinny tire on it for baseline considerations. There's a company out there that's thinking of making trailer frames this size, and is trying to figure out how wide to make the axle. Here's a diagram to think about it, then tell me.

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Unread 09-12-2012, 08:43 PM   #2
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Same tires and wheels as the tow vehicle. Then my spare would fit either and I could use the trailer tires on the Jeep if needed.
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Same tires and wheels as the tow vehicle. Then my spare would fit either and I could use the trailer tires on the Jeep if needed.
Ditto
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Same tires and wheels as the tow vehicle. Then my spare would fit either and I could use the trailer tires on the Jeep if needed.
That's what I figured most people would say. But I thought I would ask.
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I would say the same thing, but carrying a single spare for a 6-wheeled arrangement might be a little short-sighted. Depends on what you did with it and where you took it I suppose. Expedition trailer, I'd want 2 spares, one on the Jeep and one on the trailer. Weekend camping trailer, one spare would be fine.

Of course, almost everything around me is sharp rocks. If it were more mud, clay, sand, probably wouldn't be worried about a double-spare.
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