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GTO66

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Posted: 08/18/12 12:33pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I just returned from a trip where I towed a 20' enclosed trailer as well as carried the camper.I was very pleased with how well the set up towed,however I was not happy with the spacing between the rear tires.Does anyone run spacers,how thick and were purchased? Thanks

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Posted: 08/18/12 01:22pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

What problem did you encounter thatcaused you to be unhappy with the spacers. I have given them some thought if I want to run bigger tires.


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[ looked for spacers several years ago when i was running 235 85r 16 tires instead of the standard 215 's on my chevy 3500

Prices have come down since then??

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Do you have the factory recommended size on? Should be no trouble unless you are grossly overloaded.


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You say you were unhappy with the spacing between the rear tires, are you refering to the fact that with the load you were carring caused the bottom part of the tires to (kiss) and showed wear on the sidewalls or that they just seemed close together but were not touching yet? Have you gone to a wider tire recently, are you @ max pressure of the tire specs? Do you have a spacer thickness in mind that you have looked at and looking for feedback of anyone that has them installed that has gone to a wider tire size?


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I don't have spacers between the rear tires now,but I'm thinking of adding some as with the weight of the camper and trailer my rear tires maybe touching sometimes.Just wondering if others have installed them.

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My camper is around that weight also I have a Chevy 3500 basically the same truck I went back to the standard tire size. Yes the space is smaller but works as long as the tires are not touching.

The space is less than the Fords but again they should be fine.

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The truck is a 2003 GMC 3500 with the stock tires.I notice the space between the GM trucks appears less then the fords or dodges.The camper is an alpenlite santa fe 1150 so its around 4000 lbs loaded.The truck has air bags I inflate to just engage the over loads.I read on the diesel place form that several people use spacers.Since I use this truck for the truck camper I thought I would ask on this form to see if anyone had installed them.

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When I just have the camper on the truck I have about a 1/2" of space between the tires.When towing my trailer this time on level surface I may have had a 1/4".If the truck was off level side to side I'm sure the tires touched.I plan to tow this trailer more often and I don't want the tires touching at all is reason for requesting info on spacers.

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I have 225 tires on my '05 Chevy dually. They are slightly wider than the factory 215 tires. They do not touch, even with my truck loaded to 13,500 pounds. It's close, but there's still a gap. As long as they don't touch you're fine. I wouldn't worry about a spacer.

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