I got a free trailer! Now how do I fix the wheels and tires?

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Rene T

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I doubt you'll find any tire place that can mount new tires on those rims - most tire mounting machines use the center hole on a conventional rim to hold the rim in place while the tire is put on. This, along with the overall condition, is reason enough to scrap the running gear and replace it with a more modern axle and rims.
The ones I’m use to seeing is there are fingers that grab into the rim where the wheel weights go. The balancing machine uses a big nut in the center hole of the rim,
 

creativepart

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There is NOTHING more expensive to own that a FREE travel trailer... or whatever that is. How far is it to the scrap yard? Will it survive that trip?

Trying to be positive... "best of luck to you."
 

phil-t

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We got a few places around that will still use hand tools for tire mounting. One of them did my last set of RV tires. There are a few mobile repair guys that will do it as well. It's not always about the latest technology. ;)
 

ChasA

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We got a few places around that will still use hand tools for tire mounting. One of them did my last set of RV tires. There are a few mobile repair guys that will do it as well. It's not always about the latest technology. ;)
Yep. Lay it on the ground and use a couple of tire spoons. When I got new tires on my first motorhome, that's how they did it.
 

Old_Crow

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We got a few places around that will still use hand tools for tire mounting. One of them did my last set of RV tires. There are a few mobile repair guys that will do it as well. It's not always about the latest technology. ;)
The latest technology in tire machines uses rim clamps. Gone are the old days of the center post and the tapered nut breaking the centers out of a brand new set of Cragers unless you mounted them upside down.
 

Babe2201

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I doubt you'll find any tire place that can mount new tires on those rims - most tire mounting machines use the center hole on a conventional rim to hold the rim in place while the tire is put on. This, along with the overall condition, is reason enough to scrap the running gear and replace it with a more modern axle and rims.
You could not be more wrong on the tire machine part of your comment. Most of the machines you are talking about only have capacity to do 16" wheels with a few that can be adjusted to 17". With a pretty good percentage of vehicles taking wheels that are larger than that most tire machines used now actually clamp onto the wheel itself.
 
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