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17" lowboy tires?

Discussion in 'Trailers' started by JBGASH, Aug 23, 2019.

  1. JBGASH

    JBGASH Senior Member

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    Looking at a new 35ton Pitts fixed neck lowboy trailer, it has the Budd 17" low profile tires & rims instead of 22.5's. Anyone had bad experiences with these 17" rims & tire? I have 15" Dayton rims on my old lowboy now that are not the very good and do not want anything like them again.
     
  2. fast_st

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    Ahh the Dayton wheels, those are fun!! good for hauling
     
  3. Oldcatpusher

    Oldcatpusher Well-Known Member

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    17.5’s aren’t bad. I had a them on a 20 ton tag trailer. Never had any trouble. A friend has a landoll trailer with them and moves 25 ton machines all the time with no trouble.
     
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    fast_st Senior Member

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    I upgraded my trailer to 12k axles and went with the super single 17.5 tires, boy are they heavy though but 6k pounds per wheel
     
  5. AzIron

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    17.5 do pretty good the lopros dont like curbs with a load but other than that they are pretty good I have had 2 35 ton lowboys on 17.5s

    I have learned to buy mid range or higher end tires in that size when its 115 in the summer 17.5 can get warm fast and the cheap ones break down from heat
     
  6. JBGASH

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    What brands do you find to be good?
     
  7. Oldcatpusher

    Oldcatpusher Well-Known Member

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    Hankook and Goodyear are what I have the best with.
     
  8. AzIron

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    Sumitomo does good as well as falken there about the same as hankook in my book I can buy them from a wholesale outfit for really good prices

    Goodyear's are usually 30 to 50 more per tire around me

    Continental is probably one of the best but they are spendy I do buy those for steering tires they usually dry wrought before they wear out
     
  9. suladas

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    I've had no problems with mine, since I pull so rarely I went with the cheap ones, been about 1.5 years and still look brand new even after leaving a lot of black marks from tight turns loaded getting into and out of places. Shocking how much they will flex. The lower deck height is really nice for loading though. Although maybe it's just me but they seem to sink really bad in soft ground. Buried the trailer a few times when the truck goes through without leaving a mark.