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Fitting matching wheels/tires to utility trailer?

Discussion in 'Towing' started by Enfield1, Sep 19, 2020.

  1. Sep 19, 2020 at 6:03 PM
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    Enfield1

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    I'm thinking of doing a spring-over on my 5x10 and setting it up as a budget camping trailer. What's the best way to convert it to Tacoma lug pattern? Adapter, hub swap, new axle?
    If I grab a set of factory wheels, I can throw my old tires on them and have two spares handy. It will also sit level and be a handy spot to park my tent and maybe an awning.

    Any thoughts?
     
  2. Sep 20, 2020 at 12:18 AM
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    Was a time guys would use the same axle as their jeep. Complete spare on the hoof. Something to think about.
     
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    Chances are you'll need spacers to clear the wheel/tire. I know I did on my utility trailer. I added a set of stock Jeep steel wheels with my old BFG's. I bought a set of 1.5" spacers and threw them on.

    I'm not sure if they make a hub to convert the 5x4.5 trailer to a 6 lug Toyota pattern. You can also look at Compact Camping Concepts for a custom axle. I bought one for my Tacoma bed camp trailer. It was right at $200 shipped from OR to AL. It has the Toyota hub and the same WMS as my Tacoma.

    https://compactcampingstore.com/collections/compact-camping-frame-parts/products/custom-axle
     
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    Thanks, that's the info I needed. I found a place in Dallas that will build to my specs for a similar price. I'll do that.
     
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    Easy. I did exactly that for my travel trailer. It's great because I now have 2 spares between the truck and trailer. I also did a spring over axle swap for more clearance.

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008M9WFDQ is the adapter spacer I used, with red loctite and tightening to the correct lug specs. Like gixxerphil said, you need a spacer to clear the backspacing. I did not notice an MPG change when I did this, but I already was getting 10-12mpg towing anyways.

    Spring over axle... I added the bumpstops on top of the axle too, they're reused Tacoma bumps.

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    ~30.5s on SR5 rims next to the tiny factory wheel.

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    Now the trailer rides level, rides high so it has more clearance on gravel roads or parking lots, and matches the truck.

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    Looks good! Thanks
     

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