View Full Version : Looking for an affordable spare tire solution for low-profile trailer?

05-17-2012, 08:46 AM
I was wondering if anyone figured-out an affordable alternative to use as a spare tire on the low-profile trailer, specifically a 2008 40th Anniv 197 dual axle trailer with the KMC Badlands.

I know MC had a special offset on the wheels and that they are no longer making them and I did check with MC to see if they had any remaining, which they do, however the price tag is roughly $800 (before tax and shipping). That is a bit steep for something that will just hang on my trailer 99% of the time, granted that 1% when you actually need it, well.....

So, has anyone come-up with a tire and wheel combo that will work in case of emergency. I am trailering more these days and so my odds increase of having an issue. I plan to put the tire on the trailer spare mount and cover it, so it does not have match.

Thanks in advance.

05-17-2012, 09:25 AM
If you know what the bolt pattern, diameter, width, and offset is, just search any old wheel with those specs and it will work. Discounttiredirect and tirerack both have a large selection of wheels for fairly decent prices.

BoatMate Owen
05-19-2012, 07:54 PM
Curious, what is the special offset? The torsion axles will allow for some variance in the overall tire diameter. If the tire size on your 18" wheels is 255/45/18, you can run the standard 14" trailer tire size ST205/75R14 as a spare. Treat it like you would a donut and replace asap.

05-19-2012, 08:11 PM
I am willing to look into this. Bolt pattern will be 6x5.5. I would need wheel width and backspace.

05-19-2012, 09:42 PM
From another thread... hope this helps...the 2008 trailers are KMC Badlands (XD 779) 18X9, with a +18 offset. In 2009, MC switched to a +8 offset and KMC stopped producing the +18 version, and the MC version the center bore is larger to fit over the oil bath hub.

Summitracing has a 18x9 with the +18 offset and the center bore is 106.25 mm you would need to measure the existing bore to see if it matches.

BoatMate Owen
05-21-2012, 11:55 AM
We have the KMC Badlands wheel (chrome plated) with +18mm offset and 72.6mm hub bore. We can offer a Nitto N555 255/45R18 103W or Nexen N3000 255/45ZR18 103W tire with the wheel for the same price. The price of this wheel with tire is significantly less than $800. You can check the price or order by contacting sales at [email protected] MC & BoatMate used different brands of axles in 2008 so please confirm that 72.6mm hub bore is adequate for your application.