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Can 14.5 Inch Wheels Be Easily Changed Out to 15 Inch Standard Wheels

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Should I convert from 14.5 inch to 15 inch wheels?

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It sounds like you have a mobile home axle and are trying to convert it to something more serviceable. Mobile home axles have a "one-time use" construction and so there is a good chance that what you have will not match what is needed to change to 15 inch wheels. However, if you have a standard bolt pattern then very possible.

In order to change from a 14.5 inch wheel to a 15 inch wheel you will need to know and then match the bolt pattern. I have attached a FAQ article that covers how to determine bolt hole patterns. I have also attached a link to our selection of 15 inch tire/wheel options that includes both bias ply and radial tires. One to consider is the Provider Radial Trailer Tire w/15 inch Wheel Item # A15R645SMD with maximum load capacity of 2,150-lbs at 65 psi. It is a steel wheel with a 5 on 4-1/2 bolt pattern.

Upgrading to a larger, standard size wheel is a great idea if possible but may require additional work. If you have a mobile home axle, you may have to replace hub/drums and even replacement options may not be compatible with your spindles. You may also face other challenges. For the long run, I would consider replacing your trailer axles as well (if needed) for greater safety and to have more readily available replacement parts.

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