Can Smaller Wheels be Used on Boat Trailer if Wheel Bolt Pattern is the Same?


need to get boat in garage but with the 205/75r14 on trailer it wont fit thru the door. Can i use 12 in wheels/tire so i can get it inside if the hole pattern is the same.


Helpful Expert Reply:

Yes, you can use smaller wheels as long as they have the same bolt pattern, but you do need to ensure the tires have a load capacity which is high enough for your boat and trailer.

The most common bolt pattern is 5 on 4-1/2" so that is likely what yours is, though you want to verify this by measuring; if you are unsure of how to do this I've added a help article which details exactly how you can find out.

The 12" wheel and tire combination we carry with the largest capacity is the Kenda Karrier S-Trail # AM31215 which has a load range of E with a maximum capacity of 1,520 lbs at 80 psi, which you'll want to keep in mind. This 145/80R12 tire on it that is 5" smaller in diameter and is 2.4" narrower which may help you get your trailer in garage.

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Kyle S

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