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What Replacement Wheels do I Need for My 2012 Trails West Horse Trailer?

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I have a 2012 Trails West 2 horse bumper pull trailer with 15 inch tires on it. I want to keep same tires, but get new rims. How do I know what weight limit to get on the rims? Trailer empty weighs 3500 lbs then with 2 horses and gear it could reach 6500lbs. There are 6 bolts on my rims now. Thank you.

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From the pictures I have of your 2012 Trails West 2 trailer, it is a dual axle trailer. If this is the case, each wheel maximum weight capacity has to be a minimum of 1,625 if the gross vehicle weight rating is at 6,500 pounds. This is because each wheel capacity contributes to the overall weight capacity of the trailer. It is important to note that the tires should be rated for the actual gross towing weight capacity of the trailer and not the empty weight of the trailer. The gross towing weight capacity is the weight of the trailer with all cargo/horses loaded.

Since you mention that you have a 6-bolt lug pattern, you most likely have the common 6 on 5-1/2 bolt pattern. For a great 15-inch wheel, that is the Dexstar Steel Spoke Trailer Wheel - 15" x 6" Rim - 6 on 5-1/2 # AM20535. Each of these wheels has a weight capacity of 2,830 pounds, so it is plenty of capacity you need. It has a center pilot diameter of 4.27" and is compatible with standard 1/2"-20 wheel bolts.

As far as keeping your tires, you will be able to keep your same tires as long as they are compatible with a 15" x 6" rim.

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thank you, that's super helpful, the only thing I will add is, we don't want basic rims, we want a nicer looking :) Aluminum or aluminum with some black. Any suggestions?

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For some fancy rims in aluminum or aluminum/black, I recommend the Aluminum Liger Trailer Wheel - 15" x 6" Rim - 6 on 5-1/2 - Black # LH49FR. The # LH49FR comes with a 2,830-pound capacity, which is plenty for your needs. Additionally, the wheel comes with a 4.25" pilot diameter and are compatible with standard 1/2"-20 wheel bolts.

To determine if you can keep your tires, you will be able to keep your same tires as long as they are compatible with a 15" x 6" rim.

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