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danimal53

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Posted: 09/14/17 12:11pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

we have the clipper 17BH, and it has been great. have been a few nights with 3 adults and 3 med/large dogs (60-70lbs each) and was enough for everyone to be comfortable. Usually its DW and I, with our 2 dogs.

We also love the tank sizes. it has been a nice little starter camper for us, we're hoping it lasts quite some time.


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We purchased a Coachmen Clipper 17BH last year and could not be any happier. It has been a great easy to tow and set-up trailer. Has a lot going on inside for a small trailer with plenty of storage and this is after owning a class A and a class C. I have done a lot of mods to the trailer and enjoy doing it. My next one will be upgrading the tires to 14 or 15".


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Posted: 09/26/17 08:09am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

danimal53 wrote:

GWolfe wrote:

JCR-1 wrote:

GWolfe wrote:

I'm on my second Clipper, my first one was a 16B and the bunk bed was just too small for me, loved it other than that. Sold it and picked up a 17RD and am very happy. They are great little trailers for what they are, entry level and light weight. What drew me to Clipper was the larger that most fresh water tank and holding tanks and the 13,500 BTU roof air. I upgraded the 13" tires to 15" just to have a little cushion on the load rating.

I would buy another Coachmen without giving it a second thought.


How did you upgrade the tires to 15 inch without hitting the wheel well. What size tires ??


I was inspired by a gentleman on a different forum that had a 17FQ and upgraded to 15" with no clearance problems so I bit the bullet and did the same. I put 205-75/15 Goodyear Endurance tires on and have been nothing but pleased. The load rating is 2040 lbs which is a nice upgrade from the 13" ones that came on my camper. Clearance hasn't been an issue and I've been down some pretty rough roads.


curious what that tire/wheel upgrade cost? i just bought new tires for my Clipper 17BH, and just went with the same size as stock. kind of wish i upgraded to a higher load rating, wish I had seen this a week ago!


i initially bought three tires/wheels online that came with cheap foreign made tires that was around $230 if I remember correctly. Within a year the tires went to **** so I purchased the Goodyear Endurance tires for $116 mounted locally, I had to pay $8 per tire to have them balanced. So far so good with the Goodyears, no complaints.


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JCR-1

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In order to use the 15 inch tires did you have to flip the axle? How much wheel well clearance appreciate some specifics thanks

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I am still running the same 13 inch tires that came on my 2016 17FQ Clipper. I would guess 3500 miles or more on the trailer now. I do watch my air pressure and keep them at 60 psi. I like the way the trailer tows/rides with the smaller tires. I thought about the upgrade to a larger tire and wheel but I might just get a better 13 inch tire as these have held up well on the 10 mile in and 10 mile out rough dirt/gravel road.
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The Clipper is tight on every spec.. The 13 inch tires if you use class "D" only give you a 1750 load rating per tire. That's 3500 max.. so if you put a few items in the camper you are at their max. No safety factor.. I had a bad axle and wore out my 13's real quick and had blowouts. Since i changed the axle the 13's have been wearing well with no issues, however I will change up to get a higher load rating because the high road temperatures in the summer will surely take its toll on the faster revolving tire with a load rating near its max.. I like a larger safety (padding) factor. Its important to keep this trailer light as they do not give you much to play with . ie 3500 lb axle and 1750 lb tires.

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I am looking to install 14" wheels with the Goodyear Endurance Tires, has anyone done this without any clearance problems?

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I have exactly the same one. But I have experienced a lot problems since I bought last year October. The exterior light does not work about 2 months ago. Heater broken due to the unbalanced fan hit the switch; now one of the cooktop does not work.
But otherwise, it’s pretty good for me, enough space for storage.
How is the new shower head work? I am thinking about doing this.

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