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RV show info

Here is some feedback from my trip to the Greenville, SC RV show last weekend. Because I'm a RV trailer tire researcher I paid particular attention to tire/rim fitments on the Cruiser trailers at the show. I also study certification labels for weight correctness and tire fitments to those weights. All of the cruiser models I looked at had Special Trailer (ST) tires manufactured by West Lake who comes under the Vulcan Tire umbrella. I couldn't find any tire warranty information in any of the owner's manual packages. However, Vulcan says there is a West Lake manufacturer's warranty. More importantly, Vulcan in-house warranty includes road hazards. In this post I'm just going to address the certification information in the reference below. Click here to open ref For me, one of the things that stood right out was the spare tire is identified as a Bias ply tire and the primary tires are Radials. All the models I looked at did in fact have Bias spare tires. Not a big deal because, after all, it's just a spare. You would not want to ride on it very long before replacing it with a radial because it's tread design and internal structure is much different from the highly regarded radials. The Bias tire has stiffer sidewalls and the tread design looks a little like all terrain tires. Oh, none of the spares I looked at were protected from the elements. And, the sales person said the bias spare was used to save end item costs. According to the certification label, Cruiser RV has not provided very much load capacity reserves with their tire fitment. In this instance it's actually just 20 lbs per tire for the loaded trailer. RV trailers hardly ever carry balanced loads so the possibility of having a tire or two overloaded is very high. These tire sizes are often very hard to upgrade without having to change rims. There are good options in the 14" size. The Kuhmo 195R14 LRD trailer tire with its European design is almost the same size as the OE Westlake tires and it has 2094# of load capacity at 65 PSI. A much needed increase to get the tire spook out of your rear view mirror. FastEagle p.s. The RMA doesn’t have a problem with a bias tire being used as a spare for short term temporary use. The DOT says that OE tires must NOT have more load capacity than the spare tire. A quick check of the load capacities molded into the sidewalls of the primary tires and bias spare reveled that they have equal load capacity.
FastEagle 01/17/15 05:25pm Tech Issues
75 MPH Westlake ST tires?

Look at the picture below. That's a ST225/75R15D tire with a load index on its sidewall. The tire is from Westlake. Load index ratings are not official load indicators for LT or ST tires but can be put on the sidewall at the manufacturer's discursion. The lettering system used to determine load range for ST and LT tires is currently the only method approved for those tires. L@@K Here! Another thing that is very present with that load index is the L following the dual load index. That L is a speed symbol used in conjunction with the load index system and constitutes a complete service description. The L is for 75 MPH. I wonder if Westlake really approves their radial ST tires for 75 MPH? FastEagle
FastEagle 01/11/15 07:42pm Tech Issues
RE: Cooper Discoverer HTP LT 16" tires for my Big Horn

I’m not seen much in here any more because of reasons beyond my control. But, Isn’t the truth worth knowing? This is a direct quote from Cooper Tires; “The replacement tire must have a maximum load carrying capacity equal to or greater than the maximum load carrying capacity of the original equipment tire.” Full reference provided on request. FastEagle
FastEagle 01/06/15 12:58am Fifth-Wheels
Toyo tires recalled

Two popular sized Toyo tires have been recalled. Click here for the info. FastEagle
FastEagle 01/03/15 03:36pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Cooper Discoverer HTP LT 16" tires for my Big Horn

The Cooper DIscovery series are a very good tire. Smooth riding, long lasting etc. Only problem is that Cooper has NO nationwide warranty on their tires. Warranty is carried by the local dealer who installs them. USUALLY arrangements can be made to have tires replaced when necessary, at the owners expense and then return them to the place of purchase when you get home for warranty adjustment. I blew one up by running over a huge piece of metal on the highway when traffic did not allow me to dodge it and the rear tire went down in a matter of a couple of seconds and that's the method I had to use to get the tire repaired some 2,000 miles from home. Michelin or Bridgestone wont give you any warranty at all once they find out you replaced ST tires with their premium brand LT tires. FastEagle
FastEagle 12/30/14 07:27pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Cooper Discoverer HTP LT 16" tires for my Big Horn

Why would you want to change tire designs when you were served so well with the OE tires? Maybe you should get some more of the same size from a popular brand name. FastEagle
FastEagle 12/29/14 10:26pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: VA Parks

Being retired military we have used numerous military campgrounds around the country. There are also some VFW posts like the one in Yuma that have RV parking sites. And also mentioned, American Legion posts sometimes have RV parking sites such as post 137 in Jacksonville, FL. I've never run across any VA RV parking and I'm also a card carrying service connected disabled vet. Here is a reference to some of the military campgrounds we have stayed at.. Click Here! FastEagle
FastEagle 12/14/14 07:54pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
TowMax ST tires recalled

NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 14T015 Dynamic Tire Corp. (Dynamic) is recalling certain Towmax STR tires, size ST225/75 R15 manufactured June 15, 2014, to October 14, 2014. The affected tires may have the Incorrect Load Capacity and Inflation Pressure Stampings. Thus, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) 119, "New Pneumatic Tires for Vehicles Other Than Passenger Cars." The misinformation on the label could lead a driver to overinflate the tires. Tire overinflation may increase the risk of a tire failure which can increase the risk of a crash. Dynamic will notify owners, and dealers will replace all eligible tires, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin December 10, 2014. Owners may contact Dynamic customer service at 1-905-595-3593. S/N: 14T105 FastEagle
FastEagle 12/09/14 02:27pm Tech Issues
RE: Axle Rating Question ( new wannabe )

Thinking of purchasing a Fuzion 371. Question, 371 has two axles, each rated at 7000lbs. Total weight of 371 (13140 shipping and 3360 cargo) is 16000lbs. Question is how does the axle ratings support this weight? Thanks BobbyDale Actually it's 16500# GVWR. When you deduct the manufacturer's published hitch weight of 3015# you end up with a possible 13485# on the axles. The certification label will show those 7000# axles as being derated to 6750# each. FastEagle
FastEagle 12/07/14 02:50pm Fifth-Wheels
Okaw Valley Kampground, IL

Click Here! Well maintained, easy in and out, right back onto I-70. Great free fishing pond. CG Info FastEagle
FastEagle 11/29/14 01:24pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Fifth wheel hitch weight concerns

New to posting on the forum but have been reading for a couple of years and learning from other's experiences. We currently own a 7300 pound TT and are looking to upgrade to a fifth wheel. Looking at the Keystone 324FWBHS that is 10869 pounds and has a 2160 pound hitch weight. I have a 2015 Chevrolet 2500hd 6.0 that has a payload of 3152. Just looking for thoughts of the hitch weight concerns from other fifth wheel owners or am I just being parinoid? I know there is a big difference in the weight and payload but the 2160 weight is a huge difference from the 750 pound trailer tongue weight I am used to towing. Not totally stuck on the 324FWBHS model but do like the rear bunks and outdoor kitchen that come with it so I would also be up for ideas of something similar. Most of our towing will be less than 3 hours from home. The pin/hitch weight a trailer manufacturer publishes is a number used by them to balance all their numbers on paper. They must do that to establish the figures they put on the vehicle’s certification label. Once the vehicle is sold the pin/hitch weights become the responsibility of the vehicle owner. The most common rule of thumb for the owner is to figure 15% - 20% of the total load to get a ballpark figure for your pin weight. It’s probably best to load up the trailer as it would be loaded for a camping trip and then find some scales for a more accurate pin weight until you become familiar with your trailers balance when loaded. FastEagle
FastEagle 11/28/14 11:36pm Fifth-Wheels
Down the road with FastEagle

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FastEagle 11/21/14 11:16am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Upgrading to LT 16' tires from 15" is this alright?

Pth, crawl under the TT and there will be a sticker on the axle tube with the rating and specs on it. Axle rating is for the axle, so a 6000 lb axle can carry 600 lbs, 3000 on each wheel/tire. If you install tires rated at 2000 lbs each, you effectively have a 4000 lb axle rating. Thanks, will look for sticker You should be looking for the GAWR on the certification label. Tires are fitted to the GAWR NOT the axle rating unless the GAWR and axles have the same load capacity. FastEagle
FastEagle 11/18/14 07:40pm Travel Trailers
RE: Upgrading to LT 16' tires from 15" is this alright?

Rims...load rating 3200 http://alliedwheel.com/wheel.php?name=Series+850+Trailer Tires...Michelin XPS Rib LT225/75R16, Load range E, max load 2680 http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Michelin&tireModel=XPS+Rib&partnum=275R6XPSR&GCID=C13674x012-tire&KEYWORD=tires.jsp_Michelin_XPS_Rib_Tire&code=yes&srccode=cii_17588969&cpncode=42-7550973-2 with metal valve stems. Trailer gross dry weight 6,900(oem numbers) so probably real life (loaded) gross loaded number might be closer to 9,670 (tanks full, 127 gallon in tanks and 1,500 of personal stuff). Tongue weight (oem) is 750. Trying to leave as much room between my gross weight I'll be carrying and max weight that I should not go over. Any other choices you would recommend? I can't seem to a find cheaper tire that many people have had good service with. The XPS rib is a very stiff summer tire. The LTX M/S2 in the same size and load capacity will provide better handling and give your trailer a smoother ride. FastEagle
FastEagle 11/11/14 09:08am Travel Trailers
RE: Need an opinion on tire swap

I am in the process of purchasing a new Heartland Gateway 5th wheel, and of course it has Chinese tires on it. We were in Santa Fe in August of 2012 and had to purchase a new set of tires to get home. All Discount Tire had were LT 235/85 R16 Load Range E Michelin tires, so I bit the bullet and purchased them. The manufacture code says they were made in May of 2012. I am just wondering if the 2 year old Michelins would have more life in them than the equipment Chinese tires will have. I am wondering if I should go to the hassle of getting the dealer to change them out. I am not trading the old rig in, I am taking it to PPL for them to sell it for me. I am sure I will have to pay them to change the tires. Anyone have any suggestions? Thanks A lot is going to depend on the model Gateway you're purchasing. Some have 6000# axles and others have 7000# axles derated to 6750#. FastEagle
FastEagle 10/28/14 09:21am General RVing Issues
RE: Didn't Believe about the Chinese Tires

My new trailer is to be fitted with truck tires - I'm assuming 10 ply LT tires of some kind. It's a standard feature and not a request on my part. What are the thoughts on doing this? The trailer GVWR is 7000 lbs, twin 3500 lbs axles. My first thoughts is that they would be better tires than ST or trailer tires. There are all sorts of tire retailers all up and down Wade Hampton Blvd. in Greer and Taylors. For a little over kill I’d look at the 225/70R15 LRD Goodyear Cargo rated at 2470# at 65 psi. It should easily fit into your wheel wells if you already have 15” tires. FastEagle
FastEagle 10/24/14 02:50pm Travel Trailers
RE: Another tire thread

So with ST tires which brand is going to be the next best to get? I would go with the LRD/LRE that are the most widely available in your geographical travel areas. FastEagle
FastEagle 10/23/14 12:33pm General RVing Issues
RE: Axle alignment

You can do a little troubleshooting using this reference. Click Here FastEagle
FastEagle 10/11/14 11:10am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Flat tire!!

You should not reuse the tire that went flat. I wouldn't even trust it as a spare. FastEagle Fast Eagle, so what are you suggesting is to buy a new tire? Please advise. Thank you, Kennedy The damage done to a tire that "went flat" will be found on the inside of the tire. Before making it a spare it should be removed from the rim and inspected by someone with experience in damaged tire inspections. If the tire was found flat while in highway use it should be scrapped. Even though not visible inside or outside, the tire most likely has internal damages that will drastically shorten its usability. FastEagle
FastEagle 10/08/14 09:52am Travel Trailers
RE: Flat tire!!

You should not reuse the tire that went flat. I wouldn't even trust it as a spare. FastEagle
FastEagle 10/07/14 09:06am Travel Trailers
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