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Truck tires load rating info I discovered for BF Goodrich

Thought I'd share this for some of you that may not already know this. ... I figured it could go in the "general" section because it covers a few things. Few years ago, I was looking to dump the factory GM piece o junk OEM tires, with a All Terain (AT) tire. I needed an AT that would be a compromise for both light off roading AND towing. A strictly classed "mud tire" with a really aggressive tread would be overkill for the streets and a "street tire" tread just wouldn't cut it for light to moderate off roading. I also needed a "E" load rating, vs the weaker "D" rating simply because I tow and load the truck up waaaaay too heavy (don't we all?) when going out in the boonies. I've had BFG's before on smaller trucks, but BFG at the time didn't make an AT tire in my size 285/R17 with the stronger "E" rating. So, I bought another brand that although were classified as "AT," they just didn't have good traction in the dirt. The tread pattern was too "gentle" for a lack of better terms. However, the "E" load rating of those tires was the more important factor for me. As far as other brands went at the time, they were all the same. Fast forward today... I'm shopping for new tires again and the tire dealer told me that BFG FINALLY LISTENED to customer demand and now make most of their AT tires for larger sized wheels with an E rating!!!!! YES!!!! BFG has made an E loading AT tire in the past, but it's always been for just a select few sizes of tire. So today, I bought a set in my size. He told me that BFG went to a E rating just a little over a year ago and it was one of the company's biggest customer requests. I feel that BFG pretty much makes the best general use AT tires around for "general" all around use of most camper/truck owners. They have the best tread pattern out there that doesn't go overboard, like a mud tire, when a mud tire performs terribly for general street use. On a side note, the E rating has 10 ply sidewalls, vs the D's 8-ply sidewalls. The "D" rating sidewalls start to wobble when loaded heavy and up to speed. (Not good.). So, if you're looking for a great AT tire to use for hauling heavy loads and towing, BFG is finally on track again. Just thought I'd pass the info on.
Adam-12 03/13/14 01:20am General RVing Issues
RE: How Do I Know if My GM Hitch was recalled?

I have an 2004 2500hd and have had no problems. I too was freaked out with all the posts. It's hard to explain but the ones that failed did not have a plate that mine has. You have the square reciever which is welded under a couple of vertical plates. Between the plates there should be another plate kinda filling the void. I think if you do not have that plate you could have a problem I welded a piece of c-channel to my brother's '06. Not because his hitch was failing, but because he didn't want it to fail "eventually." I'm not positive, but I believe the '04 and 05's had a slightly different design than the '06. I know it looked different from my '08.
Adam-12 03/13/14 12:32am Travel Trailers
RE: How Do I Know if My GM Hitch was recalled?

Just checked my hitch on my '08 Silverado HD. Looks good and I tow both "heavy" and "far." I'm also glad that my dual or "previous" profession in my youth was a professionally trained weldor and metal fabricator for a government vendor. I've made numerous trailers and custom hitch receivers in my younger days. I maintain my skills with my own metal shop here at the house, as metal work is no longer a "job" for me, but a serious hobby. I've seen countless upon countless and absolutely HORRIBLE hitch and hitch receiver "welds" (if you can even call them "welds.") Another problem I've seen is the actual safety chain connection to the trailer tongue itself! My own trailer had the weakest looking weld bead connection that would have absolutely failed in the event the hitch ball failed. Thankfully, I customized the safety chain anchor point and welded a serious upgrade to my trailer. Check your weld joints on those hitch receivers people. Any signs of cracks along the weld joint and your hitch is a goner.
Adam-12 03/11/14 07:57pm Travel Trailers
RE: Battery Replacement Problem

When my trailer is locked away in covered storage, I still take the two 12v batteries home and keep them on a "smart charger," year round, until the next trip out.
Adam-12 10/27/13 07:13pm Tech Issues
RE: Advice on Surge Protectors?

Well I guess I'm the only one with the camping world portable 30a model. I love it and wouldn't look back. It has higher "surge" rating and it even works for electrical "brown outs," which seem to be more common. As far as wiring damage and someone mentioned "polarity," ha! Good luck on a "polarity" issue. Outlets in America run "AC" current, so "polarity" is a moot topic of discussion. Now, how anyone would get "440v" is another laugh. Please explain to me how "440v" could occur at a pedestal and i will sell you property on the moon! 230/240v is a plausible occurrence, but not 360v, 480v or anything higher. The most common problems with electrical outlets at campgrounds are 1) "brown outs" or commonly known as "low voltage draws." 2) electrical surges or "spikes" in electrical voltages. 3) improper grounding. Before plugging in ANY RV or surge protector at ANY campground, one should invest in a simple $6.00 Harbor Freight voltage meter. Test the electrical outlet first for the proper voltage. If it doesn't read between 110v-129V, DO NOT PLIG ANYTHING IN!!!! Second, get a simple $8.00 Home Depot outlet circuit tester (you know, the cute little plug thing with 3 pretty indicator lights on it), to ensure the "neutral" is wired properly. Now how simple is that????
Adam-12 06/05/13 01:07am Tech Issues
RE: Refrigeration

You will not find a modern RV fridge that runs solely on 12volts . The RV fridge will always seek 120v AC as the FORST and FOREMOST source of power, to get the thing cold. After you plug it in to 120v electrical source, expect at least 18-24 hrs (playing it safe) until the fridge has reached the optimal "cold" and stable operating temp. Propane is the "secondary" means for optimal cooling. Starting the fridge solely on propane may take a bit longer to initially cool, when compared to 120v AC. If by chance you have an odd ball fridge that does run on 12v DC, that is only to help keep the thing cool AFTER it was started on either AC or propane first! 12v alone will never get an RV fridge cold initially.
Adam-12 06/05/13 12:52am Beginning RVing
RE: Jump Start Battery

houstonstroker -Been camping this way off the power grids for the past few years and are pretty successful about it now... We run just about everything we run at a regular electric site except the Air Conditioner and the high wattage microwave unit. Yup, I look back at how my parents did it in an old "Dreamer" cab-over camper on the back of an F-250. One 12-v "house" battery that lasted for a week to power a few lights and a water pump. No solar, no generator. Dad would just start up the truck about every three or four days and let it idle for 15 minutes or so. Did that for years and years growing up. How did we manage our battery power back then without a power failure, ever????? Now with a single Honda generator and just one 12v deep cycle battery in my trailer, we last forever too. I throw the Honda on for about 2 hours on "eco mode" toward the evening hours and we last until the next day. I guess I'm just lucky. This is all done during the months that I don't need an air conditioner. In that case, twin Hondas are running with an external tank, all day/night long. (Boondocking).
Adam-12 06/05/13 12:42am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Jump Start Battery

houstonstroker -Been camping this way off the power grids for the past few years and are pretty successful about it now... We run just about everything we run at a regular electric site except the Air Conditioner and the high wattage microwave unit. Yup, I look back t how my parents did it in an old "Dreamer" cab-over camper on the back of an F-250. One 12-v "house" battery that lasted for a week to power a few lights and a water pump. No solar, no generator. Dad would just start up,the truck about every three or four days and let it idle for 15 minutes or so. Did that for years and years growing up. How did we manage that without a power failure ever????? Now with a single Honda generator and just one 12v deep cycle battery in my trailer, we last forever too. I throw the Honda on for about 2 hours on "eco mode" toward the evening hours and we last until the next day. I guess I'm just lucky. This is all done during the months that I don't need an air conditioner. In that case, twin Hondas are running with an external tank, all day/night long. (Boondocking).
Adam-12 06/05/13 12:42am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Generators

I prefer the yamaha. with the yamaha you buy 2 of the same gennys, The honda you need 2 different gennys at about $100 more. But it really boils down to what color you like better, red or blue? Where you get'n that at??? With Honda, one does NOT need to buy "2 different gennys." That is only an option! One can buy two "regular" Hondas plus the "specific" parallel kit; or, buy the "regular" plus the "companion" model (30a RV plug) and the specific parallel kit for those two. The Hondas have an internal fuel pump, which allows a NON-GRAVITY FED external fuel tank. From what I read here, Yamaha doesn't NOT have a fuel pump. If this information about the Yamahas is true, that means the external fuel tank would ALWAYS need to be positioned above the generator on some type of platform. What a royal PITA! Honda all the way.
Adam-12 06/05/13 12:32am Travel Trailers
RE: Propane and gas

... I swear some of you guys can't read....... Calm down there cowboy. This ain't our first campfire. If you want peeps to read your posts "clearly," then you need to post your thoughts CLEARLY. You typed about 300 words continuously with no periods! Don't expect someone to read and clearly understand your gigantic run-on and fragmented post, when you yourself fail to use proper punctuation. That is all. Carry on.
Adam-12 06/05/13 12:24am General RVing Issues
RE: Oil drain plug rusted in and stripped

Holy cow!!! I'm living déjà vu!!!! This happened to my brother in law too!!!! He brought his RV to my place and I ended up mig welding a bolt on top of the bolt he made "round" (just like you did). I welded a 1/2" nut to his "nub" then I used a 3/4" socket driver set and it came out. He bought a new drain plug and had it present for the "operation." Find a good welder and have him tack on a nut, then go from there. It works. Over the years, I've done this stuff before for all sorts of broken bolt and nuts on engines. Google "how to remove a broken nut/bolt with a welder." You'll see that it's a common technique and one of the best, with a skilled welder.
Adam-12 06/03/13 10:42pm Tech Issues
RE: Combining a 6v bank with existing 12v bank

Without following your schematic, because I don't have my reading glasses handy, did I count six batteries you want mounted to your rig???? Man that a lot of weight. Why not just keep two 12 volts and run a solar panel or get a small inverter generator instead? Simple.
Adam-12 06/03/13 10:36pm Tech Issues
RE: Suspension Air bags

I had Timbrens and didn't like them. It's like wedging a hockey puck in to level the load. I switched to Firestone "Air Springs" (bag) and have never looked back. Inflating is so easy, my kid does it with a manual bicycle pump. With my 2500HD loaded and the heavy trailer, my truck is perfectly level and no porpoising down the 101 freeway. They can really take a heavy load. I also run my truck off road all the time and I've never ever sprung a leak. They are ultra reliable in my opinion.
Adam-12 06/03/13 10:30pm Tech Issues
RE: Jump Start Battery

To answer your question, simply NO. No your idea will not work. As others have already stated, you won't have enough amp hours for the required voltage to run the furnace. Why don't you invest in a Honda Eu2000 generator? I use a single one all the time on "Eco mode" (aka: super quiet) at campgrounds. I use it to run the furnace all night long in the winter. Not once have I had a neighboring camper ever tell me that they could even hear the generator. Then again, I don't camp anywhere where we're all packed like sardines in the camp ground. I've even run the darn thing where there's generator noise rules. One state park ranger drove by my camp at night. I flagged him down and asked him if it would bother him that I'm running my Honda "after hours" (on the quiet mode). He suddenly turned off his car engine and strained his ear out his window. He paused.............paused.......... Then said, "if I can't hear it, you can run it." He ended with, "have a nice night" and he drove away. But seriously, that might work better for you. I usually camp in the winter time where the temps are down in the "teens." Two 12-v batteries didn't work so well with the heater running literally all night. Also, sometimes we have the heater off and 120v electric blankets running instead. The Honda on Eco-mode just purrrrs like a kitten all night.
Adam-12 06/03/13 10:10pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Propane and gas

Went to get propane where I always get it at a mobile home dealer/park,girl asked what size and I replied 30lb.,and she said 17.00,I said not 20...30lb.,she said propane is starting to drop like a rock,with all the gas in the area,(Marcellus Shale)and these people fill them to the max.allowed,17.00 is what you pay at box store for 20lb.,and it isn't a full tank!Next I go to the local big gas station,and my neighbor had told me they just got a pump that is pure gas,no ethanol,I asked if they care what you put it in,and they said they didn't care,mostly I use it for all my mowers,chain saws,power washers,ect,as my neighbor owns a Huskyvarna store and tells me all the time how the moister in the ethanol,screws up all the carbs.,but I really like it in the truck,it gets such better milage and the power is better also,regular here is 3.39 a gal.,and the 100% gas is 4.00,so not a big difference,plus I like it in my Hot Rods,and all nice and close!(By the way,I don't care about tree huggers,drilling or climate change so don't waste your breath) Dude, please use punctuation and take a breather, would ya???
Adam-12 06/03/13 09:55pm General RVing Issues
RE: on board generators

Yup what the others have said. Disconnect the ground terminals from your batteries. For preserving the life of your generator however, run fuel stabilizer in the tank and drain the carb bowl of all fuel prior to storage. If you can't drain the carb easily, then run the generator once per month under a light load. 15 minutes is enough time. An hour is a waste of time.
Adam-12 06/03/13 09:51pm Beginning RVing
RE: Generators

Take no offense.... Your question has been asked/answered here well over a dozen times. It's been beaten to death. Do a search on this forum and you'll be up all night with some good reading material.
Adam-12 06/03/13 09:47pm Travel Trailers
RE: banning,ca

hey all - wow we went there with the grandkids and we/they a great time. but, - i was bbqing and this guy walks up and offers me a beer saying he's missing his son and seeing me with the kids makes him miss him even more,etc. i refused his beer and he walked away. the next day i see him with his ankle bracelet -too bad - nice place run by some great hosts. what places close by would the forum recommend? definitely like the "banning california" joke! Yeah that is too weird! You did right by not accepting his beer. Then you'd never have gotten rid of him. Plus, who wants a stranger hanging out in your camp, having him look at your stuff, your wife and your kids. AWKWARD!!!! Ban Banning, ca.
Adam-12 05/28/13 02:34am Beginning RVing
RE: banning,ca

I stay at the Banning Stage Coach KOA a couple of times a year. It is a peaceful place up against the mountains. I've never had a problem there; it's just down from a school. Just a note, don't take the 8th street exit off of the 10 freeway if driving east, go to the next exit as the 8th street exit has a huge dip that will drag your tow bar. I think that intersection with my tow bar scraping caused it to fail soon after. The big screw that holds the hitch became loose and it had to be eventually replaced. The camping mags say take 8th but go to the next exit (Hargrave St.) and follow the signs. MM. Mark is probably right about the place itself. The mountains are backed up to Indian land. The problem I have is the city itself. I hate going into that town to the local store. It's filled with parolees, probationers, burglars and meth-heads.
Adam-12 05/27/13 05:37pm Beginning RVing
RE: rack size for batteries

Skipnchar has some good advice. Use some spacers. You can make your own with plastic cut up PVC pipe or whatever you find at the hardware store. Use your imagination. I'll add you can also use a nylon tie down strap to to hold down the battery box. For my friend, I simply cut off his existing metal battery rack and welded on a custom sized one to his specific needs. Simple angle iron is your friend. You can find a welder to do that very simple and effective mod, if need be. I'd do it for you for a beer and pizza, but you and I live at two different coast lines.
Adam-12 05/27/13 05:31pm Beginning RVing
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