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Trailer wheel spec question

I'm considering new wheels for my travel trailer. Are they pretty standardized as far as offset, back spacing, bolt pattern, etc.?
BillyW 04/24/17 02:00pm Tech Issues
RE: PSI With New Tires...

I don't believe you. I know from first hand experience that load handling improves with more pressure all the way up to the 51 max psi of the tires. I have experienced this and know it to be true. I could barely keep my truck and trailer on the road at 50mph and 35psi. Yet it was rock solid at 51psi. I'm just the messenger reporting what a tire engineer says about P tire vs LT tire load/pressure charts. Reread what CapriRacer says in my above reply. We all know higher pressure stiffen the tires sidewalls. What was said is your P tires don't gain any more "load capacity" above 35 psi.....even if you pumped them up to 51 psi.I think the difference here may be that among tires that appear to fall into the P rated territory, some are XL which can be inflated to higher pressures, like 51 PSI for example. According to the site you referenced, those XL tires behave like P rated tires up to 35 PSI but have increased capability when aired above 35 PSI. That's how I read it anyway.
BillyW 04/24/17 11:25am Tow Vehicles
RE: Proper tire pressure for load range E 10 ply tires

I called the tire manufacturer for my new tires. They said absolutely you can run under 50 psi in load range E tires. They said to refer to the tire and rim association load and inflation tables which also show load rates for inflation pressures as low as 25 psi for load range E 10 ply tires. I have this table and found it again on the internet to confirm it. Some tire manufacturers publish documents showing what they determined to be the proper air pressure for their particular tires to meet OEM standards. They use the tire and rim association table as a starting point to make their determination for their specific tires. These are interesting to look at. Anyway. I am satisfied, based on the above information, that I can safely run lower than 50 psi on my new tires.Do you have a link to this table? Their website looks like you have to pay for any info obtained.
BillyW 04/24/17 11:09am Tow Vehicles
RE: Xm/Sirius satellite radio.

Like Big Katuna, I just put it on the calendar and threaten to quit every few months. They always come around for $5/month (or less). MitchF150, HD radio was high on my priority list when I bought my truck. It makes the idea of dropping Sirius XM pretty darned easy to stomach.
BillyW 04/23/17 02:45pm Technology Corner
RE: Roof coating success story....DuckCoat...with Pictures

I visited Barney's webpage via the link in his signature. It shows the trailer in covered storage at home. Though it appears that they travel a lot, that roof coating didn't hold up as well as I would have hoped. My trailer roof is in need of some kind of treatment, and it lives outdoors year round. I've submitted a request for more info from rv-armor.com. Living in the inland northwest feels really remote sometimes. :)
BillyW 04/23/17 11:39am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Building a Dodge, oops, Ford TV

It gets silly stupid around here sometimes.Amen, brother! ;)
BillyW 04/21/17 04:30pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Building a Dodge, oops, Ford TV

They shouldn't even offer trucks with open differentials. IMHO of course. Yes, get the limited slip. The air suspension is nice, but I'm also leery of it. There have been reports of it malfunctioning in below freezing weather, which happens around here often enough.
BillyW 04/21/17 08:38am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford 4 Wheel Drive Question

Push button is not able to switch on the fly much above 3-5 MPH I don't believe that to be true at all. I've owned vehicles that could shift on the fly at 50+ mph without issue. Now, if you're referring to shifting into low range, this has to be done at a near-stop regardless of shifter type.Totally agree with rjstractor. I've owned two trucks with the electronic controls for a combined total of about 250,000 miles with zero issues. Part of that is probably due to actually using the 4 wheel drive system periodically. Another point is that it's easier (as in "safer") to engage 4 wheel drive from a knob on the dash versus leaning down to the lever on the floor, especially if you do it as often as I typically do.
BillyW 04/20/17 01:17pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Dicor vs ProFlexRV for Underbelly Repairs

I added my own coroplast to the underbelly of my trailer over 10 years ago. I did not seal anything, and purposely left a low spot to the rear for water drainage, just in case. It has stayed pretty clean inside and is reasonably easy to access if necessary. I made sure there were no big gaps, but otherwise left it alone.
BillyW 04/20/17 12:57pm Travel Trailers
RE: PSI With New Tires...

I don't believe you. I know from first hand experience that load handling improves with more pressure all the way up to the 51 max psi of the tires. I have experienced this and know it to be true. I could barely keep my truck and trailer on the road at 50mph and 35psi. Yet it was rock solid at 51psi.
BillyW 04/20/17 09:04am Tow Vehicles
RE: Floorplans

I could be satisfied with a non-slide model IF they would just finish off the wall between the front bedroom and the rest of the trailer. Almost all those models have a partial wall and a curtain. I know there's a couple that do it, but I wish I had more choices.
BillyW 04/19/17 08:29am Travel Trailers
RE: A less-leaky vent plug for plastic water jugs -- simple job

An excellent idea! I hate lifting and supporting those full jugs while they slowly drain.
BillyW 04/17/17 01:11pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Truck top with kayak rack - load capacity?

I've had two fiberglass toppers with the Yakima rail system. They easily held anything I put up there, including a 17' foot aluminum canoe along with ladders and other longish stuff (at the same time). I like the rail systems because they spread out the load and the racks are easily removable.
BillyW 04/16/17 01:16pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Changing running gears

Going from 3.55 to 4.10 breathed new life into my 97 Ford. It was a completely different vehicle after that. Towing was vastly improved. City mileage was the same, maybe a little better. Highway mileage was down about 1mpg. Towing mileage was slightly improved. Performance was awesome in all circumstances. It cost me about $700 per axle, but that was well over 10 years ago.
BillyW 04/16/17 01:09pm Travel Trailers
RE: Did you know?

Too bad it's not hot enough to cook the wasps that nest under there. My EPDM roof seems to be holding up better under the panels than anywhere else. Good luck with your repairs!
BillyW 04/14/17 10:27pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: AM/FM low mount antenna options

My trailer had a wire laid flat in the rafters. It actually worked pretty well.
BillyW 04/14/17 05:55pm General RVing Issues
RE: Dodge or Ford GAS - 2500 or 3500?

Biggest red flag on the gas Ram is the 1-2 gear split is big and in certain scenarios it has proven problematic - mostly higher weights at elevation. I've heard it mentioned too (with the standard 3.73 gear ratio). I haven't heard anybody with 4.10 gears complain about it.
BillyW 04/14/17 11:26am Tow Vehicles
RE: For all our norther friends

Hopefully we can de-winterize soon. Our likely first trip of the season will be Mothers Day weekend.
BillyW 04/13/17 09:40am General RVing Issues
RE: Battery disconnect switch - confused

If you disconnect either cable from the battery, no current can flow through the system, which is the goal of a cutoff switch. If you have two batteries in parallel, the switch goes from both positive battery posts to the positive cable going to the TT, or from both negative posts to the negative (ground) for the TT. Once installed between the battery(s) and TT, it simply opens the circuit so no electricity can flow. You will most likely need at least one additional cable to make that happen. Hope this was helpful.
BillyW 04/13/17 09:35am General RVing Issues
RE: Towing with a 1/2 ton

... So, I bought a new 2015 Chevy Silverado 1500 instead of a 2500 or 3500 series. ..... Getting a full size right now is not economically feasible. When we are ready to trade in our 05 Avalanche (no, not the 2500 unfortunately) we will be getting a full size truck, but for now it is what it is. Both of your current rigs are full size trucks, just not HD style trucks The new one is capable of towing the size rig you want to tow. If it has "P" style tires and not LT tires, upgrading to LT might be a good idea. We have Goodyear Duratrac 265/65R18. On Goodyear's page it doesn't say specifically that the tire is an LT, but I would assume it's an LT tire? Max load is 2601 lbs at 51 psi. Sound like LT?No. That's a P rated tire, not LT. However, pump 'em up to 51 lbs and give 'em a try first.
BillyW 04/12/17 06:24pm Tow Vehicles
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