Since your coach is a 2009, I would suspect age could be playing a role in your tire problems along with sidewall damage from the sun. Check the date code on the tires and start using covers on them. If they're China bombs, you may want to replace with some G614 Goodyears, or Michelin LT's.
A fulltime friend of ours in a toyhauler replaces one or two tires a year, but continues to use cheap tires and won't cover them. Unless you're under a bunch of trees in Lancaster, I don't know how you could only have a few minutes of sunlight on them daily????
I use this filter on our coach. Seems to work just fine, and has plenty of flow rate for our uses. I was changing the filter every year, but I'm changing every year and a half now.
Replacement filter around $120.00 thru JMS Marine with shipping included.
Load it up with a full tank of gas and 10 gals of water in the fresh tank and a couple gals. in the black tank and get it weighed at the scales. You can adjust the tongue weight when you know what it is.
I use an Equalizer hitch on our Wrangler/TT setup and it works great! No sway at all. Not with wind, or big rigs passing, either direction.
Setup your tongue weight, get a good hitch, and have a fun, safe trip!!
The Wrangler with our M-180FQ Pegasus Ultra Lite gets 10mpg with no wind, and 9 mpg with a headwind. 19 gallon tank, so I'm looking at 140 to 150 miles for gas. No faster than 62mph.
The D/Max with the same trailer gets 11 to 13. A 26 gallon tank, so it's around 225+ miles before fueling. No faster than 70mph.
PS- The Pegasus is 3600#'s GVWR, and has D rated, 14" LT tires.
I think I'd go with the gas powered rig. Diesels are nice for long range driving, but are very costly for low milage traveling. Save the money, buy some nice meals out, see some shows, shorten your bucket list with the money saved.
Looking for feedback regarding solar upgrades. Specifically, who builds the best electric solar panel integrated systems? Does anyone know of roof mounted solar hotwater heating system that will supplent an installed OEM propane/tank system? What has your experience been with respect to tankless propane hot water heaters, either as a factory installed system or an upgrade/replacement system?
We'll be retiring at the end of this year and plan to be traveling in our 5ver from December-April, mostly in Florida or the southwestern US. I want to be able to dry camp for up to a month, so any tips from those of you who dry camp will be greatly appreciated!
I don't know of any manufactured roof mount solar hot water systems for RV's yet, but you can sure provide all the power you need(with some conservation) with solar electric panels.
Here are a couple sites that should help you get a good start on your PV system.
Jack Mayer RV Electrical
Handy Bob's Solar
If there is room on the roof, I don't know why a solar water panel/box couldn't be installed on the roof of a coach, or a portable one on the ground, to supplement the hot water heater.
I had the math right...I stated 84# PER AXLE, which =168# total....I know the definitions, I went to college and have two degrees, been quite some time ago, but I do read and comprehend very well for a 62 yr old dummy:)
I go by manufacturers weight ratings as much as I can, be it the trucks GVWR or GCWR or the 5ers GVW and the RAWR's and tire weight recommendations...Tires on my truck, (4 rear ones), handle easily my trucks GVWR, which I don't plan on exceeding, or cutting into my trucks RAWR of over 9,000#, but that's "MY" truck...have no idea what kind of truck the person OP is asking about is towing with...question was about what tires to use...they had "E" rated junk tires, but those tires had the odd rating of 3520# per tire with 85 psi, which barely covers the 7,000# axle ratings, but, as we know, if the 5er only weighs 15,000#, the axles are over rated any way...
you also stated in your op that "Many" in here recommended him to use more tire weight rating..so why decide to come after me....just wondering...if I offended you in some fashion, then I apologize...I still stand by my RECOMMENDATIONS, I won't tell someone on these forums to try to just "slide by" and not consider safety into the equation..
If you felt I came after you, I apologize. I didn't see any names in my post, just some comments and a question. Sorry for any misunderstanding...
I would also have to agree to go by the cert. label on the coach which would comply with the DOT. :)
It's close enough to "happy hour" here. I think I'll have a drink!!:B
I don't recollect any on this thread TELLING anyone they HAD to do anything. I would recommend that if you had 7,000# rated axles that you had tires to cover the 7,000# rated axle...Unless one has loaded and weighed their 5er and KNOW FOR FACT what weight they're carrying on the axle, I'm not going to tell someone to make their tires their weakest link.
You can have it both way's...If I cover my axle weight rating with the tire weight rating, then I'm covered if I load to max capacity
I will agree with you on one thing..IF the GVW of the 5er is 15,000# and pin weight is 3,000#, then there will only be a total of 12,000# on the axles (I did the math in my post)...(makes you wonder why 7,000# axles were incorporated on the 5er)..but still yet, "IF" 5er is loaded to 15,000#, the tires at 3042# weight rating (Michelin XPS RIBS E rated), would only cover each axle with 84# to spare..isn't that cutting it really close?
OEM junk tires that came on OP's 5er were rated at 3500# each if I'm not mistaken.
Again, it's the OP's offering to help a friend and asking for ADVICE...no one told anyone what they HAD to do...recommendations were given...I believe in a measure of safety as opposed to just saying, "use this" without thinking it through.
In the end it's the owners money, owners decision....no one is twisting anyones arm, they can put whatever tire they want to on their 5er...I just think some simple math and some common sense with a measure of safety should be considered...I think the Michelin XPS RIBS are great, but they have their application just like any other tire talked about on these forums.
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Yeah, we're all "telling" the OP something....
"Would you recommend an "E" rated tire to be used on 7,000# axles? I could have, but again, felt that if I had 7,000# rated axles that I should also use tires to cover that weight rating."
"I'm not going to tell someone to make their tires their weakest link."
On the trucks that tow the trailers, the tires are the weakest link.. They sure don't match the axle manufacturers ratings.
"the tires at 3042# weight rating (Michelin XPS RIBS E rated), would only cover each axle with 84# to spare..isn't that cutting it really close?"
The wiggle room would be 168#'s, not 84#'s. I'd rather see a bit more, but it's still withing ratings, if you're loaded to the max.....
My question about "both ways" is why do you have to match axle ratings on the trailer, but not on the truck????
Let me get this straight.
A 15,000# GVWR coach w/ 7000# axles. Which means it's going to run 3000#'s pin weight, which means there's going to be 12,000#'s on the axles, and many here are trying to tell the owner that he has to run tires to match the axles and not the load???
Now these same people try to tell owners of tow vehicles that you have to match the load with the tires on the truck, not with the axle rating(axle manufacturer)of the truck, which is much higher than the manufacturer(Chevy, Ford, Dodge)recommends???
So which is it??? Axle rating or load that is imposed on the tires/axle that you want to endorse??? You can't have it both ways....
I would recommend that the owner go with the load that he's carrying, which would be the tires, not the axle.