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RE: Do you compensate for slides-outs when leveling first?

Since I always boondock and never have a concrete or asphalt pad, putting out a slide will throw the level off as the dirt compresses under the jacks on the slide side. My present TT isn't so bad as it has a slide on each side so it kind of balances itself. My previous TT with one super slide would go off quite a bit.. After a while I got pretty good at judging just how much the dirt would compress, and adjusting for it.... But if it rained it would most always need readjusting.
Huntindog 07/04/15 04:30pm Tech Issues
RE: Travel Trailer Wheel/tire Size

We just purchased an 87 Kit Companion Classic. Tire size on label states G78 14 ST (C). Which, according to a search, equals P215/75R14. The actual tires are ST225/75R15. Is there an advantage/disadvantage to having a larger tire? Thanks! Sam.Yes, within reason. You need a minimum of 1" between the tires on a dual axle, and 3" from the top of the tires to the wheelwell. When doing this measurement, it is best to be on level ground. Otherwise you may have to compensate for one axle being higher than the other... It's not hard though. Measure them both and divide by 2. If it is 3" or more you are good to go. I have raised all of my TTs in order to be able to use bigger tires and for more ground clearance. The only negative I have encountered is a MPG reduction of about 1 MPG, but I have raised mine a lot more than the 1/2" yours was raised. Your difference is negligible. Enjoy your TT.:B
Huntindog 07/03/15 04:39pm Travel Trailers
RE: Maxxis Load D To E - Bouncy Ride

And people who think they can buy a "good quality"/"better tire" that is invulnerable to curb, pot holes and general damage is living a fairy tale. There is no such tire. Of course no tire is industructable... But ST tires they should not fail at anywhere near the rate they do. . Please Huntingdog....share with us the actual failure rate of ST tires. You know that you don't know. So stop making blanket statements with absolutely no knowledge of fact or even educated guess. I can say with certainty what my failure rate was when I drank the ST tire koolaid...(I was once a believer of all of the ST propaganda) I had many sets of STs, as I continually upgraded them in size and load rating, believing that the failures were not the tires fault.. It was no use. Not one set of my many ST tires made it to their second birthday... And for the record, I too used to be a huge proponent of ST tires. You can look up my posts from years back to see for your self. I may be a little dense at times, but eventually I learn. My TT tire problems ended in 2006 when I made the jump up to LTs. I now replace my TT tires due to age! What a concept.
Huntindog 07/03/15 12:50pm Travel Trailers
RE: Maxxis Load D To E - Bouncy Ride

What's the difference between ply's and belts? The D is 8 ply and the E is 10 ply. Surely 10 ply's are better than 8.The ply or belt is a strength rating. It doesn't relate to a physical count of belts. Again the D and E tires are virtually identical in appearance and weight. MM49It's spliting hairs. Years ago, an 8 ply tire had 8 plies, and a 10 ply had 10. Now they go by ratings an 8 ply rated tire won't have 8 plies in it, but will have the strength of an old 8 ply tire. What hasn't changed is that a 10 ply rated tire WILL be stronger than a 8 ply rated tire.Your really good at making overly broad statments. You don't know the strength of the old 8 ply tire or the new one.Neither do you. You understand my point just fine. You are still just trying to split hairs for some reason. It wasn't that long ago that there wasn't even tire ratings as we know. During that time all tires were ST style construction. There is a need for ST tires in trailer usage with all their trade offs. MM49
Huntindog 07/03/15 09:02am Travel Trailers
RE: Maxxis Load D To E - Bouncy Ride

And people who think they can buy a "good quality"/"better tire" that is invulnerable to curb, pot holes and general damage is living a fairy tale. There is no such tire. Of course no tire is industructable... But ST tires they should not fail at anywhere near the rate they do. If peoples automobile tires were this bad, people would not put up with it... (probably cause nobody could get to work with any reliability:B) But put these junk tires on a TT accompanied with a lot of propoganda, and a lot of people suddenly believe that they have no other choice.. That their TT tires are super fragile and must be treated like fine china... Well they were likely made there right?.:B I believe that my TT tires should be able to do what ever my TV tires do, and just as reliably. And I have found that using LT tires like what is on my TV makes that happen.
Huntindog 07/03/15 03:21am Travel Trailers
RE: Maxxis Load D To E - Bouncy Ride

Hunting dog Nobody is making excuses, they are just stating facts.And the fact is that their ST tires fail at a horrific rate.... And they seem to think that it was somehow never the tires fault. People can whine all they want but the fact remains that the TT and 5ver tire market is well over a million a year, plus the cargo trailer market, plus the horse trailer market, plus the farm trailer market not to mention the large and small boat trailers. Trailer makers know their products and what tire serves them best. Here is a news flash. What serves them best is what makes ...the most profit! They can care less about a quality product. Hiding behind an industry standard label only gives them cover to keep using junk that they make more money on. They even offer tires for those specialized or unusual applications, I mentioned. The only somewhat accurate statement.... SOME high end manufacturerss offer LT tires as an upgrade. Fewer offer them as standard equipment. But most do not. They act as if their tire choice is the best possible one.
Huntindog 07/03/15 03:07am Travel Trailers
RE: Maxxis Load D To E - Bouncy Ride

I am sure that there are TTs that need special service tires for tough environments; off road travel, stone and gravel roads or even poorly maintained paved road come to mind. I would say the average TT is designed by the manufacturer for highway/interstate service from campground to campground. Replacing the standard highway service tire with a rough service tire may not be the best option for normal highway use. Not everyone needs the “Bigfoot” monster truck to get where they are going with a off road TT to match. Now that is funny:R I am constantly amazed at the excuses some make for their tires poor performance..... One actually admitted that he had 2 of the vaunted MAXXIS tires fail.... But it wasn't the tires fault, as he had curbed one, and another had a previous puncture.... These excuses are ludicrous to me. I won't accept such poor performance out of a tire. And neither should amyone else.... But it is a free country. Some seem to relish in babying their tires and making excuses for them. Me? I'd rather spend the money upfront for good quality, and then spend my time actually USING the TT without tire failures, or worrying that an accidental curbing or a few MPH over 65 is gonna cause me a headache later on.
Huntindog 07/02/15 09:05pm Travel Trailers
RE: HELP! Thetford RV Toilet Question

Try this. Remove the supply line from the toilet. As already suggested, check it for water flow by having someone turn the pump on briefly. Use a container to catch any water that comes out. If you have water, then look at where the water supply line screws into the toilet. Many of them have a sreen installed there. They plug up from time to time due to construction or other debri. If it is plugged... Clean it. If it is clean, then it has to be the toilet valve.
Huntindog 07/02/15 05:11pm Travel Trailers
RE: Maxxis Load D To E - Bouncy Ride

What's the difference between ply's and belts? The D is 8 ply and the E is 10 ply. Surely 10 ply's are better than 8.The ply or belt is a strength rating. It doesn't relate to a physical count of belts. Again the D and E tires are virtually identical in appearance and weight. MM49It's spliting hairs. Years ago, an 8 ply tire had 8 plies, and a 10 ply had 10. Now they go by ratings an 8 ply rated tire won't have 8 plies in it, but will have the strength of an old 8 ply tire. What hasn't changed is that a 10 ply rated tire WILL be stronger than a 8 ply rated tire.
Huntindog 07/02/15 01:19pm Travel Trailers
RE: Maxxis Load D To E - Bouncy Ride

Since my current tires already exceeds my axle capacity, why should I buy tires that have even more more capacity then the axles that support them? Yet people do this all the time. This is pretty simple. Tires fail at a much higher rate than axles do... There can be many reasons for this. Age, heat, cumulative road hazard damage, low psi etc.... Some things can affect axles as well, but not to the same degree.
Huntindog 06/30/15 08:40pm Travel Trailers
RE: Maxxis Load D To E - Bouncy Ride

Huntingdog, if they say they did not use a lug plate and say they won't rebalance using a lug plate am I better off just removing the wheel weights they put on and going unbalanced like the factory wheels come anways? tks This is a total crapshoot.... But since you are having trouble now that they are balanced... I see no harm and a real possible benefit to trying it.
Huntindog 06/30/15 08:06pm Travel Trailers
RE: Maxxis Load D To E - Bouncy Ride

Does it matter if your wheels are steel or aluminum. Mine are aluminum. Read steel wheels are lug centric and need the plate but aluminum rims can use the cone to balance like a car tire. So much different information online it is crazy.I don't think so. I know that my GM dually's hubs have the casting machined so that the HUBCENTRIC rims fit perfectly on them... But all of my TTs hubs have been rough casted, with no precision machining done to them. So even if one were to put a hubcentric rim on them.... It would likely not be centered.
Huntindog 06/30/15 08:04pm Travel Trailers
RE: Maxxis Load D To E - Bouncy Ride

The E tire at 65 psi is not any stronger than the D tire at 65 psi. Its been my experience when pulling trailers for a living the E tire at only 65 psi will create more carcass heat than the D tire at 65 psi.I read that here sometimes... But I believe that the heat difference if any is insignifignant. My dually comes from the factory with LREs... Yet the door/tire placard states a 65 psi maximum for them. I am sure that Ram and Ford do the same. Since I am pretty sure they know what they are doing.... This stands that theory on its head As for strength, more plies will = more strength. I do agree that any tire will perform to it's maximum when inflated to its max. But that is not the same as saying a 80 psi tire inflated to 65 psi is weaker than a 65 psi tire inflated to 65 is.
Huntindog 06/30/15 07:55pm Travel Trailers
RE: Maxxis Load D To E - Bouncy Ride

On my tt i ran 65lbs in my Maxxis E rated and it rode fine. My question then is what benefit is an E over a D if you do this? Don't you effectively give up all the extra load carrying capacity and in essence just have a Load D or is the E still a better and stronger tire at 65 than a D at 65. tksBoth. The extra capacity can come in handy. I recently spun a bearing, and lost a wheel. The 3 tires remaining got us home without a hitch. They were @ 80. You had them balanced. Did you make them use a lug plate? They hate doing it. I watch them to make sure they do it. More than once I caught them using the pilot hole instead of the lug plate as I requested. The reason this is important is that most TT rims are lug centric. Not pilot centric. This means that the lugnuts do the centering, not the pilot hole which is not perfectly centered. If they use the pilot hole, then it may well make the balance worse.
Huntindog 06/30/15 06:13pm Travel Trailers
RE: 2 Camper Batteries 12V or 6V

Ok I have heard this so many times and now I figured I would get more opinions! I was told by 3 different RV stores/ Shops that putting 2- 6Volt batteries in Series will give me more Amp Hours than 2- 12Volt batteries in Parallel. They tried explaining to me that if you put them in series the voltage and a.h. will go up and I said I don't think that is how it works for 6volt batteries in Series. When something is in series you get double the Volts but the amp hours stay the same.. I have a good understanding of electronics and how it works. What is your thoughts and experience about this? Do you have 2 12v or 6v batteries? Is this different because of the deep cycle batteries? I want to get more run time out of my deep cycle batteries. You do NOT add the amp hours when using two 6 volts. Where the additional available amp hours come from is that the 6 volts are taller, so they have more internal volume than a group 24 (generally standard on TTs) battery, and the fact that the 6 volts being true deep cycle batteries can be discharged deeper than the standard hybrid 12 volt that most use. On most TTs, there is room for two group 24 size batterys in the tray on the toungue. Most have lots of room to go taller, but not wider. So that leaves out 12 volt group 29, 31, etc. This is one reason why two six volts is so popular. Plus the 6 volts are much more durable than the widely used hybrids. Then their is the relatively low cost and pretty good availability, and it all adds up to the best bang for the buck. As for the 12 volt fans concerns about a 6 volt failure leaving them without power.... It is not too likely... Though as 12 volt users, they are probably used to them failing a lot, thus the concern. And of course, if 1 of their 12 volts does fail, they probably won't notice it until the other one is dead anyway. Most of us that RV for long, will end up wanting better than what is available at Walmart or the local auto parts store. There are several options. True 12 volt deep cycle batteries ARE available. But they are rare, expensive, and heavy. AGMs. Expensive, and finickey with charging. Make a mistake with them, and it's an expensive proposition to replace them.. Still they have their place. Those with solar, and /or specific chargers swear by them... IMO, they are best suited for those with more than average knowledge of the care and feeding of their batteries. Lion batteries are getting better and cheaper, but still out of reach for most. There are quite a few battery geeks here on the forum. They know a lot about how to wring the last bit of performance out of them. That is great as they seem to enjoy it, and it is good to have that knowledge here on the forum. But it is more effort than I and many others want. I generally discharge mine until the converter starts screaming, then fire up the generator. No idea how many amp hours I have consumed, or just what the voltage is when that happens. I don't care to know. This just works for me. Sure if I was to really get involved in my batteries, I could probably make them last a little longer, but I have never actually worn a pair of 6 volts out. I have been able to get at least 5 years out of them. One pair had an unfortunate accident, and their replacements were sold with the TT. When I used 12 volts, it was pretty much a annual replacement ritual.
Huntindog 06/28/15 04:38pm Tech Issues
RE: Cleaning EPDM Rubber Roof

I have stripped the paint off my house with my pressure washer. I wouldn't recommend it.
Huntindog 06/28/15 03:56pm Travel Trailers
RE: 1st oil change = bath

Another Fumoto fan here. And another tip. When using the Fumoto valve (nipple version) with a hose, you can drain it directly back into the jugs it was in when new. No need for a pan, except for the filter. If one was so inclined, they could measure how much oil comes out with a pretty high degree of accuracy. People HAVE discovered problems early that way, without sending the oil out to a lab. As for the Fumoto security issue... I don't worry about it. The drain plug doesn't have a lock on it either. I figure that if someone is going to slide under my truck with the intention of draining my oil.... He will likely have the wrench he thinks he will need to do it.
Huntindog 06/27/15 06:33pm Tow Vehicles
RE: I really hate to admit this......grey tank overflow

his was in mid April? Too little too late.
Huntindog 06/27/15 02:50am Travel Trailers
RE: TH with garage slides

It could be done by having the slideout floors go UNDER the garage floor... Yes this would present many problems requiring a totally different floor design, that would be somewhat limiting in vertical space (not usually a problem fot THers) and requiring slots in the floor for the walls to retract into. It would be expensive to do. VERY.
Huntindog 06/26/15 08:41pm Toy Haulers
RE: Lippert Installing Wrong Axles.

I am pretty sure that the axle tube wall thickness is different as well. I know for a fact that the 5200#s I am replacing with 7000#s weigh 50# less per axle. But all of them will physically interchange with one another even though the ratings differ.
Huntindog 06/24/15 08:13pm Tech Issues
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