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RE: What socket size is it?

What you are going to need is a REALLY LARGE LEVER . A torque wrench often is long . I have a couple of long socket handles . I suspect many trailer trash have a long one also . The standard length socket handle is to short .
Lowsuv 07/27/14 07:06pm Travel Trailers
RE: From class A to T. T.

I went from a Beaver Monterey 36 foot diesel pusher to a Duramax towing a 21T Komfort non slide trailer in 2002 . I still have the Duramax / Komfort setup . Although we have stayed a month at a time in winter at Outdoor Resorts - Cathedral City we discovered that we much prefer camping without hookups . I did not liking towing a Towed . I do like having a 4wd duramax which easily tows the 7280# gvw 21T . The systems in the 21T are less complex than those in the MH . There are few repairs needed and any marginal handyman can fix what goes wrong with a TT . We have more ground clearance with the DMax/21T and this suits the more beautiful camp spots that are often the last 2 miles down a gravel road . Our cost of campsites is very low because we often park in the National Forests using " dispersed camping " . The most we pay is $ 9 per night on the National Parks Pass . Our 21t has 50+6 fresh , 45grey, & 45 black . There are plenty of opportunities to dump our tanks for free when we are on the move . It takes us very little time to drop the trailer . I use my battery Makita drill motor to lower the stabilizers . Put out the awning and a mat . We spend most of our time outside of the trailer . We generally seek out a simple streamside site . On a few urban type stops we have found abandoned government parking lots such as the old forest service or dmv . The govmint loves to move into a new building at the end of their 10 year lease which leaves the building lessor with an empty unrentable building . I am a big fan of a 9200# gvw diesel pickup towing a 7280 # gvw TT . We have a walkaround queen which takes 4 18 gallon rubbermaids underneath . The spare tire is underneath the TT and that leaves plenty of room for a HD bike rack on the back of the TT . We use hd #2 AWG jumper cables to tie the 2 duramax batts with the 2 TT batts . We can run what we like for 3 days and by then the pickup gets driven so the 2 dmax batts get charged . Because our trailer is not long and weighs less than the tow vehicle we are very mobile and curves ,winds , and steep inclines are not an impediment . We use an extracab diesel 6.5' box with a locking snugtop canopy . We can park most places without an issue . We carry the heavy stuff in the pickup box and we are often about 8300# on the pickup and 5400 # on the trailer axles . The trailer tracks perfectly partly because with 4wd and a diesel engine we are 4600# on the front wheels .
Lowsuv 07/06/14 09:29pm Travel Trailers
RE: Tire Repalcements

I still read lots of stuff from "experts" on not using LT tires. This seems like on of those subjects you can ever get a straight answer on. http://www.carlisletransportationproducts.com/cms_files/original/Trailer_Tires__Tips_Best_Practices.pdf This video is useful https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6SwwRnmp1Q I think TPMS monitoring system is your best option I watched the video and took notes .The tires used were not equal in size or age . The guy in the video used the largest highest capacity ST tire for his comparison ! And a smaller LT tire and P tire . He used an ST 235/80 R 16 load range E tire to compare to a smaller LT 225/75R16 tire in his example . He did not show a sidewall flex test for the LT tire . He skipped right over that . And he used a completely used up P tire for his sidewall flex grab for the P tire . I discovered this by correlating the sidewall weight rating for each tire in his comparison . Further , this bozo did not understand that an ST tire has a considerably lower threshold to meet its standard . That is why the ST tire confusion continues except for the motorheads who take the time to research the subject . For proof : The only ST tire placarded at 3420# on the sidewall is the ST235/80R16 load range E . "For Trailer Use Only " The only LT tire placarded at 2680 # is the LT 225/75R16 load range E . No restriction. There are several sizes of P tires that are placarded at 2403 # such as the tires that fit a Honda Civic CRX . So this goofball does a video and does not compare equal size tires or even all new tires .
Lowsuv 07/06/14 02:17pm Travel Trailers
RE: Tire Repalcements

Why would we assume that both the Chinese tire and the German tire were made of the same materials in exactly the same way ? Everybody knows that German products have consistently been some of the highest quality automotive products for 6 decades . The autobahn and the stretches of unlimited speed restrictions dictate that German cars and tires be capable of high speeds without killing somebody . Everybody knows that Chinese products have consistently been some of the worst automotive products built to the cheapest price standard . Why would we assume the German tires are made of the same materials as the cheaper Chinese tires ? The Chinese tire is built to the cheapest price point possible . Why would we assume that the $ 89 tire is an equal to the $ 156 tire from the same Tire conglomerate ? Regarding the cubic volume of each tire the 225/75R15 is shaped more like an oval ( 6.3" tread width ) , and the 225/70R15 is more shaped like a circle ( 7.7" tread width) . I did not provide that info in the quiz . The calculated cubic volume of each size is very close . And the obvious . Why would we assume that a tire designed for maximum 65 mph is an equal to one designed for 106 mph ?
Lowsuv 07/06/14 09:59am Travel Trailers
RE: Tire Repalcements

Here is a quiz : Which tire is likely to be a better tire ? Tire One 225/75R15 load range D diameter = 28.3" x 8.8 " section width Max speed rating 65 mph Tire weight = 31 # Made in China Cost is $ 89 each OR Tire Two The 225/70R15 Load Range D diameter = 27.4" x 9 " section width Max speed rating 106 mph tire weight is 33 # Made in Germany Cost is $ 156 each Both tires are made by the same manufacturer . Both tires use the same wheel and fit in the same space under the trailer .
Lowsuv 07/05/14 06:49pm Travel Trailers
RE: Tire Repalcements

MM49 is just plain wrong . The Cargo G26 is rated for trailer usage . Hence the name " Cargo " . A page ago MM49 said that every statement in my post was wrong . I asked him to disprove each of those statements line by line . Still no response . Regarding the slow gene pool : Is that all you have got ? More name calling ? How about some definitive helpful solutions , please ? If you can prove your previous degradations , then do so . It is painfully obvious that you do not have the answers or you would have provided them . Answers , please . Show me .
Lowsuv 07/04/14 03:27pm Travel Trailers
RE: Tire Repalcements

After all of this name calling has not anybody understood that : The Goodyear Cargo G26 225/70R 15 load range D is the most tire we can buy that fits our 15 inch wheels ? The data is there . To put it bluntly , do not be fooled by the recent posters who offer no valid solutions better than the G26 . They do not show evidence supporting their position . Instead they resort to degrading the messenger . These 3 are robbing the rest of us of the best solution by simply clouding the issue with their personal attacks . Not one of them would last 10 minutes in a face to face discussion that required a working knowledge of these tires . View the posts by JJ , MM , and FE and decide for yourself if any of these fellows do any in depth analysis to reach a logical conclusion . Compare their knowledge to LowSuv , Huntindog , GMWPhotos , PartyMarty , Sprinklerman , and a few others for yourself . The latter group just plain has a better working knowledge of the tire issue than JJ, MM , and FE . Hence the name calling by JJ , MM, and FE .With all of you accumulated knowlage not one OEM tire manfacture has supported your position. Every OEM ST manufacture has reccomended the use of ST tires. Maybe is a west coast thing? MM49 Of course MM49 is now grasping at any hope . His name calling did not work . His knowledge is limited so he does not have any facts to back up his claims . Specifically which OEM manufacturer has not supported the usage of the Goodyear Cargo G26 tire ? Name One . Show me . You're Up big guy .
Lowsuv 07/04/14 03:10pm Travel Trailers
RE: Tire Repalcements

Keep in mind that Lowsuv never misses an opportunity to bad mouth Maxxis tires. He's correct when he recommends LT tires if your trailer can handle the larger size. If you are stuck in the 14" range, your best choices are Maxxis or Kumho 857. In a 15" tire you are again limited and Maxxis would be my first choice. in a 16" you have a wide range of LT tires that would serve you well. I hate to get in to this....knowing the angst of it ......however, are there no 15" LT tires that can go on a TT? Not often. FE Thank You Fast Eagle for that knowledgeable information . That was helpful . Another answer is Yes . Try researching the Goodyear Cargo G26 load range D tire . 3 sizes including the aforementioned 225/70R15 which fits everywhere that the ST 225/75R15 fits , without any modifications .
Lowsuv 07/04/14 03:06pm Travel Trailers
RE: Tire Repalcements

After all of this name calling has not anybody understood that : The Goodyear Cargo G26 225/70R 15 load range D is the most tire we can buy that fits our 15 inch wheels ? The data is there . To put it bluntly , do not be fooled by the recent posters who offer no valid solutions better than the G26 . They do not show evidence supporting their position . Instead they resort to degrading the messenger . These 3 are robbing the rest of us of the best solution by simply clouding the issue with their personal attacks . Not one of them would last 10 minutes in a face to face discussion that required a working knowledge of these tires . View the posts by JJ , MM , and FE and decide for yourself if any of these fellows do any in depth analysis to reach a logical conclusion . Compare their knowledge to LowSuv , Huntindog , GMWPhotos , PartyMarty , Sprinklerman , and a few others for yourself . The latter group just plain has a better working knowledge of the tire issue than JJ, MM , and FE . Hence the name calling by JJ , MM, and FE .
Lowsuv 07/04/14 02:03pm Travel Trailers
RE: Tire Repalcements

Keep in mind that it is LowSuv's intention to help the civilians on this forum with their tire issues . LowSuv includes in his posts the logical evidence that indicate that Maxxis is a provider of lower grade tires . Other motorheads on his forum who have decades of experience upgrading their tires on their hotrods , sportscars , pickups , and other trailers have a good understanding of how a real upgrade in tires is possible for little expense at changeover time . LowSuv does not enter into personal attacks on this forum . Maxxis ST tires are most often supported on this forum by references , such as " I really like them " , or " my tire guy ( whoever that is ) says you cannot use LT tires on a trailer ". My whole intention is to allow other RV forum members to make a real upgrade that will eliminate / mitigate future ST tire failures going forward . The evidence supports the position that Maxxis tires are not a better brand than other ST tires . Those suggestions that just replacing OEM tires with a maxxis tire of the same load weight rating are just plain wrong . There is no gain to be made by that Maxxis replacement . LowSuv repeatedly gives reasons why for 15 inch tires the 225/70R15 load range D Goodyear Cargo G26 is the clear first choice . LowSuv repeatedly gives reasons why for 14 inch tires the 205R14 Kumho 857 load range D is the clear first choice . A search through " view posts " for LowSuv will show that his suggestions are supported by logical evidence and have been consistent for a long time . As a motorhead LowSuv made his first tire upgrade in 1964 on his 1955 BelAir by going to 720x15 tires instead of the 670x15 tires that came stock . LowSuv has been upgrading his tires ever since . I encourage upgrading tires at replacement time . Changing brands to Maxxis does not accomplish this .It would help if LowSuv was honest. He keeps on recommending LT tires that are rated at lower weight ranges for equivalent sizes and tires that don't fit our rims or trailer wheel openings. The increased leverage of using LT tires that are not designed for trailer usage is potentially damaging to the trailers suspensions and frames. Lt Tires don't meet the performance standards of ST tires. MM49 Just to be clear : MM49 asserts that LowSuv is not being honest . Out west we try to keep the conversation civil .
Lowsuv 07/04/14 08:35am Travel Trailers
RE: Tire Repalcements

MM49 has resorted to character assassination because the facts do not support his position . Using the " view posts " feature one can ascertain that LowSuv recommends using the Gargo G26 225/70R15 in place of the ST 225/75R15 tire . LowSuv has given the dimensions of that G26 and it is available just a few posts above by PartyMarty . The G26 225/70 will also fit most trailers that came standard with the ST205/75R15 but it is up to the user to check that . The G26 225/70R15 fits our stock rims . I have said repeatedly ( view posts ) that if you are going up a size that you need to measure . I installed Continental Vanco2 215/70R15 at changeover time instead of my stock ST205/75R15 with no measurement issues . Increased Leverage ? Really ? How many threads are there about damaged trailer suspensions and frames ? How many threads are there about LT Tires causing damage to trailer suspensions and frames ? The biggest problem we are addressing is that ST tires are overrated in sidewall weight capacity . Using the " view posts " feature it is possible to find the exact comparisons of tires made by the same manufacturer that shows that the ST standard allows a 15 % weaker / cheaper tire to be used . The post above by PartyMarty is one of those comparisons . LT tires Exceed the performance standards of ST tires . That has been proven many times on this forum .A new first, every single statment is wrong. MM49 MM49 If that is so , then prove it . Line by Line , please .
Lowsuv 07/04/14 08:20am Travel Trailers
RE: Tire Repalcements

MM49 has resorted to character assassination because the facts do not support his position . Using the " view posts " feature one can ascertain that LowSuv recommends using the Gargo G26 225/70R15 in place of the ST 225/75R15 tire . The G26 fits everywhere that the ST225/75R15 fits . No modifications , no changing to 16 inch wheels , no worries . LowSuv has given the dimensions of that G26 and it is available just a few posts above by PartyMarty . The G26 225/70 will also fit most trailers that came standard with the ST205/75R15 but it is up to the user to check that . The G26 225/70R15 fits our stock rims . I have said repeatedly ( view posts ) that if you are going up a size that you need to measure . I installed Continental Vanco2 215/70R15 at changeover time instead of my stock ST205/75R15 with no measurement issues . Increased Leverage ? Really ? How many threads are there about damaged trailer suspensions and frames ? How many threads are there about LT Tires causing damage to trailer suspensions and frames ? The biggest problem we are addressing is that ST tires are overrated in sidewall weight capacity . Using the " view posts " feature it is possible to find the exact comparisons of tires made by the same manufacturer that shows that the ST standard allows a 15 % weaker / cheaper tire to be used . The post above by PartyMarty is one of those comparisons . LT tires Exceed the performance standards of ST tires . That has been proven many times on this forum . Once again the " view posts " feature will show that .
Lowsuv 07/04/14 08:12am Travel Trailers
RE: Tire Repalcements

JJBirish is wrong on every point made in his particular post above. LowSuv has only promoted the specific Goodyear Cargo G26 as a remedy to the lower quality ST tires . 2470 # on the LT scale , 106 mph rating , and tire weight about 4 pounds more than the Maxxis . It is not logical that LowSuv supports the ST Marathon because the Cargo G26 is such a good tire . JJ makes that conclusion by himself . The logical evidence that Maxxis tires are a lower quality is supported completely and repeatedly by using the " view posts " feature readily available under the poster's icon . JJBirish is not a motorhead and proud of it . The advantages of being a motorhead at tire selection time are obvious . JJ has offered no empirical evidence that Maxxis ST tires are somehow magically superior when their passenger car tires score in the lowest 25 % . LowSuv has repeatedly offered specific tire choices that fit the OP's needs when the OP indicates the size tire currently in use . JJ enters into character assassination frequently . LowSuv has been the point of those posts several times . The " view posts " feature is available to support each of my assertations .
Lowsuv 07/03/14 07:42am Travel Trailers
RE: Tire Repalcements

Civilians are the majority . Motorheads are the minority . Civilians have more important things to do than doting over their passion for vehicles . Each of those civilians may have a passion for something and gain expertise in that particular field . Motorheads are well served by turning for advice to civilians who are knowledgeable in their particular area of expertise . As regarding tires it is logical to believe that a motorhead has studied the topic at length over time and has a more extensive understanding of the esoteric differences that dictate the performance of each tire . One of the things that motorheads have in common is their willingness to spend more money to upgrade the tires on their vehicles . Civilians can now purchase 18 and 20 inch tires on their brand new SUV and pickup . A decade ago only the motorheads were making this change at a considerable aftermarket expense . So motorheads are automotive geeks . Who need help from civilians to use all of the apps on their cellphones .
Lowsuv 07/03/14 07:13am Travel Trailers
RE: Tire Repalcements

Keep in mind that it is LowSuv's intention to help the civilians on this forum with their tire issues . LowSuv includes in his posts the logical evidence that indicate that Maxxis is a provider of lower grade tires . Other motorheads on his forum who have decades of experience upgrading their tires on their hotrods , sportscars , pickups , and other trailers have a good understanding of how a real upgrade in tires is possible for little expense at changeover time . LowSuv does not enter into personal attacks on this forum . Maxxis ST tires are most often supported on this forum by references , such as " I really like them " , or " my tire guy ( whoever that is ) says you cannot use LT tires on a trailer ". My whole intention is to allow other RV forum members to make a real upgrade that will eliminate / mitigate future ST tire failures going forward . The evidence supports the position that Maxxis tires are not a better brand than other ST tires . Those suggestions that just replacing OEM tires with a maxxis tire of the same load weight rating are just plain wrong . There is no gain to be made by that Maxxis replacement . LowSuv repeatedly gives reasons why for 15 inch tires the 225/70R15 load range D Goodyear Cargo G26 is the clear first choice . LowSuv repeatedly gives reasons why for 14 inch tires the 205R14 Kumho 857 load range D is the clear first choice . A search through " view posts " for LowSuv will show that his suggestions are supported by logical evidence and have been consistent for a long time . As a motorhead LowSuv made his first tire upgrade in 1964 on his 1955 BelAir by going to 720x15 tires instead of the 670x15 tires that came stock . LowSuv has been upgrading his tires ever since . I encourage upgrading tires at replacement time . Changing brands to Maxxis does not accomplish this .
Lowsuv 07/03/14 12:25am Travel Trailers
RE: Tire Repalcements

Huntindog has it right about LT tires . The OP did not state but if he has 15 inch tires he can go to a Goodyear G26 Cargo tire which is made in Germany and France . 225/70R15 load range D rated for 2470 # on the tougher T scale . all of the ST tires are made in Asia as far as I can research . Maxxis passenger car tires have never rated above the lowest 25 % of the scale in the Consumer Reports tire tests . It is a leap of faith to think that maxxis makes lower grade passenger car tires but somehow magically makes excellent trailer tires . Since Jan 2014 there has been about one reported Maxxis failure per month on this forum . Considering that Goodyear and Carlisle are the OEM ST tires for the longest time the reports of maxxis failures are probably in line with the imited volume of maxxis on the road . As Huntindog suggests the best plan is to upgrade to a larger LT tire rather than replace with the OEM ST size and load rating . Tire Rack has all of the specifications including diameter , section width , weight rating , tire weight , and the necessary info to see what tire fits under your trailer . Mine came with ST205/75R15 load range C and it was no issue switching to the LT 215/70R15 load range D Continentals . 225/70 would have fit also .
Lowsuv 07/02/14 05:48pm Travel Trailers
RE: Recommended Dry-Camping Mods to a Small TT

My experience is : I use a 12 foot heavy duty jumper cable , # 2 AWG , to be continuously hooked up from my duramax to my 2 TT batteries . I do not have a genny nor do I have solar panels . Both may be a good idea but I do not need them . I switched out my 2 duramax batteries for AGM construction batteries . I picked up 2 Exide EDGE AGM group 78 batteries for $ 140 each at BiMart . Although 2 6 volt in series GC2 batteries are better I switched to EDGE AGM batteries for my TT also . I run the TT from all 4 batteries connected together . I drive my pickup every 2nd or 3rd day and my truck batteries get fully charged from that . When I return I use the jumpers to connect all 4 batts . The TT batteries get some equalization while hooked to the 2 AGM truck batts . Initially I would try to charge the RV batts but now after a decade of experience I find that just hooking all 4 batts together works for a 9 day campout . Our 21T Komfort has 50 fresh , 45 grey , and 45 black . I have to dump the grey after 5 days or so .
Lowsuv 07/01/14 11:50pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Deep Cycle Marine Batteries

no , it will not harm anything to go bigger . my pop always said " there is no substitute for cubic inches " that adage is true for batteries . the cheapest really good switch is 2 golf cart 6 volt GC2 batteries available everywhere including Costco and sam's club . I went a different way because I replaced my batteries one at a time . AGM construction batteries on my trailer and my truck . I paid $ 140 each for exide edge AGM batteries at bimart / Oregon . google AGM for the reasons to do AGM . AGM are maintenance free , do not leak , do not off gas , have faster recharge , will take more abusive deep discharging , than conventional battery construction . but two GC2 in series will give more capacity for less money than the AGM . If I only had room for one battery I would use the biggest AGM construction battery . exide EDGE are made in North Carolina and offer a few choices for this usage . their website shows those options .
Lowsuv 06/25/14 07:11am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Trailer wheels - 65psi?

Maxxis tires are nothing special . No Maxxis passenger tire has scored above the LOWEST 25 % in Consumer Reports testing . November 2013 and November 2012 issues . There have been threads on this forum discussing Maxxis failures . On this forum there has been about one reported Maxxis failure per month since January this year . Frequent readers of the tire threads have observed these Maxxis failures . Maxxis tires are made in Asia , are ST speed rated for 65 mph , and are made to a cheaper price point like the other ST tires . A better choice in 15 inch is the Goodyear Cargo G26 225/70R15 load range D that is made in Germany ( and France ) and has a 106 mph speed rating . If you have 14 inch wheels the better choice is the Kumho 857 205R14 load range D and has a 106 mph rating . Both of those choices are graded on the LT scale which is 115 % of the weaker / cheaper ST grading schedule . Neither the G26 or Kumho 857 are placarded " For Trailer Use Only " .
Lowsuv 06/24/14 09:31pm Travel Trailers
RE: Tires

Because you already have load range D in a large size the best option is to go with an LT tire . The heaviest duty tire available in a 15 inch tire is the Goodyear Cargo G26 sized 225 /70 R 15 load range D . Do a search on this forum by typing G26 in the search box . There is plenty of info that is repeated . But all of the info is there . That specific tire is about 115 % more tire than the best ST tire . Do your search " G26 " and all of the info is there . The best money spent is to upgrade at the time you are making a changeover . It is the cheapest method to keep you from roadside assistance .
Lowsuv 06/24/14 06:59am Travel Trailers
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