I subscribed to Sirius XM just to listen to Art's new program.
Art's show is all about guests and callers, that if they were posting on an Internet Forums, would be referred to as "trolls" ... People who understand that a lot of entertainment, is just getting people to suspend conventional beliefs and take a ride into a different reality.
Art is a non judgmental host that gives these Master Trolls a 'Forum' to work their unique magic.
Here's my review of the closest Camping World to us; Madison, Wisconsin.
Pushy staff that pretends to be experts about everything but really know very little.
I buy from them mostly because I'm not a price comparison shopper.
I refuse to join their club to save money.
About 10% of our RV/camping purchases are made at Camping World.
Most of the remaining 90% are made on line, with Amazon getting the majority.
Boondocking is about FUN
Run the genny couple times each day and enjoy the camping.
X3 we run it when voltage gets down to 12. for as little 15 to 20 minutes.
Sometimes we charge with 265 amp engine alternators for 10 to 15 minutes.
.......So to fit ST tires on my Ford F350 dually, can ST tires be mounted on Ford F350 16" dually rims to increase the load capacity of my truck's tires? .... Or do I need to use the ST trailer rims on my truck and have custom lug bolt adapters and dually spacers milled to fit the 6 lug ST trailer rims to the truck's 8 lugs bolt pattern?
Assuming you are not joking, I hope you are aware that part of what makes an ST tire an ST tire is its compromise towards the task - which means it doesn't have good handling and good braking as part of its design emphasis.
I also hope everyone realizes that the difference in load rating between ST and LT tires is the speed. ST tires are restricted to 65 mph and the load rating reflects that. Want to go faster? Reduce the load.
In my opinion, LT's and ST's are interchangeable except for those things that are designed in for the task. So ST tires would be unsuitable for motorvehicles, but LT's are OK for use on a trailer (taking into consideration the tread pattern, tread compound, etc.) In theory, ST's should perform better on trailers, and they do except for the durability aspect. We can speculate about why that is so - 3rd tier manufacturers, cost pressures, testing requirements, etc. Everyone has an opinion - as do I.
Also, the issue of the rim's load rating. While it would be ideal if trailer manufacturers outfitted their trailers with adequate sized tires, it appears that the wheels are OK and can be used without worry (provided the tires properly fit on the rims.)
But occasionally, a situation arises where the need to use a higher inflation pressure is called for - and I would argue that exceeding the max inflation pressure stamped on the wheel (if it is even there!) is a better situation than continuing on with potential failures on tires with the lower inflation pressure. Sort of the opposite of "the devil you know vs the one you don't."
Capri Racer, thanks for your reply and no offense intended but you didn't answer my questions.
In reply to your information about running ST tires on our F350 dually Pick-up Truck:
China bombs ST tires cost about 1/4 to 1/3 the price of top of the line LTs.
....and since this truck is mostly used to pull a 5er, that will have the STs.
The 5er STs are 65mph speed rated and if the truck had higher speed rated LT tires, when towing, the max speed would be limited to the 5ers STs 65 mph.
Since can't exceed 65 mph anyway, because of the trailer's ST tires, why not saved a lot of money and have less expensive China Bombs on the truck too?
Here is one of the basic reasons the ST tire cannot be compared to the LT tire and vice versa.
The ST235/85R16E has a load capacity of 3640# at 80 psi.
The LT235/85R16E has a load capacity of 3042# at 80 psi.
Thank You Fast Eagle! .... The exact proof that ST tires are superior to LTs.
I am acutely aware from reading on RV Net, that rim weight ratings should be closely matched to the tire's weight rating.
So to fit ST tires on my Ford F350 dually, can ST tires be mounted on Ford F350 16" dually rims to increase the load capacity of my truck's tires? .... Or do I need to use the ST trailer rims on my truck and have custom lug bolt adapters and dually spacers milled to fit the 6 lug ST trailer rims to the truck's 8 lugs bolt pattern?
After reading these ST vs LT threads for years on RV Net, I've recently been convinced that ST tires are superior to LT tires.Okay, I don't care who you are, that's funny. :)
I'm dead serious... ST tires are so much better than LTs, that I will be running ST tires on all my Cars, Trucks, MotorHome and Trailers.
Anybody got a line on some ST dually rims for a 2013 Ford F350?
I've never experienced any problems overnighting at Walmart or any of the other places including truck stops, rest areas, casinos, and churches. By the time we get to these locations, it is very late and there are other RVs already parked for the night, we just pick a spot nearby and get a few hours of shut-eye. We usually purchase gas and/or food when we overnight in any commercial parking lots.
Been sleeping in all kind of different business parking lots for decades.
In small towns we park/sleep in the city's municipal/police lot.
Just about any shopping center in a safe area, is a good choice.
BTW we never ask for permission.
Use common sense... No one every hassled us.
Let's forget all this personal stuff and for the benefit of the OP and others that are considering Full Timing, get the discussion back on track.
Assume: Most Full Timers have large RVs ( Class A, Fiver, Large TT)
Statements: Full-Timers with large Rig aren't as free to roam about as RVers wih smaller Rigs.
Most Full Timers stay in private camp grounds, because they want full hook-ups and easy of parking.
Fact: Can't drive a Large RVs into many State and Federal campgrounds and/or many don't offer full hook-ups.
Which drastically limits the places Full Timers with Large Rigs can camp.
Because of above; 'many' (not all or most) full timers settle into a few favorite parks.
And 'many' other Full Timers have a home park, north summer park near their roots and south winter park. I know 'many' full timers that have settled into 2 seasonal parks.
Are all the above valid points?
Wouldn't a person that is considering Full Timing want to know above info?
Interesting post that had some trolling occurring ;)
I would love to hear back from the OP.
As someone who can only dream of full-timing in the future, I lie to hear good debate (to an extent).
To quote Elwood P. Dowd: “An element of conflict in any discussion is a very good thing. Shows everybody's taking part, and nobody left out. I like that.”
i have said many time that IMO rv's should come with (2) alternators
one for the chassis one for the house, individual regulators and a 'cross connection system' for backup IF one fails
...and I've said many times... IMHO RV's should get rid of separate house and starting batteries and have only one large AGM bank that is charged with high output alternators.
For example; change normal 2 starting and 2 house batteries
into one 4 battery AGM bank, with automatic low voltage disconnect.
House would have the 2 additional batteries added to its bank, that were previously used only for engine starting.
Speaking of high 12 volt power output from an idling RV engine ... I'm surprised that not much/any mention has been made of using dual alternators. Many vehicles have this - often offered as an option when buying new or installed later by their owners.
Yep spec'd dual alternators on our Ford E350, with fast idle and 225amp AGM battery bank.
After batteries are drained to around 11.9 volts, see +200 amps charging for the first few minutes. After about 15 minutes fast idle kicks down RPMs to normal and alternators output is around +40 amps with no load.
I've turned off the fast idle controller and alternator amp output is about the same as with fast RPMs.
The fast idle is mainly for running the seperate Bus system 40,000btu Air Conditioner while parked.
We are use to over bearing attention from Rangers and Camp Hosts even though we never break any rules. We open trailer unlicensed Dirt Bikes. We get warned by just about every official in the campground that it's against the rules to ride them in the campground.
At time it gets pretty funny when a new shift of employees comes on and we get warned twice on the same day. Guess a lot people assume that we can't read the rules and/or don't think we are responsible enough to follow them.
This is something that's been kicking around in my head. I've been researching alternators and i've seen 2 that have an output of 370 amps at 1200 rpm. If my math is correct then that is 4440 watts @ 12 vdc. Putting this in an inverter should give me 37 amps @ 120 vac.
I think there will be a loss of maybe 10% but I think I could power my trailer including A/C.
Yes this can be done, with a special Bus high output alternator.
The inverter would need to be mounted close to alternator/ batteries and 120 volt wire to trailer.
Our rig is set up to do this (clicky below) but haven't used it because we don't have a travel trailer. I'm currently having a custom TT trailer built that will be able to power the TT's 120 volt AC from the tow vehicle alternator. The TT will have a generator also.
The tow vehicle's 120 volt system may be used to pre cool the TT while driving.
All in all putting these unique RV systems together from the best of boating, bus, semi-truck and European RV tech in a compact touring rig is my hobby. It gets real expensive and as many have already posted, a stand alone generator that is set-up to run while under tow makes the most sense.
For safety reasons, instead of a Motor Home we have a Limo Bus that passes Federal crash and roll over regulations. Hope it gives us some margin of protection in an accident???
How about you? It really sounds like you're a grouchy sad person. Perhaps envious?
X2 - exactly what I was thinking. We're in year 8 - we do stay about 3 months in Arizona in the winter, but the rest of the year we are moving around. We're on the east coast right now having gone up the west coast in the spring, across the top of the country in July, on to Mass in August and working our way down to Atlanta before heading to Alabama and then to Texas for our annual physicals, etc., then on to Arizona for the winter.
I will agree that a lot of people stop at about year 3, for some it is health reasons, for others any number of reasons, but at least they have made memories, not just sit and think "if only" and become a grouchy old person.
Here's some more stuff seldom posted about by full timers:
A lot of Full Timers have very large Rigs that require a lot of work to move and need special RV Parks.
In other words, they aren't this care free group they claim, that roams around the country at will. They settle into few parks that will accommodate their large Rigs.
Nothing at all wrong with that, except some 'rooted' full timers portray themselves as something better than the boring people that live in stick homes :)
Kinda like those Motorcyclists that put down people who drive cars as Cage'ers.
Hey Johnny, What are you rebelling against? ...What you got?
Are you going by your "3-year rule", too? Do you stay in trailer parks? Ooops..RV parks?
Since you're obviously not a full-timer you have absolutely no idea what the lifestyle is all about. The majority of full-timers do not live 'full-time' in trailer parks. They travel and many, like us, volunteer in the communities and our wonderful national parks. If the OP wants to do it, why should you care?
How about you? It really sounds like you're a grouchy sad person. Perhaps envious?
Yes, at times I'm grouchy, sad and envious... but never all three at once.
So you're going to trade a beautiful lake home to live in a Trailer Park... Excuse me RV Park?
Of course you are going to get a bunch of positive "go for it" replies in a RV Full-Time Forum.... Also some very good 'thought promoting' replies too!
Don't your kids and grand kids enjoy coming out to the lake house?
Speaking of Full-Timers with kids... I don't see a lot of talk about family gathering in RVs.
Another little secret that Full-Timers don't share a lot; they start out to see the country but after a few years, end up staying 'Full Time' in one or two RV parks.
Same happens to Full-Time Boaters after a few years, their boats never leave the Marina.
I refer to it as the 'Three Year Rule' pick your dream; sport cars, rv, boats, air planes etc.
Use it a lot the first year, less the second year, third year comes along, hey the years almost over and we didn't use 'it' yet... Darn what the heck? needs a lot of work, maybe next year....
So, you have to ask yourself, are the weekend escapes to the RV Park just that, an escape from stress.... OR are you going to be one of few (DH too) that really has the wanderlust gene and will forget your 'roots' and embrace the Full-time life style above all else.
What's it going to be Girl, yes or no? .... If 'maybe' is the answer, see you in a few years in the 'Trailer Park' ....excuse me RV Park ;)