Imho, Michelin LTX A/T2's are hard to beat. Long lasting and a great towing tire, plus the benefit of an AT tread.
Mine have almost 50000km (30000 Miles) well over half towing a 15000lb 5th wheel and still have a lot of tread left.
They are available in the size you quoted.
Some pickup companies have greatly increased the GVWR of their trucks.
For example a 2010 and older GM 1 ton SRW is 9900lbs
A 2011 and up GM 1 ton SRW Duramax is now 11500lbs due to major frame, brake, suspension and steering upgrades, but they do weigh more than the older trucks, but still gain a significant increase in payload capacity.
My 2006 GM dually GVWR was 11400lbs.
I believe the 2011+ gas trucks have a lower GVWR.....on Chev/GM trucks anyways.
I can say from experience that GM's electronic stabilitrak and trailer sway control really works very well, as I don't feel any sway or trailer trying to push the truck, even in cornering, as long as the trailer brakes are adjusted properly.
So, what used to be dually territory isn't necessarily so anymore.
Towing my 5th wheel (15000 lbs) from BC Canada to greater Phoenix and back twice, I averaged 11.3 mpg (US gallon).
For your info, in 2011 GM upgraded the frame, suspension brakes and steering which greatly upped the GVWR of the 3500 trucks from 9900 lbs to 11500 lbs, however they do weigh more.
An added plus for 2011 and up is the factory exhaust brake and increased HP and Torgue.
The CCC on my 2011 SRW Crew cab, is within 50 lbs of my old 2006 GMC Crew cab dually, both equivalent models.
If I seem GM biased, I am, and have no personal experience with Ford or Ram, so won't comment on them.
I'm very partial to Nokian tires, especially winter and winter rated 4 season tires (have the mountain/snowflake symbol) like the Nokian Rotiiva AT. Yes Rotiiva, some Nokians have strange spelling.
Not cheap, but IMHO very hard to beat.
My truck came from from the factory with Michelin ATX AT2's which I like very much, but will replace them with Nokians next year.
See Nokian for your size tire.
There are several Can Am parks in the greater Phoenix area.
The one we are familiar with is Canyon Vistas in Gold Canyon.
We have stayed there 4 winters and the only reason we are not going back is we bought a place in a gated retirement community for much less than a park model in many RV Parks.
Canyon Vistas is one of Cal Am's newer smaller (600+ sites) parks, on the edge of the desert East of Phoenix, the sites are big and level, great facilities but not quite as many as the larger parks. The people for the most part tend to be younger than other parks and are very friendly.
Management and staff are also good, though there were some management issues in the past, but these have IMO been resolved.
There is a new, still being developed park right next door called Superstition Views which can be had with a Park models and covered RV parking/storage, some facilities including bocce ball and pool, and a very good snack/lunch concession, which are all open to Canyon Vistas guests.
Unless things have changed since last winter, they also share facilities with Montesa also right next door.
Both of these are also Cal Am.
I highly recommend Canyon Vistas if you want a quieter park out of the city with basic shopping and restaurants very close by.
Not only that, but horsepower is mathematically calculated from torque and rpm. The calculation is:
Horsepower = (torque * rpm) / 5252
If that's true, then Ford, GM and Ram are fudging the figures re HP and torque if you look at he numbers.
Or, am I missing something here?
The big change with GM trucks came in 2011.
My weights with my 5th wheel are,
2011 Chev 3500HD Dmax CC standard box SRW LTZ 4X4
Empty weight with me, 1/2 tank fuel, toolbox with 100lbs "stuff" is 8020lbs.
With 5th wheel hooked up, full tank fuel and me and Terry,
Front axle 4825lbs
Rear axle 6410lbs
Trailer axles 12150lbs.
Pin weight 2850lbs.
These are BC certified weigh scale numbers.
Our 5th wheel is on the heavier side, and we are close to the trucks GVWR of 11500lbs, but with the new frame, suspension and brakes on the 2011 up GM trucks, this one tows our 5th wheel better than the 2006 dually GM Dmax we had before.
There are several travel insurance company's out there, we have used TIC in the past and had one fairly big claim last year that was handled rather slowly IMO, and were getting bills and phone calls from the US billing department, a few calls to TIC stopped that, but it was still stressful.
Canadian Snowbirds Association offer insurance I hear is very competitive and will be getting a quote for this coming winter.
I also got a quote from BCAA but haven't compared it to anyone else yet, and the one thing I did like about BCAA, was that there were so few and clear questions re medical history, compared to some other company's with their confusing, convoluted pages of questions. Call me suspicious but IMHO this is done on purpose to try tripping you up if you have a claim.
Not to change the subject, or offend anyone, but IMHO locking a topic is ridiculous.
Yes, some go on and on needlessly, and sometimes get locked by the moderators, sometimes questionably.
But how many times has new or correct information come along that changes the minds and opinions of many of us in here?
And changes the whole point of the topic?
It's much easier to post new info on the topic in question, than to open a new topic about new info, referring to an older locked one that cannot be added to.
For example, on several other boards, members were so critical of and ridiculed the then new Duramax diesel (2001 IIRC) because of aluminum heads, saying the engines would fail, crack heads, or just blow up, and the threads were locked.
It turns out, that engine is one of the best and most durable pickup diesel engines ever made.
I have a Hijacker Ultra Slide double pivot hitch and Mor/ryde pinbox which work really well together, and the hitch has an adjustable pin fit which really cuts down on noise.
Same hitch, 2 different 5th wheels and IMHO, no thoughts of another brand hitch in the future.
We replaced our recliners with these La-Z-Boy Harbor Town recliners
The arms are narrower than normal, giving much more room for a table in between the chairs. Also they are much lighter than what the 5th wheel came with and the best change we have done to date.
I don't strap them down and in 3 years they have never moved, even on some rougher roads, ie I5 Seattle area and Stockton.
Hmmmm, I'm not saying I don't believe you, but...........I certainly don't understand the $3000 extortion attempt. Canada's border guards would have to be pretty stupid to try something like that. Next time something like this happens (which frankly I highly doubt) ask to see a supervisor immediately.
As far as your wife is concerned, she wasn't there and how would you prove where she was and why she wasn't with you?
Seems strange she would keep a weeks plus meds on her and leave the rest in your 5th wheel, why not take them all?
As far as I know, Canada doesn't recognize your RV as a secondary home for certain things, ie, don't even think about bringing a handgun across the border, your RV and gun WILL be seized, no ands ifs or buts, you arrested there and then, and expect a long trial and maybe jailtime.
Also IIRC wasp spray is more acceptable than bear spray. Just get the spray, good for 20+ feet, not the mist spray.
IMHO 2+2 just don't equal 4 here, or am I missing something?
A trip of a lifetime. We were on one of the last caravans to do that trip in Feb '07. The video did bring back memories but one morning we woke up to snow! We over nighted at around 7000ft, I think in Creel.
As awesome as the video is, it can't compare to actually being there on the train.
I went from an '06 GM dually C/C long box Dmax, to an '11 3500HD Chevy SRW C/C Dmax standard box (6-6) and it tows my 15000lb fiver better.
I can only say from a GM owners point of view, but in '11 GM made big changes in the frame, brakes and suspension. (same body style)
The GVWR for the 3500 SRW went from 9900lbs, to 11500lbs, which is 100lbs more than my '06 dually.
The changes, including factory exhaust brake, trailer brake controller and trailer sway control made this truck more stable all around than the dually.
And yes, I'm within all weight specs with a 2850lb pin weight and loaded truck.
The question of which truck (2500-3500-3500 dually) is better really blurs with new technology being introduced.
We had a side pedal flush Thetford (I don't remember the model but the flush water sprayed out of the back) with the same problem and replaced the pedal with a supposed modified one, and it fell off as well. We replaced our toilet with a front flush model and haven't had any problems since. Another benefit to the new one is, it flushes all the way around the bowl.