The truck still pulls to the left. I am hoping it's due to the front tires. I am out of town and don't know if the new tires have arrived at Discount tire yet or not.
My truck doesn't get driven much - most of its duties are as a truck camper hauler with trailer behind it. This year I didn't go camping much, so the miles driven this year are way down from previous years. Combine that with the fact that I didn't take a multi state trip like I have in previous years, and the miles driven are a fraction of what I did in 2010, 2011 and 2012.
I am looking at doing part time RV transporting with it, but after attending the orientation yesterday and discovering how much regulatory stuff is involved doing ANY type of commercial driving, I've second guess my game plan.
You wont hear anything bad from me. My first OEM set (General Grabber TRs)gave me almost 50K miles. I was so impressed I put 6 more on. I never had OEM tires give me that much mileage on any of my vehicles.Have about 6000 miles on the second set and they still look brand new.
I guess I need to start driving my truck more so I catch up with you in mileage. Kerry4951, how many miles on yours now?
(My brother has a granite blue 2008 dually. In some ways I like his better than mine.)
I installed one in my AF811, which looks pretty much like the 990 with the stove removed, except I don't have the wood enclosure for the power cord.
My cord is a marine style removable cord. It was tight working space, but I did mine without removing the stove. Mine is sitting under the stove.
I've only done it once, when I was returning from Overland Expo two years ago. It was in the mid 20s and about an hour before I stopped for the night I turned on the furnace then continued on my drive.
I reckon Rich is enroute now...... I saw him and his rig pull out on to Division Street about 3:15 ish this afternoon.
Hey Rich, if you heard someone honking like a madman just as you pull out on Division, it was me. I was headed north in my truck, minus the camper. I just picked up the truck from the dealer after getting is fixed.
What requires you to get WA DOT to inspect your truck?
The reason I ask, is that I am moving back to WA state in a few years, and don't want to be surprised by some new requirement....
No DOT inspection / sticker required for WA State. I need it because of something new I'm trying out with the truck.
Truck is fixed. I'm headed back to the dealer in a little bit to pick it up. Extended warranty covered the repair.
After I get the truck, then I'm headed to another shop to get the DOT inspection completed.
Several times that I've been back and forth across Washington, I see the same trucks hauling the same trailers, doing dealer trades on cars, or long distance deliveries from a dealer in Idaho. That looks like a decent gig too, and I've wanted to ask them a few questions, but as luck would have it we never end up at the same rest area. They stop at one, and I pass by it and see them there. I stop at the next one, they get ahead of me, and it continues.
Congrats! You will love the TC...so much easier than TH.
I downsized from a toy hauler to a truck camper. Setting up and breaking camp takes half the time, and I don't have to climb a stinkin ladder to get in bed, nor do I have to sleep with the toys that I used to carry in the toy hauler, which were always in the way if I was stopping for the night enroute to my destination.
I've yet to come across a toy hauler with a ramp built strong enough to support the weight of a car.
We finaly visit a Lance 1172(325 mile trip). I am 6'3 and in the lance I have only 1 inch clearance and the a|c drop 2 inch from ceiling it was very nice but not for us.
When I was camper shopping 4 years ago, I was turned off by the limited head clearance in the cabover area of the Lance campers, the rest of the ceiling was somewhat low as well. I felt boxed in. THis was before their redesigned models came out, which I think was the following year.
AF's are superbly built.
I'm on my second Northwood RV, the first was a Desert Fox, which is their toy hauler. I sold it and downsized to a Arctic Fox 811 truck camper.
When I went camper shopping (which I started doing long before I sold my DF (Desert Fox) I went in with an open mind and looked at all the major brands available in the Pacific Northwest. THe Arctic Fox kept standing out among the others as far as the layout, the slideout, the decor of the interior and the price. The 811 was less expensive than a non-slide Lance.
I still have the AF 811 and can't envision selling it any time soon. If I did sell it, I'd replace it with another AF.
What make tires are you now using?? I know the selection is scarce with the size 17" tires that we use.
The difficulty in finding tires, and my saga about the ordeal almost warrants a whole new thread!! LOL.
When I replaced the rear tires, they had tread life left, but I don't think they'd have made it more than another 10k miles or so.
One failed (sidewall puncture) last year on my way home from Overland Expo (OX12).
Between the time one failed and getting it replaced, I bought two used tires and wheels as a temporary solution and put them on the front.
I had Discount Tires road hazard certificate on all 6 tires, so that's where I went to get the tire replaced. The OEM tire was no longer made (General Grabber AW), so Discount Tire got a different style of General tire, a Grabber TR.
I put the new ones on the front. I made a few trips with them then the truck started to vibrate and shake, as if one was out of balance.
Discount checked them, the balance was fine. Their thought was something was wrong with the truck. I took the truck to the dealer and they said everything was fine. (I'm betting the steering parts were worn out then, and they didn't find the problem). This was last fall, at which point the truck didn't get driven much anymore since it mostly hauls the camper (for summer camping) and isn't my daily driver.
My next plan was to swap out the new tires and put the two used tires on the truck and drive it, and see if the shake went away - this would tell me if it was a truck problem or a tire problem. Months went by and I didn't get that done until January of this year. Truck had been mothballed for the winter, and what little driving I was doing was all local, so I put of the tire swap for months.
I put the used tires on, problem solved.
I took the tires back to Discount. They checked them and said both of them apparently had some belt separation problems. At most I only put about 1000 miles on those tires.
Discount replaced them with the same tire. I didn't put them on the truck... it was more convenient just to keep running the used ones for the time being since at this point I didn't have a place to jack the truck and swap the tires, and I wasn't inclined to make a trip to Discount tire in the truck, with the camper on it, and two tires thrown in the back seat of the truck, just to get them put on and the used ones removed (I had a spare pair of tires and wheels, so I was good continuing like that)
Fast forward to this summer and I had another OEM tire c-r-a-p out. The valve stem failed. I have no idea how long I drove it flat. It was good when I left my destination, and flat when I got home 200 miles later. I'm not one to take chances, so I decided to replace it since who knows what damaged it might have incurred while running flat, as well as the other tire being severely overloaded (camper on truck, towing a trailer).
So I go to Discount again, now I find out that the Grabber TR is no longer made, but there's still some in the pipeline, but scattered all over the country. I hemmed and hawed about getting those or trying a different tire, but I never like the idea of running two different tread patterns on a 4WD truck due to "unequal traction" that can occur between the front and rear axles when in 4WD. I decided to get the same tire (Grabber TR). Discount ordered them in.
A week or so later, the tires arrived, but I started to have second thoughts about using a tire that was discontinued. With my bad luck with tires, if another one failed, I'd be right back to square one with the hassle of trying to find a no longer made tire, or being forced in to odd ball set of tires again.... so I had lengthy discussion with Discount tire, they agreed to take back the brand new tires that I'd gotten in January and get me something that is currently manufactured.
The tire choices in the rare size used on 07.5-2010 DRW GM trucks is very limited and tire shops don't typically even stock that size.
What few manufacturers make them, only make in them very limited tread choices. Several that Discount Tire had access to were little known brand names, like Hankook and a few other I can't remember.
Cooper was one of the few well known brand names, so that's what I decided on even though the tread is much more aggressive than I need.
At this point I have 4 Cooper Discoverer AT3 tires and have them on the rear. The two fronts should be here tomorrow or next week.
Oh, and these tires are stamped MADE IN USA on the sidewall, so we have a WINNER as far as I'm concerned.
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