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RE: New Trailer Tires... Goodyear v. others?

Thanks for all the input. I've had Goodyears (Unisteel G614) on my rig all 8 years on the road and the only had one blow-out and it was because the tire was low. I've had it up to 75 as well and never a flat...nothing...so I know they're good tires. Here's a photo of the sidewall. I feel pretty good about getting to Santa Barbara and back (from Phoenix) with these tires at this point. I'm replacing the truck tires before I leave so I'll have that peace of mind and I'll take it easy. I'm on a mission to pay everything off in 2 years so I'm not traveling much and I need to put some big $ toward that to save myself the interest. And It will be interesting to see how they do. From my experience, limited as it is, is seems taking care to make sure they're inflated to max is key. http://imagehost.vendio.com/a/2918824/view/t.jpg X1 Great tires:)
djgarcia 03/05/15 03:30pm Towing
RE: New Trailer Tires... Goodyear v. others?

4 year old Goodyear Marathons? You are on borrowed time. I will never own another set of GY tires. You pay extra for the name, and get less. Were I you. I would try to find some Maxxis tires, IF you are sticking with trailer tires, and not going to a truck tire. Maxxis is generally thought of as the best ST (trailer tire) on the market. Goodyear "G" tires are not Marathons. I put over 70K on two sets of Goodyear "G"s with one blowout that was probably due to a leaking valve stem but Goodyear paid for the damages. I have heard that tires that set for long periods can deteriorate because of the lack of use prevents the internal "chemicals" from doing their job in lubricating the tire. (I don't know of another way of putting that.) Again that's what I've heard but haven't attempted to check that out. X1 Good Year stands behind their tires in terms of replacing a defective tire at no cost to the owner. My goal is to run as many miles with a minimum of time spent changing, fixing or repairing tires.
djgarcia 03/05/15 07:28am Towing
RE: New Trailer Tires... Goodyear v. others?

Tires-- Have always used Good Years "G" rated tires with good luck. At 5 yrs. I replace my trailer tires regardless how many miles are on them. While there may be some individual cases where people have used tires that are over 5 yrs. old, I think that most tire Mfgs. agree that after 5 yrs. you are a tire problem waiting to happen.
djgarcia 03/04/15 10:58pm Towing
RE: Picking up TT tomorrow, size ball?

What size ball will I need for the TT? I am pretty sure it is 2 5/16". I forgot to ask the dealer. :( 2011 Layton Joey M-268 Call the dealer and save yourself a headache and frustration:)
djgarcia 02/27/15 04:34pm Travel Trailers
RE: QUESTION FOR LONG TT OWNERS

Do you typically look for truck stops over a standard gas station? Always look for a Truck Stop fuel station as 1st. choice. If you have to use a regular gas station, carefully drive around the station checking for length and width of drive ways and structures, especially overhead heights of overhead structures. If possible, park on the street and walk around before you pull in.
djgarcia 02/26/15 08:20pm Travel Trailers
RE: External fuel tank mounted in bed - thoughts??

Have been thinking about adding an external fuel tank in the bed so that I can go longer distances and not to worry about stopping for fuel as much. Also, we all know fuel prices go up around tourist destinations. Has anyone got the tank installed? Has it been an issue with weight? I have had 3 auxiliary fuel tanks over the last 15 yrs. All 3 were from and installed by TRANSFER FUEL in chico calif. All my tanks were replacements for the original fuel tanks. I needed my truck bed empty. I currently have a 60 gal. auxiliary fuel tank in my 2004 3500 Diesel truck. To my knowledge, I don't think anyone makes an auxillary tank for regular gas. The cost for my 60 gal. tank was about $1200 installed with a full tank of diesel. Contrary some opinions, installing the 60 gal. tank was not the purpose of running marathons or creating sore butts!! 1. I still stop at every rest stop rest to get out and stretch and empty the bladder tank. 2. I don't have to try and remember where every Diesel station is located or what their hours are. I don't pull into a fuel station to find it has gone out of business and I have sufficient fuel to go to the next station/truck stop etc. 3. Diesel fuel prices will vary in different parts of the county. i.e. diesel fuel is significantly lower in Ariz. than calif. But that is true of anything in Calif.:) The extra fuel tank enables me the opportunity to find the fuel stations with lower prices. This is a real advantage when you are driving in parts of the county for the first time. Enjoy your auxiliary fuel tank:):):)
djgarcia 02/26/15 06:29pm Travel Trailers
RE: hooking up a travel trailer

See if this helps clear up your questions. This how I used it--- 1. line up your truck to back up to the trailer as usual or as if you didn't have the "hitch liner". Slowly back the truck until you think you are as close to the trailer hitch as you normally would. This should have your truck ball within an 1" or 2" over the the trailer hitch. Get out to recheck your position. Now back up SLOWLY until you feel or hear the trailer touch the "Hitch Alinger". Stop and visually check your positions again. your truck ball should be right under the trailer hitch. Now you just lower the trailer. Using the "Hitch Alingment" device does NOT require that the trailer actually move or slide enough to damage the trailer jack, it just gently pushes or flexes the trailer hitch to line up with the truck ball. I used it for 12 yrs. on a 32' trailer 1200K when loaded and never bent or broke any parts. This device makes loading and unloading trailers 90% easier and I no longer need another person to guide me when hooking up:):) So, this device, if I'm kinda close to start with, won't try and make the trailer move any great distance, either side to side, or front to back? My Equalizer hitch head actually has quite a bit of movement in it (side to side) The owner of the EZ company called me yesterday after I sent him the picture of my hitch. He said it will work, and if for ANY reason it does not, or I don't like it, I can send it back for a complete refund, minus shipping, within 60 days. He implied that even that 60 days is not a hard and fast return rule. He indicated that the only problem for me will be getting the ball off the hitch head. I looked underneath and there is a bolt, maybe 1" or a little more in a very tight space. I will not have the strength to remove that bolt and put it back tightly enough. I guess I'm going to have to make a homemade pizza for a neighbor fella! :) http://i235.photobucket.com/albums/ee299/mitch5252/2013-September%20Start/Undersideofhitch.jpg Hello Mitch, I would suggest that you consider taking your hitch into a RV shop since they would all the right tools and could also use a torque wrench when putting it back together for safety reasons. It's not a "brain surgery" type job, as long as you have the correct tools i.e. deep sockets big enough to fit your bolt. good luck
djgarcia 02/22/15 11:50am Travel Trailers
RE: hooking up a travel trailer

Okay, I'm doing some pondering here... I have an 18' double axle trailer that does not have a ball on the tongue thing. How could this work if the trailer won't move? What do you mean by "does not have a ball on the tongue thing"? What do you mean by "if the trailer won't move"? Need clarification. Thank you for asking the same questions I was wondering about. I just figured that I really didn't understand his comments or what kind of RV hitch he was using:):):)????? I could't figure out, as far as I know there are only 3 ways to hook up a trailer: regular TT with a ball hitch, 5th. wheel or the in bed kind of hitch that ranchers typically use!!! What do I know:):):) Well, in the videos I've watched (boat trailers), the tongue jack has a wheel on it, and obviously, the whole trailer is lighter. In the video, the trailer rolls on its wheel into the "guide" and slides itself over the ball on the truck hitch. How's a heavier trailer, with no wheel on the tongue jack, going to "slide" into position within the V guide? I'm really hoping this thing could work for me because I jump in and out of the truck a LOT each time I hook up... :) See if this helps clear up your questions. This how I used it--- 1. line up your truck to back up to the trailer as usual or as if you didn't have the "hitch liner". Slowly back the truck until you think you are as close to the trailer hitch as you normally would. This should have your truck ball within an 1" or 2" over the the trailer hitch. Get out to recheck your position. Now back up SLOWLY until you feel or hear the trailer touch the "Hitch Alinger". Stop and visually check your positions again. your truck ball should be right under the trailer hitch. Now you just lower the trailer. Using the "Hitch Alingment" device does NOT require that the trailer actually move or slide enough to damage the trailer jack, it just gently pushes or flexes the trailer hitch to line up with the truck ball. I used it for 12 yrs. on a 32' trailer 1200K when loaded and never bent or broke any parts. This device makes loading and unloading trailers 90% easier and I no longer need another person to guide me when hooking up:):)
djgarcia 02/22/15 11:13am Travel Trailers
RE: hooking up a travel trailer

Okay, I'm doing some pondering here... I have an 18' double axle trailer that does not have a ball on the tongue thing. How could this work if the trailer won't move? What do you mean by "does not have a ball on the tongue thing"? What do you mean by "if the trailer won't move"? Need clarification. Thank you for asking the same questions I was wondering about. I just figured that I really didn't understand his comments or what kind of RV hitch he was using:):):)????? I could't figure out, as far as I know there are only 3 ways to hook up a trailer: regular TT with a ball hitch, 5th. wheel or the in bed kind of hitch that ranchers typically use!!! What do I know:):):)
djgarcia 02/21/15 04:04pm Travel Trailers
RE: hooking up a travel trailer

I would LOVE to have the EZ Hitch Align thing. I sent an email to the mfgr., asking if it would work on an Equalizer WD hitch. I'll let you know their reply. I also just ordered a Hitch Grip. Thanks for the advice on helping save the back/arms of this old woman! :) Your welcome. I bought mine from Cabella's.com
djgarcia 02/20/15 04:32pm Travel Trailers
RE: hooking up a travel trailer

Snip... 2. Buy "Coupler Connect HItch Aligner" from Cabella's, item # lK-521806 $39. Eliminates the need for a backup camera. You can be 2 to 3 inches off center to the right or left and this device will automatically line your hitch right over the ball, dead center. It is a V shaped piece of steel, just drop it into the slot on your truck hitch, no bolts needed. Snip... Have you actually used one of these? I cannot see how it can work/be installed with a WD hitch head. :h Also, I can certainly see how it would work great with a boat trailer or other smaller trailer that has a wheel under the tongue jack but I don't think I would want to try to use it on a trailer that has a lot of tongue weight and no wheel under the jack. It would bend the jack post if you were just a couple of inches off. Barney Edit: I just looked at the OP's profile and noticed that she has a 25ft 5th wheel trailer. Unless she is getting a new rig, all this advice is doing no good whatsoever. She should have probably posted this in the 5th wheel forum instead of here and would have received some good, relevant advice. Andersen has a lightweight fifth wheel hitch now... 40 lbs and fits in her rails. I digress, this is the TT forum anyhow. Thanks! Jeremiah Hello Jeemiah, Yes I used the coupler hitch aligner on my 32' Holiday Rambler for 12 yrs. successfully with no mishaps or damage to truck hitch and/or trailer . My trailer weighed 12K loaded. The coupler has 2 parts. The truck ball has to be removed and then a plate with a hole in it is put in place then the ball is reinstalled. This plate operates like a "tongue and groove". The coupler hitch aligner has a metal tongue design. You simply drop the tongue into the metal groove and then remove after you have the trailer hooked up. It is probably not clear to you based on my explanation but once you have seen the device you will be amazed how simple and effective the design is. The Backing up and aligning is no different than you normally do it. You visually line up your truck and very slowly back up until you think you hear the coupler hitch aligner gently bump the trailer hitch, then get out and lower the trailer . It might help you if you go on line to Cabella's web sight and look at the photo of the Coupler Hitch.
djgarcia 02/20/15 10:05am Travel Trailers
RE: hooking up a travel trailer

I'd like opinions about how difficult it would be to hook up a travel trailer for a person who isn't strong. I would want a anti sway bar, & thought about getting a backup camera. Is there strength needed. I am a 5'2" / 125 lb woman. Would there be other equipment that would make this easy? 1. buy an electric trailer jack and have installed at the dealer 2. Buy "Coupler Connect HItch Aligner" from Cabella's, item # lK-521806 $39. Eliminates the need for a backup camera. You can be 2 to 3 inches off center to the right or left and this device will automatically line your hitch right over the ball, dead center. It is a V shaped piece of steel, just drop it into the slot on your truck hitch, no bolts needed. 3. If you have a pick up, buy some red duck tape 2" wide, measure the center of the top of your tail gate, tape a 8 inch strip(front to back). Tape a 2 inch wide, 8" piece of duck tap from the top of the electric jack housing down so it is facing you in the driver's seat. You can also put a strip of duck tape in the center of your rear window (top to bottom). Now sit in you truck, look at the pieces of tape and line them up with your strip of tape on the electric trailer jack. Now slowly back up until your truck hitch ball hits the Coupler Connect Hitch Aligner and lines up your trailer hitch is directly over the truck hitch ball. Stop, get out and look to make sure the hitch is directly over the ball, now just lower the trailer until you can put your safety pin in. Pull the Hitch Aligner out of the slot, throw it into the back of your truck. Now hook your sway bars and lift the trailer up until it takes min. physical pulling to get your bars hooked up. Bring up the electric jack all the way up. Job done!!!! Easy for one person to do with no help from others.
djgarcia 02/19/15 07:50pm Travel Trailers
RE: Good Match?

Downsizing to a smaller RV. As many have shared, the key is a good WDH. I tried 3 different brands with varing success but when I went to a Reese Dual Cam, I found a world of difference. Overall the control was not much different than towing with a 5th. wheel. Take a look at the various WDH's that have the dual cam system operation, look at price, look at posted experiences of other RVer's, then choose. I towed a 32" Holiday Rambler for about 10 yrs. with the Reese Dual Cam One of the nice features about the dual cam is that it tends to resist sway and also through the cam action supports a return from sway. Not all WDH hitches do that including the Equalizer that not only resists sway but also resists a return from sway, a very significant shortcoming with that hitch. X1 Reese Dual Cam
djgarcia 02/19/15 12:50pm Travel Trailers
RE: Good Match?

Downsizing to a smaller RV. As many have shared, the key is a good WDH. I tried 3 different brands with varing success but when I went to a Reese Dual Cam, I found a world of difference. Overall the control was not much different than towing with a 5th. wheel. Take a look at the various WDH's that have the dual cam system operation, look at price, look at posted experiences of other RVer's, then choose. I towed a 32" Holiday Rambler for about 10 yrs. with the Reese Dual Cam:):)
djgarcia 02/19/15 11:28am Travel Trailers
RE: "hand rail support "for 5th wheel

Thanks for all the responses and suggestions regarding the "Hand rails" for the 5th. wheel. I am reseaching their application to my trailer. Dick
djgarcia 02/18/15 08:49pm Fifth-Wheels
"hand rail support "for 5th wheel

I am looking for a "step hand rail " that goes from the top of the steps to the bottom step. I want support going from the ground until I get into the 5th wheel. This would replace the the current hand rail. I need for medical reasons. The one I heard about is removable but I can't remember where I saw it. Thanks
djgarcia 02/18/15 10:11am Fifth-Wheels
"hand rail support "for 5th wheel

This topic has been moved to another forum. You can read it here: 28208792
djgarcia 02/18/15 10:11am Toy Haulers
RE: Which Hitch

I have had no experience with the Equalizer hitch. I tried a couple of other brands until I found the Reese Dual Cam hitch. I used the Reese for 15 years and had great experiences, easy to hook up and use. The greatest feature for me was the control and stability when traveling down the road. Passing big 18 wheelers comming at you was no longer a white knuckle hang on to the steering wheel experience. The Reese Dual Cam really proved its control and stability when a car had a blow out when he was passing the trailer and his car rammed right into my rear wheels on my truck. My trailer travel from the right hand land clear over to the outer edge of the left hand lane. The trailer made a big S shaped turn but then came right back into the right lane with no damage. I just keep my hands firm on the steering wheel and allowed the Reese Dual Cam to straighten the trailer and truck up. I pulled over and stopped. The only damage was my rear fender and running board. A CHP happened to be traveling behind and saw the whole incident. :):) No damage to the trailer or the hitch and was able to continue on in to Ariz. The Dual Reese Cam provided me almost the same degree of stability features as my new 5th wheel Reese hitch and 5th. wheel. Made a believer out of me:)
djgarcia 02/16/15 07:31am Towing
RE: Trailer stability while parked

We had a great maiden voyage and made it to fL. we are now parked and using our new TT for the 1st time. It is a triple slide 30' long. Our biggest disappointment is the bounce we feel when someone walks through the TT even our small dog causes a lot of bounce. I am on a cement pad the front of the trailer is only about 15" off the ground when level. I have the electric stabilizers and have tried putting a little more pressure on them. I have an X chock on 1 side and standard chocks on the other. I think this is quite comnmon and so just hoping to get info on products and techniques to help eliminate this. suggest X chocks on both sides of trailer.
djgarcia 02/08/15 06:54am Travel Trailers
RE: travel trailer and carry a motorcyle

They make a small trailer with 1 or 2 wheels big enough to tow a full sized bike. The one wheel trailer is made so you can back up without unhooking. So you would double towing. The problem might be that double towing is not legal in all states, so you have to figure out which states you plan to RV in. Double towing in Calif. requires a Class A drivers lic.and a medical physical.
djgarcia 02/06/15 11:18pm Travel Trailers
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