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RE: Best tire replacement of GY st 225 75R 15

Brought new to us trailer home (2013 model) last Fri. Slowly working my thru items important to us. (info on side wall) 5 ply (2 poly, 2 steel, and 1 nylon) Load range D Max load 2640 pds @ 65 psi. (Made 08 week of 2012) Just don't want any tire problems.) I use the Good Year LT G640 "G" rated tires and have had good luck! My 5th. wheel weighs 1250 fully loaded. ------- I hope your 5vr's weight is a typo. Otherwise a G rated LT is a bit of overkill.:B Opps! your correct, it was typo. My loaded weight is 12,500:)
djgarcia 10/22/14 07:42am Travel Trailers
RE: Best tire replacement of GY st 225 75R 15

Brought new to us trailer home (2013 model) last Fri. Slowly working my thru items important to us. (info on side wall) 5 ply (2 poly, 2 steel, and 1 nylon) Load range D Max load 2640 pds @ 65 psi. (Made 08 week of 2012) Just don't want any tire problems.) I use the Good Year LT G640 "G" rated tires and have had good luck! My 5th. wheel weighs 1250 fully loaded.
djgarcia 10/21/14 09:02pm Travel Trailers
RE: Plugged up Black tank

1. Forget about the tank sensors, they are useless and never accurate. 2. Buy a clear plastic sewer connector, connect it to your trailer sewer outlet, then connect your sewer hose to the other end. Now when you empty the tank you can actually see when the tank has emptied as the the water will be clear when the tank is cleaned out. 3. You don't need a sewer back flush to dump the tank. It is nice to have one and most dump stations have them. You can always use about 3 one gallon containers and empty then through the toliet. Close the black tank handle before you dump the 3 gallons of water, then open the tank again. Repeat as often as necessary until the water coming out of your black tank is clear. :)
djgarcia 10/20/14 08:46pm Travel Trailers
RE: Check your valve stems!

Seriously? so rubber valve stems won't take the 80lbs? I just bought new tires for TV. Should I be going back to tire shop and telling them to put on steel valve stems? there is rubber on there now. It's a max air pressure 80lb tire. DO IT TODAY!!! Metal stems are the only way to go! I like the longer extended stems which makes it easier to air up the tire.
djgarcia 10/18/14 06:14pm Travel Trailers
RE: Check your valve stems!

Seriously? so rubber valve stems won't take the 80lbs? I just bought new tires for TV. Should I be going back to tire shop and telling them to put on steel valve stems? there is rubber on there now. It's a max air pressure 80lb tire. DO IT TODAY!!! Metal stems are the only way to go! I like the longer extended stems which makes it easier to air up the tire.
djgarcia 10/18/14 06:12pm Travel Trailers
RE: Another beginner question

I finally was able to open the awning on our TT after fixing everything else wrong with it. Can someone tell me what the black plastic parts are for? I circled one to help you see what I'm talking about. That clip swings out. The other clip has a screw knob but I can't guess what it's for. http://i.imgur.com/Iif9kY3l.jpg http://i.imgur.com/9Mnp9GUl.jpg http://i.imgur.com/SOhxx2Al.jpg After you close/roll up your awning, the little black handle like device is moved so that you can use the wheel to tighten up the awning to prevent the awing from opening up as you are driving down the road. Important to remember:)
djgarcia 10/17/14 01:23pm Travel Trailers
RE: Oregon Dunes-beach camping?

Hello all, I am planning a week long trip in early November. I am thinking Winchester Bay, Coos Bay or around Florence. I have never been there before but would like to camp in the dunes and ride our quads from camp. Can anyone give me information on which area might be better and where to stay? Thanks everyone. Winchester Bay has a nice large private full service RV Park but is a little pricey. Across the street is 2 county parks which adequate but not all sites are full hook ups but cheaper in price. I have seen RVers go right out to dunes areas and park their RVs there. These sites are about 1/2 mile down the road. I think you have to be self contained in the dunes areas. There is also RV parking in the boat harbor on black top areas but no hook ups but price is relatively lower than the private RV park. Personally I like the Private park even with the higher price because there are sites where you back your RV right next to the ocean.
djgarcia 10/17/14 12:47am Toy Haulers
RE: one year with a 40' fifth wheel and dually

I Our toy hauler weighs in around 15.5k so I was really surprised to see how well it towed behind the dually. We experience zero sway. What is most important to me is how well it handles in the mountains, particularly curvy downhill runs. It does great but we also have our first truck with an exhaust brake. I am now a firm believer in the benefits of exhaust brakes. Ok, so that's the good. The bad is. Fuel mileage sucks. We average 8.5mpg (lots of mountain driving) at an average speed of 55mph. We found that navigating such a big trailer around the campgrounds that we like to visit is a pain but after a year I've improved somewhat on backing up and driving through tight locations. I'm now thinking of installing several rear/side looking cameras to help in tight spots. I've also had to add a 6.0 trans cooler which means I now have two additional trans coolers. 1. 8.5 is not great but considering the size of your rig it is not a surprise:( 2. With regard to backing up your rig, I find that having a CB in my truck and my spotter also has a hand held CB so she can visually quide me and give me instant verbal directions.
djgarcia 10/15/14 07:42pm Toy Haulers
RE: upgrading tires

Buy the best tires you can get for your rig...Nobody ever ever said "I wish I would have spent less money and gotten the cheaper ones". What price does peace of mind cost?.. B.O. "words of wisdom from a wise and experienced RVer" Right On!! Thanks for the vote of confidence. I run Michelin XPS Ribs on mine. Yes they were expensive, but they hold the same air pressure for months, run cool and haven't given me any trouble in about 20,000 miles of running across the country. If my rig was heavier I would run Goodyear G-614s or step up to the 17.5 inch wheels and tires....You really do get what you pay for when you buy tires. I can't think of many things that would be worse than changing out a blown tire on the side of the road... B.O. Hello B.O., Ironically, I have the Good Year G614 Lt, G rated tires on my 5th. wheel and have had no tire problems going on 3 years:) When I looked at my new Heartland 5th wheel, it had Tow Masters tires. I told the dealer we had a deal IF he would change out the Tow Masters for Goodyear 614 G rated tires, we have a deal:) He said "no problem" The switched the tires at the Heartland factory before it was delivered:):)
djgarcia 10/14/14 10:25am Travel Trailers
RE: upgrading tires

Buy the best tires you can get for your rig...Nobody ever ever said "I wish I would have spent less money and gotten the cheaper ones". What price does peace of mind cost?.. B.O. "words of wisdom from a wise and experienced RVer" Right On!!
djgarcia 10/14/14 09:41am Travel Trailers
RE: upgrading tires

A better choice is to use an LT rated tire . The LT scale is about 15 % tougher than the ST scale . A perfect upgrade for your high dollar Arctic Fox is specifically : Goodyear Cargo G26 size 225 /70R15 load range D . It is placarded at 2540 # on the LT scale at 65 psi . It is made in Germany or France . It weighs about 33 # It fits every wheel that your current ST 225/75r15 load range C fits without modification . The G26 is widely available from Goodyear stores and Tire Rack . This is not to be confused a Marathon Radial ST tire . Speed rating is 106 mph , not 65 mph like your current ST tire . Consumer Reports just published their SUV tire ratings in the November issue . For the third year in a row no Maxxis tire scored above the LOWEST 25 % of the ratings . The Maxxis tire , made by Chang-Shin of Taiwan weighs about 30 # in a load range E , and is a 65 mph tire . Well said! X2
djgarcia 10/13/14 06:33pm Travel Trailers
RE: upgrading tires

A better choice is to use an LT rated tire . The LT scale is about 15 % tougher than the ST scale . A perfect upgrade for your high dollar Arctic Fox is specifically : Goodyear Cargo G26 size 225 /70R15 load range D . It is placarded at 2540 # on the LT scale at 65 psi . It is made in Germany or France . It weighs about 33 # It fits every wheel that your current ST 225/75r15 load range C fits without modification . The G26 is widely available from Goodyear stores and Tire Rack . This is not to be confused a Marathon Radial ST tire . Speed rating is 106 mph , not 65 mph like your current ST tire . Consumer Reports just published their SUV tire ratings in the November issue . For the third year in a row no Maxxis tire scored above the LOWEST 25 % of the ratings . The Maxxis tire , made by Chang-Shin of Taiwan weighs about 30 # in a load range E , and is a 65 mph tire . Well said! X2
djgarcia 10/13/14 06:32pm Travel Trailers
RE: upgrading tires

I used to have blow outs like crazy with the tires I had. I went to "E"s and no more blow outs. I am now a firm believer in over kill for tires. X2 RIGHT ON!!!!!!!!
djgarcia 10/13/14 06:09pm Travel Trailers
RE: upgrading tires

Hi, I'm buying new tires for the trailer, as 20,000 miles has done in the marathons. I plan on buying maxxis, but not sure on whether to buy load range E vs D. the Ds seem adequate, as that's 2580 per wheel I think, and the gvwr of the TT 10,000. What would be some good reasons to pay for the uprade? Rick With tires, I want as much safety and prevention as I can buy. Go with the "E" rated tires:) The difference in price from a D vs E rated tire is minimal in comparison when you consider: 1. damage to side of your RV if you have a blow out or tire separation. 2. Time and frustration on the roadside if you have to wait for the GS Road Side Service repair truck to come and change your tire. 3. All things being equal, the higher the rating on the tire, the greater the probability of trouble free RVing:) No tire is bullet proof:) 4. I use Good Year LT "G" rated tires on my 5th wheel @ 13K fully loaded.
djgarcia 10/13/14 06:08pm Travel Trailers
RE: Black tank question

We took our Jayco out for the first time this weekend. Had a great time and some first time stories to tell. We located the monitor that shows the level of waste in the black/grey/potable water tanks and the battery indicator. The black tank is showing 3 of 4 lights, meaning its 3/4 full. I looked via the toilet and it doesn't seem that full. I back washed into the black tank hoping to dislodge any blockage. The flow was fine and only moderate in 'black' evidence. We used hot water, poured down the toilet and good flush but the reading is still 3/4. I do not have a hose connection to the black tank, just the goose neck adapter that allows me to backwash the goose neck. (At least I couldn't find a hose connection. 2006 Jayco Jayflight 25RKS. Input appreciated. Tom in Gloucester, Va Tom, The black tank monitors on your rig or any other trailer do not accurately work or at best are almost 70% inaccurate:(:(. Reasons, 1. balck tank sensors are located on the inside of the tank and "debris" both human and toliet paper do not get completly clean every time you empty the tank. Back flushing every dump will help in getting most of the debris removed. Making sure the "gray" tanks are almost full as well as the black tank also helps. 2. Most folks don't put enough water in the toilet bowl after each usage. This frequently happens when you have guests visiting who do not RV. 3. After a few RV trips you will get a fairly accurate estimate of how many days the 2 of you can use the toilet before it is close to full. I have a 45gal black, 90gal. gray and 75gal. fresh. With 2 of us, the gray will last 7 to 10 days(being conservative), I have never filled the black before needing to empty the gray. 4. Before I pull the handle to empty the black, I always put approx. 5 gal. of water using the black flush then I pull the handle but I also let the back flush run until the black water is clear. You can also just put a couple of gallons of h20 in the toilet.
djgarcia 10/12/14 11:05am Travel Trailers
RE: Tire comments / experience / recommendations

I'm shopping for new tires for TV. I've had the Goodyear Wrangler AT Adventure tires recommended (by a tire salesman) so wondering if anyone has experience with these tires. I think the Wranglers might be a stronger tire than the Michelin. Thanks everyone! Terry I like and have only used the Goodyear LT tires. I have "G" rated for my trailer. Depending on the weight of your trailer, you might get by "E" rated tires. I also have the Good Sam Emergency Road Side Service plan with the tire replacement option.
djgarcia 10/09/14 01:02am Tow Vehicles
RE: Newbie looking for some advice/help

Look at the Lance TT. Good variety of floor plan designs, good quality and light.
djgarcia 10/07/14 09:58pm Travel Trailers
RE: Chains?

Our plan fulltiming is never be anywhere snow is. RIGHT ON STICKDOG!!!:):) When I bought my new Dodge truck, I bought the optional feature that shuts down the engine whenever it gets within 5 miles of any snow. The engine will only work if the truck is turned around and driven in the opposite direction:):):):)
djgarcia 10/04/14 03:42pm Towing
RE: Should where and how far we drive be a factor?

I've been on the hunt for the smallest bunk house with separate "parents" bed and dinette for a while and came across the Clipper 17BH, but I've noticed the wheels/tires on these smaller units aren't that substantial. Our usual trip will be 1000+km to get to where we're going with mountains involved. And of course we need to get home again. Should this be a factor into the trailers we are looking for? If you've seen my previous post about a TV, I've moved away from the Jeep and am now looking at Seqoia's, Tundras, Rams and F-150 - so am now a little more flexible on trailer weight and size, but still would like to stay under 26'. Thanks. Take a look at the Lance trailers. A good variety of trailers from 19' to 28'. Well built and thought out designs. If I remember the brochure price listings, they were all under $30K and some in the mid $20k.
djgarcia 10/03/14 07:29am Travel Trailers
RE: Stabilizer jacks

Any cordless drill will work. I use a Dewalt 18V. That's exactly what I use also. Although an impact wrench would get the job done, I would not use it in this case. No need for the hammering effect which would create more wear and tear on the screws and linkages. Your fellow RV neighbors would not appreciate the noise of the impact drill at 7:00 am :):)
djgarcia 09/29/14 01:51pm Travel Trailers
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