I understand you have problems. And it is really sad that your dealer/manufacturer are not standing behind the problems. Maybe instead of making a lot of the same posts that you should just add to your original post with updates. BTW, this may sound rude, but have you considered hiring a lawyer to help you navigate this situation. Making a lot of nasty posts disparaging the manufacturer does little to help the situation. Instead, I think you need to call the manufacturer, politely ask to talk to the top dog and calmly explain the situation to him, including dates, times, who you previously talked to, the list and nature of the problems that have you parked and ask what he will do about it. IF you then get runaround then calmly tell them that you have no recourse except to file a complaint with your states attorney general and then hire a lawyer to file suit to get your money back. Depending on what state you live in there may or may not be a lemon law giving you legal recourse.
.............And , I think you'd love to get the thread closed so take a powder and make yourself some popcorn and let the man have his say ! , jf
Made the decision to go LT....after tons of research I decided on Bridgestone Duravis R250. So now the tire size question...
I have a 28 foot 5th wheel with dual 4400 pound axles (trailer GAWR rating is 8800 pounds. Unloaded weight is about 7500 pounds and max loaded is about 10K pounds. Pin weight unloaded is 1350, I suspect about 1800 laoded. Trailer usually comes with 15 inch wheels, this one has the optional 16 inch rims. Currently has 235/80/R16.
Looking at replacing with Bridgestone Duravis R250 225/75/R16. Load Range Index 116 (2496 Pounds).
1) Do you think I am good to go with this load range/size? Seems to me they should work just fine given the weights I am working with.
2) Wally World now has them for $214 a piece with free shipping to store (pretty great price). Will not be using the trailer for the next 5 months. Should I wait till spring or go for the good price that Wally World has on them? Will being installed and sitting for 5 months affect life of tires?
..............I'd ask the seller to send tires no more than 6 months , OLD ! Unless you make your preferences known , they will send the oldest tires in their warehouse , FIFO , first in first out ! , jf
I'm sick of the rat race and have been thinking of selling everything and buying a used Class C and leaving.
I've done a lot of homework, but I'd like to know as a single guy in my late 40s could I make enough workamping to cover food, gas, and a little bit to take care of repairs, and such. It seems couples can make it work. But not much is said about singles.
Basically once I sell everything I'd have my camper, a trailer with my Harley, some tools, and a few things I'd want to keep. I'd probably have a little cash but not much as I've lost all of my savings in a business failure.
I'm highly educated, have lots of skill at fixing things, and such.
So if I do this I need to make sure that I can make enough to get by. Right now I just need to know what others KNOW not think!
..............First off , whatever motor home you purchase should be equipped with a diesel and Allison , because of fuel milage and performance in the rockies !
..............Second , if you initially start workcamping you WILL NEVER be compensated for your expertise by any park owner or manager ! You'll be lucky to receive any monetary compensation above the space rental value plus your electric . Basically , they want something for nothing and they will exploit your skills to the upmost value once they learn what skills and training you possess . Sustaining yourself by workcamping is , as you will soon discover , not the way to make a living while residing in an RV . Some newbies spend their first year figuring out the realties and then have enough sense to make the necessary midcourse corrections . Good luck with whatever course you pursue ! , jf
..............Your trip reports and pics are always a pleasure to view ! The facet that amazes me most , is that , you have (3)Aussies .....all without leashes , not running off , minding their manners and acting like very well trained kids . They are a credit to their owner and make great companions . , jf
Ok first off I DON'T WANT TO BE TOLD DIESEL IS BETTER!!
I do not drive TV enough to justify a diesel, My current TV is a 196 GMC K2500 Suburban and in the last 3 years I have put on 6,000 miles. I am thinking of upgrading to a 2001 GMC Yukon XL with a 8.1.
My old girl is getting tired and I am towing at the upper end of its capacity, The Yukon has a 12K towing capacity and 177,000 miles.
What things should I be on the lookout for?? There is some rust on rear door quarter panels but overall not bad.
.............I'd move up to a 2003 , my Chevy has all filters accessiable , esp. fuel filter on inside frame rail , takes 5 minutes to change . Oil cooler lines leak as well as tranny cooler lines so be sure and check those when evaluating a truck for purchase ! I've read some parts on 2001 are hard to find , and GM made various improvements in 2002 and 2003 and later years . , jf
Thanks everyone for your input. I was shocked when I couldn't see any visible damage to the roof and skylights. The trailer has been in the rain since the hail storm and has no leaks so far. However, I'll be calling the insurance company and have it inspected by an adjuster. Better safe than sorry.
...........Personally , I'd be standing on a ladder when the repair facility peels back the old roof , then I'd perform my own inspection , taking lots of detailed pics ! Are they going to replace the plywood as well ? The plywood will show water stains if it got wet ! If , you don't perform your own inspection , they'll just add a new rubber roof and close it UP !, jf
I have purchased a 2004 winnebago adventurer w allison 1000. The books have paper advertisement refering to trans synd fluids. The rv has 33,000 miles, 1 owner before me. Bought from a dealer. How do I tell if has dexron3 or trans synd. Work horse says use dex 3. Would a test kit for fluids work or is dex 3 in the 2004s.?
...........Trans Synd is THE OFFICIAL transmission fluid with the TES 295 certification developed specifically for Allison transmissions ! IT is the fluid used for commercial service in Allisons .
..........Dexron is specified By GMC in the Allison's in their diesel trucks ! You should never let a GM dealer service the Ally in your motor home because they will try and sell you.....Dexron.....! Always take your MH to a Commercial Truck dealer that sells and services Allisons , so , they will use Trans Synd fluid. NEVER......allow your Ally to be flushed , Unless you're going to have it Rebuilt ! Change the fluid and the RED , Allison spin on filter . , jf
I pull a 36ft. fiver. I was looking at a route that takes me from 70 over to US 287 south to Amarillo and over to Dallas. I guess I need to know if this route is friendly to 13 ft. high fivers etc. Thanks
.............You'll be on I25 all the way to Raton , Raton Pass has a fairly steep grade for several miles so make sure your braking systems are in good shape ! Once you get through Raton , you should have good highways all the way into Dallas . , jf
............looks like if the mfgers want to really come full circle on improving their engine technology......fuel injection and turbo charging to compensate for decreases in performance due to high altitude operation would be in order ! , jf
............Assuming you have 50 amp service , simply purchase one of those yellow , 50 amp to 30 amp adapter cords for your regular 50 amp power cord , plug it into the Champion genset , ..........the transfer switch doesn't know where the power is coming from and doesn't care ! As long as the champion is putting out power , the xfer switch will never switch over to the Onan Unless the Champion dies !!!!!!!! , jf
.............I've read through this thread from start to finish and cannot find where the 235\85R16 Saliun tire has a Steel matrix in the sidewall..........Both sizes of the 17.5's DO appear to have this feature just like the Michelins do ! , jf
............(2) questions on the 17.5 Sailun tires , (1)do they come with a steel matrix within the sidewall like Ribs do , and Sailun does not publish the weight of their tires on the specification sheet , so does anyone know the weight of their 17.5xxx tires ? , thanks , jf
I just installed 4 new Bridgestone R250 245 75R16E Duravis tires on a Cedar Creel Silverback (6K axles) with 2000 miles. I was hesitant about doing this since it was still pretty new, but when I compared the take offs to the Duravis 250 Ribs side by side there was no comparison. I could lift the old tires with one finger, and the sidewalls were thin and flimsy (mastertrack 235 80R16E). The Bridegestones weigh 58Lbs, and are buit like a tank, and are just like the Michelin Ribs but $70 a tire cheaper. Thanks to all the long tire threads for letting me see the light so to speak.
..........I doubt you have 6k axles , IF you did you'd have 8 studs on 6.5" spacing ! Your pic shows 6 studs which are.....5,200 lb. axles . Did the RV dealer tell you the trailer had 6k axles ? The salesman either lied to you or he is ignorant , either way you didn't receive what you paid for . Regardless , you made a very smart decision on tire choices . , jf
This is a solution that dougrainer posted last year for the problem of a broken pull handle. I hope I never have to do this, but here's the solution:
IF you have the standard 3 inch valve with the pull handle. The pull handle has BROKEN loose from the knife valve. NOTHING you do externally will open it. What you have to do is, connect your dump hose and install in sewer drain. On the opposite side of that pull rod on the valve body, you drill a 1/4 inch hole thru the plastic valve body and then insert a 1/4 inch rod (most phillip screwdrivers are 1/4 inch or sl;ifghtly smaller) and shove the internal plastic knife valve open. LEAVE that screwdriver IN or you will get a little sewage out that hole and have the 1/4 rod avaiable immediately after drill that hole to prevent excess waste from coming out that hole. Then replace the complete valve after flushing out the system. Doug
...........Thanks for your suggestion Fred ! That is very helpful . , jf
The most cost effective solution will be a septic pumping service, you will be able to save a bunch of money because you can take the rig to them, saving a trip charge. To pump out sewage you are going to need a trash pump, they are big, heavy and tend to leak. Most are gasoline engine driven. You can rent them very easily at most any rental company, but that will be on nasty job. Since the valves are working but apparently are becoming sticky, change them now. They cost about twenty five bucks, and are very easy to install. Not worth waiting until the current ones cause a big problem.
............Thank You , this is basically what I've been saying all along ! All I have to do now is figure out how to remove the steel panel that Travel Supreme installed in front of the plumbing and dump valves ! , jf
Have you been putting something in your tank to control orders? I had the sme problem and I'm looking for a cause.
Now what might help, loosen the 4 screws holding the valve in place. Loosen the two farthest from the valve stem first then try to open your valve. And you should probably get a hand valve for the end of your pipe. It goes on in place of the cap. Don't cost much. If you try that let me know the out come.
If that works with the screws still loose and the valve closed pour some vegetable oil in and let set some time. If the valve seems to loosen up repeat several more times. When the valve is working snug the 4 screws back up. Dont get down on them. Try again. You might be good to go.
.............I'm going to try the vege oil , I've just got to locate a source for a 5 gallon bucket ! My valves have a solid rod and a plastic handle to pullout and push back in . I still haven't figured out how to remove the metal panel that completely hides the valves and plumbing , but my dump valves are still working OK ! I need to determine a "FIX" before the black tank valve locks up . , jf
Most of the pumps that I have seen use the 3" pipe and macerate the contents down to a garden hose size.
Most of these pumps are $200-400 range.
.........Thanks , flojet makes several macerator pumps I just need to find the one with the most lift capacity ! , jf
Have you looked at the valve? The problem is frequently a broken or loose cable.
............It's not broken yet , I'm trying to prepare in case it does ! I figure I can purchase a suction pump for the same price it would cost me to pay someone to pump the tank out !
............Someone makes a pump where you can run an ordinary garden hose into the holding tank via the commode and suction out most of the contents.......I've seen them advertised ! thanks , jf