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RE: Air Bags deflated...are they salvageable?

I think unless you squat excessively I think 60 psi will be too much. As stated just inflate enough to remove the squat. Agreed. Try 30 first. Realize too, if you put 30# in when truck empty, the pressure will be higher as you add weight to the pickup. As the pickup lowers, it compresses the air bags, and pressure goes up.
mpierce 09/28/16 06:42am General RVing Issues
RE: Air Bags deflated...are they salvageable?

I first had a set up like this. But, if one unhooks the pickup, for more than a few miles, one should let air out of the bags. I run about 5 pounds when pickup unloaded. Otherwise, you have a VERY hard ride. But, then you need to refill the bags if hooking back up! So, I added a compressor and a gauge to the pickup, sure nice to adjust the pressure on the go! Easy Peasey!
mpierce 09/27/16 04:15am General RVing Issues
RE: Over Weight Axle, How Much Is To Much

As long as you have some room on the tire rating, and you do, I personally would not worry about what you are over. Quite often, the axle rating is based on the OEM tires, and you have upped them. Your $, your choice. Just be sure that your trailer brakes work well, as that is quite a load behind, with that much overhang behind the rear axle.
mpierce 09/27/16 04:11am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Connecting to propane tank on motorhome

Yes.
mpierce 09/26/16 08:25pm General RVing Issues
RE: DEF diesel engines

Oh I think most of that is hoopla complaining from the peanut gallery. If there weren't federal mandates, there probably wouldn't be any effort to clean up emissions by the manufacturers because there is no profit or glitter associated with it. We would still have crankcase blow down tubes dropping oil on the ground. If you ever want to remember what it used to be like, watch an old 60s movie and see the smoke coming out of the tailpipe as well as the drivers nostrils. I would never wish us to go back to that. I have a 1952 Cushman Eagle at home the puts out more pollution through that 1 cylinder aspirated engine than my Cummins, and that was normal. Maybe "hoopla" to you, but I know, by personal experience, of a number of independant truckers that went broke because their new trucks spent so much time in the shop, working on the emissions systems. Cleaner air is fine. It is good. But, the EPA forces the changes so fast, that technology cannot keep up, and the mfg's do not have enough time to work the kinks out. So, the poor buyers have to do it, in the shop.
mpierce 09/25/16 07:54pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: tag axle MH sagging... what to do?

Something definitely wrong there - they don't show any axle weight for the tag. Either somebody swapped your vin tag, or the manufacturer messed up (probably the latter). The front axle seems light at 6,000, but OK. The rear dually, OK at 10,000, but there is no way both the main drive axle and tag would be 10,000 together. Even if the tag was only rated for 6,000, that would put you at 22,000 GVWR. I bet the Chassis was made with only the drive axle, thus the tag without a tag axle listed. The Mfg. then added the tag axle during mfg of the MH.
mpierce 09/25/16 12:43pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: tag axle MH sagging... what to do?

The tag on the MH says 16,000lbs but i havent actually run it accross a scale yet. I would think you would have four weights listed on the tag. Front axle Drive axle Tag axle Gross weight I just cannot believe 16k for gross weight. Why would a tag be put on a rig that is only 16k at max? I would hazard a 28-32k gross weight, or even a little more. My '14 dodge dually pickup has a gross weight that high!
mpierce 09/25/16 09:58am Class A Motorhomes
RE: tag axle MH sagging... what to do?

It is a GAS rig. Still do not think a GAS 40' tag axle MH only weighs 16k.
mpierce 09/25/16 07:48am Class A Motorhomes
RE: tag axle MH sagging... what to do?

it may not actually be 8" of sag but its at least 4" for sure. This MH weighs about 16,500lbs so im gonna need to step it up to a semi truck air bag rather then the little helper ones. Huh? A 40', tag axle MH, that weighs 16,500#? I do NOT think so!
mpierce 09/25/16 05:05am Class A Motorhomes
RE: DEF diesel engines

az99: So true! The company I drive for, over the road, has had MANY newer trucks into the shop, for days at a time, trying to trace down emissions/DEF problems! Waaay more than normal engines. Eventually, they will get the problems sorted out, but by then, NEW controls will be called for, and the problems will start all over again!
mpierce 09/24/16 02:13pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: tag axle MH sagging... what to do?

Take it to a Heavy Duty Semi Truck Alignment place. Have them take a look. Maybe they cannot fix it, but I bet they will be able to tell you where the problem is. Something is very wrong!
mpierce 09/24/16 09:51am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Question about RDS gravity feed Aux Tank

If you are really worried, then park on a slope so that the fuel outlet is on the low side. Wait a couple of hours. Disconnect the hose from the fuel fill tube and place in a jug. Then open the valve and drain some out and inspect.If there is any moisture present, it will drain out first. Good post.
mpierce 09/20/16 05:52am Tech Issues
RE: rock put a hole in my new travel trailer..help

Patch then have a sheet metal shop fab a diamond plate rock guard for the front. Not cheap, but permanent. Get a fiberglass repair kit at any car parts dealer. Fix the hole, as smoothly as possible on the outside. Keep the water and bugs out. Then, follow the above. Get diamond plate rock guard,. of suffecient thickness.
mpierce 09/20/16 05:49am General RVing Issues
RE: How do you answer when a stranger asks about MPG?

Truthfully.
mpierce 09/20/16 05:42am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Class A Built for Two?

In our toyhauler, I liked the 1/2 bath in the back. BUT, we usually had a couple kids with us. This allowed them to use that bathroom, without disturbing us by the main bath. But, with the kids gone, I sure see no need for 1 1/2 baths for just the two of us!
mpierce 09/15/16 03:48pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Follow uip to California Speed limits

And now, The Federal Gov't is proposing NATIONWIDE slower speed limits for trucks, enforced electronically, so they CANNOT go faster. What a load of cr**. Split speed limits equal more accidents. Also, unintended consequence, is that by slowing down trucks, they will be LESS effecient, so MORE trucks will be needed on the highways, to haul the SAME amount of freight! Is that what you really want? MORE TRUCKS? I think the less traffic, of all kinds, the safer.
mpierce 09/09/16 05:08am General RVing Issues
RE: Cooking while driving???

I have left a full glass of juice on the counter one time, in a fifth wheel trailer. Put it by the door to get when I went out to drive, but forgot to grab it. 500 miles later we stopped, and went back in. Fist thing I saw was that glass, sitting in the same spot, not a drop spilled! Our Bluebird Motorhome now rides even smoother than the 5th wheel.
mpierce 09/09/16 05:03am General RVing Issues
RE: Follow uip to California Speed limits

Beat it to death all you want. Become "the point man" at something faster than everyone else, and you will get CHP attention. On heavily traveled freeways - CHP (usually) has lots better things to do - and prefers to keep traffic moving. ~ Drove semi there for years. Both above true. Go with the flow. Fit in. Do not pass. And, you will be fine. If you dart in and out, passing, going faster than everyone else, ticket time.
mpierce 09/08/16 06:11am General RVing Issues
RE: State weigh stations.

It will probably work. But, why? Surely there is a commercial scale somewhere near you, or in your travels. Any truck stop of size has a scale. There are commercial business scales around, that may or may not let you weigh. Pay $10, get a certified weight at a scale at a truck stop. Done.
mpierce 09/06/16 05:59am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Grey water dumping

So what do you do with the soap water that comes off of your hands when you wash them in the outside shower faucet? Or the tent camper who washed his dishes? Bill apples v. oranges volumes are much different. bumpy Maybe for you. We use no more water to wash in the MH, than we did when we tented. Years and years of saving water camping, the habit is ingrained! One pot of hot water does them all.
mpierce 08/26/16 05:01pm General RVing Issues
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