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RE: tire pressure and blowouts

In the winter, driving semi, I go from maybe -20 in ND, to 80 in Florida. I make sure my tires are where they should be at -20, and LEAVE them alone! I do not worry about the increase in FL. However, if I was to STAY in FL for a few weeks or more, then I would readjust IF I was going to be driving around.
mpierce 05/31/16 05:33am General RVing Issues
RE: seatbelt laws and children seats

The last time I looked into this, the "general law" was: Children MUST be seat-belted - no exceptions. Child seats and boosters are applicable as required in cars. Adults must be seat-belted if the seats have seat belts. Meaning, if the dinette seats do not have belts installed, then adults can sit there without seat belts. The cab seats MUST have seat-belts, the rest of the coach is optional. Another thing to remember is that even if the seat has a seat belt installed, it doesn't mean it is a properly functional seat belt. Many folks added their own seat belts, but just screwed them into the seat base (versus bolting them to the frame). Yes, but...... I do not know particulars, and it varies from state to state, but most of the time, a vehicle is legal, IF it is the way it came from the factory. ie, Grandfathered. Seat belts are NOT required in that 1934 Ford. IF your Motorhome was manufactured WITHOUT any seatbelts in the "house", then, passengers are NOT required to wear what is NOT there. My 1990 Bluebird only has lap belts on the two seats in the "cab". None in the house. Was told by Highway Patrol that passengers in the back are not required to wear what was not installed at the factory, and was legal at time of Mfg. This may vary by state.
mpierce 05/31/16 05:26am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Why do people spell Cummins with a "ings" ?

People said "Cummings" LONG before spell checkers ever came into existance.
mpierce 05/27/16 04:47am General RVing Issues
RE: Removing family motor coach association plaque

If it has been on for several years, there WILL be a difference in the paint. Either leave it on, and ignore, or figure out another to put over the spot.
mpierce 05/22/16 06:35am General RVing Issues
RE: Serious rust under carriage to point of full removal - HELP

There can be a lot of rust present, without structurally damaging a lot. But, it could be that bad. A friend had to junk a Kenworth because of frame rust. Go to another shop that does frame stuff. Do NOT tell them what the first shop said. Just say you want it checked out.
mpierce 05/22/16 06:31am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Prevost engine swap possible?

Love the 8V92 in our 1990 Bluebird. 475 hp, goes right down the road. Buy the two stroke, love it!
mpierce 05/21/16 04:13pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Would selling this trailer be irresponsible?

Yes, that is pretty hilarious. Please explain. I don't find potentially endangering someone funny, nor the lack of morals on here particularly amusing. Or the hypocrisy for that matter. Call it what you will but I give the OP much more respect for ensuring what he does is safe and ethical. This group is becoming a very sad lot. So, those who say tell the buyers they are pushing the weight limit, and there are potential problems, and then allow the buyer to take personal responsibility on the decision to use or not, now "have no morals"? Wow. Have you NEVER used an item differently than its intended use? Did the seller of such item have no morals? I am of the Libertarian mode. I buy what I want. I make the decision on how to use it. I take responsibility for its use. I have no morals, I guess.
mpierce 05/12/16 06:31am General RVing Issues
RE: Tag Axle Tires.

Thanks again for the replies and they have been very helpful in clarifying my thoughts. I really like the thoughts of moving my steer tires to the tag position but I'm not going to use the tag tire in the steer position....I feel the sidewalls are way to stiff. When I get to OR next month I will consult with the local Les Schwab dealer regarding what tires and pressures to run on the tag longer term. As to why lower the tag axle loading: I do that to balance the fore and aft axle wts. By dropping the tag air pressure it transfers wt from the front axle back to the drive and tag axles. This has a lot of long term benefits especially if the front axle is close to or over the wt limits. This is the purpose for which tag axles are installed. In my case I'm currently running ~12,000 lbs on the front and would like to drop that to about 11,500 or so. Naturally one does not want to go overboard so there is some trial and error involved. Partially correct. Dropping tag pressure will lower front wt. But, you say it adds wt. to the drive AND tag. Incorrect. Taking pressure out of the tag air bags will also LOWER the wt. the tag is carrying. ALL the added wt from the front and the tag goes on the drives. Be aware too, that by lowering the wt the tag is carrying, you are much more likely to lock up just the tag tires in a quick stop, flat spotting them.
mpierce 05/11/16 06:50pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Tag Axle Tires.

WHY are you going to lower the pressure to the tags, reducing the weight they are carrying? Let it carry the weight. Also, as stated, there is a lower limit to air pressure, because they do need a minimum pressure to prevent them from rolling off the bead in a tight turn.
mpierce 05/11/16 04:21am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Air brake alarm at stop sign

Thank you. Will definitely check the loose flair nut. Maybe, but I think much better odds that you have a leak in an application hose to one, or more, or the brake chambers. Either way, you need to be able to get under safely and blocked. Then, with full pressure, turn engine off, release the parking brake, and have one hold the brake pedal down with another underneath looking for air leaks. There has to be at least one, or more.
mpierce 05/10/16 04:23am Class A Motorhomes
RE: "The Long, Long Trailer" Score!

Have watched several times, got it years ago when we got our first trailer, a 26' twin bed Airstream. But, it is VHS, and I no longer have a VHS hookup! LOL
mpierce 05/08/16 05:49am General RVing Issues
RE: Balance rear tires on class A?

I run centramatics on my trucks. I also tell the tire shop that I will only accept tires that are 6 oz or less off after mounting. Really improves tire wear.
mpierce 05/05/16 04:13pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Two found dead in RV at talladega

I am GUESSING Carbon Monoxide.
mpierce 05/05/16 06:09am General RVing Issues
RE: Super single rear wheels

Biggest advantage is weight savings. Then, they save a little tiny bit of fuel, maybe a tenth of a mile per gallon. Both of those reasons are very small considerations in the RV world, considering the great conversion cost of new wheels and tires. If you drive over 100,000 per year, you might want to consider them. From my experience in trucking I've never been able to come close to getting 100,000 miles on any truck tire! MH maybe the exception because there so light in weight and a highway tread? Man, what do you do?? I own over the road Pete. I get 250,000 to 300,000 plus on steers, and between 200 and 300,000 on drives. OEM steers I came up just short of 400,000!
mpierce 05/05/16 06:07am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Super single rear wheels

Biggest advantage is weight savings. Then, they save a little tiny bit of fuel, maybe a tenth of a mile per gallon. Both of those reasons are very small considerations in the RV world, considering the great conversion cost of new wheels and tires. If you drive over 100,000 per year, you might want to consider them.
mpierce 05/04/16 10:53pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: windows open in the wind?

Ever see a semi pulling a flatbed trailer, loaded with plastic pipe going down the road, where the pipe is up above the sleeper height? If you notice, most of the time they will have the top of that tarped on the front, to keep the air from going into the open ends of the pipe. That air, going down the pipes, create a greater drag, than tarping it, and preventing the air from entering. I cannot explain WHY, but it is true. Therefore, I believe opening the windows will have the same effect. It will actually make the problem slightly worse. I think it has to do with the fact that you are disrupting the air flow, and thus creating more drag. Either way, I doubt that it would make enough difference to tell.
mpierce 05/03/16 06:47am Class A Motorhomes
RE: The RV Life and the environment

Carbon dioxide IMPROVES plant growth. The more CO2, the faster plants grow. The faster plants grow, the more oxygen they release, as they convert CO2 to O. Pretty much self regulating. I bought a 25 yr old MH. Dont think the energy used to build it counts, as, it was used, even if the MH just sat in a junk yard.
mpierce 04/29/16 06:39am General RVing Issues
RE: What to buy in a 40'-45' with tag ?

You really ought to look at a Prevost conversion. For the money you would spend for a Dutch Star, you could get a 2002-2005 Prevost conversion, and the ride and quality in workmanship will be in another league altogether. Same thing with a Bluebird in those years. Top quality. MUCH higher end than the sticks of the SOBs.
mpierce 04/29/16 06:33am Class A Motorhomes
RE: A successful trip in an old Class A

Glad your trip went well. "Old" is in perspective. Ours also is a 1990. Still not "old", but getting there. I figure RV needs to be 25 years old, or older, to be "old".
mpierce 04/25/16 05:23am Class A Motorhomes
RE: closed Wal-Mart neighborhood markets

Just pay attention to posted signs......could be getting that rap-tap and told to move on. Yep and just bad practice to not seek permission first. After all, it's still private property. Where would you go to ask permission, the store is closed? Nobody there.
mpierce 04/17/16 05:53am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
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