Some words of wisdom (I hope) from a truck driver with 35 years and about 3,000,000 miles of experience:
Actually check your engine every day before you start out and every evening when you stop. Just being acquainted with how it looks cold and hot can help you spot problems.
If a warning buzzer or light comes on, stop NOW. Get to the shoulder and turn off the engine immediately. Cummins had a problem with an oil filter housing about 10 years ago; when they came off, you had about 10 seconds to turn off the engine before it was ruined.
And for the person who was replacing their compressor and air dryer, another easy item to replace is your air governor. They all go bad eventually, and a replacement is less than $30.
The big problem isn't the tongue weight. It's the gross weight. I'd be surprised if that coach is rated for more than 4500 lbs, but I could be wrong. There should be a placard in the coach that will tell you all you need to know.
Several of us, including a former tire salesman, checked both sides of one of the tires. No date code. Yes, we know how to find them and read them. No, there isn't one.
He bought this vehicle in AZ, not too far from the border. We're thinking he got some brought across the border and not intended for the U.S. Is there anyplace on the tire we might be able to determine that?
A member of our hot rod club has just had a terrible trip due to blow outs. He has blown out 4 of the six tires on his vehicle, and changed the rest.
Here's the problem. The tires are Carlisles, and they have no date code. Yes, he checked when the first one went. The vehicle isn't five years old, so they shouldn't be much older than 5 years.
Now...there is a DOT code, but there isn't a date code on any of them. The tires were made in China.
Any tire experts have a clue what might be the deal with these tires?