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RE: Length of trailer

afidel, did you ever hear of pulling doubles, such as an RV trailer with a boat hooked behind it? Wouldn't you think in that case a Highway Patrolman would be concerned with the length of the RV as a part of the total length of your rig, as you may very well be exceeding the overall rig limit ????
parkmanaa 06/12/17 03:55pm Travel Trailers
RE: Best 245/75 R16 truck tires

Sorry to be so late in responding to the question as to whether I have run Michelins more than 7 years. Honestly, I don't remember; probably not, since I seem to always run vehicles around 15,000 miles per year, and that would be over 100,000 miles. To tell you the truth, and I have stated it on this forum many times, I think the age thing is terribly blown out of proportion. I was in the tire industry for 40 years, done many, many "scrap tire analysis", and will tell you a very, very minor percentage of failures is age-related. I firmly believe this age thing is nothing but a sale gimmick promoted by tire MARKETERS, not MANUFACTURERS. In fact, would like for the person who posted on this forum to give me his source of information wherein he said Michelin states replace after 7 years ???? Have always maintained my tires well; proper air pressure, alignment checked periodically,etc., and just don't pay any attention to the age, just check them closely every once in awhile. If you aren't experienced with the technical side of tires, I would suggest you have a good, reliable dealer check them about once a year after the 5th year of life. "In the tire industry 40 years; seen it all and done most of it"
parkmanaa 06/12/17 03:51pm Tow Vehicles
RE: How to repair delamination

I knew an old gentleman couple of years ago who had one spot of fiberglass delamination in his motorhome. Don't know exactly which epoxy he used but know it was very thin, for he took a small-needle syringe, drilled a tiny hole in the middle of the bad area, and injected epoxy into the hole. It happened to be near enough window he could get a large C-clamp on both sides, so he clamped the area as tight as he could; never a problem since, and the area flattened out where you don't see it at all. His problem was strictly localized, the delaminated area approx. 12 in. dia.
parkmanaa 05/22/17 11:57am Travel Trailers
RE: Best 245/75 R16 truck tires

Been running Michelins on everything for 40+ years and NEVER a failure of ANY KIND. I will stay with my Michelins, thank you.
parkmanaa 05/22/17 11:50am Tow Vehicles
RE: Length of trailer

Everyone seems to have his/her opinion on this, but the LEGAL measurement of a RV is TIP-TO-TIP (it's shadow at high noon). Ask a friendly highway patrolman sometime.
parkmanaa 05/22/17 11:43am Travel Trailers
RE: Coleman Mach 3 AC replacement

Replacing rooftop A/C units is one of the most overrated (consequently the costliest) functions RV repairman do, considering the time it takes. I'm not a RV repairman but have replaced a couple of my own, and helped others do their's. Very simple; 4 bolts connect top to bottom; 1 electrical plug to join top and bottom; that's it. It may be worth it to pay another $65. or so and replace the lower panel. Regarding getting old one down and new one up; a new Mach III weighs 110 lbs. I'm lucky, having a Kubota with front loader makes that job a snap. However, I have used a long extension ladder, set bottom far as I can from the RV, and gradually slide the new one up the ladder (of course no problem getting old one down................) Main area of concern, is making sure the flange around the hole in top of you RV is very, very clean. Then just follow the directions given for mounting the foam rubber gasket, and by all means do not over-tighten it. To make the RV owner feel he is getting his money's worth, a RV Tech. might fool around and take an hour +, but if he is any good he can replace upper/lower in 30 to 45 minutes. Once you replace a unit you will wonder why RV techs charge so much. Good luck; DIY and save a bundle ! ! !
parkmanaa 05/22/17 11:38am Tech Issues
RE: Tires - Manufacturer's Date

IMHO Bob Nester's comments nailed it. The "aging factor" came in at about the same time as all other "out of date" B.S., i.e., milk, cereal, lunch meat, etc., etc., etc. IT IS A MARKETING GIMMICK, PURE AND SIMPLE. A lot of this started in the late '60s and early '70s, when every Sat. morning kids show commercials were filled with brainwashing on checking the expiration date and don't eat it one day later ! ! ! In our area now a mattress chain is stating "replace your mattress after 8 years" Gimme a break. For the gospel on tires, visit the tire manufacturers' websites. Some, Michelin, Goodyear, Bridgestone, and others have excellent information on tires, including the aging factor. You have to admit though, it sells a lot more product (and causes us to scrap a lot of perfectly good products.) "In the tire industry 40 years; seen it all and done most of it"
parkmanaa 05/17/17 11:55am General RVing Issues
RE: Tires aged out

IMHO the "bubble" had nothing to do with the tires being 6 years old. This is typically caused by a hard impact to the shoulder area in that exact spot. The impact causes a very small rupture in the tubeless liner inside, which allows inside pressure to form the bubble you see. If maintained properly, 6 year-old tires are certainly NOT ready for the scrap pile, again IMHO (nor do any tire MANUFACTURER I know recommend it) "In the tire industry 40 years; seen it all and done most of it"
parkmanaa 05/17/17 11:45am General RVing Issues
RE: new air conditioner or repair 10 year old unit

I would replace it. I live just outside of Houston, and here we have one of the largest, and least expensive, RV parts houses in the country. PPL RV Parts. Bought a ducted 13,500 upper and lower unit from them last month for, after taxes, just under $600. I believe they ship anywhere in the country for a very reasonable rate. Installing a rooftop is remarkably easy, biggest job is getting old one to ground and new one to roof. I'm lucky there, we have a tractor with front-end loader that handles it quite easily. I have seen 2 men take a unit up ladders and didn't seem too bad. Hooking up is no challenge even for an amateur. I personally would not spend several hundred dollars with a A/C tech when I can get the whole package for around $600.
parkmanaa 03/16/17 11:23am Tech Issues
RE: Tires: 245/70R/19.5

i am into my 3rd set of 24570R19.5 LRF Michelins on my old 1997 Itasca. Couldn't be happier. Pay a little more but get a LOT more quality, IMHO.
parkmanaa 03/12/17 09:19am Class A Motorhomes
RE: 50 amp female to 30 amp male shore power cord question

Guess I am too self-centered. We use our Class A (50 amp) MH for guests, sometimes for up to a week. Would not want to try to explain each time how they need to manager the power. I'll get my nose out of it now......................
parkmanaa 10/04/16 12:08pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 50 amp female to 30 amp male shore power cord question

Is it not possible to run a second 120v line (different phase), from your service panel to that 30 amp receptacle on your pole barn, then install a regular 50-amp receptacle? I predict you will not be happy in the long run "managing" 30 amps for a 50-amp MH. Also I predict you will get tired of changing that 30 amp breaker due to it becoming weak from frequent tripping. On contrare 30 amps is plenty much unless your living in it in summer while trying to run two roof AC units and other stuff to boot so no you don't need 50 unless(like I said) If you are so happy with 30-amp service to a 50-amp unit, why have 50 amps at all? Guess I am too 'do-it-myselfer'. Unless that pole barn is a long, long way from my service panel I would change it to 50-amp if I had to run new wiring and conduit.
parkmanaa 10/02/16 02:33pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 50 amp female to 30 amp male shore power cord question

Is it not possible to run a second 120v line (different phase), from your service panel to that 30 amp receptacle on your pole barn, then install a regular 50-amp receptacle? I predict you will not be happy in the long run "managing" 30 amps for a 50-amp MH. Also I predict you will get tired of changing that 30 amp breaker due to it becoming weak from frequent tripping.
parkmanaa 09/30/16 11:31am Class A Motorhomes
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