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RE: tire age

Careful BIRD FREAK and KAYTEG1, you are proving my point. IMHO many people have been taken in by tire marketers (not manufacturers) warning about scrapping perfectly good tires at a very early age; 5 or 6 years. As I have stated repeatedly, in my 40 years in the tire industry a very low percentage of failures I saw was attributed to age, yet it is automatically blamed by so many people who don't have a clue, except what the marketers have pounded into their heads. My continued advice: Go to the tire MANUFACTURER'S website and follow their recommendations on tire care, including age of replacement. Don't follow some marketers veiled threat about how they will automatically blow out at 5 or 6 years.
parkmanaa 08/25/15 06:44am Class A Motorhomes
RE: tire age

I disagree, 'EXECUTIVE". A qualified tire technician will know where and what to look for with the tire inflated and jacked up so a 360 degree check can be made. Mostly you are looking for cuts or belt separations. Cuts are obvious, belt separations will begin showing up in the tread grooves nearest the shoulders. I suppose in a very, very minor number of cases you may discover a problem inside, but in my many years I found most cases signs of problems with radials will transfer and make itself known on the outside, again if you know what you are really looking for.. '40 years in the tire industry; seen it all and done most of it"
parkmanaa 08/23/15 03:43pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Leaking Propane Connector Valve

Threads on the inside? Go to a propane dealer or good hardware store, get a plug, Teflon tape it, and screw it in tight. That way if you decide later you have use for it, you simply remove the plug.
parkmanaa 08/23/15 03:35pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Michelin XPS Rib tires for Class B, does it work well?

Michelin makes a super, consistent quality product, IMHO. Have used them since early '60s and NEVER had a failure. Of course, I do maintain my tires probably better than most. Also IMHO of the extensive list of tires Michelin makes, the all=steel XPS is the cream of the crop. You NEVER hear anything derogatory about the XPS. I don't think you will have a problem with the ride.
parkmanaa 08/23/15 09:03am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: tire age

I am constantly amazed at how many people immediately place responsibility for a blowout on age. What about underinflation/overoad, pinch shock that happened a few hundred miles ago but just now decided to let go, etc., etc. In my many years I have done hundreds of "s**** tire analysis", and can honestly tell you a vast majority of the blowouts were due to maintenance problems, and not age. If I was to name the primary cause it would be cheap radial tires. "40 years in the tire industry; seen it all and done most of it"
parkmanaa 08/20/15 11:28am Class A Motorhomes
RE: tire age

Obviously, if they are the original tires on that 1999 unit, they are in bad need of replacement. After you have determined the age, don't fall into that marketing gimmick of replacing at "5 or 6 years". If they are a major brand, go to that manufacturer's website and review their age recommendations. If they are not a major brand, go to Goodyear or Michelin's website and check their recommendation. You will probably find something to the effect "inspect thoroughly annually and replace at 10 years, regardless of visual condition." While at that major co. website suggest you check their pressure/load chart to determine, by axle, the pressure you should be carrying in your tires. Size & load range are all you need; brand doesn't matter. "40 years in the tire industry; seen it all and done most of it"
parkmanaa 08/20/15 08:36am Class A Motorhomes
RE: tire pressure

Your authority would be the pressure/load chart at the Goodyear website. They give carrying capacity of each AXLE, so it is simpler, and if you use the manufacturer's guide it is hard to go wrong. "40 years in the tire industry; seen it all and done most of it"
parkmanaa 08/20/15 08:28am Class A Motorhomes
RE: New tires

Old rig or newer rig, based on my 40 years in the tire industry and considering the dependabiity and longivity of the product, I only run Michelins on everything. They introduced the radial to the world in 1948 and have spend more money than any other tire company continuously improving the radial concept ever since. MY OPINION ! ! ! !
parkmanaa 08/17/15 06:45am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Class A in storage 5 years

Sorry about the tone of my responses, MSMITH. Didn't mean to offend anyone and I do appreciate all the constructive responses.' Thought I had given enough facts in my opening post, but apparently not: 1. This gentleman lives in the RV park which my wife & I have owned since 1997. 2. He bought this Itasca in March 1996, and moved into our park in mid-1997 when the MH was approx. 1 1/2 years old. He bought a park model which he has considered his home base ever since, so I have known him and this motorhome for the last 17 years or so. Also know his appreciation of proper maintenance, and running the engine weekly, he thought was doing it good. Occasionally one of his 2 sons who lives near us would bring out a couple of 5-gallon cans of diesel they would dump into the 40-gallon coach tank. We have an asphalt-paved storage area in the back section of our park; that's where he stored it. Thanks again for all the advice. The maintenance technician is coming by tomorrow to inspect it and give his comments. I expect to take the gentleman a check before this time tomorrow PM.
parkmanaa 08/14/15 07:09pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Class A in storage 5 years

MSMITH1199 Where did you get the idea he went to a storage yard?????? I didn't say it. He lives in a park model in an RV park; the MH is stored a couple of blocks away in the same RV park. Hope you know what they say about ASSumptions.
parkmanaa 08/14/15 01:37pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Class A in storage 5 years

MSMITH1199, ever hear of nostalgia? As my original post stated this old man had to give it up due to health/age. He is 85+; owned this MH since purchasing it new March 1996. He has called the same RV park home for most of his full-timing; coming back here to spend the winter. Made 2 trips to Alaska, and virtually every state in the continental 48. Giving it up now is a real problem for him, but with his 'kids' encouraging him, he knows the time has come. Yes, he 'visits' it very often, probably much more than once a week average. As far as running the diesel engine and condensation buildup, I guess we will see the effects, if any.
parkmanaa 08/14/15 12:43pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Class A in storage 5 years

Thanks much for all your input.
parkmanaa 08/13/15 03:54pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Class A in storage 5 years

Stored outside...inside? On blocks...on tires? Starting weekly may have been more detrimental than not. Many items need to be lubricated that can only been done by driving it. Any gas additive like Stabil used? Check interior (ceiling..around windows) for any sign of water stains indicating a leak of some sort. Step on every inch of the floor to check for softness. Be sure to sanitize the fresh water system. Good luck.. Ron I forgot to mention this unit has the 6.5L GM diesel engine. 66,000 miles Stored outside, tires on the ground. The old gentleman is a fanatic about starting it weekly and letting it run approx. 30 minutes. No diesel additive used. Have thoroughly checked inside and outside; everything is in good shape. Only concern really is the mechanical side.
parkmanaa 08/13/15 10:40am Class A Motorhomes
Class A in storage 5 years

Thinking of buying a 1996 Winnebago Itasca Sunrise that has been in storage 5 years. Engine started weekly, but coach not moved. I know the older gentleman selling it, who purchased it new, and know he maintained it extremely well until due to age/health situation he had to put it in storage. Question is, does anyone have thoughts on what could be the hazards of buying the MH due to it's sitting in 1 place 5 years? I plan to replace the 11-year old tires immediately, change all fluids, etc., and also plan to have it inspected by a mobile RV maintenance technician. Any other thoughts on it? Thanks for your help.
parkmanaa 08/13/15 09:32am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Hercules Tires

I personally take strong exception to the statement "is a good replacement for the Michelins". Would like to meet the sucker who made that statement. Have used and appreciated the Michelin quality too long to believe that.Hercules are made by Cooper tire. Sold many brands of tires when I was in the business, had more trouble with Michelin than with any other brand. I surely would not be calling anyone a sucker for purchasing Hercules over Michelins anytime. NEVER called anyone who purchased Hercules tires a sucker. Please re-read my post. Only thing I am saying is comparing a Chinese-made tire with THE highest consumer-rated tire in the world is quite a stretch. After 40 years in the tire industry I understand that all tires have a proper level and price. Many who wish to purchase the best settle for less because of the typically higher price of the best. Also recognize that lesser-rated tire may perform very well at the consumers' level of need. "40 years in the tire industry; seen it all and done most of it"
parkmanaa 08/12/15 10:55am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Great Escapes

For any of the RV camping programs I would closely check where their parks are located. You may find the only participating park in the area you want to visit is 50 miles away......can sure detract from the nightly savings.
parkmanaa 08/08/15 08:14am General RVing Issues
RE: Hercules Tires

I personally take strong exception to the statement "is a good replacement for the Michelins". Would like to meet the sucker who made that statement. Have used and appreciated the Michelin quality too long to believe that.
parkmanaa 08/08/15 08:09am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Using 50 amp with 30 amp adapter?

What you are actually doing when you use a 50 to 30 amp adapter is use only 1 of the 2 circuits provided for 50 amp service. You should be aware you now have 50 amps of power available in your RV. If you use your power the same as with regular 30 amp service you are OK. Some seem to think knowing you now have 50 amps available you will not worry about tripping a 30-amp breaker, and can place extra strain on your wiring. I have done it with no problems
parkmanaa 08/08/15 08:05am Tech Issues
RE: Park Power Pole Problems

Depends greatly on power distribution within the park after it leaves the transformer and runs thru the main service panel. It can mean one of the legs is not getting sufficient voltage from the transformer (electrical Co. problem); it could mean too many RVs on a marginally size wiring setup; also possible the park needs to attempt to "balance" their 30-amp panels by switching customers from the high circuit to the weaker circuit; and a few other possible situations causing it. If it were my park, as owner, I would put my meter to work and trace the low voltage from your pedestal all the way back to the main service panel, if necessary. If one leg is low coming off the transformer the power company should send out a service crew to check it out. If I were you I would use, or purchase, a multi-meter and check the voltage myself at the actual pedestal plug (both circuits). GFCI panels are great, but can be temperamental at times.
parkmanaa 08/02/15 08:55am Class A Motorhomes
RE: A/C Tripping breaker

How long has it been since you cleaned the coils on this old guy? Dirty coils cause high apreage draw which in turn causes breakers to heat up and trip. Cheapest place to start since you should be able to do this yourself.
parkmanaa 07/21/15 09:15pm Tech Issues
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