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RE: Does RV size matter?

Depends on your personal needs. We started full timing in a '91 Beaver Contessa (37') with no slides and a 250hp Cat. Before we retired it served us well as a weekender and occasional vacation accommodation. But a funny thing happened to it when we started living in it full time: it started getting narrower and narrower and didn't want to go up the hills when we came out west. Going down long steep grades was just too much of a thrill for me. Two years in, we bought the present coach: 2006 Beaver Patriot Thunder, 4 slides, 525 hp Cat, Jake brake. Oh yeah, washer and dryer on board (no sitting in laundromats for 1/2 a day once a week). The workmanship was not as nice as the '91 Beaver but it suites our needs quite nicely and we could afford it. YMMV In any case, that was just an example of how your needs may change. If you buy a new MH now, how do you know it will fulfill your needs when you go full timing and your needs change. In the mean time, jump into your MH and head down the road. "Boldly go where no man has gone before. Live long and prosper"
thgoodman 03/20/16 02:59pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Goodyear Tires?

So far, nobody has addressed my previous comment "some brands mold a "decoupling groove" into the edge of the tires which prevents the rivering." Does anybody have knowledge or experience on that?
thgoodman 03/14/16 08:19am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Goodyear Tires?

My last 2 rigs had BadYear tires on them when purchased. The developed the known BadYear edge wear. No help from BadYear, never again. Love your name for these tires. I had them on my Beaver when I bought it. The steer tire rivering problem quickly developed and Goodyear denied any blame. Said it must be my alignment. Truck alignment shop did all 3 axles and said the front was within spec but adjusted it closer to nominal. Upshot: I'll never have Goodyears on any vehicle I ever own again even if they are giving them away. Not beacuse the tires developed a rivering ware problem but because Goodyear blew me off even though it's known problem. I've been reading this web site for many years and to be fare with Goodyear, other posters on here report other brands do develop rivering wear as well, some don't. What I have also read is that some brands mold a "decoupling groove" into the edge of the tires which prevents the rivering. I've not been able to find anybody who can confirm this or if the additional groove really works. I talked to a tire shop that does regrooving and the service manager there said he has never heard of a decoupling groove. Any thoughts?
thgoodman 03/03/16 12:49pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Question re: steer tires

I've always thought that any tire that does not have cross treads can be used as a steer tire. Interesting question. Hope you share the results of your investigation with us.
thgoodman 10/06/15 11:17am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Is 330 HP enough for a 37-40' DP

I had a 37' Beaver with a 250 HP Cat. Towed a gokart race trailer with it. It served me well for 10 years when I was on the East coast. I moved West when I retired and found I was most unhappy with it in the Rockies. It made it up all the hills OK but going down the other side without a jake brake was pretty scary. I now have a 45' Beaver with a 525HP Cat w/ a jake and things are fine. As Tim the Toolman Says, "You can't have too much power. woff, woff"
thgoodman 10/01/15 11:54am Class A Motorhomes
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