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RE: Highway 89 in Utah

As has been said 89 is a good paved road with no issues. If you are at Kodachrome SP as long as you go north to HWY 12 then west to 89 no problem at all. If you are thinking about going south out of Kodachrome SP down to 89 then yes that is a dirt road with a fair amount of washboard. It is a long haul on a slow road with a lot of washboard and a couple of really good steep grades. Part of that road is very pretty the second half or so not so much. I have taken a popup trailer up that road from 89 up towards the State park and made it fine but it was not the smartest thing I ever did. No way would I take a motorhome, travel trailer or fifth wheel. A class B would probably be ok However since you are going to Virgin there would be no good reason to go that way since it will take longer than the highway.
BarryG20 08/17/23 08:49am Roads and Routes
RE: Leaving COLORADO heading to Tennessee

At least parts of 76 are worse than 70. Though either one once you hit Kansas on 70 or Nebraska on 80 it gets better Which one has more bad parts I cant say never measured them just disappointed in both. Have to admit not sure I would add miles to take 76.
BarryG20 06/27/23 10:05am Roads and Routes
RE: Tires- LT or ST

Goodyear Endurance tires for $450 each? Wow that seems very excessive or they sure went up in price substantially in the last year or so. I paid well under half that for them in 235/80/16 size.
BarryG20 06/27/23 08:18am Travel Trailers
RE: towing advise please

I would say yes even without the dually as 10k should not be an issue for a 350/3500 SRW. I am a far cry from the weight police crowd but my personal opinion and only my personal opinion is 10k is too much for any half ton regardless of its tow rating or payload rating, that could approach twice the weight of the tow vehicle. 350/3500's additional weight, suspension, brakes etc will certainly help add to the stability and safety factor. I realize that some 1/2 tons have higher tow ratings than 10k but a travel trailer/fifth wheel especially 38 feet long is going to behave differently than a flatbed trailer loaded to the same weight with say concrete bags or whatever equipment unless you have built a big box around it. I know on my 3500lb equipment trailer loaded down with a 9000lb skid steer tows better than my fifth wheel (10k lbs) even though it weighs 20% more.
BarryG20 06/23/23 03:08pm Towing
RE: Ram fuel mileage

I do not have a Ram 2500 but a 3500. I am sure it weighs a bit more but no idea how much more. My 2022 3500 CTD, standard output with 68rfe trans, Crew Cab, Longhorn trim, 8ft bed around town for me is 16-18mpg depending on how much stop and go there is. Driving highway 65-70 it is around 19-20 have seen just over 21. Driving on the interstate at 80mph it is 18-19 mpg. The above is all above 6500 feet elevation and up to 10k elevation. Adding weight in the bed does not effect mileage much at least at steady state driving ie highway. Throwing an empty trailer into the mix almost regardless of trailer type ie 10' utility with standup wire mesh ramp (1200lb weight), 18' flat bed equipment with stand up ramps (4000lb empty weight) or 12' dump trailer (about 3000lbs) it drops down to about 15-17 on highway, throw on a 9000lb tracked skid steer and its 15 mpg at 65mpg. Throw the fifth wheel on and it drops to 12-13 sometimes below 12 but I have never seen below 11. That dang air resistance seems to come into play immediately but the fifth wheel really takes its toll aerodynamically speaking. The only one that surprises me is the small utility trailer. Every time I pull it is usually sporting a can am ATV at about 900lbs and get 15-16mpg not much better at all than the other ones empty at twice the weight and only a little bit better then when I am hauling the equipment trailer with the skid steer on it. And that combo weights more than my fifth wheel by 3000lbs (13k vs 10k). The truck has no issue pulling any of them at all. I never have a stressful drive or think the engine is working that hard. My only stress pulling any of my trailers is other drivers doing stupid stuff. It just chugs along like the weight is no problem for the engine.
BarryG20 06/21/23 02:54pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 12v rv freezer difficult to open,,,suction

The air cools and creates a vacuum. Some freezers do have an equalization valve to help prevent this some don't. You might be able to use your finger to lift the door gasket enough to break the seal and relieve the vacuum (as mentioned above a screwdriver would work but you may risk damaging the gasket with it). That wooshing sound could also be air leakage from the gasket not sealing very well sucking in warm air and then condensing and freezing the gasket to the freezer making it hard to open. As soon as you open it look for ice or even moisture along the gasket and opening. That might give you an idea of where the gasket is potentially bad. If there is an equalization valve it could be frozen, damaged or otherwise inoperable.
BarryG20 05/02/23 12:55pm Tech Issues
RE: B&W flatbed hitch RVK 3050

While I don't use their flatbed hitch I do use their gooseneck/turnover ball with their companion hitch. As previous poster stated tough to do better.
BarryG20 05/01/23 09:49am Fifth-Wheels
RE: road surface going through Denver?

Which Interstate? They have been working on I70 for a couple years now redoing the stretch from I25 to more or less I225. They are still working on it but the parts they have finished are decent, it really needed the work badly. It still has some areas that aren't the best. I470/e470 the one that circles the metro area is pretty decent as well(e470 is toll and is really pretty good). I225 is mostly good. The short stretch of I270 leaves a lot to be desired as does I76. I25 just depends on where you are at but for the most part north of town not bad, in town say from I70 south to Colfax some spots not so great south of there relatively decent
BarryG20 04/19/23 12:53pm Roads and Routes
RE: Guanella Pass from Georgetown CO

I don’t recall there being a length limit. I seem to recall there being sign about trailers not being a good idea though It has been a while since I have been there but I don’t think you will have any real issues with your length
BarryG20 03/11/23 08:16pm Roads and Routes
RE: Need tire inflation by weight for Sunitomo 719 tire

Well I may be reading to much into it but yes I think the table applies to your tires. Why would they provide a load inflation table and have a specific set of tires listed and the load inflation table not be for them. It appears on the second chart that all the tires in that chart are for their "S" series of tires(I have no idea if Sumitomo has other lines of tires that are not part of their "S" series) Many of the load inflation tables I have seen encompass multiple tires. I have seen them broken out by specific type tires, or under specific categories ie rv tires, or truck and bus tires before or just by size for their entire line. The Tire and Rim Association I think and I may be wrong has set standards that size and load rating and psi requirements for that are standard across all tires regardless of brand. Load range A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H in a specific size should have the same load inflation pressures. I mean what good would the rating be if a load range E tire didn't mean the same thing across different tires in the same load range and in the same size. Are there exceptions probably there seems to be in everything else but they certainly aren't going to be way different. Remember the tables are a starting point. I would not go under the recommended inflation for a given weight but you can certainly go higher as you may find handling, wear and or performance is better on a specific vehicle at a higher pressure than stated due to specific characteristics of that vehicle. A perfect example would be the highly likely situation where an rv is not really properly balanced from one side to the other. Yes you get an axle weigh of say 7000lbs so you divide by two to get 3500lbs a tire. That works as long as the axle weight is evenly split between the two tires but it is not that uncommon for an rv to have one side heavier than the other. In which case it could be enough to increase the inflation pressure on both tires to cover the lopsided weight. Sorry, getting longwinded bottom line is I would have no issue whatsoever in using that load inflation table for your tires based on what I read in that link.
BarryG20 02/02/23 09:36am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Need tire inflation by weight for Sunitomo 719 tire

I must be missing something. Some one posted a load inflation table from Sumitomo tires The link is talking about their S tires and in the chart below the load inflation table it has the 719's specifically in that chart. Why would you think that the load inflation table does not apply to them? It also states in the linked "book" as they called it under the section titled Proper Tire Inflation "Consult the air pressure guidelines in this book, or refer to the tire sidewall or pressure charts from the Tire and Rim Association. When speeds are constantly above 70 m.p.h., it is recommended to use maximum air pressure for good wear and performance." Again perhaps I am missing something and very well may be, but it looks clear to me
BarryG20 02/01/23 03:21pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 1" to 3/8" thread adapter?

While I have not looked what about using two fittings reduce to one size then another one to reduce again. What you have is a pretty substantial reduction/increase depending on which way you are looking at it. Option B go to a machine shop and have them make one for you.
BarryG20 01/26/23 01:09pm Tech Issues
RE: Shopping new tires - is my shop confused or am I?

Well I would say 3000lbs for that size in E load is a bit short should be more like 3680. And in fact the Michelin Defender m/s tire in that size is 3680lbs @ 80psi with a speed rating of R (106 mph). I would suspect that if you looked up your oem tires you would find the same perhaps different speed rating You are not confused he is and if you hadn't used them in the past I would be moving along to the next salesperson or tire store. I personally am not sure I could hold a straight face or not make some sort of snarky comment while walking out the door based on his comments about rubber quality vs load rating. Both are important but doesn't matter how high of quality the rubber is if it cant handle the load. I am looking at new tires as well and was also surprised at the cost, they have certainly gone up since my last set about 2 years ago. My tire needs are probably different than yours but looking at some Goodyear Wrangler Duratracs same size and load range are in that range. However at Tire rack those duratracs are 338ea those michelins I looked up are 281ea. so I would say it may be worth your while to shop around and or at the least find a more competent salesperson.
BarryG20 10/13/22 04:16pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Is Playa del Carmen and Majahual safe

The bus from Cancun to Playa is no issue. I have never been to Manahaul so I cant speak specifically to that bus or location. I can say however that at least on the buses (the local collectivo's) I have taken there you best know where you need to get off. If no one speaks up or if no one is at the bus stop waiting to get on they don't stop. They don't really announce what the stop is or that you are coming up to a stop for "x" location. Again that is my experience on the "collectivo" in and around Playa heading north towards Cancun or heading south to Tulum etc. If it is more like a greyhound bus it may be different. In that area my only fear has been getting lost, wrong stop etc and not knowing the language well enough to be able to effectively communicate my dilemma, which is entirely on me.
BarryG20 10/11/22 08:46am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Owl Creek pass

It is an awesome area. Heading in from the north side (hwy 50).is much more forgiving than the southern/ western approach from 550. As previous poster mentioned rain can make the approach from the sw a chore been there done that several times we used to go up there quite a bit. The res is pretty low last time I was up there.
BarryG20 09/29/22 08:25pm Roads and Routes
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