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RE: Tire Tread on a TT

Can someone explain to me how an aggressive/knobby/offroad tread on a trailer tire has any significant benefit while towing. I've owned three 5th wheel rv trailers since the mid '80s but non ever went off road other than pulling into a construction work site at times. Having towed non rv trailers full time on paved highways what I've found from actual experience is a AT or MT with large lugs and voids used on a road trailer loose traction quick on dry and especially wet pavement during hard braking events. And like someone pointed out they wear fast....simply not a good tire tread for a working trailer. This type of work the trailer needs a long lasting tread type/good highway traction in all kinds of weather. Now a rv trailer used in off road conditions would require a tread with larger lugs and voids.
JIMNLIN 07/30/21 08:23am General RVing Issues
RE: Tow vehicle tire size not to spec

I'm looking to replace the tires on my tow vehicle (2010 Ford Expedition) and I was surprised to learn that my existing tires do NOT match the tires specs on the vehicle placard. I don't know when or why that happenend. Anyways... Placard specs are P255/70R18 Existing tires are P265/70R18 The wifes 2016 1500 chevy crew cab short bed 5.3 engine 6 speed tranny aluminum wheels came with P255/70-17" tires. After 42k miles it was time to replace them. The 255/70 size doesn't have a very big selection in the tread type/design I use. The P265/70-17 has a huge selection so went with the P265/70 size in the tread design I wanted. No difference in mpgs. No difference in towing performance pulling a 10k car hauler with various equipment on the deck. No difference in braking. No issues with matching wheel width vs tire tread width There simply isn't that big of a difference in a 255 vs a 265 tire to cause issues for my use. More than likely your previous owner found the same thing when his tire replacement time came.
JIMNLIN 07/30/21 07:48am Travel Trailers
RE: Looking for Recommendations on Floor Jacks

Would someone explain why they would not use a TrailerAid or stepped wood blocks??? Not sure how you get a shorty bottle jack under the axle with the tire flat causing the axle to hang low. I used my 12T shorty hyd bottle jack with tires on my various rv and non rv trailers with 14"/15"/16"/17.5"/19.5" tires with 1750 lb axles on up to 12000 lb axles...when I was on the road 24/7. Now if the trailer has drop axles then a shorty may not be a good idea. Several reasons someone wouldn't or couldn't use a trailer aid/ramps. Useless for a triaxle or single axle trailer. Useless in soft soils or mud. Guys like me that have used them but prefer some type of jack under the end of a axle. I'm sure others have their favorite methods of raising a tire off the ground...but it don't worry me how others do it. Just get'r done.
JIMNLIN 07/29/21 08:04pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Looking for Recommendations on Floor Jacks

Interesting theory. My 12t shorty hyd jack has non of your limitations you mention. And my trailers (rv and commercial) axles don't travel in a big enough arc to be any kind of a issue. This old jack is heavy and made all 1.2 million miles when I was towing for a living. It also been in three different 5th wheel rv trailers with countless thousands of miles for over 30 years. Guess we have differing experiences with hyd bottle jacks.
JIMNLIN 07/29/21 05:22am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Looking for Recommendations on Floor Jacks

truckers Special 12t shorty hyd bottle jack placed under the axle next to the U bolt. This lifts one end of the axle enough to remove the flat and install the spare. If you use the drive on blocks make a dry run at home. Some have found out the drive on ramp wasn't tall enough.
JIMNLIN 07/28/21 12:27pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Great Tow Capacity - Bad Payload Capacity... Increase PL?

Troll alert !!!
JIMNLIN 07/28/21 06:25am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ultimate payload monster?

For the most actual payload looks like a GM reg cab long bed 3500 DRW 6.6 diesel with those big 10500 rawr numbers are running in the 7500 lb in the bed payload. The same GM 3500 DRW with the 6.6 gazzer gets 7630 lb in the bed payload. These numbers come from GM weight calculator on their ordering guide website. Ford is close with 9900 rawr and Ram has 9720 rawr. I'd have no idea what the vehicle mfg payload stickers will say.
JIMNLIN 07/27/21 08:13pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tires and their pressures

Sounds like under pressure and/or over loaded tire issues. AS suggested drop by a set of CAT scales and get your trucks separate axle weights.
JIMNLIN 07/26/21 08:29pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Transitioning Class A to Super duty truck and Fifth Wheel

Generally folks come on the forum and tell us their trucks GVWR/GAWRs/gear ratio/which tranny/5.7 or 6.4 Hemi and the trailers GVWR/trailers CCC. Some folks like myself don't get a kick out of doing the all the searching and footwork and guessing about your trucks tow and haul capacities any more to give a good answer.
JIMNLIN 07/26/21 08:23pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Jacking up 5th wheel?

For just changing a flat tire on my rv trailers and other non rv trailers I use my old 12T Truckers Special shorty hyd jack under the axle next to the you bolt. The jack came with a axle tube cradle adapter. Just a few strokes and the tire is off the ground enough to remove the flat and install the spare. Its jacked fully loaded and empty trailers with 1750 lb axles up to 12k axles. The jack is old and is on its 3rd repack since the '70s era. Now if your asking about jacking the trailer with all the wheels off the ground then I use a couple of floor jacks and lots of cribbing under the trailer frame rails front to back.
JIMNLIN 07/25/21 02:10pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: New group of Newbies

Many of us were newbs before the net...so we learned the hard way what works best for my needs and what didn't. This web doesn't have a very good "search feature" so..... Some questions are better answered by doing a google. The rv industry has had lots of feast and famine events over the years I've camped since the late '50s. The '70s/'80s era had huge jumps in inflation. Example; a new 9' 6" truck camper was 1350 bucks in '72 but the same exact truck camper in the early '80s went for 6800-7200 bucks. Prices never went down and I don't look for new rv prices to drop over a few hundred dollars....if any. Used units.....JMO will go at premium prices just like other years of ups and downs.
JIMNLIN 07/25/21 06:24am General RVing Issues
RE: Which tire do I buy?

Hi, I'd like to buy new tires with more weight carrying capacity for my truck to pull an 11,000lb 5th wheel. The ones that came with the 2018 Ram 2500 are size : LT275/70r18 125/122s. I'm not sure if that means they are E rated or D. The brand I'm looking to buy are from Westlake. the ones I have are Transforce and well worn. Thanks for your help. Your tires have a 3640 lb load rating and are a LT E. Plenty of tire for a 11k lb 5th wheel trailer. I've never used the Firestone Transforce on a truck but have used a couple of sets of LT235/85-16 E on my service trailers. They run around 40k-45k miles till the wear bars get close. Westlake LT and ST tires don't have a good rep on many different rv and non rv trailering websites. There are better LT E tires out here for your truck. Don't cheap out when tire replacement time comes. Driving style and city vs rural has a lot to do with how many miles of service a tire will last. I'm rural and can get 75k+ miles out of LT E on my trucks. I also air up (65 psi-70 psi rears) for when needed and air down when empty (65 psi frt-45 psi rears). My bil has used the same tire brand/type on his 2500/3500 trucks....lives in a big city....squares his corners....aggressive driving and never checks his tire pressures and is lucky to get 25k-28k miles before the tires shoulders are gone. I stick with major LT or P brands for my trucks. I don't have a favorite brand but lean towards a nice quiet all terrain on my 2wd/4wd trucks.
JIMNLIN 07/25/21 05:56am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Great Tow Capacity - Bad Payload Capacity... Increase PL?

Rams Body Builders guide shows the 2500 Mega cab has a 6000 rawr. This will be on your drivers side door post. The 6000 rawr on 3/4 ton Dodge Rams has been around for 25-30 years. The Mega Cab is a heavy beast. You have the truck so drop by a set of CAT scales and weigh your trucks front and rear axles separately. I've seen some Mega cab owners report 3100-3200 lb rear axle which leaves around 2800-2900 lb payload before exceeding a tire/wheel or rear spring pack. The axle is a 11.5" AAM with around 10800 lb rating from AAM. Dodge Ram derates it with smaller tires wheels and rear suspension. There are no 3/4 ton LDT that can handle a 16k lb 5th wheel RV trailer that can have 3200-3800 lbs of hitch weight alone. Add the hitch and other gear/people and your overloaded. Many mod their 3/4 or one ton srw trucks with rear leaf suspension with 19.5" tires/wheels. The 2500 Ram has rear coils but I'm not up on rear suspension help for coils. Others may know. I pull a '97 28RK 11400 lb 5th wheel trailer (31' 10" length) with my old '03 2500 Dodge/5.9 Cummins quad cab short bed. The truck has the same 6000 rawr and is well under all axle weight ratings and tow ratings. Your payload is a GVWR based payload. Some 3/4 ton trucks with high gvws may show a 3500-3600 lb payload sticker which over loads rear suspensions. Other trucks like yours with a low gvwr = low gvwr payload. I would be looking for a one ton drw for a 17 lb 5th wheel rv trailer.
JIMNLIN 07/24/21 09:18pm Tow Vehicles
RE: another scale thread

CAT scale numbers will be the ones you need. Fourth pass rear axle weight = 3586 lbs. First pass rear axle says 2772 lbs = 814 lbs for hitch and other gear in the bed and a % of weight in the back seat of the truck. That 2772 lbs first pass is a very heavy number for even the F150HDPP rear axle. Hell my 2500 Dodge/Cummins 2wd quad cab NV5600 short bed rear axle is just 108 lbs heavier. You must carry lots of "stuff" in the bed and back of the trucks cab.
JIMNLIN 07/23/21 08:20am Towing
RE: Tag axle for truck camper rigs

Around my area in the late '50s and '60s tags were in use with pickup trucks/truck camper combo's. A work buddy had one with his old 390ci (drop in) '68 ?? 1/2 ton Ford and a 9' 6" Fields truck camper. I don't remember the tags brand but he and his wife traveled all over western USA with the rig. He had pictures of traveling dirt/gravel roads north of Gunnison, CO to Taylor Park Lake and up to Tin Cup.
JIMNLIN 07/23/21 07:48am Truck Campers
RE: Saving the Clutch

My wife is a clutch slider with my Cummins/NV5600 tranny combo.....even with a empty truck. The Cummins has a zero throttle launch so no need to rev and slide the clutch when empty of backing my fully loaded 16k GN tri axle stock trailer around cattle pens/ crowded stock yards or hilly pastures. With a 6.29 or 5.63 : 1 ratio reverse/1st gear the Cummins will idle backing up a steep bank.
JIMNLIN 07/22/21 09:14pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Towing My Boat Behind My Fiver'

I double towed with a 2500 chevy....26' 5th wheel trailer....18' bass boat for eight years all over OK/TX/AR/MO/NM and southern CO. My combo length was 63'. I never kept up with the go fast crowd but never over 60 mph even on a interstate. A word of advise.....when inquiring with a state DOT you will travel through don't ask about their triple tow requirements as this tells the officer your needing info on pulling three trailers. For their purpose its a double tow.
JIMNLIN 07/22/21 08:50pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Speed limits

however....sometimes it's just easier to criticize. That says it all with todays anti-authority mind set. I have family and friends and neighbors in some type of law enforcement be it city PDs...state troopers....local SOs deputies. What some don't get is many times the officer may have to make backup call for lets say a search warrant or serve a legal paper or a arrest. These aren't a code red call so no red lights and sirens necessary but he/she has to get there at a certain time and may be slowed down by heavy traffic. If he/she runs red then the whole highway has to stop or pull over. I have no problems with a officer driving a bit faster. Doing so may save a life. I don't keep up with the faster drivers. I'm the guy in the right hand lane doing the speed limit wondering about why the type A folks have need for speed (10-20 mph over). Most tv news or press release about a pile up says the state troopers say speeders (conditions) are number one problems in these situations. JMO but I would like to see more traffic control to hand out more tickets to speeders...tailgaters....over aggressive type A types and those that stay in the passing lane. But mainly to take out those type A's that are shooting and killing others.
JIMNLIN 07/19/21 07:42am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tire covers

Another camper asked me if he could shoot my white tire covers with his IF gun. We both were sitting to get full afternoon sun. He found his black tire covers would go to 160 -165 degrees on the inside vs 105 inside my white tire covers. Outside temps were in the low 90s with full sun. The trailer was set up for a 45 day stay at a KOA. Other wise I don't carry the covers while on a trip/vacation. Of course we know that sun rays kills tires rubber on a sitting trailer (months at a time)......Heat also is a rubber killer. There are no trailer tires (ST) that recommend 7-10 years before replacing. Most say in the 3-5 years range.
JIMNLIN 07/19/21 06:43am General RVing Issues
RE: How many strokes??

lol...no more miles over a 5-6 year period than rvers pull their trailers its a moot point. However most never pull a hub to R&R the bearings/brakes on a annual schedule. Seal brand make no difference if the seal is pushed out of the hub from a grease gun. I do a annual R&R inspect on my rv and non rv trailers brakes/bearings/suspension.... from habit when I was on the road.
JIMNLIN 07/15/21 05:10am Fifth-Wheels
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