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RE: SHANK question

Basic physics will demonstrate that the farther the load is from the rear axle, the less desirable it is. One reason that fifth wheel trailers tow so well is that the "tongue weight" is right over the axle. Reese says to reduce ratings by fifty percent when using a eight inch extension. I relocated the jack four inches rearward in order to open the tailgate and not affect the leverage that the tongue weight has on the tow vehicle. Six inches may not seem like much, but to understand the forces involved,imagine moving it back six feet. IMO there is a TON of BUM and/or misleading info in the above post and would strongly recommend for folks to basically ignore the entire post. That 50% reduction is for a receiver extension NOT A LONGER DRAWBAR. As Hunting mentioned having the dreawbar longer actual increasing the leverage that the WDH can exert which is just the opposite of what most are mistakenly assuming. I have been using an 16/18 in drawbar for almost 40 years w/o any issues or lack of stability/ride quality. I have the longer draw bar so I can open the rear doors on my Van while hooked up. Larry
LarryJM 03/08/20 04:52pm Travel Trailers
RE: Any problems with Goodyear Endurance tires?

Thanks everyone for your feedback. It looks like the Goodyear Endurance is performing well so far. So I going to put them on the my travel trailer. Be sure the tire shop balances them.If you balance them.... Be sure you have them use a lug plate. Otherwise it is a waste of time and money. Lug plate or not IMO balancing trailer tires is a waste of $$$ in general. ;) However, it's your $$$ so do with it what you want :B Unless you use shims in the wheel hub pilot to center the wheel on the axle before tightening the lug nuts, you will never center that wheel on the axle with any consistency. The first two or three lug nuts you mate to the conical wheel seats will shift that wheel off axis if you don't use shims which is a HUGH and TEDIOUS procedure and having balancing wts already on the wheel can potentially make the wheel even more UNBALANCED on the axle than if the wheel had not been balanced on a machine using a lug plate. Larry
LarryJM 03/03/20 02:53am Travel Trailers
RE: LT tires on your TT? Let the fight begin

I have this awesome TPMS and temperature monitoring system that I carry everywhere with me. Even to bed. Any guess who makes it? Clue, it’s a 3 letter word, regardless of your beliefs. Answer: God or mom. And what is this awesome system you ask? And what does it cost? It’s 100% absolutely money back guaranteed FREE! And I call this system my eyes and hand!! With my hand, I can feel if tires or bearings are too hot, or more specifically if one is hotter than the other. With my eyes I can see issues or at least check for them. But wait! There’s more! For the low price of FREE, my eyes and hands (and yours too, if you act now...) can accomplish many OTHER tasks too! Completely Useless when going 65mph down the interstate with 24/7 monitoring and completely subjective when already stopped and damage from a catastrophic failure is impossible. Larry
LarryJM 02/23/20 10:05pm Travel Trailers
RE: Any problems with Goodyear Endurance tires?

I just put a set (14") on our trailer while we were down in Fl so only have around 1200mi on them so far. Before that ran GY Marathons for the last 25 years w/o any issues and I seldom go above 60 to 63/65 mph towing anyway. They do now give me a little reserve capacity which before I basically had none with the Marathons. Larry
LarryJM 02/22/20 05:03am Travel Trailers
RE: LT tires on your TT? Let the fight begin

Last summer my tires were running about 110-degrees on a 90-degree day. Get a TPMS and you will know exactly. You will know exactly what the temperature of the sensor is, the tire temperature may be quite different. IMO the tire temp will be very, very close to what the TPMS measures since it uses the internal air temp and the most important thing is the TPMS will show variations between the tires which is very useful. I have noticed that tires on the sunny side typically measure approx 10deg higher than those on the opposite side. Larry
LarryJM 02/20/20 04:41pm Travel Trailers
RE: What to clean old lap sealant with besides denatured alcohol

The big box stores - Lowes/HD sells denatured alcohol which is 85% to 95% alcohol. Larry
LarryJM 02/18/20 03:26pm Tech Issues
RE: LT tires on your TT? Let the fight begin

The 16" GY Endurance's have been problem free on our TT and negate the need for LT's. However, I hate the co. and would pay 50% more for a similarly performing tire just to avoid them. When the time comes for new tires, I'll be checking out all the options.Agree. I owned a LOT of Marathons. They all failed in short order. At every replacement, I upgraded size and load range. That TT started out life with 205/14 LRC. the last set of Marathons were 215/15 LRE. All failed. I fell for all the propoganda which was parroted here by many about the NEED to run STs. That 2001 TT ended up with Michelin XPS Ribs in 2006. I have not had a single hint of a tire problem ever since. When GY came out with the Endurance, many of the previous ST proponents here rushed out to buy them (in spite of their professed alliegance to the previous STs) I having already found a solution that worked.... will not buy a tire from a company that repeatadly told how great their previous tires were.... IOW, they cheerfully took thousands of dollars from me selling me junk tires. They no longer deserve any more of my money. For those of you trying out these new tires.. I wish you luck. If you start having trouble, you can always go to LTs then.... And tire size upgrades are possible in many cases. That 2001 TT that started out life with 205/14s LRC had 225/16 LREs when I sold it. Yes I had to make a few changes to make the upsized tires work.... But I had so many failures that I needed to do something to stop them. I grew weary of sitting on the side of the road in 110 degrees dealing with tire problems. Well your single data point on GY Marathon failures is 100% opposite of mine for the last 20+ years of me using exclusively GY Marathon's all the time except for one set of Kumho 857's. I would also say the 100,000's of other trailers out there running on GY Marathon's w/o all of them being on the side of the road due to tire failures seem to support my experience and not yours. As already mentioned when someone has tire issues I tend to believe that something is the root cause other than the tires themselves, usually underinflation, overloading or excessive speed, non of which anyone will ever willingly admit to especially in a public forum. I never had an actual failure with a GY Marathon, but did have two of the Kumho's actually fail (tread separation at under 6K miles). It is also worthy to note that I ran the GYs within 50lbs of their max load rating for the last 10+ years. With all that being said I did just this year go with a set of GY Endurance tires, but don't have enough experience yet to judge them. Larry
LarryJM 02/13/20 04:02am Travel Trailers
RE: Windows 10 Email Program suggestions

Use Gmail like most of us do I love nonsensical posts like the above when all the subsequent replies clearly show how WRONG the post is. BTW put me down as another OUTLOOK user which seems to have the numberical lead in the most popular/used e-mail program thus far in this thread. Larry
LarryJM 01/31/20 04:15pm Technology Corner
RE: Space Heater

I see some mentioning the GFCI 20A ckt generally found on most pedestals if used in addition to the 30A ckt as being "cheating or using more than one has paid for". My take is that that ckt is included in one's electrical charge and using it in addition to say the main 30A ckt is NOT CHEATING or STEALING. The only way IMO to CHEAT OR STEAL is if one uses a 50A service when one has only paid for a 30A site when the costs are different between 30 and 50A sites and of course say running an additional power cord to another sites pedestal that you have not paid for. Personally, I always ask for a 50A site and use my dual 30A to 50A dogbone to power my two 30A shore power cords to my trailer which gives me 60A of available power. Larry
LarryJM 11/18/19 03:13am Travel Trailers
RE: Space Heater

Personally to me, folks attempting to use only electric to heat a RV at a campground are abusing the campground owners good will and there are many places that recognize that abuse and charge more or may have meters.. Don't be so blasted cheap and ruin the goodwill for others by abusing the system.' I couldn't DISAGREE MORE ... GOOD WILL ... GIVE ME A BREAK. I pay for a site with either 30 or 50A service and generally it's 50A which often costs more than 30A and for that I have every right to use what I have paid for and that is 30 or 50A. During cold days I run up to 2 1500W heaters and supplement that with the gas furnace, mainly to ensure the enclosed underbelly area is heated to prevent things from freezing up. Larry
LarryJM 11/15/19 04:18pm Travel Trailers
RE: Filling Propane While Traveling

Where do you fill propane while traveling? I know a lot of campgrounds will have someone that is mobile and can come to your site, but what if you are going boodocking. The company that fills my house tank use to do but now they have a new truck and something to do with increased pressure. My tank are 30 pounds so not that easy to move around. Ed Many CGs like KOAs, Flying J's, Camping World are three that come to mind right off. Larry
LarryJM 11/10/19 04:49pm Travel Trailers
RE: New to WDH and Sway control

I have ordered a 29 foot 7400 lb gross / 600 lb hitch weight trailer. Will be towing with a 2018 F150 (9000 towing, 2000 payload). I'm looking at a Husky Husky 32217 Center Line TS WDH to use for this unit. Anyone have any experience with this hitch and similar sized unit; or advise on what might be problems with it. Regards, Doug That hitch really looks cheap and not made real well and IMO there are MUCH, MUCH better and more robust WDH/Sway systems out there like Reese and Equal-i-zer. I would pass on that system. Larry
LarryJM 09/24/19 05:26pm Towing
RE: Sealant, Weatherproof Tape, & Coating; Or Sealant & Coating?

But other people have warned me about using Weatherproof Tape like the Eternabond brand. And I read that if there's an issue with the tape, water can get inside it and cause problems, and sometimes screws can eventually poke through it, if you run the tape over screws. Whoever those "PEOPLE" you referred to IMO are giving you bum advice and I would never listen to them in the future. Also, whatever you are reading I would throw that source out too since unless you trapped moisture under the tape, if it's applied properly water WILL NOT get inside it. FInlly I would put Eternabond at the top of resisting any screw heads penetrating the tape since the microsealant will give a lot so the screw has to really back out a lot to even possibly cause an issue and other "TAPES" IMO will fail light years behind of Eternabond tape. IMO using any other "TAPE" other than Eternabond is going second rate and I would not recommend it. Larry
LarryJM 09/24/19 05:20pm Tech Issues
RE: Havent camped in 2 years

Don’t fret camp setup with your TT, Go slow, take breaks, devise a setup procedure. It’s mental, not physical. IMO the "GO SLOW and TAKE BREAKS" is the whole key. Now in my 70's I've learned you can do just about everything, it just takes much longer and not trying to do it all at once is a real key. It takes some retraining to get into a new rhythm of doing simple tasks in stages. For instance I used to wax my entire Van at once, then it was 1/2 one day, take a day off, 1/2 the next day, another day off and then the roof. Now it takes about 6 days, 1/4 each day and two days for the roof. I also almost always do stuff outside early in the A.M and never fight the heat if it's going to be hot that day. Larry
LarryJM 09/20/19 12:36am Travel Trailers
RE: Refrigerator Outside Vents

Hey jkwilson, which piece, top (finished piece of dark wood exposing gap at top of refrigerator) or bottom (splintered piece exposing fins)? OP cut out two different pieces. Are you saying he should have left both pieces alone? The section closing off the dead space on top of the actual refrigerator box should have been left there. It is required so an air pocket doesn't form which will acually block off/disrupt the flow of the air thru the coils on the back of the refrigerator. This problem is much like AFAIK the tailgate up/down when towing where leaving the tailgate up creates an air pocket in the bed of the pickup where the air flow then flows smoothly over this air pocket instead of forming a turbulance in the bed of the pickup causing more drag. The air pocket that can form over this dead space on top of the refer can force the flow of air up closest to the refer out from the back of the refer and result in less actual air flow over the fins which are located near the back of the actual refer. That is to say now the actual air flow is concentrated more near the wall of the trailer and less close to the actual back of the refer. Also, removing the other section along the outer wall of the trailer just inside the access door might also make air flow worse since now you are allowing air to escape to the outside thru the access door before it has a chance to flow over those top fins. I'm sure there are some specs on the sizing and positioning of that opening to maximize the air flow thru the fins is somewhere in the installation manual. It appears this installation doesn't have a top vent, but is vented thru that top access door if I'm understanding these pics correctly. IMO the OP definitely made matters worse when he removed both those sections and is why folks need to think a little before blindly modding their trailer. Things like applicance, A/C, heating, systems installed in trailers are designed sometimes with very unique and specific requirements which if not followed results in them not functioning to their specs or even causing a hazardous condition (i.e. fire, ventillation, etc.) Larry
LarryJM 09/17/19 03:51am Tech Issues
RE: Roll over

Looks like the 1/2 full fresh water tank in behind the axles which reduces the overall stability and sort of reminds me of a story on the R-Vision boards several years ago. That gent had towed his trailer for several years and always dumped before leaving the CG except one weekend the dump was closed and he left the CG with partially full tanks and lost control due to sway withing 10 mi of leaving the CG. Obviously other factors were involved, but it's possible this one additionally negative factor was the one that caused a marginally stable trailer (which probably appeared to be fine), with a VERY LARGE TAIL on a small to medium DOG to now become UNSTABLE and UNSAFE. This is all pure speculation, but does cause one to stop and reflect on what that previously was not considered possible to now be a actual possibility. Larry
LarryJM 09/17/19 12:13am Travel Trailers
RE: Goodyear Endurance long term review.

Not to be too critical, but if I only got about 25,000 miles out of my tires I don't think I'd buy more of the same. Especially if I had one that developed a flat spot, one slightly out of round, and one starting to crack. Would you be happy with tires like that on your car? I certainly wouldn't. IMO, a very mileading post showing almost a total lack of understanding in trying to compare ST type tires to those typically used on cars/POVs. As noted the tread depth is much less (about 50%) of that of the typical car/POV type tire. IMO the flat spot and cracking might be due to other factors not related to ST tire quality/durability. LarryThe point I was trying to make that why settle for ST tires with shorter lifeapan and issues they seem to have, when you can put LT tires on there and, basically, no longer have to worry. Why settle for substandard tires when you don't have to. You wouldn't settle for them on your car, why put up with them on your trailer. ST tires have no real benefits, and you put up with a shorter lifespan and quality issues. Thanks, but no thanks. Again you don't seem to understand that I would wagger that a VERY, VERY large percentage (probably 75% or greater) of all TT use 14in tires where LTs are simply not available or even exist. Couple that with a lot of factory axle spacing again even makes moving up to an LT tire which most are 16in is again not a trivial mod and I've not even addressed the width increases for LTs that might cause interference issues with things like wheel well trim or internal clearances. As far as putting up with shorter lifespan and quality issues, in the 40 years of TT ownership and using GY STs since the mid 90's except for one set of Kumho 857s I have only experienced tread separation and actual tire failures with the Kumho 857s and have never gotten less than 5 to 7 years use out of the STs I have used. While I might only be a data point of one, but that data point says all your worries is without any real foundation and not based on real world verifiable facts. Larry
LarryJM 09/05/19 08:04pm General RVing Issues
RE: Goodyear Endurance long term review.

Not to be too critical, but if I only got about 25,000 miles out of my tires I don't think I'd buy more of the same. Especially if I had one that developed a flat spot, one slightly out of round, and one starting to crack. Would you be happy with tires like that on your car? I certainly wouldn't. IMO, a very mileading post showing almost a total lack of understanding in trying to compare ST type tires to those typically used on cars/POVs. As noted the tread depth is much less (about 50%) of that of the typical car/POV type tire. IMO the flat spot and cracking might be due to other factors not related to ST tire quality/durability. Larry
LarryJM 09/05/19 04:32pm General RVing Issues
RE: Tongue jack collapsed, TT nose crashed down - ouch!

IMO the most dangerous time is when one unhooks the ball from the trailer and here is where an electric jack is a HUGE HELP. When doing this I always stand as far to the side and towards the trailer when raising the tongue to disconnect it from the ball and am ready to jump further out of the way side ways if necessary. Larry
LarryJM 08/27/19 04:40am Tech Issues
RE: Tires

You can't go wrong installing a set of Maxxis M8008 ST tires. They are available in 8 ply rating. Be sure to have them balanced. X2 though I cannot imagine buying any tire and not having it balanced. :h :C Many, Many and the VAST MAJORITY of trailer manufacturers do not balance the tires on trailers since there is no real reason except to make one feel good to do so. Larry
LarryJM 08/26/19 04:19am Travel Trailers
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