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RE: Load Range F Tires

^Good points, if the OP wasn’t hand wringing over $10 more per tire. Not sure he’s even remotely interested in re-shoeing the whole trailer in med duty tires and new rims. Grit, Being as OP has already ordered new tires, my thoughts are out the door per say... You're probably correct on not wanting to spend the $100-200 more per tire for the 17.5 or 19.5 tires. Another size that might work better is a 265-75-16 krE tire. Iirc those are good th 3400 lbs or so. You can find all steel case versions of these along with 235s. One issue I had not thought of, if backing the trailer over a typical cement curb at higher than base idle speed, that hit to the tire could break the cords due to the point load put on the tires...some wood rams made out of 4x6 or 6x6 material could extend the tire service life some. Then when not jumping curbs, these make great blocks when the trailer is unhooked. Marty
blt2ski 10/01/22 04:39pm General RVing Issues
RE: Time for new tires already?

All that said, skinny little tires on the front of a heavy diesel dually combined with very few running true steering tires on LDTs is one of the worst recipes for long tire life. On my 05 DW D/A 4x, I kept the 216-85 rear tires, put a same diam reves per mile 245-75-16 hwy tire. On IHC, put 245-75-19.5 instead of stock 8-19.5, again, same diam etc....both doubled the front tire life due to the fatter tires on the front. Steering, braking was better too. Marty
blt2ski 10/01/22 02:46pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Time for new tires already?

I ran the OEM Michelin LT265/70-17 E LTX AS on my '03 2500 Dodge/ Cummins for 113k miles before they finally wore down close to the wear bars. The tire had hard rubber with very poor traction on any wet/frozen surface. The same OEM Michelins in a 16" LT E on a new '01 2500 Dodge/Cummins lasted 84k miles close to the wear bars. Went with a Bridgestone Revo at that time. Huge gain in traction. Ran them for 68k miles till they made too much noise for my use. I'm rural out here with lots of highway miles with very little city miles. I'm a conservative driver and don't square my corner turns like I see many LDTs/cars/suv drivers do. I've always got over 60k mile out of light truck tires on 3/4 and one ton LDTs even the ones I had in service (hiway). I still use Bridgestone or Cooper AT type tires on my LDTs. Jimlin People doing any kind of highway use will always get more miles on tires than someone like me that does maybe 20% highway. I'm always scrubbing the front tires on turns, stop and go one in micro spinning or skidding the tires. This can easily make a 2-1 ratio of Mike's per tire highway vs city use. Even the rubber compound, tread design etc make a difference Marty
blt2ski 10/01/22 09:30am Tow Vehicles
RE: How many of you own an EV?

When you go to one of those charging stations like they have here at Walmart, how much does it cost to recharge your EV? Marina where I keep boat, it's $1 hr up to 3.99999.. hrs, $3.50 4 hrs and after. Not seen any other places with signs that say the cost. Marty
blt2ski 09/30/22 03:40pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Load Range F Tires

I got 5-6 yrs typically running LT215-85-16 or 225-75-16 hauling a 765 bobcat, and tbo15 trackhoe on the same trailer doing landscape work. Typically 10,500 on axles, 1500-1700 hw. I usually ran cooper highway tires. Usually rotted in some shape or form before out of tread. I choose not to skimp on tires too much in the 35 yrs before semi retiring 5 yrs ago. I did find coopers generally speaking a good bang for buck tire all around. Marty Coopers have been my favorite truck tire for years now. Both my F350s have a set. Never tried them on the trailers. That would make no sense since Cooper doesn't make trailer tires that I've ever seen and a 235-85-16 LT tire would be a significant downgrade on capacity compared to the multitude of ST tire options in load range E, F and G, same size tire. Hate doing long quotes...BUT..... An option that might be better, would be 17.5 or 19.5" tires in a 225 width. These are more medium duty tires. A 225&70-19.5 is the same 31.5" as a 235-80-16. But at 3500 - 4000 lbs per tire with an all steel casing, should handle the issues with a dump trailer better than an ST or LT tire. One thing many of us forget about dump anything's, is the rear most tire(s) get very loaded as your dumping. I've blown out a few tires on a 3599 and my IHC dump flatbeds. I may be ok with the bed down on rear tire capacity. But at 150% as one starts to dump etc as the bed goes up. Same with my equipment trailer to a degree. As you load it, and in my case, the 6500 lb bobcat is on the rear of trailer, you have many more lbs than my tires 5500 lb capacity can handle. Granted my ramps have built in blocks so the rear doesn't go to the ground. They still can take a beating. Along with those are usually doing the dragging around corners, backing, Jack knifing etc. A couple points to think about. On my trailer I went from 15 - 16" and got better miles, years per tire. My single axle mowing trailers did fine with 15" ST tires with approx 2000 lbs per tire, or 6 ply 235-75-15's. Marty
blt2ski 09/30/22 01:53pm General RVing Issues
RE: Load Range F Tires

I got 5-6 yrs typically running LT215-85-16 or 225-75-16 hauling a 765 bobcat, and tbo15 trackhoe on the same trailer doing landscape work. Typically 10,500 on axles, 1500-1700 hw. I usually ran cooper highway tires. Usually rotted in some shape or form before out of tread. I choose not to skimp on tires too much in the 35 yrs before semi retiring 5 yrs ago. I did find coopers generally speaking a good bang for buck tire all around. Marty
blt2ski 09/29/22 08:57pm General RVing Issues
RE: New 2024 Chevy HD and Increased Dmax Power

Grit 292 I6, 4.10s, Muncie 4 spd. Had better low end take off ability than a 454 with a th400 auto. Yep, a negative 100 lbs tow capacity per gcw charts. Yet you could get that engine in a 16-20k gvwr milk truck or equal! I believe my dad's 66 1500 with a 250 - 6 3 in the tree was higher rated.... Manufactures and there screwy ratings There was a blurb in OM, ALL GM pickups could tow 4000 lbs no matter the gcw rating. Marty
blt2ski 09/28/22 12:55pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Time for new tires already?

30k on LT tires is about right. Huh? Or do you mean on OE LT tires? OE LT tires have never gone past 30k or so miles. Over the counter new ones for MY use, I'm hard on tires, have been 40-60k Mike's. Best was 90k on some Toyo M55 on rear of a dually pickup. No rotating. Fronts on same truck with Toyo HT was 65k or so. I've gotten 70k+ on Typical Firestone HT with a Frod T250 van doing highway miles only. No towing, but at upwards of 150% of manufactures GVWR a few times..... Marty
blt2ski 09/27/22 05:12pm Tow Vehicles
RE: New 2024 Chevy HD and Increased Dmax Power

All this recording gcwr issue will do, is potentially cause one to void the Warranty rating, if an issue is caused by overheating etc. I can't think of one truck I've owned since 78-79, that have NOT exceeded the weight/Warranty/performance gcw rating on it at least once! My 95 CC SW K3500, I was pulling in a regular basis a 12k trailer, gcwr was 12500. I scaled at 21xxx once! My 86 C2500 had a gcwr that was literally 100 lbs LESS than it gvwr. Since manufactures do not set the max weight limit you can run down the road at, be it gvw or gcw. The only thing this feature can do is void a warranty. As long as it does not shut the rig down on a freeway or equal. Oh well! MAYBE, it will finally get manufactures to let us know how aerodynamics, steep grades will effect the performance of a given rig too! Ie over max frontal area by 10 sqft, lower max wieght by 1000 lbs! If going up 30% grades lower max gvw by 5000 lbs....... Marty
blt2ski 09/27/22 05:06pm Tow Vehicles
RE: This is our RV electric future. It's the future man!

HD, My family is on the green side of things for personal useage etc. BUT even at that, we realize that EV semis will not work for many years, if not a decade or two. Nuclear was tried, as noted E85, E10... Asked family why alcohol in fuel was a good thing. Burns cleaner! OK, so I need to go from using 10 gals in my trucks per 100 miles, lose x %mpg. Now use 11 gals of fuel plus agal of alcohol per 100 Mile's. How is that better for air, lowering oil purchase from OPEC etc. Diesel trucks same issue to a degree with biofuels added. They did do a small turn about. A majority of us realize as noted by many replys, this EV thing will not occur over night. Just a just as transportation, factory production will not get back to full production after this covid issue. A ressesion may occur, how bad, anybody's guess as to how bad, too many factors involved, ..... I will say, some of the things oil folks do, can be cleaner and better for mother earth. If they want to drill in sensitive environments, they need to be held accountable for damage. That has not occured in the past. Local home builders are held to higher standards on sensitive grounds than oil. Things need to change. They can better environmental stewards. Marty
blt2ski 09/23/22 09:10am Tow Vehicles
RE: This is our RV electric future. It's the future man!

Hunting Dog The ONLY articles I could find re banks not loaning to oil companies, is in relation to "where and how" they are drilling. If the drilling etc was bad for the environment etc, they are being asked not to loan on these types of endeavors. But if its a cleaner way of getting oil out of the ground, environmentally sensitive to not harming the environment, then loan away! While I realize some may not agree with this stance, I personally feel BIG OIL etc can do a better job getting the oil we need, and not harming the environment as bad as they have. Biden may very well be saying this basic statement too. I have not found, nor looked for a quote of any nature by him in this regard. Marty
blt2ski 09/22/22 10:45pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Stolen Ford 350

Been a few classic rigs stolen 30-50+ yrs ago. Chang hands privately, then a particular state does a major search by vin, low and behold, that 60' Vette or equal is/was stolen. Hence one good reason to buy new per say.... But like ALL things great and small, there are negatives too. Marty
blt2ski 09/22/22 05:44pm Tow Vehicles
RE: This is our RV electric future. It's the future man!

Hunting dog The chance of current POTUS, CA or WA gov getting rid of fossil fuels anytime soon is a real fat chance. The world as a whole is too dependent on fossil fuels to be rid of them in the next 13 years until 2035. Heck, both states have been trying to get rid of copper based bottom paint for boats by 2020. Less than 10% of bottom paint is copper free where I work. Yes percentage is getting higher for copper free. Percentages lower in copper. But at the moment, copper is still the best pesticide for salt water use. The options are not safer yet for the environment. We're probably 2 decades before EVs can claim they've made significant headway. For me, realistically, I may be close to calling driving quits by then. Better to sit back and relax, deal with other issues that frankly effect me more than EVs will. Marty
blt2ski 09/21/22 05:47pm Tow Vehicles
RE: How many folks just want to gripe about EVs?

As I said in my previous post, we SHOULD BE pushing PLUG-IN HYBRID vehicles now. It's a sensible compromise that has the best of both worlds. EV use for short, local trips. Gas engine hybrid use for long trips which will make use of a refueling infrastructure which is already in place. I'd like to see an EV with a designed "Optional generator" compartment. A compartment where you could drop oh say a Yahama EF-3600i or the equivlent Honda or _____(fill in make and model)____. That way if you want the ride for just "About town" you don't need to carry fuel and a heavy engine/genny.. (Saves energy) but you have the Genny in a "Storage" box should you need it during a power fail and you can easily transfer it to the car's Generator compartment for a long trip. As for the "Existing refuel infrastructure" one of the complaints early on in the EV field was "Not enough charging stations" I see the day when it becomes "Not enough gas pumps". Don't quote me, but the BMW an older sister has, can go around 175 miles on EV, then an addition 75 miles combo charging batteries and gas use eith a small motorcycle battery motivating it. Cute lille car. Works for her. Marty
blt2ski 09/18/22 02:20pm Around the Campfire
RE: Upgrade to 5th wheel

IRRC from a previous post somewhere, I believe MA is like WA state, you need to buy tonnage for your pick up. Just make sure you have proper paid for gvw, ie higher than you actually wieght! Other issue I don't know, not mentioned, you state RAWR is 6340 lbs. What is limiting factor? If it's the tires, there is nothing illegal or wrong about upsizing them when you need new ones to gain payload capacity, closer to you axle or spring capacity. Your door sticker won't be correct, at least where I am, LEO/CVEO's don't go by door sticker rating for how much I can weight. It's paid for registration. I don't see any issues with what you want to tow. Be it true or civil legal issues. Marty
blt2ski 09/17/22 02:35pm Towing
RE: TFLEV gets disinformation from Cyber Truck fan bois.

Groover, The tow rating is a bit higher than I would give it. BUT, if suspension, drive train etc is there to handle it.....I was thinking about 8000-8500 max hw plus axle wt. 6000-7000 comfortable depending upon aerdy amics, length width etc dependent also. Your description makes it sound a bit more beefed up etc than I was thinking or seeing. Saw a MB G-Wagon today. The two looked similar in my mind, one an SUV, other a pickup. Rivian a bit longer, shorter in OA height. Marty
blt2ski 09/17/22 02:22pm Tow Vehicles
RE: TFLEV gets disinformation from Cyber Truck fan bois.

TP Just saw a Canadian built "Escape" brand dual axle trailer. 8-7.5' wide 8' tall, 18' or so long. Swag axles were 2500 lbs or so. Perfect sized trailer for a Rivian. Even if the Rivian has a unibody frame. Assuming engineers designed it correctly, I'd pull it. R-Pod trailers are another brand style that would fit behind a Rivian too. Marty
blt2ski 09/16/22 03:22pm Tow Vehicles
RE: TFLEV gets disinformation from Cyber Truck fan bois.

Not positive about body frame. I parked next to one, didn't get that involve with checking it out. Jeep has a four door pickup bed rig, similar in stature, rivians is a bit smaller. If power etc is with in, I'd pull an upwards of 20-24' trailer with dual 3500 axles with it. Would not want to go much larger. Too much tail, not enough dog. Four would sit very comfortable in it. Three smaller people in the back. A 7' Shaq O'Neal is not going to fit in it. If it had an ICE in it, it would sell also. Be a reasonable thing to have. It's not going to keep up with a full size 15 series rig towing hauling etc. It has a place I'm not going to use red headed anything, or my 15 month old grand daughter would be insulted, as would auburny haired mom, grandmother upset using his figure of speech insult. It's better looking that pictures make it IMHO. Marty
blt2ski 09/16/22 02:34pm Tow Vehicles
RE: TFLEV gets disinformation from Cyber Truck fan bois.

I've seen a few of the rivians too. Not sure I'm calling them as ugly as grit. There more of a mid sized pickup SUV sized rig. Not sure a 4' bed is worth having. I'd want a 6' minimum. Not sure if I'm seeing the same one(s) per say, have seen enough to say there are many here in greater Seattle area. Multiple colors. Just like Tesla, some colorsi like, some are just plain fugly.... I could be seen in one of these, that Tesla pickup.....no thanks. Marty
blt2ski 09/16/22 12:53pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Diesel Ram Owner Forced to Scrap Truck !

Why was this not posted to the Tesla semi thread? I can't wait for clean electric powered Semi's!! Won't have to wait long now!!! Before the end of the year!! Saw a City of Seattle class 6 electric truck today. Have not seen a class 8 18 wheeler yet.... Marty
blt2ski 09/13/22 06:37pm Tow Vehicles
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