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RE: Michelin Defender LTX Discontinued ??

About time. The 2 sets on my Chevy 2500HD were really bad. I have always had outstanding luck with Michelin's on my cars and SUV's. I got 58,000 miles out of the OEM Bridgestone's and about 35,000 each on the 2 sets of Michelin's. The only reason I bought the 2nd set was that the 1st set had cost me approximately $1250 and I thought I was getting a top of the line premium tire with a 70,000 mile warranty. I was not going to put a second set on my truck, but Discount Tire sold me the second set for $550, due to only lasting 1/2 of the mileage warranty. The 2nd set were out of round from purchase. When I drove away I immediately went back and complained, they rebalanced and I left and they were still bouncing until I recently replaced them. The only reason I did not go back again was that I had just got a new set of LT tires for only $550! But they were still garbage.
rwess 10/20/20 03:33pm Tow Vehicles
RE: No more Bridgestone Duravis R250 tire?

So it was your right rear (doorside) tire? I have only had two blowouts in 24 and 1/2 years of towing travel trailers and both were the right rear and both were Chinese made tires.
rwess 10/13/20 08:44am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Are all new RVs built this bad or is it just mine?

I really miss my old 2006 Sunline. Zero defects from factory! It was an awesome camper. However, like a lot of us the wife decided she wanted a larger camper.
rwess 08/22/20 08:36am General RVing Issues
RE: Carrier air v won’t start

The Carriers were very bad. I had 2 Carrier heat pumps on my 2011 Open Range. Supposedly, Open Range bought all remaining stock of Carrier RV A/C & heat pumps when Carrier got out of the RV business and Open Range was just starting. Constant problems all the time. Open Range apparently knew the Carrier's were bad and willingly replaced them before my 2 year warranty had expired. Needless to say I was shocked that they agreed to replace them so easily. The original Open Range company really stood by their products.
rwess 08/02/20 06:48am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Overnight stop near Atlanta

High Falls State Park just south of Atlanta or Red Top Mountain State Park north of Atlanta. There are also some nice COE campgrounds around Lake Allatoona on the north side of Atlanta.
rwess 07/11/20 05:10am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Are RV sewer hose supports necessary?

I do not use one while camping. It is a simple matter of hydraulics. If the camper outlet is higher than the sewer opening, eve if the sewer opening is raised. The incoming water from the camper will push whatever is in hose on through and down the sewer. Of course you must have a hose with no leaks. After 24 years of campers I have never had a problem. I have never stayed anywhere that required one.
rwess 07/10/20 06:15am Beginning RVing
RE: Conversation with Goodyear about Marathon tires

My 1996 Nomad, my 1999 Innsbruck and my 2000 Fleetwood Terry all came with Goodyear Marathons. They were great tires. Never had any problems with any of them. Checked pressure regularly, but not before every trip. Never had a blowout or flat. I do not know what happened to them after that. I heard that manufacture of them shifted to China, but because of quality that GY brought them back for manufacturing in the US. I have had two blowouts on Chinese tires on some of my newer campers. Just put GY Endurance on my current camper last year. So far so good.
rwess 06/30/20 10:16am Towing
RE: I need new Tires

There may not be any LT tires that will meet an E load rating of 2830lbs capacity, 10 plies and 80 psi but there is an ST tire that meets those requirements. Goodyear Endurance tires. I have a set of 225 75 15 on my camper. They are almost a year old and have approximately 4500 miles on them. They were 6 weeks old when I had them installed last August. Took a 2300 mile trip to the Keys with them last winter. So far no complaints.
rwess 06/29/20 04:04pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: wash wax TT ?

I used NuFinish on my last trailer and all of the decals fell off. I use Meguire's cleaner wax on the camper and 303 Aerospace on the decals. I am also keeping a cover on my existing camper to block UV. UV kills decals.
rwess 06/11/20 07:25pm General RVing Issues
RE: NEW FIFTH WHEEL PURCHASE AND HAVE QUESTIONS

With a 50 amp trailer you are really getting 100 amps to your camper. You can probably run everything at once, including 2 a/c's, microwave and Splendide washer dryer at once. With a 50 amp camper it gives you several options if 50 amps is not available, if you have the proper adapters, such as: 60 amps if there are 2 30 amps available, many state parks have this. 50 amps if there is a 30 amp and a regular 20 amp plug available. I have used all of these options before and they all work. All you need is the proper adapters.
rwess 06/05/20 06:05am General RVing Issues
RE: Advice - tires again

My 2010 Chevy 2500HD came new with Bridgestone AT's, best truck tire I ever had. They lasted 58,000 miles and were still going strong with good tread still left with even wear on all 4. I just wanted a new set of tires. I have had a lot of Michelin's on cars and they were great tires. My 1st set of Michelin Defenders had a 70,000 mile warranty, that was great for a LT tire, they did cost me $1250. They only lasted 35,000 miles, with even wear. Went to same tire dealer to see what they could do for me under Michelin's warranty, since they only lasted 50% of warranty. I was leaning towards Toyo's as a replacement at that time. Well Michelin would only honor the warranty if I got a another set of Defenders. I really did not want another set but with the warranty adjustment I got a new set of Defenders for only $550. Well at that price I said go ahead and install them, however at this time Michelin had reduced its warranty on the LT's from 70,000 to 40,000 miles. I asked the tire dealer why and he said it was because of the bad tire wear the warranty was costing Michelin too much money. Turns out they are worse than the 1st set of Defenders. When I left the tire dealer I immediately turned around and went back. My truck was bouncing all over the road. Dealer rotated and rebalanced the new tires. They still were unbalanced. Worse set of tires I have ever owned. Uneven outside wear on all 4 tires. I have milked 33,000 out of them, but I should have changed them at 25,000 miles. This will be my last set of Defenders. Leaning towards trying Coopers. Never had any before, but everyone I talked to said that they are very good truck tire.
rwess 06/03/20 07:08am Tow Vehicles
RE: Class V Hitch?

2500/250 trucks have always had 2.5 inch shank receivers, I think. My 2010 2500HD Chevy does. I changed out the 2 inch shank on my Equalizer hitch to a 2.5 inch shank. I figured it would give me an added degree of safety and hopefully less wobble. It is really heavy now, and I did not notice much of an improvement in wobble. I later added an heavy duty anti wobble clamp device to completely eliminate wobble.
rwess 04/15/20 07:47am Towing
RE: Tampa, FL to Birmingham, AL - Sightseeing... What to do?

The Pensacola aviation museum is the Naval Aviation Museum onboard NAS Pensacola. It is not an Air Force Museum. Yes, it is world class.
rwess 03/12/20 06:22pm Family Camping
RE: Tampa, FL to Birmingham, AL - Sightseeing... What to do?

National Infantry Museum at Ft. Benning.
rwess 03/12/20 11:12am Family Camping
RE: trailer wax

I use Maguires cleaner wax, but no wax on the decals I have learned my lesson after 7 campers in 24 years.
rwess 02/08/20 05:45pm Travel Trailers
RE: washer and dryer or combo

Splendide vented is the best
rwess 02/08/20 09:24am General RVing Issues
RE: Covering your travel trailer

Oh, I almost forgot. Do not wax the decals! You will be sorry.
rwess 02/07/20 02:14pm Travel Trailers
RE: Covering your travel trailer

If you do not have a garage/barn for your camper a cover is a must. The most important thing it does is keep the sun/UV from damaging the camper. This is better for the roof, sides and especially the decals. Keeping dirt/water off is just a secondary benefit. If you want your camper to look good when you sell it keep it covered when not in use! If you see a good looking older camper in a campground then it has been covered or in a barn/garaged. Maybe a carport if you get full sun protection.
rwess 02/07/20 02:13pm Travel Trailers
RE: Slide out creep

It should not really be that major of a job to repair. I see 3 choices: 1. Remove actuators and replace all gaskets and O rings yourself. 2. Remove actuators and take to hydraulic shop for them to repack. 3. Take trailer to hydraulic shop for them to do everything. There could still be one other possible cause. You could have a leak in a hose and that would allow the static pressure to bleed off. My 1999 Innsbruck 5th wheel had hydraulic slideouts. The entire package is extremely heavy and took up a lot of space. One area for the pump and reservoir, hoses to cylinders. More slideouts means more hoses and actuators. I have had numerous campers since and none have had that system since. Electric motors and gearboxes or electric motors/gearboxes/chains/cables are all that I see now. I do not know what they use in the large motor homes. I adhere to the KISS principal, keep it simple stupid. Electric motors and gearboxes are simpler and lighter than a full hydraulic system and a lot less cumberson and lighter.
rwess 02/07/20 02:04pm Tech Issues
RE: Slide out creep

The hydraulic pressure is holding the slides firm against the trailer when the slides are pulled in. Over time that pressure, due to leakage past the O rings on the cylinder will bleed off. Apparently, the slide out creep is your slides returning to their natural relaxed position.
rwess 02/07/20 11:23am Tech Issues
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