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RE: Any problems with Goodyear Endurance tires?

I have had nothing but great results from mine, they don't even seem to lose air when sitting for months at a time.
twodownzero 02/21/20 08:56pm Travel Trailers
RE: Over weight? Does it bother you?

I run by DOT rules....tires and axle weights is all I care about. I run at or over my "sticker GVWR" all the time, and have for decades now. I'm 1,000lbs under Ford's rating on my rear axle and 3,000lbs under the manufactures rating when fully loaded. Heck just my 4 rear tires are rated for over 12,000lbs combined. I still have 900lbs left on my front axle weight too. Red could care less about the 4,500lbs on her back, drops her 1.5 inches and still has a "rake". She is a pleasure to drive loaded, ride and handling is solid and predictable. I don't know whose "DOT" rules you're talking about, but they probably don't apply to your vehicle. Your truck is overloaded and you're trying to justify it, but if any rating is exceeded, you're overloaded.
twodownzero 02/21/20 08:46pm Truck Campers
RE: Flat Towing Lincoln Navigator with Driveshaft Disconnect

I think trading in for another Navigator with the 2-speed transfer case, will be FAR easier than trying to do the driveline disconnect. The problem with relying on 2WD with the disconnect, is you can't ensure the front hubs are actually freewheeling when you flat tow, unlike the 2-speed T-case which has a flat-tow mode. If the front hubs spin the transfer case, it might not lubricate properly since the rear output gears are likely what slings the oil around. FWIW - older F150s had a Neutral Tow Kit you would install to prevent the front hubs from engaging. You could probably add this to your rig if you are set on doing the driveline disconnect. But you won't may not have a matching knockout panel to install the switch into. There are no Lincoln Navigators with "freewheeling" front hubs, so if that is your concern, then you might as well not worry about that.
twodownzero 02/21/20 07:59am Dinghy Towing
RE: Over weight? Does it bother you?

My truck camper exceeded the manufacturer's rated capacity of my vehicle. I sold it to someone else and bought a fifth wheel that doesn't. I don't think it matters by what definition you're overloaded. If you're over payload, GVWR, GCWR, tire ratings, the rating for either axle, etc., you're overloaded. While there is probably a significant engineering factor for the vehicles themselves, for tires, I wouldn't expect there to be any. Truck tires are engineered to carry their full capacity for their usable life. I have not and would not ever overload a tire by even a single pound. That is seriously dangerous on a level way beyond overloading the truck itself by a few pounds. Modern vehicles have tons of power compared to the ones from yesterday. When I started RVing the trucks were slow compared to now so it was easy to know when a truck was overloaded. Nowadays it's way less obvious handling and braking characteristics that are going to be the weak point, because the drivetrains themselves can certainly accelerate a very unsafe load to a really unsafe speed.
twodownzero 02/21/20 07:56am Truck Campers
RE: New 7.3 vs old V-10

The new truck has over 20% more power, so I would hope so. I bet it's going to drink gas when doing it, but if having extra power on tap is appealing, a newer truck is going to have more power than an older one.
twodownzero 02/20/20 12:42pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Please help me check my capacity math

760 is nowhere near enough, but the actual number is 1,310 minus your tongue weight. 760 pounds should be plenty for passengers and hitch unless you're planning on filling the cab with heavy people. I would be skeptical of that tongue weight number, though. You want to load the tongue as heavy as you can get away with for the most stability.
twodownzero 02/18/20 12:11pm Travel Trailers
RE: Old 1972 DC light bulb

I don't think a light bulb cares what kind of current is flowing through it. It's a purely resistive load.
twodownzero 02/18/20 12:05pm General RVing Issues

My tires run when I am towing at about 98% capacity ... What most are missing is the fact that when ANYONE puts a capacity on something, that does NOT mean that as you get close, you shouldn't do it... It simply means that whatever is being rated has been tested to perform at that particular weight.. safely under proper conditions. If an overhead crane is rated at 3 ton, you can lift 3 ton all day, everyday and as long as you don't abuse the equipment, your good to go. My big trucks are rated at 80,000# ... we run at that weight almost daily I look at tires the same way... *** DISCLAIMER *** It is Just my opinion on the subject..... It's actually not just your opinion. In the heavy duty truck world, these ratings are meant for the life of the tire/truck/whatever. A tire rated at 3,195 pounds and 108 mph should be able to support that load, at that speed, for its useful life. P tires are not rated that way but LT are. Like you said, safe when used correctly. Outside of that? Well you'll find out.
twodownzero 02/12/20 12:48pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 5th wheel tires

Our new Mesa Ridge has the Castle Rock, 225 75x15, looks like an E rated (sticker on side of 5th wheel says inflate to 80#). Guess that makes it a 10 ply. Unit now in storage so cannot check. Should I feel nervous running the Castle Rock. It sounds like the term you want is "ply rating." The number of plies a tire has have long since been superseded by "load range" and "load index" ratings. The number of actual plies is irrelevant.
twodownzero 02/12/20 12:43pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5th wheel tires

Do you also check your car or truck and remove any Chinese made parts? And remove all the Chinese made parts from your computer? TV? Microwave? Many of those parts have the capacity to cause a lot of damage to your house if they self-destruct. The only way to judge some things is by their past performance. Sailun's past performance is exemplary, arguably better than Goodyear, not a Chinese company. No I don't. And I don't think that is a meaningful response at all. I buy tires with a brand name on the side that has a long history of standing behind their product. I have insurance if one of them blows up but I don't want the hassle. I've seen the Sailun tires in person and they look to be quality all steel tires. I do not need "G" load capacity nor would I expect a company like Sailun to stand behind their product if I had an issue. If other people want to buy China bombs, be my guest. It's your money. When I can buy a quality product made here for similar money, that's what I'm going to do, not because I'm a nationalist, but because I have much more confidence in the quality control procedures of a 100+ year old company versus some unknown place on another continent.
twodownzero 02/10/20 04:32pm Fifth-Wheels

Some have 18000 lb or larger fivers and need a dually. Some have large egos and need a dually. Others think a dually has something to offer over a SRW truck for a small trailer and therefore buy a dually. Its surprising there is anyone left for a SRW. I've actually never had a dually but my next truck will be one. In a perfect world the newest SRW trucks are quite capable for all but the biggest 5th wheels and truck campers, but there's an awful lot riding on those two back tires.
twodownzero 02/10/20 08:11am Tow Vehicles
RE: 5th wheel tires

True but I believe Sailun tires are designed by an American based engineering firm, manufactured in China to be sold in markets outside of China only. Vastly different than the numerous China bomb mass market companies. The problem with anything from China is quality control. If you get four good ones, great. If you get three good ones and one that is trash, and it blows up, it's going to take out the side of your trailer and do far more damage than just buying good tires in the first place. I won't use Chinese tires no matter what their reputation or brand on the side. It's just not worth it.
twodownzero 02/10/20 08:06am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 2020 Chevy 2500/3500 trucks

Generally 3/4 and one ton SRW trucks in the same brand/year models can have the same load carrying potential....tow ratings. This is why we look at Fleet Ford specs website...or GMs ordering guide website...or Dodge/Rams Body Builders website that tells us the same or difference in certain year models for that brand. Not even close to true. The difference between a 3/4 and 1 ton truck when it comes to actual ratings is just as vast as the difference between a SRW and DRW 1 ton. I suspect that those major differences referred to in the article referred to the 3500HD dually. It still boggles my mind why all 3 OEMs have a 250/2500, a 350/3500 SRW and a 350/3500 dually. The physical differences between the SRW trucks are minimal (the exception being the Ram rear suspension), while the differences between the 350/3500 SRW and DRW trucks are more significant. Yet you see a lot more 3/4 ton trucks out there because people perceive a difference even if it's not that drastic. I have and only would consider buying a 1 ton because the most important variable--payload--is the difference, and payload facilitates all the fun things that brought us to this forum. For someone with a modest sized travel trailer upgrading from an overloaded 1/2 ton, a 3/4 ton truck is a drastic improvement. For those of us who wish to trailer heavy, especially with a 5th wheel, or carry a truck camper, a 3/4 ton truck is not even close. If they stopped offering 3/4 ton trucks, the people who wanted to upgrade to the heavier duty drivetrain but don't need the payload will just buy a 1/2 ton truck instead, which really would be a disservice to those people. A 1/2 ton truck is the modern station wagon.
twodownzero 02/08/20 09:33am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2020 Chevy 2500/3500 trucks

You asked about other brands and years of trucks, and I can tell you that there can be drastic differences or minimal differences on those, too. Trucks are designed for whatever capacity they have. This year, the manufacturers have really upped the ante in trying to get big (30k+ GCWR) towing numbers and the truck designs show that. Payloads on the 1 tons have finally gone up to the point that the big GCWR numbers are useful.
twodownzero 02/08/20 08:49am Tow Vehicles
RE: Best *mid priced* Kinetic Recovery Rope?

I am going to add to the chorus and tell you to buy a 3" x 30' strap. I have used all kinds of ropes for recovery and none but the really huge barge ropes really did the job like a 3" strap. Call it a recovery strap or a tow strap if you want, but they do stretch and they are made for what we're discussing. Replace it when the sun or dirt in the fibers compromises its strength, which will happen with both straps and ropes. You might be reluctant to throw out a $200+ rope but I bet you won't feel the same way about a $40 strap.
twodownzero 02/08/20 08:49am Truck Campers
RE: double towing

The US Supreme Court ruled decades ago that all states are mandated to recognize all other states' driver's licenses. When and where was that? I've read a great deal of cases but never read any such case.
twodownzero 02/06/20 09:11pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5th wheel hitches

I have the Pullrite Superglide 16k. It's close to 200 pounds, too. It lives in the truck. If someone wants to steal it, I'll take my chances, as it is a real back breaker to get out of the rails.
twodownzero 02/06/20 12:54pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Best battery maintainer.

Solar has been the best battery tender I've ever used. I have precise control over voltages and in over a year, I've hardly added any water.
twodownzero 02/06/20 07:55am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Can’t afford new air bags right now

Does your truck have a rear antisway bar? If not, I'd probably install one before airbags. Does your truck have secondary overloads?
twodownzero 02/06/20 07:43am Truck Campers
RE: truck campers require registration like a trailer camper?

I find it interesting that you posted this but didn't fill out where you live. How would we have any idea?
twodownzero 02/06/20 07:41am Truck Campers
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