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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 The number of plies a tire has have long since been superseded by "load range" and "load index" ratings.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
RE: Ford F-250 Base Curb Weight

GCWR really means nothing in the grand scheme of things... Is your truck going to implode if you go #100, #1000 or more over the GCWR yet still under GVWR?? Dunno, but when it all comes down to the nuts and bolts of things, it's about your axle ratings, your tire ratings and wheel ratings that meets the road.. Good luck loading any SRW truck even near GCWR while not exceeding GVWR. Something like that is like a unicorn, no such thing. Axle ratings and tire ratings are also probably meaningless as the GVWR will be busted long before those numbers come into play. Install hitch, load trailer, and head for the scales. What you'll probably learn is what everyone seems to be learning lately--3/4 ton trucks are not for heavy 5th wheel trailering, because they don't have enough payload, although they are better than they were 10-15 years ago.
twodownzero 02/05/20 12:45pm Towing
RE: F350, 10k GVWR differences

GVWR isn't "gross weight." If their restrictions are based on "gross weight," an F-350 isn't going to weigh over 10,000 pounds empty even if it does have a GVWR higher than that. GVWR is the maximum weight the vehicle can be if loaded to the max. For a SRW the two rear tires are going to be a significant restriction because trucks carry weight primarily on their rear axles, but GVWR is lower than the combination of the axle weight ratings so it is more complicated than that and takes the entire vehicle design into account.
twodownzero 02/01/20 09:58am Tow Vehicles
RE: 5th wheel tires

Goodyear Endurance or truck tires. NO china bombs!!
twodownzero 01/17/20 04:43pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: My Amazing 12-year old battery...

I replaced the batteries in my 2005 Ram for the first time in May of 2018. I took delivery of the truck in March 2005. Is 13+ years a good run or what?
twodownzero 01/17/20 08:21am Tow Vehicles
RE: Solar charge current

My controller knows how large my array is and what kind of batteries (conventional lead acid) are attached to it. I can adjust the charge voltages as well. I expect my batteries will last many years since they are never dead or even close.
twodownzero 01/14/20 01:09pm Tech Issues
RE: Carlisle Radial Trail HD tires?

I don't think there are any trailer tires made in the USA except the Goodyear Endurance.
twodownzero 01/14/20 01:07pm Travel Trailers
RE: Goodyear Endurance tires?

I highly recommend the Goodyear Endurance tires and I don't use any other ST tires on my rig. I also recommend that you air them to 80 psi. Your trailer was designed to have the tires at 65 psi because it came with D rated tires and they max out at 65 psi. While there is nothing wrong with D rated tires if they'll carry the load, keeping heat to an absolute minimum in trailer tires is what I'd recommend. I believe you're going to get the same recommendation from Goodyear, but you may find conflict even within the same company's publications about this and they currently do publish a load/inflation chart for these tires, where I don't think they did in the past. It is my view that trailer tires should be inflated to their max psi regardless of loading. I do not do this or recommend that for regular car or truck tires, but I do it for trailer tires because I don't want them to have any chance of getting hot, and that concern far outweighs any wear or traction issues that would normally concern me enough to run lower pressures.
twodownzero 01/14/20 01:03pm Travel Trailers
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