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RE: DOT Endurance Test for ST Tires NOT same for LT Tires

I only wish there were a selection of LRD or LRE LT tires in 15" to choose from. AFAIK there is only 1 I am aware of, a 15" for sprinter vans. LRC not an issue in 15"LT, but LRD or E another story. Now if you already have 16" rims, much easier task. Yeah years back we had handfuls of 14"/15" LT in C/D and some E tires for 1/2 ton size vehicles. Sometime in the '80s 1/2 ton size vehicles started going away with 15" wheel sizes (bigger brakes). Looking at a RMA info letter on their web 2-3 years back says in a few more years even 16" LT and P tires will follow 14"/15" into history. Lets all hope the ST tire industry can keep upgrading their C/D/E tire quality. Timmo mentioned his Goodyear Wrangler on his trailer which is a excellent upgrade but he didn't say what size....just the brand/line name. Goodyear Wrangler HT comes in LT235/75-15 C load range at 1980 lbs. Several other domestic tire makers did have that size/load range. Goodyear did have a LT215/85-15 load D at 2095 lbs capacity in the Wrangler HT. Both are a good choice if the capacity works for the axle capacity. Maxxis in a UE-168 is their commercial LT tire and shows 14" and 15" LT tires sizes in D and E. Check them out. My Maxxis dealer turned into a Cooper tire dealer so I haven't kept up on Maxxis offerings.
JIMNLIN 03/01/21 07:10pm Towing
RE: DOT Endurance Test for ST Tires NOT same for LT Tires

ST vs LT and P tire testing per the 571 FMVSS on this web is old old news. Its already been cussed/discussed to the hilt some years ('00s early teens) back so nothing new as its still the same testing procedures per 571 specs. Way back in '09 a member seniorGNC posted this from 49 CFR 571 tires testing requirement in 5 areas for LT vs ST tire testing. seniorGNC good read presentation
JIMNLIN 03/01/21 08:05am Towing
RE: Fuel mileage

Exactly. My mileage and power all dropped coming home from FL. Guess you would just deal with it and drive on with fuel prices escalating? Took it in and it was more than just the filters. $160 fixed it though. When I was on the road towing for a living we watched our mpg every tank. Every truck had a clip board and a pencil on a string for figuring mpgs/other needs. This was years before the computer in trucks. Today I watch mostly EGTs and boost levels on the Cummins/ Westach but still check every other tank mpgs. My vehicles fuel mpgs is important to me....for several reasons already talked about.
JIMNLIN 03/01/21 06:48am Fifth-Wheels
RE: How Important is Garage Storage?

All my cars and trucks have always had a garage. All my trailers (rv and non rv) are stored in a tractor shed or the trailer shed. My '97 32' 5th wheel rv trailer has sat in a trailer shed for all but one year and looks like new. I tend to keep equipment a long time so its important to me from a dollar value and exterior maintenance issue to keep it covered. I see many folks have a 2-3 car garage full of junk but leave their vehicles outside 24/7. The sun will runeth all things over time
JIMNLIN 02/27/21 05:55am Travel Trailers
RE: Good Year buying out Cooper tires

I've used Coopers for years mostly on trailer with 5.2k and 6k axles. Cooper like other USA tire makers has many lines of P/LT/AT/MS/HT tires so having issue with one line of any brand tire doesn't mean all lines within that brand are bad. For years Coopers commercial grade in a 16" LT E HT was the SRM II. Good for 40k-60k on my trailers. These were discontinued several years back and now Cooper's newest commercial grade is a Discoverer HT 3 in the same size/load range all season tread.....still get the same miles and same trouble free service.
JIMNLIN 02/26/21 06:48pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ram 2500 only carries 2300 lbs.

The 2018 Mega Cab 6.7 4wd has a 6500 rawr ....empty rear axle can weigh around 150 more lbs than a 6.7 4wd crew cab rear axle so not much to worry about. Both can have 3000+ lb in the bed payloads to work with. Numbers like this is a moot point if the OP truck sags too much and he's looking for more suspension to help with a sag issue.
JIMNLIN 02/26/21 08:00am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Ram 2500 only carries 2300 lbs.

Yes they'll pay up to the limits of your policy. It's the follow on Civil Suit by those Lawyers that advertise on the Tele getting Millions for their clients.Show me a link to any such suit for an RV accident that has been filed and won. The are no such suits - it’s all internet hogwash. It always amassed me how only rv folks get sued for exceeding a gver or gvwr based payload but out here in the hauling world of DOT and insurance using the same trucks we don't get sued for exceeding a gvwr or gvwr based payload that caused a wreck with injury. Now if were over truck or trailer axle/tire load rating and it caused a wreck with injury then it can go civil suit and a whole bunch of DOT actions that can ruin our lively hood. Anywayz.... 2500 Rams can have a 6000/6200/6500 rawr which carries the load in the bed (not a gvwr number). I would recommend weighing your truck front and rear axle weights separately and determine your truck models real world in the bed payload. If the truck rear suspension sags too much then look at coil spring help. Keep in mind RAWR is the lessor of a wheel/tire/rear springs and the axle assy. Watch wheel/tire load ratings. Safety wise don't exceed tires or wheel load ratings.
JIMNLIN 02/25/21 08:25pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Tire Replacement Question

I would never use a RV dealer to buy and mount tires on any trailer...or wheel barrow. Most tire stores in suburbia aren't set up for a vehicle pulling a trailer nor do they have enough trailering customers to offer good advise. When I was pulling for a living I did all my trailers tire service with mostly Goodyear truck tire stores. They know a hell of a lot more about best tires for a trailer than the type stores I mentioned above. Plus they have enough room and proper equipment for servicing trailers. Both small towns near me (10k -20k population) have 2-3 tire stores each and do all the truck and trailer service in their area. Drive by anytime and their mounting tires on some type of trailer. You can always buy tires of your choice off the net (tirerack.com or many others) and let a area tire dealer that has the equipment mount them for you.
JIMNLIN 02/23/21 06:40am Travel Trailers
RE: Help! Nu Wa manual desperately needed

nuwaowners.org Try their forums. I have't looked in on it in a year or so.
JIMNLIN 02/23/21 06:19am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Yoko Geolander GO15 A/T LT Tires ... Any good.??

hmmm.. this is the 5th wheel trailer forum. I don't klnow of any 17" trailer wheels but if your asking about your tow truck we have a tow vehicle forum where you will get more input for your tires.
JIMNLIN 02/22/21 06:06am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Light Japanese Trucks used as Tow Vehicles here

The Fuso, a lowly 161 hp. But, it's meant for efficiency in commercial use, not high performance recreation. Recreation demands "fun factor". Look at boats - an offshore sports fisher can run 1500 hp, all to catch 3 tunas. A commercial trawler with a 25,000 lbs salmon hold may run a 90hp Perkins. LOL.... then the bass boat crowd with 300 hp...21' bass boats running 90 mph to catch a 6 lb bass. Seriously tho LTL size trucking industry in the USA uses the newer gen one ton DRW trucks pulling at 35k-38k GCW and carrying 6500-7000 in the bed payloads. Moving up to a 450/4500 diesels cab/chassis can give the hauler a 8000-8500 lb on a custom haulers bed payload and 45k+ GCW. Or a 550/5500 diesels cab/chassis for 50k plus GCW and over 10k on the bed payloads. No need for a Japans trucks here in the USA to pull a RV trailer or a commercial trailer. We see very few Japans trucks around here but the few in operation are mostly fleet trucks.
JIMNLIN 02/21/21 06:16am Tow Vehicles
RE: Sway Question

The problem is I keep getting different information about sway depending where I look or who I ask. My salesman, for example, told us that the difference between a 28 ft and a 33 ft would not make any difference with sway. Can that be right? I AS you have surly discovered by now their are many reasons a combo can have sway... so no one fix works on all combinations. Other expy owners who are pulling the same length trailer can have input for you so check with trailer brand forums also. One of the worst bumper pull sway incidents I've seen when I was on the road was a one ton DRW truck pulling what looked like a 25-28' TT. We could guess till the cows came in why the combo was swaying. Some ideas expressed here can add to a sway issue so use proper equipment and hit the road for a short run and see how the combo is working. Then make changes.
JIMNLIN 02/21/21 05:53am Towing
RE: oh joy...........

Good looking truck Marty. The wifes same white '16 1500 4wd crew cab short bed truck (5' 8") with 5.3 6 speed 3.42 gears replaced her older same configuration '06 model. Nite and day different. The '16 is so much quieter on the road or just idling. Her '16 5.3 with 355hp/383 torque has a heck of lot more torque in the lower rpms than her old '06 5.3 engine. We prefer driving it over a 2010 Impala on short or long trips. AS your equipment I can load my 7240 lb blue tractor on my 10k car hauler (bumper pull) to get any hitch load needed. Barney talked me into a Husky Centerline TS WD hitch with 1200 lb bars for this size/high CG load. This tractor has 14/9-28" rear tires and sits tall on the trailer. Pulling nothing but GN trailers I was surprised how it cut trailer over steer. Only problem was pogo sticking even with new Bilsteins. A call to etrailer for their input on stiffening up the rear springs with this load. They suggested the black Sumo springs. Cured the pogo sticking and a easy install.
JIMNLIN 02/20/21 07:48am Tow Vehicles
RE: 5th wheel tire review

I found information about the Bridgestone R500HD. I had 5 installed, my weight on the axles is correct for these tires. I had rig weighted when I was going on a trip with all loaded. These are commercial rated tires for work vehicles. Good tread for a trailer tire. The R500 Bridgestones LT E at 3042 lbs per tire have been around for years and have always been one of the better choices for rv trailers and commercial work trailers with 5.2k and 6k axles. Commercial haulers find with a LT tire we don't need a huge amount of reserve capacity like ST E tires require. If you do a lot of road miles per year you will find more miles of service with a LT E with 14 to 16/32nds of tread depth than any ST E tire like a Endurance with just 9/32nds tread depth. Big deal for those of us that see high miles of road service. Keep those R500 Bridgestones pumped to the max for max service
JIMNLIN 02/20/21 06:05am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Chevy vs Arctic Fox. Can It Tow It...Safely?

welcome to the forum. Most rv folks newbs to towing trailers have no idea how much load a truck can carry safely or how much weight it can safely tow (pull). So they say get a DRW/diesel. Anywayz you already have the '20 3500 SRW LB 4wd 6.6 gasser. The truck won't have any issues towing/starting/stopping/handling a 13xxx lb gvwr 5th wheel rv trailer especially for what your doing with it. Looks like a good combo.
JIMNLIN 02/18/21 07:13pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Nascar Follies

I turned the tv on to my local Fox race channel and all I heard was Bubba this...Bubba that. Switched the channel to a nature program. Switched back over to Fox later and saw two laps of the usual race parade before the smash up. Watched replays and then Fox goes back into their Bubba this and Bubba that mode. Soooo disgusted with Nascar....nothing changed from last year. Guess they finished the race but I doubt this old man who was a big NASCAR fan will not watch this season either.
JIMNLIN 02/15/21 06:51am Around the Campfire
RE: Not Crazy About Snow and Cold

Its 3 degrees right now with 20-25 mph winds and lite snow. We can see 113-115 (rare) summer temps and 31 below zero (very rare) along with 36" of snow over a 10 day period in '2011 'zactly 10 years ago. I can take it. I 've always like the season changes. The worst thing about this country around here for me is summer time drought/high temps/no clouds where yards/pastures turns to post toasties and we have to hay our stock...but no ice to chop. Best selling vehicle right now here in farm/ranch country is a tractor over 50 hp with a heated....4wd....FEL.
JIMNLIN 02/14/21 08:26am Around the Campfire
RE: Looking for reliable travel trailer

Which one has nice accommodations for sleeping and cooking? Like asking which truck for pulling a trailer. Answer generally run my brand/etc is best. They all will do what your asking. The main thing is choose the one that YOU like in the price range YOU can afford and in a size YOUR tow vehicle can safely tow. Good hunting
JIMNLIN 02/14/21 06:24am Travel Trailers
RE: Heated hose

I made my own with the regular hose for water 10' long. A simple google shows how its done. My 110v heat tape had a thermostat.....a very thick noodle.....wrapped with several more layers of rolled insulation.....a layer of visqueen for keeping water out.... final wrapped with duct tape so its sheds water. No problems all winter with it laying on the ground with -3 degree temps and 38-40mph winds. This was 22 years ago and store bought heated hoses wasn't much back then. Much depends on winter where you will be.
JIMNLIN 02/14/21 06:16am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Towing with F150 Poweboost

You mention XX mpgs on the flats and xx in the hills. Those must be your speedo dic numbers. What kind of average mpgs do you get with pencil/miles/gallons used over say 3-4 tanks? How fast do you tow ?? I never worried with a single tank mpg which is nice to know but a good towing average comes over a few tanks used when towing.
JIMNLIN 02/13/21 12:51pm Tow Vehicles
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