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RE: branson trip

Not sure when it all happened, but I remember when 65 was a real witch south of Springfield. Last time thru they had made it near interstate. 4 lanes, much straighter, the short steep replaced with longer, but less steep. Less wear on brakes, EZ to pass slower vehicles. But the long pulls more likely to heat engines and transmission. My brother, with I6 Chevy pulling TT prefers US160 to Mo248 to US465
JRscooby 08/10/22 07:34am Roads and Routes
RE: How to rotate dually tires

All these signs of excessive tire wear can be corrected with a adjustment between the driver's ears. Whatever bud. Don't guess driving style can influence MPG either? All the wear you describe is tire slip, controlled by driver. Had a driver on truck for couple of years. 3 identical trucks doing same work. His did not need brakes as often, did not need tires as often, did not burn as much fuel. Bought a better truck for him, parked the real fuel hog I was driving, took over his old truck. Fuel bill went up to match others. After a month or so I started to change my driving style. After that the only vehicles that showed tire slip where the 396 Auto and 327 4 speed El Caminos. Smiles per gallon.
JRscooby 08/10/22 07:16am Truck Campers
RE: How to rotate dually tires

Example, after some wear, you notice the feathering of the rear tires on the leading edges? Easy to feel the tread feathering at the sipes in the tread. This is not a problem but simply wear from the treads gripping while accelerating. If you swap the rears side to side, it reverses the rotation and corrects this deficiency, until they begin to feather the opposite direction. In general, front tires feather the opposite direction as rears as they are not drive tires, but they do more braking. On a srw, a simple front to back, same side rotation achieves the same goal as above. Plus, if the fronts or rears are wearing faster, it moves the tire with more tread depth to the higher wear position. AND it gets the front tires which are more prone to other wear characteristics being the heavier axle in an empty truck and also subject to steering forces onto the back which serves to "flatten" and correct these deficiencies. Then of course there's additional treadwear on rwd 1 wheeler peelers sometimes and you have to get that right rear tire moved around to not have excessive overall wear on 1 tire before the others. Or simply put agian, read the tires. They'll tell you if rotting would benefit and where they should be placed. All these signs of excessive tire wear can be corrected with a adjustment between the driver's ears.
JRscooby 08/09/22 01:02pm Truck Campers
RE: Camper Jack

I have a 5 inch high block that replaces the lift pad of my floor jack. (fits in the hole, so can't slide) I have put a block on top of jack, but that can get pretty sketchy, pretty fast. I have also put a floor jack on top of plank, (actually a steel plate on top of railroad ties) then backed vehicle over it. I have a hard time standing under the idea a floor jack without enough lift to get the tire off the ground. Are you running 24.5 wheels?
JRscooby 08/09/22 06:16am Fifth-Wheels
RE: tire wrench

Or simply try to slip on both SAE and metric sockets to see which fits better. And I suggest once you know the size, instead of removing from your set to carry you get that size, a long breaker bar, and extension for socket and if needed the bar. BTW, I use extension to hold socket in line with stud.
JRscooby 08/09/22 04:29am Fifth-Wheels
RE: How to rotate dually tires

And tread cupping on the front. Usually balance or weak shocks. Or rotate them to the back and flatten them out. Of course, you can just rotate the tires around, get equal cupping on all 6. And when you put that cupped tire next to a good as dual it will have a smaller average diameter, so you can watch the tread disappear in a few hundred miles.
JRscooby 08/08/22 02:59pm Truck Campers
RE: How to rotate dually tires

I stopped doing routine tire rotations decades ago. I have not had any issues with premature or irregular tire wear. If there is a problem with the suspension, then rotations might just cover it up. Instead get the alignment or other issue fixed. The idea of routine tire rotations should die along with the 3000 mile oil change. BLASPHAMY! HERITIC! BLASPHAMY! 1969, 1 of the instructors at GM training center got in trouble for telling future techs (called mechanics back then LOL) the reason to make sure tires where rotated was to hide factory mis-alignment until the warranty ran out. Tire companies love people that rotate their tires, because instead of 1 wearing a little, then car fixed the same problem might sell 10-15 tires. Before the All Season Radial, would "rotate" the back 2 tires on the car twice a year/ snow tires. (Pickups, every spring the "snow tires" changed into "mud grips")
JRscooby 08/08/22 09:00am Truck Campers
RE: How to rotate dually tires

I always replace the tire on 1 axle as needed. Maybe if I had all wheel drive I would be sure they all matched to protect differentials. 4X4, only engaged with poor traction, not as much of issue. The axles do different jobs, so it stands to reason tires will wear at different rates. Often on my vehicles, tires don't match front/rear. One thing to watch when moving a steering tire to dual; If the tires you mount side by each are just a little different in height the short one will not last any time. And as it wears, it will wear at a ever faster rate.
JRscooby 08/07/22 06:17am Truck Campers
RE: Jacking For Tire Change

I have been using a 3.5 ton floor jack for well over 30 yrs on a concrete floor to lift my pickup trucks. I have not once ever seen the wheels on that jack or trucks move even 1mm.. Seen, that is the issue. The fact that many people do not realize the jack wants to move points out to me there is a risk. The beauty of a floor jack is you roll it in place on hard surface, stroke it up to contact, check that it is right, then jack the vehicle up without watching it. You might be surprised if you marked at start. That floor jack I have also has a contact point which looks like a castle and is 5" in diameter. Never had it offer to slide on that contact point either. But when using the jack on a hard surface, like a concrete driveway, there is very little side force applied because the wheels roll. On the side of the road, wheels sunk into asphalt, there is a good chance of slip. (I have seen a little trolley jack lift it's rear wheels, wedged against bottom of car, when it rolled off 2X10) I think you have a piece of junk floor jack if it moves that much distance, you need better floor jacks. Not ALL floor jacks have a large arc swing, junky cheapos and 50 yr old ones perhaps but not all. Well, my Walker is pretty old, but I have had several. All seam to work pretty much same way. I think how much the carriage moves could be calculated by somebody that paid attention in math class, knew length of arms, (Radius) and how much lift You make a good point about only using part of the travel. This is best no matter what style of jack you use. That is why I suggest pulling the flat up ramp to get center of hub normal height before jacking. Little lift, pull ramp out, got all room needed Floor jacks and even smaller cousin the trolley jack both have a large base foot print over a much greater area making them by far more stable and less likely to tip over provided you only use the absolute minimum lift needed. Large contact area? Compared to what? All mine, even the 10 ton capacity I don't use anymore, each have 4 little bitty steel wheels that contact the floor. Now the contacts are spread out over a large area, are stable on hard surface. But the wheels will sink into asphalt sooner than the same weight on even the smallest bottle jack. Yes, the carriage will bottom out, spread the load, but not stable.
JRscooby 08/06/22 09:02am Travel Trailers
RE: Coffee Quality?

Couple of medical pros in my family know me and my coffee. For the last couple of years they have told me to smell my coffee first thing in the morning. Don't smell right? Grab the test kit, and not for coffee. Traveling the country, packing what I know is good coffee, I learned the first step in making coffee is taste the water.
JRscooby 08/06/22 06:23am Around the Campfire
RE: Jacking For Tire Change

Actually it has a swivel saddle with a "scissored" lift arm and doesn't roll. Or, if it did I didn't notice enough to matter. I have actually used this jack twice without issue, so I'm not speaking hypothetically about its effectiveness. Once in a parking lot (on my car hauler) and once in sand (on my camper) at the CG. The 1x6 worked like a charm with the jack in the sand. I don't know how I lived to tell about it. Thin board UNDER the floor or trolley jack just like you SHOULD use under ANY jack solves your objection. Was taught many yrs ago to never use any jack directly on ground as that ground can give way unevenly resulting in the jack tipping over. Something else to consider, with a floor or trolley jack, the arc is small, maybe 1/4" inch in total travel for the entire lift. The vehicle also moves with that arc, your assuming the vehicle stays put and never moves which is not true. Trailers and vehicles are on wheels, the brakes, drive line have slop in them which allows the vehicle to move back and forth. I don't know where you guys get the magic floor jacks that don't move. Just for snots and grins I just put a tape on 1 of mine (standard 7000 lb capacity that I load if I know I'm going to need a jack, or grab if I need to lift a car in the drive) I put the wheels against the wall and measured to center of pad. 5 inches. Jacked to top, 13 inches. Junking cars around others junking cars, I have seen more than 1 slip off the jack because the little steel wheels would not roll on soft wood, or because the jack rolled off the end of the board.
JRscooby 08/05/22 01:24pm Travel Trailers
RE: Jacking For Tire Change

This exact jack would not get under a flat tire on my trailer, at least not under the spring perch. I carry a small floor jack with a 1x6 if needed. Do you also carry the important part needed to safely use that jack? By that I mean a floor. With no load on it, run the jack up. Notice the lift pad goes up in a arc? Normal lifting, the pad stays in contact with lifting point be cause the jack rolls under the load. If the wheels are setting on soft or rough surface the pad must slide on you lift point. At least you're not under when it drops.
JRscooby 08/05/22 04:51am Travel Trailers
RE: tire wrench

Buy a long reach 4 way lug wrench. One of the four will fit. The longer the better. And the long handles give extra torque to remove those stubborn nuts. And the “spin factor” speeds things up. Works for your truck also. First, not all 4-ways have same size sockets. Plus for something you hope to never use, 4-way takes up a lot of room. OP do you have a socket set? Can you ask somebody that does for help? Try each socket until you find the right size. Go to Harbor Freight (or if you can find in pawn shop) by that size deep well impact 1/2 in drive socket, a 6 inch extension, and a long breaker bar. Yes, likely you will not need the extra strength of impact socket, but the 6 point is good, you have room on the wheel to use, and even quality names brand sockets break. The impact grade is less likely to break. BTW, if the bar does not give you enough leverage to loosen the nuts take it to a hardware store, buy a pipe as long as, and that will fit over handle. Telescoped out, you can get 50% more power, and take little more room.
JRscooby 08/05/22 04:36am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Jacking For Tire Change

"Ramp under other tire might work, but will need to be pretty steep with some trailers. Now the most risky time is when you get wheel off, discover you need up just little more to get the other on..." Horror stories that I have never experienced or seen. It works every time and doesn't need to be that steep. Many trailer suspensions have a lot of travel. If the ramp is not steep or tall enough the flat will start up ramp before it is high enough to get tire on. The risk I'm referring to is using a jack. If the vehicle is going to fall it is unlikely to do it when just setting on the jack. Going down maybe, but up is much more likely. Many jacks carried to lift trailer must be pumped from under the trailer. If you don't notice the slip or lean when it starts, the trailer falls, it will fill your shorts but if there was room when started lifting, there will be room when stops bouncing. BUT if you have taken the wheel off that room ain't there. If you start with the flat on a block, with axle at normal height it takes little lift to get off, and you know you won't need to jack up without tire on.
JRscooby 08/04/22 02:12pm Travel Trailers
RE: Jacking For Tire Change

Changing a tire? Do it on a nice day in driveway first. Dark, rain, with traffic going by is not the time to go to school. Ramp under other tire might work, but will need to be pretty steep with some trailers. Now the most risky time is when you get wheel off, discover you need up just little more to get the other on. I pull the flat on a ramp until center of axle is at normal height. This way, takes much less jacking. Flat off ramp, slide ramp out, wheel off, then back on.
JRscooby 08/04/22 04:37am Travel Trailers
RE: Towing a fiver with a 9' flatbed

Carry a rag, stiff wire bent in loop, and tape measure on your walk. Can hook tape to wire, in grove of pin, to measure, if tape won't hold itself in the wind. The rag is incase somebody greased their latch.
JRscooby 08/02/22 10:07am Fifth-Wheels
RE: RV wind deflectors do they work we will see

It will definitely keep the bugs from getting so thick on the trailer or at least move the bug line up. False. If it is too far from the front of trailer it might pull bugs pushed out by windshield back in. False.... It did not cover the whole front of the trailer. This was on an SUV and I mounted the deflector toward the rear of the SUV. The deflector was covered in bugs and the upper foot of the RV had bugs. On a pickup what you said might be true. Ken When you use the term "definitely" because it happened in your case, the argument gets pretty weak. Then "on a pickup..." proves your first statement can't be true I can't say I have much to do with RVs, but have worked with guys that run defectors and different height sleepers and trailers for a lot of miles. And some personal experience; Friend had me run his Volvo for a few weeks after he had a car accident. I worked it just like old Pete, suck it up for scales then stretch it out for the ride. After few thousand miles, got back to his house. He looked at rig before his kids started wash, asked about bugs on reefer. Next week, I left it shortened up, fewer bugs. Another trip, Pete all stretched out. Bird just missed windshield, hand behind asked if glass broke. He saw feathers when bird hit front of end dump.
JRscooby 08/02/22 09:23am Fifth-Wheels
RE: RV wind deflectors do they work we will see

It will definitely keep the bugs from getting so thick on the trailer or at least move the bug line up. False. If it is too far from the front of trailer it might pull bugs pushed out by windshield back in.
JRscooby 08/02/22 04:32am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Towing a fiver with a 9' flatbed

I can't tell you what the "standard" is, or even for sure there is 1. But I think most mount the pin out past the nose of trailer. I don't think it would be rocket science to build the box longer if you needed the extra clearance. Of course, that would lighten pin weight.
JRscooby 08/02/22 04:28am Fifth-Wheels
RE: EV's need gas too - Tow with a Tesla?

I have to wonder how a seemingly very intelligent person such as yourself, who has been a hard working American all his life can be so anti-US and pro-socialist.... Not sure I would call myself "very intelligent" but from the time I heard "We must burn the village to save it" I have tried to look at how my actions affect others, and tried to do best for all. Any parents around? If your child is acting in a manner that is contrary to your beliefs, acting in a way that will cause society harm, do you try to change the way the child is acting? Does that mean you do not love the child? Is love of country that much different than love of you child? The fact is most of the developed nations of the world see we need to change our actions if society will continue, and I fear the rouge nations might be punished
JRscooby 08/01/22 10:39am Tow Vehicles
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