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RE: Conversation with Goodyear about Marathon tires

So the solution to a defective Goodyear product is to buy... another... Goodyear(!?!) product? Sounds like they got you coming and going. If I had such a bad experience with Goodyear Marathons, I would not give Goodyear another dime of my money, that's for sure. Ford/Chevy/Dodge guys turn against their favorite truck brands over a LOT less.
mkirsch 07/01/20 07:49am Towing
RE: Problem with Cat scale weights

If there really, truly is 5000+lbs on the pin, there is not much you can do about it except get a different trailer. 5000+lbs even on an F-350 DRW is going to push the rear end of the truck down HARD. That's the first thing you should have noticed.
mkirsch 07/01/20 07:35am Towing
RE: 15+ F150 - Breakaway Cable anchor?

How about, I do me, you do you, and let's be friends? Instead of berating and criticizing someone for wanting to attach the trailer breakaway lanyard independently of the receiver as is RECOMMENDED by trailer manufacturers nationwide, let's just try to be helpful, or if you can't be helpful, don't say anything at all like your mother told you. It's a small chance that the receiver will fall off or tear apart, but there is a chance. Chevy is infamous for factory receivers that fell apart unexpectedly during the GMT900 era. Who knows what these overengineered Ford receivers might do once they get some time and miles on them. I've always attached my breakaway lanyard to the cosmetic bumper of the truck, but mine are Chevys. On both of them there are drainage slots/lightening holes on the bottom that a snap hook can be fed through. I use a 300lb rated snap hook through the loop in the end of the cable.
mkirsch 06/30/20 06:53am Tow Vehicles
RE: Mission Load Max Radial crowned like a bias ply.

The one on the left is EXACTLY what mine looks like, though not as pronounced. I don't have any other tires of that brand to compare it to, but the promotional photos for the brand show a nice square flat profile. Finally got pictures but it looks like I need an external photo hosting site. Don't belong to one. Don't want to belong to one. So you're just going to have to use your imagination. The tire is dated 2004 but is still supple and has no weather checking. Still had 55PSI in it when I let the air out this afternoon. I only want to use it for a farm wagon, and a spare at that. Will only be inflated to 30-40PSI most likely.
mkirsch 06/26/20 04:52pm Towing
RE: 8.1L Muffler Recommendations

Car Id has them , if that doesn’t work for you , google is your friend Car ID has what? I've been googling for months, found nothing for an OEM application. Everything requires changing all the pipes out. I just want to plug a new muffler in, not redo the whole exhaust system.
mkirsch 06/26/20 02:48pm Tow Vehicles
8.1L Muffler Recommendations

After 18 years the muffler on the old Chevy 8.1L has a hole in it. Sounds like an old grain truck going down the road. It's a dual-in, dual-out 3" pipes all the way around. The only "OEM" style replacements I can find are dual-in, single-out. I'm also hoping I can just use those fancy band clamps to install the new muffler. Cut the old one out, clamp the new one in.
mkirsch 06/26/20 01:05pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2009 825 Lance Camper outdoor shower install

My luck I'd drill the exploratory hole right smack in the middle of a stud.
mkirsch 06/23/20 08:28am Truck Campers
RE: A camper you may never see in your lifetime

Gotta be careful with those tags. Big trucks with a "dead" tandem like that are infamous for getting stuck the moment the wheels spin, or crossing a little dip. All the weight is on the front axle and the tag, while the drive axle hangs high and dry. In this case getting stuck is not so much of a concern, as damaging the camper when too much weight goes on the tag axle. It's not like a truck where the axle and frame are designed to support the weight. Camper's liable to go "crunch" somewhere, most likely at the tiedowns. That's probably why you don't see campers with tag axles like this these days.
mkirsch 06/17/20 12:18pm Truck Campers
RE: What TC truly sleeps 4 adults ?

Four people in any TC for more than one night isn’t my idea of a vacation. Couldn’t the kids sleep outside in a tent? We did as kids and loved it while M&D slept in the station wagon. Two cots in a TC? You must be kidding.I found out on another forum 2 cots will fit in a EC 1165/1200. Still not ideal. 4 adults in a TC is not going to be ideal no matter how you slice it. You're going to have to make COMPROMISES. That seems to be a word that's absent from most RVer's vocabularies.
mkirsch 05/20/20 07:25am Truck Campers
RE: What TC truly sleeps 4 adults ?

Couldn’t the kids sleep outside in a tent? That would certainly resolve the "sleeps 4" issue after a night or two... Once the bears have eaten the kids...
mkirsch 05/18/20 09:14am Truck Campers
RE: truck swerved with hard braking

While I agree that something is wrong, I am not sure what having your brakes "checked" is going to do. The typical mechanic brake check is a simple visual inspection... "Yup, it's got brakes." All it will serve to do is verify that there is nothing OBVIOUSLY wrong such as a burned up brake pad, or a leaking caliper, which you can do yourself without even removing the wheels. Does it pull under normal braking? Take it out on an empty stretch of road and induce a few "Jesus take the wheel" moments. Maybe you've been subconsciously holding the wheel against a pull during braking right along?
mkirsch 05/14/20 07:37am Truck Campers
RE: Passenger side convex tow mirror source

There are lots of aftermarket mirrors available online. Yes, I know, but the advertisements are vague as to whether the mirrors are convex or not.
mkirsch 04/30/20 01:46pm Tow Vehicles
Passenger side convex tow mirror source

I gotta do something about the passenger side visibility on my old dually. Originally it had the stock small towing mirrors which were worthless. I upgraded to a cheap set of the big rectangular tow mirrors, but they're flat mirrors and visibility is still limited. I've tried the convex stick-ons, and they just make it worse. Yes they widen the field of view but the image is too small to make anything out. I need the whole mirror to be convex like a normal vehicle. In looking for a convex mirror I am having a hard time finding definitive information. Does anyone have a link to a passenger mirror that is FOR SURE a convex mirror?
mkirsch 04/30/20 08:05am Tow Vehicles
RE: Do you drink.......

Yes, I understand things *CAN* happen but the odds of that happening given reasonable precautions being taken, are very very small, almost negligible.
mkirsch 04/22/20 11:46am Truck Campers
RE: Do you drink.......

I *snick* *twitch* drink from my *twitch* *twitch* fresh tank all the time and *snort* *twitch* *snort* *twitch* *snick* have no issues *twitch* *twitch* *twitch*. Seriously guys there are a lot worse things than what's in your tank. Have any of you ever been sick or heard of someone getting sick and it being directly attributed to the tank water in an RV? Frankly, if you "don't want to take the chance" you shouldn't be camping.
mkirsch 04/22/20 09:21am Truck Campers
RE: Mission Load Max Radial crowned like a bias ply.

Tell me something I don't know, like, why this tire's tread is crowned so much.
mkirsch 04/18/20 03:28pm Towing
RE: Rewiring a landscape trailer

First off the Harbor Freight wire is GARBAGE. The wire literally corrodes completely away inside the insulation after a couple of years. Nothing left but blue dust when you strip back the insulation. I will only use tinned marine grade wire which I've been getting from You can get 250' or more in several colors. For butt connectors I only use the kind that heat shrink and seal.
mkirsch 04/18/20 03:26pm Towing
Mission Load Max Radial crowned like a bias ply.

Bought three old trailer tires on rims to use on an OFFROAD firewood trailer. All kept in a dark building, no dry rot or cracking. I am aware these tires are beyond their useful life for road use. It's hard to find decent 15" tires to fit on implement rims these days without paying the long buck for actual implement tires. The two Carlisles have a nice flat profile on the tread like I've come to expect from a radial. The third, a 2004 "Mission Load Max Radial" has the profile of a bias tire. Is that normal? Am I looking at a slipped belt on this one? It's perfectly round, and I'd expect it to be egg-shaped if a belt slipped.
mkirsch 04/18/20 03:19pm Towing
RE: Hardside that fits thru 8'x8' opening

Thanks everyone for the advice, I will send some emails to Mfgers of the ones I am interested in and if that does not work look for storage options. The manufacturers will simply parrot the specs off their brochures/websites. They will not tell you the actual story. You will need to go to the dealerships and measure for yourself.
mkirsch 04/09/20 07:26am Truck Campers
RE: Built in quiet inverter generator for truck camper?

From the responses, I gather that a modern built in inverter generator for a truck camper is still not available. So I'm going to move forward with adapting a portable into the existing space. I think I can get it to work. I'll start a new thread on it when I get started. The market segment is so tiny, I sincerely doubt there ever will be. Truck campers are a minute fraction of all RV sales, and only some TC's come with generators. If built-in generators were a thing in travel trailers, you might see something, but as far as I know, few to none of the travel trailers out there have generator options. Generators are only common on motorhomes, and they're still largely the clanky old fashioned Onan units. Their solution to noise is to insulate the coach, not come up with a quieter generator. Plus the motorhome units are much too large for a TC. Your idea of mounting an inverter generator in the compartment is nothing new. People have asked about it for years. You need to address ventilation and cooling so you don't end up inadvertently filling the TC with carbon monoxide, and don't burn up the generator from heat. Those generators are computer designed to operate sitting on the ground, in the open, in their factory cases. The manufacturers will not support their use in any other fashion, and will not provide any information on how much ventilation you need or the effects of piping the exhaust out of the compartment. You are on your own, and if you don't know what you're doing, people will find you dead in your camper one morning. It's more involved than gobbing the inside of the compartment with silicone and sticking a pipe on the end of the muffler to direct it out of the compartment.
mkirsch 04/01/20 08:01am Truck Campers
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