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RE: Need Help with Utility Trailer Decision

Having owned around 13-14 flatbed GN/5th wheel/bumper pull open flatdeck trailer over the years, I've never owned one with a metal deck. All were treated wood.. One of my current favorite's is a '98 32' GN tandem axle trailer with treated wood. I bought it new and no issues with the wood deck. Be sure and get a trailer with enough axle/tire capacity to carry your heaviest load. So don't forget the trailers weight on the axles. My silly neighbor bought a 10K GN trailer to carry his (est) 9000+ lb red tractor. I had him weigh the trailer which was 2880 lbs on the axles which left him with around 12k lbs. Two 5200 lbs axles on the trailer gave him 10400 lbs of load carrying capacity. He took it back and traded for a 16k trailer with tandem 8k axles.
JIMNLIN 01/21/20 10:20am General RVing Issues
RE: A new way to tow a 5’er!

Try to brake hard like a semi-panic stop and there's no telling where that trailer is going to end up. Not really...for all you or I know he may have the combination brakes set up properly especially for a panic braking event.
JIMNLIN 01/21/20 09:54am Towing
RE: Carlisle Radial Trail HD tires?

Coming from the commercial side our tire threads never mention years of service but miles of service like 25k for ST tires......50k for LT tires..... or 75k for some haulers using commercial grade steel ply carcass ST or LT tires. In this type of work our tires never time out but actually wear out Some haulers can wear out two sets a year. 2-3 Years of service or 2-3 years on the market or what one trailer owners experience with a couple of rv trailers doesn't tell all the service life story for a tire for all trailer types. The Carlisle HD and the Endurance are from our oldest ST tire makers. Both have made some crappy ST tires in the past. To their credit they did improve them every several years. Miles and years of service are building in their newest efforts and so far both are a vast improvement over the ones their replacing.
JIMNLIN 01/20/20 09:02am Travel Trailers
RE: double towing

Most states do allow some types of RV double tows setups (non commercial). However... My state requires a 3/4 ton truck or larger Some states require semi trailer/trailer (pin then ball trailers) but may or may not allow a GN trailer to be the first trailer Others require the first trailer to be heavier than the second trailer ETC/ETC....devils always in the details for how each state codes read/enforced on non commercial combinations.
JIMNLIN 01/20/20 08:22am Fifth-Wheels
RE: A new way to tow a 5’er!

depends..... if the pin weight is in front of the pickup bed trailers axle or behind the axle. The Automated Safety Hitch system has no sway. If the guy has done his homework nothing wrong with the set up.
JIMNLIN 01/20/20 08:05am Towing
RE: A new way to tow a 5’er!

Pickup bed trailer with 6-8 lug axle = 6k-7k lbs with brakes/E tires and wheels. 5th wheel trailer has brakes and the tow vehicle has brakes. Its simply a poor man version of the high priced Automated Safety Hitch system.
JIMNLIN 01/19/20 06:35pm Towing
RE: Freightliner M2 106 Sport Chassis (tow weight)

Four different manual trannies and four different auto trannies. I would contact Freightliner with your trucks vin number. They can tell you how much weight the truck can tow.
JIMNLIN 01/16/20 05:35am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2018 RAM 2500 with Adventurer 910DB

GM back in the '60s era were using a trailing arm with coils. I had one and carried truck campers. I was very surprised when Ram announced the new coil spring 2500 truck. However those that use the coil spring 2500 truck don't seem to have any problem with loads in the bed like a GN trailer or 5th wheel trailer or a bumper pull unit. IB516 has said his 2500 coil spring truck carried his 5er with about the same sag as his previous 3500 SRW Ram/Dodge. The old GM trailing arm setup had the coils very far inboard. This allowed for a huge amount of body roll. If the rear shocks were bad and it started swaying it reminded me of a high speed bazz boat chine walking. The only way to stop it was brake and slow down quickly. GM did have a three leaf half spring set up for a overload/stabilizer set which stopped body roll. The spring set were cut in the middle (half spring). They bolted to the main frame rails behind the rear axle and contacted a pad on top of the axle tub out board from the coils. These were a option from GM. If I was in the OP position I would look for a TC with the lowest profile that would work for his needs......and not exceed RAWR...wheels/tires and rear spring pack capacities
JIMNLIN 01/15/20 08:27am Truck Campers
RE: Goodyear Endurance tires?

Lets be safe and follow the wheel mfg limits. Hard to do if there's no PSI spec stamped / marked on the wheel. Read my reply above on load numbers = psi numbers for a guide....or contact the wheel mfg.
JIMNLIN 01/15/20 07:59am Travel Trailers
RE: Carlisle Radial Trail HD tires?

I won't buy another Carlisle tire. I have heard that the newer tires are well liked and better quality that years ago. However, in the mid 90's I had a set of 4. After 1000 miles and two complete tread separations and damage to trailer (properly inflated) I attempted to get Carlisle to replace them and/or help with trailer repairs. They flat out said NO. Never again for me. I've switched to LT's such as Michelin XPS Ribs and never looked back. Yeah the old Carlisle Radial Trail were very problematic and prone to premature failure. However the OP ask about the new Carlisle HD which came out just before Goodyear came out with their new Endurance tire. Both are new and both seem to have shed their old image. No complaints so far on either one on NHTSA tire complaints website. Moving to a all steel ply carcass commercial grade XPS Rib LT E tire IMO was the best upgrade in tire for a trailer. All steel ply carcass tires are in a class all their own.
JIMNLIN 01/14/20 07:10pm Travel Trailers
RE: Goodyear Endurance tires?

I would not worry about the rims, the extra 15 psi will not cause an issue even if you can't find a PSI rating on the rim. I see advise like this on rv websites quite a bit. Having hauled for a living and being in the road 24/7 I've seen lots of split wheels and cracked valleys in the hauling industry caused by over pressure while carrying a load usually from mis reading or failure to look for the numbers. Tires and wheels both have a load limit and pressure limit for safety reasons. Lets be safe and follow the wheel mfg limits.
JIMNLIN 01/14/20 06:55pm Travel Trailers
RE: Goodyear Endurance tires?

No....go to the wheel for that information. It can be a sticker or stamped on the outside or backside or some time in the wheels valley...which means the tire will have to come off the rim. Rock mining...?? Those of us that travel gravel roads use that term. Some tread designs are bad about picking up gravel in the tread groves and depending on gravel type and size can work into the tire carcass. This creates a slow leak and will need fixing just like a leak from any small sharp object.
JIMNLIN 01/14/20 05:19am Travel Trailers
RE: Goodyear Endurance tires?

Most newer 6 lug 15" trailer wheels today are rated for 80 psi. Years past they ranged from 50 psi/65-70 psi and 80 psi. Check your wheels for a max pressure rating. If no psi then go by the load rating which is usually be a 2830 lbs for a load E at 80 psi....or a 2540 psi for a load D at 65 psi. Depending on actual wheel loads moving from a 15" D to a 15" E can be a good upgrade. That way you can still run the tire at max sidewall pressures for max stability...max long term service....and a cooler running tire.
JIMNLIN 01/13/20 08:29pm Travel Trailers
RE: Goodyear Marathon tires class action?

Hmmm the clicky is one and a half years old but its gonna be interesting where this type of lawsuit will go as Goodyear stopped their Marathon production about 2 years back. There replacements were Goodyear Endurance with their introduction date January 30 2017 according to Goodyear news release. Most likely thousand of the old Marathons are still on rv trailers/utility trailer/lawn service trailers and in warehouses back room shelves.
JIMNLIN 01/12/20 06:59pm General RVing Issues
RE: Double Towing Length Laws

And don't forget if you get stopped the deciding person will be the LEO who pulls you over. If he isn't familiar with the towing regulations then all bets are off. If the LEO is not familiar with the towing laws than how could he give me a ticket, if he or she tried to ticket me I will tell to call their supervisor to look up the law.. I checked on the 7 states and I am in the clear, 70 to 85 foot and no 5th wheel required in the middle. Most of the time a stop for any size and weight violations will be by a certified size and weight officer. If he's not certified then he can have his dispatch get one on scene in a hurry that will know the violation code and how its enforced. When I hauled I've had both happen more than once. Many times the way a code is worded like I mentioned above... a lay person has no idea how the code will be enforced. This is were the officer who is certified will make the correct call.
JIMNLIN 01/12/20 06:25pm Towing
RE: Double Towing Length Laws

Only CO and ND allow 4 vehicle combination for towing triples according to the clicky link. It would be interesting how ND and CO lists the trailer types (first to last) a truck pulling a semi trailer/trailer/trailer for example. A 4 vehicle combination is towing triples (three traiers). A 3 vehicle combination is towing doubles. (two trailers) And of course a 2 vehicle combination is tow vehicle pulling one trailer. I bring this up because when asking your state size and weight folks a question on towing combinations we need to give them the correct info the way DOT laws are written on combinations. Like the clicky says; **Chart is not intended as legal advice and does not provide all regulations on the subject. Direct specific questions to your legal counsel. RVIA assumes no responsibility for any inaccuracies or omissions.** Which is good advise as what RVIA has listed for my state (Oklahoma) isn't being enforced at this time. Terms used such as a Suburban pulling a 5th wheel trailer and only a 3/4 ton or more can be used to tow combinations. Oklahoma DOT folks have said the Suburban/Vans pulling a 5th wheel trailer is too vague. And of course there is no way a officer can determine what a 3/4 ton vehicle is. Call as I did and find out the skinny on combination towing in your state...or those you will be traveling through.
JIMNLIN 01/11/20 09:19pm Towing
RE: Dexter Nev-R-Adjust hub out-of-round

I check suspected out of round drums with a dial indicator with a mag base. I've had pulsating brakes that checked round. The problem was brake material displacement on the drums surface wasn't the same ....which caused the brake pedal to pulsate. Same with brake rotors. I've also had a new guy with his new brake shop set up on my trucks brake drums. I had checked these drums with my dial indicator and all were perfectly round When he started the machine on the first one the cutter only contacted half the drums brake surface . I had him shut the machine off. What we found was his machine used the the hubs chamfer to center the hub. The chamfer was turned off center at the factory. The chamfer did not locate anything but was for clearance only. I took the hubs and found =a shop that use the hubs centers for machining.
JIMNLIN 01/09/20 06:40am Towing
RE: Trailer Tire Speeding Rating??

Would I get anything more by going to an LT tire in the same size or assuming the rims can handle the extra pressure, moving up to a LR F or G tire? It's not my goal to fly down the road doing 80 but know 70 or so is safely doable in parts of the country where higher speeds are allowed. Trailer gross is 11,200, axles rated at 5200. My rims are the only unknown at this point. You will gain more miles of service plus a much better hiway tire for a road trailer that sees lots of miles. My trailer in sig weighs 11400 lb loaded for a extended stay sitting on 5200 lb axles. I use LT215/85-16 E at 2680 lbs X four = 10720 lbs. My 11400 lb trailer has 2240 lb hitch load which leaves around 9100 lbs on the axles......or about 2300 lbs per tire. Sooo... the LT 215/85-16 E have plenty of reserve capacity. I'm getting 7 years and 52000 to 55000 miles per set at any speeds and no issues The good old standby LT235/85-16 E at 3042 lbs capacity will give you 12168 lb capacity which is well above your trailer actual axle loads. I keep these on all my equipment trailers. Their good for any normal highway speed all day and all nite runs. All ST or LT E tires area rated at 80 psi so your current wheels will work fine. You don't need a 3500 lb rated tire and sure isn't any advantage of using a F or G class tire for that weight trailer (axle loads).
JIMNLIN 01/09/20 06:20am Tech Issues
RE: 6 gal electric hot water heater upgrade

Our first 5th wheel trailer was a new 1984 Aljo with a 6 gal water heater on LP only. I installed a Hott Rod element in the heater and wired a switch. It took around 35-40 min for hot water. We had the trailer for 8 years and no issues.
JIMNLIN 01/08/20 05:22am Travel Trailers
RE: Adhesive for Aluminum roof to plywood?

Having worked for 6 years in mobilhome mfg and then owned my own mobilehome/rv repair business and specializing in structures and exteriors for a while just about all roofs we saw and worked on had a fiber board of varius brands or luan type of plywood of various brand names across the roof ribs. This was some years back. Now we did find some older cheap brand rv's that was just aluminum roofing over roof ribs. Fiber boards and luan was shot down with staples and aluminum roofing was glue down to help prevent roof rumble. We still see some older mobiles with old tires laying around the roof... for that reason. Roof rumble did two things . The worst was noise on windy days and especially nites the aluminum actually flapped in the center if not glued down. This is where a fast setting glue is used. Never add screws on a roof covering except around roof fixtures and roof jacks and in molding around the edges. The less holes up there the less chance of a leak down the road. The second is like others have said aluminum constantly expands/contracts and if not glued down works the sealant till it isn't bonded anymore. Wind does this on a mobilehome. Same principle as the rv is pulled down the road at highway speeds. Another thing we found is aluminum roofing gets brittle with age (20+ years). Especially if the unit was left outside in the sun.
JIMNLIN 01/06/20 07:00am Travel Trailers
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