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RE: Tires- Tires - Tires

It’s that time again to start doing homework on tires… running 215/75/17.5 and here is what I’ve found- In terms of cost- Cheapest- Saliun Middle- Cooper Work Series RHT Top- GoodYear G114 Need to save some cash, anyone running the Cooper Work series? I have a friend that purchases a new Grand Design and paid for the Cooper upgrade. That is what he is running but only has 1.5 years of limited use on them. My RV scales in at 16,750# IMHO ,tires are the highest priority for RVing in any vehicle/trailer in terms of safety and reliability. Buy the best tires for your RVing. It is not worth it to try and save money by buying cheaper tires. A tire blowout can be dangerous at worst and could cost you a lot for the damage to your rig. I would not travel without a Road Side Assistance plan i.e. Good Sam or a similar type plan. I also have the Good Sam Travel assist plan if you end up in a hospital and are unable to drive your RV/truck home, they will send a professional driver to drive your rig to your home and will fly you home if needed. I drive my tires 5 years and then buy new ones regardless of the condition of the old tires. Driving on tires older than 5 yrs. old is like playing Russian Roulette with your life and your money. Yes, there are those who believe it is worth the risk to drive on older tires "because they still look good"! Blowouts can destroy your fenders, tear up your RV body, and tear out water tanks and sewer lines:(
MarkTwain 07/07/23 10:05pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Goodyear Endurance is 5 years too old?

I am of the same mind as Mark Twain, to me tires are the most important items on a trailer (and tow vehicle for that matter). The last set of tires (also Goodyear Endurance) I bought 4 years ago, arrived at the dealer with two year old production date. I was not happy, but the dealer said "take em or leave em". Unfortunately, I was about to leave on a trip so had no choice. So, they are now 6 years old (even though only 4 years of use) and I am shopping for replacements (at $1000 CDN, for 4 trailer tires...jeeez). Under different circumstance (short trips, easy speeds), I would likely let them go another year or two, but our trips are always long distance (BC, Canada - Denver, Co) on Interstate Highways at 64-65 mph and I won't take a chance getting a high-speed blowout in the middle of nowhere. As others have suggested, it probably should depend on your anticipated use (short vs long trips etc) and how well you have cared for them, among other things. Marpel - It is good to know that other people share my opinions of RV tires. I had the same problem with tires not being more than 1 yr. old. I called my tire dealer 6 months before I planned on buying new tires and told them I would not accept any tire more than 1 yr. old. Les Schwab in Calif. They had to search for them but finally got them.:)
MarkTwain 05/17/23 06:08pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Goodyear Endurance is 5 years too old?

For me, tires are one of the most critical factors when evaluating RV risks when traveling. IMHO. So, I always bought new tires at 5 to 6 years IF I was going to take any cross country trips, especially if traving in areas with hot tempetures. Short trips I might take a chance on 6 year old tires. At 7 years, I throw them away for new tires. Tires are expensive for sure but the cost of damage to your RV or worst scenerio an accident when you have a tire come apart :(
MarkTwain 05/16/23 08:15pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Routing/trip planning app ???

Look at the Garmen unit for trucks. You can actually talk to the unit to give directions or ask questions with using your hands.
MarkTwain 04/22/23 11:06am Roads and Routes
RE: Would you get new tires ?

I bought a set of Toyo's in 2014. They have < 8000 miles on them. Am I going to replace them anytime soon? Unless I see visible signs of rubber degration (cracks/discoloration/etc) it won't be anytime soon. - Mark0. Let us know how about the damage your RV if you get a blow out and how much it cost to fix the repairs. IMHO the price of tires is a sound investment$$$$
MarkTwain 04/12/23 06:50pm Truck Campers
RE: Would you get new tires ?

The damage a blowout can do is much more costly than a set of tires ... especially if you think about family or friends that might be riding on those six-year old tires with you. You've driven 30K miles and six years, which runs about four cents a mile even at the top end of tire pricing. You got your money's worth. :) Lots of places you can save a few bucks, tires are not in that category. IMHO Totally agree 100%
MarkTwain 04/11/23 11:30am Truck Campers
RE: Would you get new tires ?

Continuing to use tires over 6 yrs. Is like playing dice at Los vegas, the odds of not having a blown tire and possible accident and or damage to your RV ARE NOT IN YOUR Not GOOD !! Buy new tires??
MarkTwain 04/11/23 08:13am Truck Campers
RE: California Highway 20 or 299

Hwy. 20 is the best and the better road when towing trailers. 299 is subject to snow currently and is not the easiest road any time.
MarkTwain 03/29/23 10:45pm Roads and Routes
RE: New Tires

RVing is %100 guaranteed to have "breakdowns" i.e. blown tires. Buy a new tire for the spare!!!!
MarkTwain 02/27/23 11:56am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Wall socket Power in forward bedroom off

Hi all I have a fifth wheel and Al the power went out except for the ceiling in the main bedroom around the nose and slide and ideas the 15 amp breaker is on and the gfi in the bathroom is on The 12 volt lighting is working any ideas where to check Yes, Unplug your electrical plug from the trailer and clean the trailer connections on the side of your trailer and then use some steel wool to clean connectors on the electrical cord. Blow out any debris. Plug in the electrical cord and remove, do it about 3 times. Then plug it back in. This should solve your problem.
MarkTwain 01/23/23 08:06pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Fuel tank leaks when we fill it

Look for a business that installs after market fuel tanks i.e. "Transfer Flow"
MarkTwain 01/23/23 11:00am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Route Planning Question

Hi All, I'd like to find a better way to plan my driving routes. The maps feature on smart phones like iPhone are optimized for the fastest route. That often isn't a good route when you are in an RV. In too many cases, it will lead you down narrow or winding roads that just aren't safe or comfortable. I tried the Good Sam Trip Planner. It has an option to avoid highways. What I'd like to see is an option to show the easiest route - even if it takes a little longer. In many cases, that might mean using highways or interstate rather than smaller roads. What do you recommend for finding the best RV driving route? Thanks. I use GARMIN.
MarkTwain 11/02/22 03:41pm Roads and Routes
RE: Can 'O Worms: how long can I expect my 5er to last?

Mine better last another 5 to 10 years as I want to really step up traveling once I retire. So far no structural issues... knocks on wood. I make a point to avoid the parks with a 10 year rule. 16 years old is stretching to expect to get 10 more years??. Just expect to spend some $$$ to keep up the regular maintenance and unexpected break downs ie broken rear spring, replace tires every 4 to 5 years, repack bearings once a year, replace batteries every 4 to 5 years. Be sure and buy the Good SAM Roadside assistance plan to use when you due have a truck or trailer breakdown.
MarkTwain 10/14/22 10:16pm General RVing Issues
RE: Toyo tires

I have seen a few post on the toyos. I am a fan of toyos but I noticed this new set I have says 125psi cold. But the dealer only put about 95psi? What should I run in them to get the best performance? 2003 DS 42ft Dp When I am towing my 5th wheel 12K loaded, I run 110lbs. when not towing, i run 75 lbs.
MarkTwain 10/13/22 09:10pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Help with trip planning from San Diego to San Francisco

I live in northern Ca and want to take my 5th wheel on a southern CA coastal RV trip. I'm starting from the SF bay area and I'm willing to make a long, one-day trip to San Diego, staying maybe at Campland on the Bay at San Diego for a couple of nights. I'd like to start north along the coast and maybe stay one or two nights at a couple of locations on the way back north. Has anyone made this trip and have any recommendations on where to stop over on the way back north along the coast? I know it's crowded down there and will require reservations in advance. I'm thinking my last stop might be Pismo Beach, Avila Beach or Morro Bay. Any tips or suggestions? I recommend taking I-5 south to Hwy. 46, west to 101 to San Diego. I would also try to go through the L.A. area in the evening or very early in the AM and not on the weekends.
MarkTwain 10/12/22 01:49pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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