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RE: Sailun tires for the TV

The Sailun G that I used on my fifth-wheel for almost 60,000 miles was an LT tire but it was marked "for trailer use only". I never understood why.
RoyF 07/17/19 12:52pm Tow Vehicles
RE: There's a reason to get rid of six-year-old tires.

From the OP: the answers to above questions: (Q) Blowout happened how long after the pothole? (A) Immediately after hitting the pothole. (Q) What kind of tire? (A) Hankook LT 235/85 load range E. I had used those for a few years until one blew out in 2014. The newest (2013) Hankook was kept as my spare. I had recently swapped it and the Sailun because the Sailun was getting bald on the outer treads, and I hoped the Hankook was good for "one more trip". It may seem odd that I was running just one Sailun, but I didn't want to go far without a spare after the 2014 blowout in a rural part of Oklahoma. The only tire shop in the area had only one tire of the right size, a Sailun load G, so I bought the one.
RoyF 07/17/19 07:44am Fifth-Wheels
More tires again: Carlisle F and Sailun G

The Carlisle ST235/85R16 load range F has changed. There used to be five plies (plus three side plies) of which one was steel. Now there are seven plies (plus three side plies) of which two are steel. The maximum pressure has been increased from 80 to 95. I now have four of these on the fiver. One of my old tires was a Sailun G with a 2013 date stamp, retired with honor after almost 60,000 miles. It was always run at 80 psi because it was overkill for my weight (5000 lb per axle) and I was running my other tires at that pressure. I thought it was wearing evenly. But I lately noticed that the outer treads of the Sailun were wearing thin, a sign of underinflation. I should have used more air in the Sailun.
RoyF 07/15/19 08:09pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Missing camper found alive in White Mtns of Calif

It is certainly possible to get lost, even when hiking on trails. Here is one way to go wrong when hiking on unfamiliar trails: to fail to turn around frequently and to remember at how things should look on the way back. This is particularly important when passing a place where another trail comes in. It is very easy to take the wrong fork on the way back. Even a compass may not help in such a case. I think that is what may have happened in the Hawaii case. The facts are still out on this case.
RoyF 07/15/19 07:33pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Replacing dinette with free-standing table & chairs

Our dining table doesn't bounce around, but it is on carpet and our fifth-wheel has shock absorbers. To secure the chairs (and table), we turn the outside pair of them around so that their backs are tight against opposite sides of the table. A towel or light blanket is used to prevent wood from scratching against wood. A nylon strap running through the chair backs is pulled tight. Normally, we see no movement after a day's travel.
RoyF 07/13/19 07:38am General RVing Issues
There's a reason to get rid of six-year-old tires.

I was going to replace that six-year-old tire right after one more little 900-mile trip. BAD MOVE. I hit a huge pothole on I-35 in northern Missouri. Three newer tires took the shock, but the fourth one (the six-year-old tire on the back axle of the trailer ) blew out. It's not just the tire -- it's always the collateral damage that hurts. The blowout took out most of the wiring to one of the slides. I have spent most of three days splicing wires and running to Home Depot. Four of the wires went to speakers in the surround-sound system, so there was the added fun of figuring out which wire went to which speaker. How I wish that I had replaced that tire BEFORE the trip.
RoyF 07/12/19 07:41pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: A poll: What does 2 blinks of the left signal mean to you?

Age 80, I learned to drive in 1954. Back then, truck drivers would use this to mean (1). Today, I cannot recall seeing any trucker use that signal. And from anyone else, I would never trust it, and would wait until I could see for myself that it was safe to pass.
RoyF 07/09/19 09:13am General RVing Issues
RE: Locks on Propane tanks?

My understanding is that propane doors are supposed to be NOT locked so that gas can be turned off in case of fire, even if the occupant is not at home.
RoyF 06/28/19 02:40pm General RVing Issues
RE: Trans-Labrador Highway - Closed

I had the "pleasure" of taking the Trans-Labrador highway last summer. We went up to Goose Bay via Quebec highway 389 and then down the Trans-Labrador to Newfoundland. If I were to do it over again, I would have retraced my steps and come back over highway 389. Taking the longer route to the eastern provinces and Newfoundland would have added two or three extra days of travel, but it would have spared us the pounding my fifth-wheel and truck had to take over the Trans-Labrador. (I had to have both fiver and truck repaired at St. Johns, Newfoundland.) Highway 389 was unpaved for most of the way, but it was smooth compared to the Trans-Labrador. In Labrador, the road between Labrador City and Goose Bay was well-paved and smooth.
RoyF 06/25/19 07:36pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: What can I do with/expect from a generator?

If you want to run your furnace then the fan will use a lot of juice. The 3000ec will be a good choice IF (1) it is in good condition (I would have a Honda dealer check it out first) and (2) if you can cope with the weight. If weight is an issue, one Honda 2200 or 2000 is easy to pick up (unless you have a bad back) and is enough to power the furnace and lights. I don't know how many hours you would need to run a generator, but get a digital voltmeter and keep your battery at 80% capacity or better. (The 12v-side-of-life link will have information about voltage vs. capacity.)
RoyF 06/23/19 10:27am Beginning RVing
RE: Air in water lines

One more thing to check: If you have a line for sucking the RV antifreeze through your water pump when winterizing then make sure that the valve on that line is fully closed. (I had that problem, once.)
RoyF 06/18/19 07:10am Fifth-Wheels
RE: blue ridge parkway

In 2016, we pulled our fifth-wheel (13-ft height) over the entire length of the Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive. There were no problems with any of the the tunnels.
RoyF 06/07/19 07:02pm Roads and Routes
RE: TST 507 tire monitor system

I leave mine on all the time and they last for about two years.
RoyF 06/03/19 06:52pm Towing
RE: Route suggestions Branson to Russellville, AR

Arkansas sure has a bunch of funny named towns in the Ozarks... Toad Suck and Oil Trough are a couple... The origin of "Toad Suck" is not certain, but it is likely a corruption of some French name. "Ozark" comes from "Aux Arc," referring to a large loop made by the Arkansas River. Oil Trough may have gotten its name from a bear-fat rendering operation in the early 19th century.
RoyF 06/01/19 10:47am Roads and Routes
RE: Ford Diesel trucks

I don't have actual numbers on the 6.0, but my guess is that only a small percentage of them had the major problems. My 2008 F350 has the 6.0 diesel, and I have put about 15,000 miles per year on it, and most of that while towing. (Thanks seminole30 and shum02: I have the 6.4L, not the 6.0)
RoyF 05/09/19 07:30am Tow Vehicles
Can I repack my own wheel bearings?

I greased the front-wheel bearings of my International Scout a few times 50 years ago, but I have not looked at a wheel bearing since. Every year, I pay to have my fifth-wheel bearings repacked, but I wonder whether I could do that job myself. The fiver is a Hitchhiker 29.5. I have the Trailer Life Repair and Maintainance Manual. Page 12.21 has an 18-step procedure for repacking wheel bearings. I ought to be able to follow the step-by-step. But first, do any of you who have doen this job have any advice before I take everything apart and then can't put them back again.
RoyF 04/29/19 01:09pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Travel thoughts

Why worry about tornadoes when you can have earthquakes and wild fires? Seriously, tornadoes are rare, local events. While the exact location where one will strike is impossible to predict, the weather service does a good job of predicting an area where they might strike, so watch the weather reports. I live near Missouri. The weather there in June will be warm and humid. In August it will be very hot and very humid, so I would pick a June visit. Also, tornadoes are rare after June 1.
RoyF 04/28/19 07:23pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Insurance rate increase national General??

My National General renewal was due two months ago; there was no rate increase.
RoyF 04/26/19 08:04am Good Sam Insurance
RE: Leveling help

I use 2" x 12"s, so I can claim bragging rights for widest boards so far! For judging level, I find that the RV's door works just fine. Open it 90 degrees and see which way it swings for fore-and-aft leveling. Open it slightly and see with way it swings for side to side leveling.
RoyF 04/18/19 03:03pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: CoPilot and Navigation questions

I'm happy with Garmin Drive Smart 61 with its larger (7-inch) screen, which allows for easy-to-read details such as streets names of nearby side streets. I particularly like the way that as you approach a freeway exit it displays a video of the road ahead, showing you which lane to be in. I agree that GPS information always must be weighed against what you actually see with your own eyes. If the GPS tells me to drive over a cliff then it's a good idea to get a second opinion. My Garmin does have strange ideas sometimes.
RoyF 04/11/19 12:53pm Technology Corner
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