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RE: BW 3300 with Ford 6.5 box

Before you buy an Anderson, look at the pictures on Amazon. I have a short box chev with a B&W Companion. Great hitch, solid. I don't have a slider so I have to be careful when backing. My trailer is older so it is square up front. I don't think I need a slider.
Thermoguy 10/18/20 10:14am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Forest River Issues

On a trip this summer I had the shackles on my Forest River Sierra break. Not good, but the repair was just over $100. They aren't expensive. Tires are expensive. But the shackles are not. Since my rig is 14 years old, not sure how long those last or if these have every been replaced before. Seems like since they are inexpensive, they should be changed more often. When getting new tires a few weeks ago, had them repack the bearings, at $35 each, seemed like a reasonable cost.
Thermoguy 10/18/20 10:08am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Champion #100263 - 3400 Dual Fuel elect Start?

I have a Champion Dual Fuel also. Ran it for 4 days on 2 bottles of propane this summer, mostly to run the A/C. Still had some propane left. Not sure if that is excessive or not. Without looking, I think mine is the 4375 or similar.
Thermoguy 10/18/20 09:56am Tech Issues
RE: Choosing our first travel trailer! Big family

Are there any campers that don’t have so many negative reviews?? There are SO MANY bad reviews! Where we are in NY there isn’t much other than camper world! I don't think it matters where you buy or what you buy if it is what you want and you think you got a good deal for you. Just go in knowing what you need to know - related to what can my truck pull or what truck do I need to pull this trailer. Lots of info on this forum so be educated and you will be fine. I have a 32' bunk house I pull with a 3/4 ton truck. I would like a bigger trailer but don't have a truck with enough payload to pull a bigger trailer. (I have a 5th wheel, not a TT). When it comes to buying from a dealer, same goes if buying a new car, don't take the salesman's word for it, educate yourself. Trailer warranties are usually 1-2 years max, your on your own after that. I also appears many warranties are only so good. So, educate yourself. I bought my trailer used, got lucky as I only had 1 major issue that needed to be fixed, $2500 later, it has been great ever since. But, trailers need lots of maintenance.
Thermoguy 10/17/20 09:41am Travel Trailers
RE: Choosing our first travel trailer! Big family

My only experience with Camping World, went to look at a trailer. The guy asked me what truck I had. He told me my 2500 could tow any trailer on the lot. Might need Air Bags... Also said you only need a dually for a large in bed camper. Needless to say, if a sales guy tells you your truck can pull any trailer, then you need a new sales guy. He is only interested in the sale. It's your problem once you drive off. So, know your trucks capability before you ask the sales guy.
Thermoguy 10/16/20 05:02pm Travel Trailers
Booking Camping sites for 2021

I was trying to book a camp site for Memorial Day weekend 2021 as well as a site for our typical July trip. After some searching, I was able to find the last site at our 3rd choice of places to go for Memorial day, which is good that I got one, but still struggling for July. I was surprised how many places were already booked for weekends in July. I haven't booked July yet as we like to make that a multi day trip and still trying to decide mountains, ocean or desert. Is everyone else already running into full parks? I typically try to book a couple of reservations as our trailer is 32' and it can be difficult to find a good spot in some areas. Having a reservation just makes it easier. These are usually parks with power and water. We also go other places and boondock a couple times a year, but these don't require reservations. How early can you book at state parks and such? I thought it was 7 months, but maybe it is 1 year. Thanks
Thermoguy 10/14/20 01:40pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Getting ready for winter

My Fifth Wheel, the water tank is in the back, the pump is located in the front side compartment above the sewer drain outlet and such, near the fresh water inlet. The pump sits on the wall between the compartment and the front compartment where the batteries are stored. Mine is really out in the open as far as finding it. It is also next to the fresh water filter.
Thermoguy 10/14/20 01:05pm Toy Haulers
RE: Goodyear Endurance Tires VS Carlisle Trail HD Tires

It might be time for me to mix things up a bit! 1) An ST tire carries much more load than a similar sized LT tire: LT235/85R16 LR E = 3085# @ 80 psi, ST235/85R16 LR E = 3640# @ 80 psi (+18%). That means that at least one of the government tests is more stringent for ST tires. 2) US Government testing procedures do NOT produce a tire that will perform well in the US market (This applies to Passenger Car tires, LT tires, AND ST tires!) Nowadays, the tire has to EXCEED the government minimums by a good percentage to perform adequately. Except - I believe many trailer tires are actually ST 235/80 16 which is 3417lbs - much closer to the LT tire. Actually on the Goodyear site if you just go to tire size and put in 235/85 16, you get LT tires first. In my case, my trailer weighs about 9000lbs over the tires, so much less than the tires 12K potential - so, yes, caution to weight is essential. If you have a 12K axle weight, don't buy an LT tire, you might not even buy the ST 235/85 16 and jump up to a stronger tire. Many are going with the G rated tires. But we aren't comparing G rated to E rated. Tires must first be within the weight rating of the trailer fully loaded.
Thermoguy 10/12/20 08:45am Travel Trailers
RE: The price of new trucks is beyond comprehension!

It was 42 years ago today, seems so long ago, yet still a strong memory in my head, a milestone I reached in my humble beginnings into the home renovation industry building solariums and such. Yes, it was on this day, October ten, nineteen seventy eight when I had been only 4 years into my lifetime career when I worked my way to being able to purchase my first brand new truck! Yup, 10-10-78 I drove off the lot of Phillips Chev - Olds in Penticton BC driving my nice shiny new 78 Chev 3/4 Ton Camper Special. As I pulled out of the lot and turned left on to Westminster Ave and headed east towards home, I though I had lost my marbles, that I am a total idiot. Who in their right mind would pay $7714. For a new truck. All taxes, fees, dealer prep and all the rest of the junk in came to $8,109.70 out the door...... Bob, you are out of your mind! I kept saying to myself. Financed it on the never never plan I did. How will I ever pay for it? I was barely 24 years old. It was a great truck, I had it for 26 years and about 527,000K on the odometer when I retired it, still in decent shape. Hmmmmm...... 42 years later, my 2007 truck in sig is getting worn out. 408,800K on the clock and I am eyeing the shiny new trucks on the lot. 92 grand $$$$$$$ for something similar with a few more bells and whistles. No, just no! That's what, about a dozen times the price I paid back then? Gosh how can they justify that? Wow! Just wow. Amazing how expensive pickups have become. All these fancy gizzmobops they have, someone has to pay for all that I guess.. Guess I'll just keep fixing what I have. It was $1423.77 yesterday for a water pump and a U-joint. Expensive! Oh well, that's life! :) My story of the day. That's funny.... My first 1 Ton was a 1977 4 door dually, Chev, with the 454. Purchased in 2001 or 2002 - paid $5000. Wonder what that sold for new in 1977... Kept it a few years then sold it for almost what I paid for it.
Thermoguy 10/11/20 10:46am Tow Vehicles
RE: Goodyear Endurance Tires VS Carlisle Trail HD Tires

all those clickies your posting are old and all repeat the same ST tire mfg misinformation...that LT tires are made for trucks only. And even make the comments they don't work for tires on a trailer. And some even have said LT tires don't come on trailers. Tireman9 blog has his opinion on the subject Its all there on rvtiresafety.net if you have the time for a long search. Barry Smith (CapriRacer) has expressed his opinion on this and other rv websites and even on AllExpert.com answering tire questions. A hint; don't look for certain wording like stronger sidewalls or strongest tire but rather their opinions on using a ST vs LT in a trailer position. Good read from member SeniorGNC on LT vs ST FMVSS tire testing vs ST tire mfg advertizing. This should be a sticky on any rv website ST vs LT FMVSS testing That is a great link and great info. Thanks for sharing.
Thermoguy 10/11/20 10:18am Travel Trailers
RE: Goodyear Endurance Tires VS Carlisle Trail HD Tires

On the subject of LT tires, I now have 2 trailers with LT tires so I will be able to give a real world experience, after some time. My Horse trailer, a gooseneck weighs about 8K on the trailer axles when fully loaded. It has always had LT tires since new. The current tires were new in 2016 - Goodyear Wrangler HT. No issues so far. The other trailer, a Fifthweel, about 9K over the axles. Just installed the tires last week, same Goodyear Wrangler HT, at $131 a piece seemed like a good way to go. I could have purchased the Endurance at about the same price, but wanted to go with the LT tires. So, I will be the first to say it was a bad decision if in fact it was. I guess more to come in a few years... I think I will go another season on the horse trailer, then change them out before the summer of 2022. But, then I can sell the LT tires for $25-$50 each to some guy that needs tires for his truck or van. Much better than that guy buying from a junk yard or scrap tire dealer as the tires although old will have great tire tread. Can't do that with an ST tire.
Thermoguy 10/11/20 10:06am Travel Trailers
RE: Goodyear Endurance Tires VS Carlisle Trail HD Tires

I thought I could get away with my 7 year old Marathon tires this year as well. Found out that I couldn't. 2 of the 4 had major bulges and had to be removed on the spot. One blew on a trip, but I can blame that on the shackels braking and not the tire. But, the point is, and everyone on here will tell you, 7 years is too long for a trailer tire. Where are your 2 bad tires located? The one failed on mine is at the right front side and the diagonally opposing one also showed signs of belt separation. The other 2 still looks good with a bit of tread left. Everyone here is talking about replacing trailer tires every 7 years. My last set of Marathon still looked good after 19 years when I sold off my last TT as a reclamation project. These Marathon were made in Canada in the '90 though. We didn't travel enough to wear them down to get new tires. We keep the pressure up on every trip, park at home out of the sun and keep an close eye on them for dry rot or uneven wear pattern. Trailer tires dry out from the inside out. Tread life is never an issue unless you are a full-timer that likes to travel. I thought I could go one last season with my Marathon tires - new in 2013 - I was wrong... I had a blowout on the road. 1 of the other tires showed separation and had a small bubble on it. After repair and replace with my spare and a new tire, I had 2 Marathon tires still on the trailer, put one on each side. After driving home, one of the tires had a huge bulge on it, surprised it didn't blow. Changed it out. When I got new tires, they showed me the other one had signs of separation. So, all 4 tires had separation. Moral of the story, they were done - period... I should have changed them out before the season not waited until after. Simple as that. By the way, tread like looks great - other than the belt separation...
Thermoguy 10/09/20 10:43am Travel Trailers
RE: Goodyear Endurance Tires VS Carlisle Trail HD Tires

... Talking to the Goodyear guy today about LT vs ST - ST tires are designed to go straight. Never get much abuse and only designed for rolling resistance. AN LT tire will not roll as well so might increase fuel cost, but a way better built tire. Whenever I have asked a tire professional about LT vs ST they can't tell me why one should buy an ST tire. And, if you need the extra few pounds of added load range, then maybe you should step up a load range anyway. From everything I have heard or read, this statement is in error. The advantage of an ST tire is in the strength of the sidewalls. They are designed to stand up to the lateral loads produced by sharp turns, like when you are backing into tight camping spots. There are many arguments why an LT tire might be better, but this isn't one of them. Remember, when you talk to a salesman about any product other than what he is selling, be prepared for a sales pitch. Sounds like he hit pay dirt. . That is the marketing pitch for why you should buy ST tires, but have you checked the sidewall on them? I had a Marathon, Hercules, and GY Wrangler all side by side not mounted. The Wrangler was much tougher to the touch than either of the other 2. All E rated tires, you could flex the others very easily - the Hercules was bought to get me out of a bind, but very soft side wall. The "steel" belts in an LT tire run crisscross to each other, where the ST tire runs around the tire. The side wall on the LT tire is much stronger and the overall tire weight is more - don't you think taking a truck off road and over rocks is harder on a tire than straight down the highway? With that said, I have a heavy horse trailer, gooseneck, that has has LT tires on it from new. I jack knife the trailer all the time to park next to my barn, have never had an issue. That trailer gets way more abuse as far a driving circumstances than the RV due to the nature of the use. My first set of original tires went 10 years (I didn't know as much about tires as I do now). I replaced due to dry rot... The GY Wranglers on them now have almost 5 years and look new.
Thermoguy 10/09/20 10:35am Travel Trailers
RE: Goodyear Endurance Tires VS Carlisle Trail HD Tires

I was to hold off until next season that we can travel farther before I get a new set of tires. One of these barely 7 y.o. Marathon developed a slow leak from belt separation last weekend. I used the spare to get home from 100 miles away. Because we have a very nice fall weather this year, I thought we shall take advantage of the next few weekends camping. But travelling without a spare is not an option thus the new tires. I thought I could get away with my 7 year old Marathon tires this year as well. Found out that I couldn't. 2 of the 4 had major bulges and had to be removed on the spot. One blew on a trip, but I can blame that on the shackels braking and not the tire. But, the point is, and everyone on here will tell you, 7 years is too long for a trailer tire. Get the right load range tire, and replace them every 4-5 years and you should never have a problem, assuming, tire pressure checks, load is in check, and you stay within the speed rating of the tire. However, if you have a tire size that can be replaced by a similar load range LT tire, I am all for that. I just put Load Range E LT tires on my 5th wheel. I have about 9K over the tires, so well within the range E 12K rating. I have a large horse trailer that has had LT tires on it since new. The first set went almost 10 years and I only replaced them because the were cracking. I have never had a blowout on that trailer in 14 years with only 2 sets of tires. Planning to replace the tires next year as they will be 5 years old, but they are LT so they are better than the ST tires. Talking to the Goodyear guy today about LT vs ST - ST tires are designed to go straight. Never get much abuse and only designed for rolling resistance. AN LT tire will not roll as well so might increase fuel cost, but a way better built tire. Whenever I have asked a tire professional about LT vs ST they can't tell me why one should buy an ST tire. And, if you need the extra few pounds of added load range, then maybe you should step up a load range anyway.
Thermoguy 10/07/20 02:15pm Travel Trailers
RE: B&W Companion

I have the B&W companion because I also haul a gooseneck trailer and need the in bed ball. I'm trying to envision what or where your problem is and just not seeing it. I have had no issues with my hitch which was bought new in 2015 or so. So, definitely not as old. All I can say about other hitch options. Specifically the Anderson which I thought I wanted until I looked at the pictures on Amazon. Before you buy an Anderson make sure you check out those pictures. It will make you appreciate all the Steel in the B&W hitch. OP’s B&W is an older style. His base attaches to a square post that drops into the gooseneck hitch with “U” bolts holding base to post. There is also a draw down bolt that attaches thru base to top of square post. Thank You - I will have to look at how mine bolts up and maybe add some lube. Have never added lube to that bolt system.
Thermoguy 10/07/20 01:44pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: LR E tow vehicle tire comparison

I like Cooper HT# I an on my second set. got 70k out of the first set. Good all round tire,quiet on the pavement! You must run them down to the wear bars. I never do that on a tire. In the wet NW one wants a tire with some tread left. My Michelin's would most likely go to 70K and be down to the wear bars, however they will come off before then. Last year at this time we were one day ahead of snow each day coming South. I do not want to get caught by those driving conditions with nearly worn out tires. I'm at 65K on the OEM Goodyear Wrangler SRA's on my Chev. Can't complain and will buy the same tire when I need new tires next year. It's a good LT tire and used about 50% with a large trailer in tow.
Thermoguy 10/06/20 01:53pm Tow Vehicles
RE: B&W Companion

I have the B&W companion because I also haul a gooseneck trailer and need the in bed ball. I'm trying to envision what or where your problem is and just not seeing it. I have had no issues with my hitch which was bought new in 2015 or so. So, definitely not as old. All I can say about other hitch options. Specifically the Anderson which I thought I wanted until I looked at the pictures on Amazon. Before you buy an Anderson make sure you check out those pictures. It will make you appreciate all the Steel in the B&W hitch.
Thermoguy 10/06/20 01:25pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: The trashing of our public lands.

Back to the subject - we always bring our trash home with us unless we are staying at at paid site that has garbage service. We also separate trash from recycle and always bring that home. I have yet to find a place that has recycle bins. We did a 10 day trip to Glacier this summer and had 3 bags of recycle when we got home. Nowhere we went had recycle bins so we just traveled around with it.
Thermoguy 10/03/20 06:47pm General RVing Issues
RE: The trashing of our public lands.

While it's disgusting no matter whose trash it is, it's a tiny problem compared to environmental disaster that is occurring or about to occur in the US. The cause is the same though - it's all about me, and how much money can I extract for the "shareholders." Pebble Mine - Bristol Bay Drilling in ANWAR Opening 9 million acres of wilderness to roads and logging in the Tongass NF If you have ever been to any industrial site in AK, like the oil fields in Prudhoe Bay, or mines outside of Fairbanks, you would not feel this way. They are very conscientious of the environment and the animals that call those places home. They take incredible care to not harm wildlife and keep everything clean. If a polar bear goes anywhere near a drill site, the shut it down regardless of the cost until the bear has it's babies and leaves the area. Alaska is the last place in the world you have to worry about environmental damage.
Thermoguy 10/03/20 06:45pm General RVing Issues
RE: 6 Volt Interstate batteries

The reviews on the Interstate batteries at Costco are poor. Not sure why, on here they get mostly good reviews. I went with the 6v at Batteries plus. These are Duracell. They have 3 different choices, I went with the middle ones. Good price, seem like a good battery. I have only had them since August so time will tell. My previous were 12v from Batteries plus. They came with the trailer but the guy at Interstate said they were old, he hadn't seen that label in a long time.
Thermoguy 09/29/20 01:49pm Travel Trailers
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