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RE: Goodyear Endurance Tires VS Carlisle Trail HD Tires

... 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. If you do a search on ST vs LT tires for towing trailers you will get an awful lot of information. Some of course, will come from trailer forums and be of questionable reliability. Read some of the others, from tire dealers/manufacturers or RV technicians. After a while you will get a "feel" for what most people believe. Here is one that is relatively honest. ST vs LT tires
aftermath 10/10/20 05:20pm Travel Trailers
RE: truck/trailer sway

Great news allkidd. Happy for you and glad that you found a solution.I was one of those who thought your weight numbers were good and thought that your hitch might be the problem. Enjoy all of your future trips but be careful about the speed. I aim for 65, will hit 70 now and then but reel it back when going over 70. Too many things can go wrong in a very short time. All it takes is an exciting blow out on a hot day at high speed to make you a believer. Also glad that the "get a bigger truck" crowd didn't jump into this thread. You have a very workable combo. Best wishes.
aftermath 10/09/20 09:30am Towing
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. Another issue that needs to be discussed is the "China Bomb" label many are quick to attach. Just because a tire is made in China doesn't automatically make it bad. True, there are many that are but my main issue is with the company who sells them and the manufacturer that puts them on their trailers. I purchased a new Starcraft Hybrid that had Carlisle tires, LRC. These tires just barely met load standards and sure enough one blew within months of service. Carlisle paid for the replacement of all 5 of my choice. Today, there are many tires that are improved and quite capable of carrying your trailer. I suggest that you buy from a reputable dealer who will stand behind their tires and that you get a load range that will easily meet the weight requirement. Marathons were junk. I had Marathons with early signs of tread separation. Put a set of Maxxis on that proved to be very good. Now have a set of the new Carlisle HD and they are even better. 5 years and over 24K miles and they still look new and require almost no additional air through the season. The new Goodyear is very good by all reports. Marathons were produced in China but only for a short time. They were bad before and bad after.
aftermath 10/09/20 09:00am Travel Trailers
RE: Curious: difference between a WD hitch and Hensley Arrow

To the OP, 1. There are WD hitches out there that distribute the weight between the trailer and TV. They level things out and return weight back to the front end of the TV. 2. A WD hitch by itself does not reduce sway. The first level to help this is the add on friction sway bar. 3. Today there are hitches that combine WD with Sway control at the same time. Andersons, Equalizer Brand and Reese hitches are examples of this. 4. The Hensley or Pro Pride are different, have an entirely different design and suggest that you will never have to worry about sway....ever. People who own these are high on them but this thread is the first time that I have heard an owner actually claim that aside from all the miraculous claims, they will increase MPG too! Wow! I have been towing for over 20 years now and have ONLY used an Equalizer. Back in the day I had to get a hitch, I was looking for a quick and easy set up. I did not like any of the spring up chain type hitches for they were problematic when backing up. You had to disengage these before backing into your spot upon arriving. This has changed and is no longer an issue. The Hensley is heavy, and you have to back the truck into the stinger. Most owners say this is not an issue after you have sufficient experience and I will accept that. I only knew that after watching two different owners struggle with hooking up in a camp that was a bit off level, I decided that this was not for me. I went with the Equalizer and have yet to experience any issues. If I did have trouble with WD or sway episodes I would look at a different hitch. But since I now have over 50K miles towing my current trailer without any issues, I am not in a hurry to get something "new". That and the cost of a new Henlsey keeps me happy with my setup. Hensley is a very good hitch, not question. The best? Perhaps, the extreme cost a justification to drop a hitch that works for me?
aftermath 09/27/20 10:50pm Towing
RE: Equal-I-zer spring bar question

RE: Bent Clips My Equalizer came with my trailer when I purchased it in 2009. The clips were also bent and it made more noise than I was used to. We had a smaller Equalizer on our previous trailer. I got it home and reset the whole thing. Following the guidelines, I noticed that the L brackets were too close to the ball. I moved things around to where they were designed, got new clips and it hasn't caused any trouble these last 11 years. I don't know why they put them where they were as there was nothing in the way to install them correctly.
aftermath 09/20/20 09:33am Towing
RE: Flying Floating Flooring

Just sent you a PM.
aftermath 09/14/20 01:50pm General RVing Issues
RE: Flying Floating Flooring

Here is my two cents. Just had my floor replaced in my trailer by a company that does this and who often work on Airstreams through our dealer. We went with an interlocking plank that is glued down. It gets above 100 degrees inside the trailer during the summer and close to or below zero in the winter. A floating floor will expand and contract and I believe would cause issues over time. I do think that many of the horror stories you hear about are caused by people not knowing what product to use. Buy a cheap product that is meant to float and then glue it down is asking for trouble. I shouldn't use "cheap" because the product we went with was very reasonable. Talk to a professional installer who has done trailers and they will give you the information you need. Putting a floating floor in a house that only varies slightly in temperatures is not like doing one in a trailer.
aftermath 09/14/20 09:05am General RVing Issues
RE: RV Water heater

Did you ever describe the "noise"? If it is popping and crackling then I agree you need to flush it out. If is roaring like a jet taking off, follow Old-Biscuit's recommendation. Make sure it has cooled before you get your hand on that sleeve. Ask me how I know.
aftermath 09/14/20 08:50am Travel Trailers
RE: Fed up with tire blow outs!!!

To the OP, glad you got this figured out. You will be happy with the New Goodyear tires. In the first 5 or 6 replies no one talked about the load range of your original tires. They were quick to talk "China bombs" as if this was the issue. I purchased a new Starcraft hybrid back around 2005 and it came with LRC Carlisle tires. The maximum payload of the tires was just slightly above the GVW of the trailer. Very close, almost no cushion. I lost a tire soon. It was NOT the country of origin that was the issue it was the poor match of tire to trailer. When people say "air them to the max" this only is true if you have a low payload capacity. To get the maximum payload you have to have the max air pressure on the side of the tire. Anything less will cause the tire to flex which builds heat which weakens the tire which....well you know all about what happens next. I now have an Airstream and run LRE tires which might be a bit of overkill. They are the Carlisle HD Radials and have been fantastic tires. Over 20K miles on these and after I set the PSI to 70 in the spring, I usually don't have to adjust them. The LRE gave me tires with speed rating of 81 MPH, with max inflation of 80 PSI. I will never go 81 and I don't inflate to 80 but I do like the cushion of safety. I prefer ST tires. They are designed for trailers and have stronger sidewalls which help deal with the flexing they get when turning tight corners and backing up. Dragging tires in camping spots does stress the sidewalls. Again, the most important thing when it comes to tires is to make sure you have a load range sufficient to carry the weight of the trailer with a good amount of cushion. Best wishes.
aftermath 09/13/20 09:47am Travel Trailers
RE: Motor Home/Trailer Life Magazines Cease Publication

I suppose all good things come to an end sooner or later. Frankly, I feel that Trailer Life hawks Ford trucks and CW too much already. It would be nice to get an honest magazine with honest reviews. Won't hurt me to non renew if it turns into even more of a sales rag.
aftermath 09/13/20 09:09am General RVing Issues
RE: Teaching Your Spouse How to Pull a Trailer

This is a good thread. My wife and I agree that it is pretty important that she knows how to pull the trailer. We know of a couple who had a medical emergency while far from home. If it were me, she would HAVE to drive. That said, I agree with the last couple posters. She does not like the idea of driving in small confined spaces and even now, backing up is not something she would do. So, I started by having her drive an hour or so at a time on the freeway. She caught on quickly and is actually a very good driver. Next was having her pull into a gas station. Pull wide, so slow and watch your mirrors. Again she is pretty good at that. If we have to get into town, I take over. That will be our next challenge. So, be supportive, go slow and don't do the mansplaining thing.
aftermath 09/03/20 11:17pm Towing
RE: Poor workmanship -- Entry Level VS Higher Price ????

Cost does not always equate to quality. I purchased a NEW Starcraft trailer and found it to be pretty bad. Bad, in the sense of the quality of the materials. I don't think the workmanship was necessarily bad but materials were shoddy. The drawers were never right, cheap guides, wooden rails that were stapled together. A switch for the slideout went TU in the first year. Cheap tires had to be replaced too. Then I bought an Airstream,used, three years old. I don't really think that the quality of workmanship is any different than many other trailers. There have been lots of stories of new Airstreams with issues off the line. Since mine was 3 years old, I figure most of the early issues had been taken care of. What I can tell you is the quality of the materials they put in these things are pretty good. Latches that work, switches that work, windows that open and close and the awnings are really nice. No mold and mildew to deal with. I have over 50K on my trailer with little to no issues. They are obscenely expensive. I seriously don't know how any regular guy can buy a new one. We lucked out and got a very good price on a used unit. And, when the "light" trailer became popular I winced at the concept. To me, lighter means lighter materials going into the construction. Perhaps they have improved the building techniques to make up the difference, who really knows? I do know the fiberglass trailers today use materials that do not rot, are light weight and very sturdy. The shells they use make the trailers pretty water proof on top of that. Airstreams will leak if not properly maintained. And older units have wooden subfloors that can and will rot if ignored. They certainly are not perfect. But, I can sell mine today for just about what I paid for it 11 years ago. Still pretty solid.
aftermath 09/03/20 10:48pm General RVing Issues
RE: Toyota Highlander V6

Here is some more for you to consider. When a manufacturer says it has a tow rating of 5000 pounds, that is not the entire story. What is more important is the payload capacity of your TV. I have a tundra and can tow 9000 pounds but that really means nothing in my case. I have a payload limit of 1750 pounds. My trailer weighs about 6500 pounds going down the road. The tongue weight is about 950 pounds. Now consider me, the wife, a little fire wood, a generator and a few chairs and cocktail tables and I am right at my limit. An important number to figure out is the tongue weight of the trailer. This will sit on the ball and affect your payload number. Another thing to think about is your Highlander has a unibody construction not a frame on build like the 4Runner has. You need to check in to find out if you can use a weight distributing hitch on the Highlander. Years ago,there was a good debate going on about this. Installing a brake controller is pretty easy these days. My 4Runner and my Tundra has a connector under the dash. Get one that fits your Highlander and simply plug it in. Mounting the actual controller will be more of a challenge but connecting it to the TV is pretty simple. I highly recommend a Prodigy 2 or Prodigy 3 proportional brake controller.
aftermath 08/30/20 09:36pm Beginning RVing
RE: % bleach to sanitize fresh water tanks

After draining the bleach, I suggest adding a cup or two distilled vinegar when you refill the tank. Drain again and refill with water only. What is the reason for the vinegar mixture? Removes the bleach taste How do you get rid of the vinegar taste? Sanitize your tank with bleach. :B
aftermath 08/25/20 02:57pm Beginning RVing
RE: TT Tire Recommendation

Bstar1952, Here are a few things to consider. I am with you, no politics from me. The Goodyear Marathons and Carlisle tires of old are no longer with us. A mistake made by a manufacturer a dozen years ago does not mean they make the same tire today.I bought a new hybrid trailer in 2004 and it came with Carlisle tires that were trouble. One blew in the first few months and Carlisle covered my replacement of all 5 of them with a different brand. I purchased an Airstream that was three years old and had very few miles on the Goodyear Marathons. They were showing signs of tread separation so I replaced them with Maxxis. These were great tires and I got good performance from them. When it was time to replace tires I went with the new Carlisle HD and moved up to LRE. These have been the best of all. I have over 22k miles on them and they still look great. They also hold air better than all of the others. So, the Goodyear Endurance, Maxxi and the new Carlisle HD are all good tires. Don't listen to those who rant because of politics or past performance from years ago. My suggestion is to buy from a reputable dealer, get them balanced and make sure you have a load range tire that will cover the weight of your trailer and then some. Have a good margin and keep watching them and make sure they are aired up properly.
aftermath 08/23/20 04:25pm Travel Trailers
RE: New Truck for New Empty Nesters

packpe89 You have said a few things that would narrow it down for me. I am a Toyota fan on my second Tundra and will vow for the dependability of both of them. My first was a 2008 and I towed with it for years, all of them actually. Had no trouble at all, purchased it for just about $30K and traded it in 9 years later for $17K Probably could get more but was lazy. All that said, I would scratch the Toyota you listed. The crew cabs are bigger than my extended cab and they are heavier so you would not make up the 1500 pound weight capacity you seek. If you are going to be using it as a daily driver I would look at a Ford 1/2 ton EB. These get very good mileage when not towing, but they are the same as the rest of the gassers when towing. I have a friend with an Ecoboost and it is a very nice truck. Comfortable, all the toots and whistles you would ever want and plenty of power to pull your trailer. It also has left him on the side of the road with a throttle body issue that was fixed. It actually had to be fixed twice because it didn't last the first time. On his last trip, with just about 80K miles he had a spark plug go bad and barely made it over the mountain. $500 later he was up and running but....they found that his turbo thingy is leaking oil internally and will need to be replaced sooner than later. I think that will be another $1500 and that is just for one of them. There are two! Perhaps this is an anomaly, probably so.
aftermath 08/17/20 01:57pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Trailer sway

joytitra, just read through your thread again. I still say you need new trailer tires but another good point was raised. What truck tire do you have? I purchased a new tundra in 2008 and pulled my hybrid with it. When I got my Airstream I had to reset the hitch and it looked good. I had many miles towing with it until one day I felt a tiny bit of sway coming down a slight hill. I had some kind of P rated tire and read that weak sidewalls will create sway. I was due for new tires and moved up to LT tires and it made a lot of difference. So, trailer AND truck tires might be issue.
aftermath 08/17/20 10:35am Travel Trailers
RE: Trailer sway

At five years out your original tires need to be replaced anyway. I had a Starcraft hybrid that wasn't nearly as heavy as your trailer. It came with C rated tires and I had a blowout soon after getting it. It met load ratings, but just barely. You need tires that will cover your trailer load and then some. I now have LRE tires (on a different trailer, 6500 lbs going down the road) and am very happy with them. They will carry up to 80PSI and have a speed rating of 75 or 80 MPH I believe. I run 70PSI and keep my speed as close to 65 as I can. Your plan to look at the new Goodyear is a good one. How much does your trailer weigh? Don't be afraid to move up to a LRE. You won't be putting "rocks" under your trailer. Get the new tires, tweak your hitch some more and you will be good to go.
aftermath 08/17/20 10:25am Travel Trailers
RE: Just cannot fix stupid....repeat...over and over....

She was just expressing her rights. She has the right to congregate without a mask, the right to walk wherever she wants and the right to be stupid. Sad thing is that she will drive back to a community (perhaps) close to you and mingle with you and your family and friends.
aftermath 08/15/20 04:23pm General RVing Issues
RE: Electrical question

I have a 2006 Airstream. My inverter has to be turned on by a switch in the galley. After it is on it only powers three outlets in the trailer. Mine are labeled clearly. From experience, I can tell you that drawing off the inverter will tax your batteries in short order.
aftermath 08/15/20 03:57pm Travel Trailers
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