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RE: Two tires: A tough decsion

I went with the Goodyear Endurance. I did some sleuthing around online and I was slightly surprised to find the best deal was Walmart! Tires from Walmart? I was a little nervous that I'd get something that was deep into the "old tire" pile. But I was thrilled to see that the date stamp on the tire shows they're fresh! They came to life in the 20th week of 2022! I'm getting them installed next week, repacking the bearings while I'm at it, and then back to our regularly scheduled camping trips without missing a beat! (As long as the repair schedule agrees!)
davehultin 07/08/22 12:34pm Travel Trailers
RE: Unique situation: What tow vehicle checks all the boxes?

Think about it, increasing from 7 to 9 MPG is a 28% increase. That's HUGE. Yes, you're exactly right to put it in those terms. As long as I'm trending in the right direction for MPG I'm happy. We didn't get into camping to save gas!!! The family memories are invaluable compared to the cost of gas (even as these prices).
davehultin 07/06/22 06:53am Tow Vehicles
RE: Two tires: A tough decsion

The Carlisle HDs are one of the best out there right now. Had them on our TT. I would go with the load range E if they are available in your size. When I started towing I though Carlisle was a swear word when talking about tires. Have things changed?
davehultin 07/06/22 06:51am Travel Trailers
RE: Two tires: A tough decsion

As I was aking Mr. Google for some help I found this: https://tirepressure.com/st205-75r14-tire-pressure Looks like a good resource to use to geek out on everything about tires! (But I'm still looking for the knowledge of everyone here on the form!)
davehultin 07/05/22 10:11pm Travel Trailers
Two tires: A tough decsion

Yesterday we returned from our most recent trip, and seven miles into the trip ... kapow! Blowout. :-( I'm at the point where I want to get fresh tires all the way around before our long trip at the end of the month, but I can't quite decide which tires I should get. The trailer's GVWR is 7660. The tires are 205/75R14. The original tires are Kendo Karriers, rated to 2200 pounds at 75 psi. It seems like the big favorite around these parts is the Goodyear Endurance, but they're rated at 2040 pounds at 65 psi. Both are load range D, both are 8-ply, so it seems the most significant difference comes down to the load capacity. Pros and Cons: * Pro for Karrier: Higher load capacity. * Pro for Endurance: Seems to be a favorite of many. * Con for Karrier: I've alraedy replaced two prior to yesterday's blowout. Confidence in Karrier is declining. * Con for Endurance: I'm giving up some load capacity if I replace all four. So ... do I get the "better" tire and sacrifice some carrying capacity? Or, any other tire suggestions? (etrailer.com shows Westlake as another option, which I've never heard of.)
davehultin 07/05/22 09:46pm Travel Trailers
RE: Unique situation: What tow vehicle checks all the boxes?

OP here, thought I'd come back for a report on our first trip with the new tow vehicle (2019 Ford Expedition Max) pulling our trailer. The short version: I'm really REALLY liking this vehicle a LOT! A little more about the trip: The non-towing highway mileage increased from approximately 17 (on the previous 2010 Expedition) to 25 MPG. I was hoping the towing mileage would see a nice increase too. There was an increase, but pretty small: From 7 to 9 MPG. It was hard to believe I was even towing! This machine pulls like a dream! Even going through construction zone with head-to-head traffic and staring down the 18-wheelers coming against me, the rig just didn't budge! Everything about pulling the trailer was as smooth as butter! Well, almost everything. We had a tire blow out on the trailer about seven miles into the return trip. Can't blame that on the Expedition, though. But that's a story for another day (or my next post). :-/ Other things I like: * Hands-free parallel parking. (Without the trailer, of course!) Hands-free perpendicular parking didn't go as well, but I can still do that on my own. * Integrated brake controller. I really like my stand-along brake controller, but it's nice to "just go" and not have to remember to hook up another thing. * The dashboard is heavily digital, but in a clean way that's not annoying. * It appears that just hooking up the trailer also does an automatice light check. I can't confirm that yet, I'll still send my son to the back to do the visual check, but that appears to be the case. (Some car wash water appears to have gotten into the 7-pin connection and temporarily caused some electrical wackiness, causing the system to think the trailer was hooked up, and then reporting that one of the trailer lights wasn't working.) * I thought the seat massager was way over the top, but when I sensed a drowsy moment coming, turning on the massager got enough movement in my body to keep my drive going in the right direction. * The sunroof will rarely be open, but when it is ... oh my goodness that's a huge piece of glass to look through! * And worth repeating: The power and mileage are amazing! Also worth noting, I'm working through the learning curve of using the assisted back-up. The tiny knob is no steering wheel replacement, but I think I'll get to like it. It didn't do so hot on cranking out a hard turn to back into my driveway, but I did notice that if I have enough space to get a roughly-right aim at my back-up target, I could fine-tune pretty nicely with the assisted back-up, and then once I had fine-tuned it enough to have the trailer lined up to go straight back I could just go hands-free on the assisted back-up and let the Expedition get the trailer in exactly the right place, even if the Expedition was at a crazy angle compared to the trailer.
davehultin 07/05/22 09:06pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Unique situation: What tow vehicle checks all the boxes?

Are you aware that all the "bells and whistles" subtract from the advertised tow capacity? Yes. I was keeping a "subtraction buffer" going in my mind.
davehultin 06/30/22 02:52pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Unique situation: What tow vehicle checks all the boxes?

Did you ever articulate these "nuances" and why a pickup was not suitable? I don't recall seeing it. No, I didn't. One of the biggies is the length of the load. There have been a few times when one of the items we need to haul to a glamping event is a rolled-up carpet. In our Expedition that goes from the back to the front, and on top of the console in the front seat. Can't successfully pull that off in a pickup. Everything else is "naunce-ier" but still factors in to the decision, like being able to go into the side doors to get smaller packages out of the side instead of craning over the sides of the truck bed or scuttling in from the gate (and presumably squatting down to clear the topper). Plus my wife is happier with an SUV instead of a truck, and I like the way she prepares supper. :-)
davehultin 06/30/22 02:51pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Unique situation: What tow vehicle checks all the boxes?

OP here, it's update time! Seems that the vehicle that fills our unique needs and replaces our Ford Expedition is ... another Ford Expedition! At first I dismissed the current Expedition platform because everything is a V6. You can't pull anything substantial with a V6, right? But when I found the Ford Expedition Trailer Towing Selector and discovered that the maximum loaded trailer weight of the Expedition Max was 9000 pounds, the search was on! I had no idea! There were lots of suggestions for pickups in this thread, but because of the nuances of how my wife will use this vehicle for her glamping setup, a pickup was never a strong candidate. I started looking for the Expedition with the required 3.73 axel ratio and heavy duty towing package. They're hard to find, but I found one that I was going to see (about 100 miles away) but someone else beat me to the front of the line. About the same time a really nice 2019 showed up at one of the dealers here in town. It's loaded, which wasn't a selling point for me. I wanted the cargo space and towing capacity and didn't want to pay for all the bells and whistles ... but I was stuck with all the bells and whistles, and convinced them to put on a new set of tires at the time of my choosing to help offset all the bells and whistles I didn't want. I haven't towed with it yet (that happens tomorrow) so I can't report on that yet. But I can say that the (non-towing) MPG is impressive. I hit 25 MPG on the interstate yesterday. My previous Expedition was 17 MPG on a good day. Perhaps the better MPG will start to offset the price tag. Anyways, long story short, I'm a happy camper again!
davehultin 06/30/22 05:59am Tow Vehicles
RE: Unique situation: What tow vehicle checks all the boxes?

What is your wife's mysterious cargo? Glamping equipment: fargoglamping.com. It's important that the glamping goods travel clean and covered, and some of it requires a space that's taller than a truck bed. Our years of camping were at least part of the inspiration for her to start the glamping business, and she's really doing well with it! It's not the same kind of camping that we all talk about on these forums, but it sure is fun!
davehultin 06/26/22 10:20pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Unique situation: What tow vehicle checks all the boxes?

What late model, “magic” vehicle do you think the members here are going to invent out of thin air for your “needs?” I don't know. That's exactly why I asked the question! Hoping someone else already discovered such a magic vehicle.
davehultin 06/26/22 11:22am Tow Vehicles
RE: Unique situation: What tow vehicle checks all the boxes?

Just to be clear, the 9000# number I put out there is NOT the trailer weight. The trailer's placard lists the GVWR at 7660#. The other 1340# would accommodate people, cargo, etc. Also, the vehicle would be towing the trailer OR hauling my wife's business's cargo. Never both.
davehultin 06/26/22 11:18am Tow Vehicles
Unique situation: What tow vehicle checks all the boxes?

Today I thought I might found my next tow vehicle, but it didn't check all the boxes. I'm looking for something that can tow 9000 lbs or better. Sounds like a pickup, right? But my wife has a business that requires the occassional use of the tow vehicle's cargo space. She likes to be able to drop the third row seats (in my 2010 Ford Expedition, Eddie Bauer edition) and collapse the seconde row seats into cargo mode. It opens up a LOT of room which is just perfect for her! I thought I found a great fit for the next tow vehicle: A Nissan NV passenger van! - Tow capacity: Over 9000 pounds - check! - Cargo space: Lots of it! - check! - Seats removable and/or collapsable? Removable, but not collapsable. - No check. :-( That was a deal-killer. Some of the 6.0 liter SUVs get up to around 8600 pounds towing capacity so we might be able to make that work, but honestly I don't want to cut the weight limits that close. Any suggestions for tow vehicles that will check all the boxes on the list? 9000+ lbs towing capacity + cargo space + seats that can collapse?
davehultin 06/25/22 09:27pm Tow Vehicles
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