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RE: LT tires on your TT? Let the fight begin

....snip Since all of us have 15inch rims and need at least LRD tires, LT tires aren't really an option, so we just stick with ST's. I use good year wrangler HT in LT21575-15 on my horse trailer. Load range D. Tire rack has them or any GY dealer can get them.
gmw photos 02/13/20 08:47am Travel Trailers
RE: Deep Cycle Battery???

I took possession of my 2012 funfinder on Nov 15, 2011. The trailer has a AGM "marine starting battery". It's been charged by the much maligned WFCO converter/charger. The battery is still in there, and still holds a charge. My WFCO must be the "only" (LOL) good WFCO in existence, as I have seen it charge at over 14V, also it drops to 13.2 to 13.0 after about a day or day and half. 13.6 is it's mid-level. If the battery is not run down a whole lot, it simply starts out it's charge cycle at 13.6. Here I am, 8 years on, I'm happy with that. As others have said, your discharge strategy needs to be smart. Do some reading on what parasitic draws you may have, and address those if needed. EDIT: I put one of those little voltminder gadgets in the trailer to keep an eye on battery voltage. It plugs in to the 12 cig lighter power port.
gmw photos 11/29/19 06:37am Travel Trailers
RE: Blow out water lines question

How did simple winterization become so complicated?? Shop vacs, turkey basters, air compressors. 6 gals of air space in a steal tank you you think 3/4" of water it will cause damage? Owners manual says drain the tank. PERIOD. You guys miss Elementary since class? You all need to get a hobby! Using the shop vac also cleans out much of the debris in the bottom of the tank that is shed from the anode rod. By the way, I did just fine in science and physics class. Some of us simply like to tinker with our RV's. You'd probably shake your head at the fact I wax my truck once a month too :) And I wax my trailer with a buffer twice a year.:E
gmw photos 11/27/19 06:52am Travel Trailers
RE: Blow out water lines question

I use a Turkey baster with a piece of rubber tubing to remove most of the water left in the water heater after it's drained. Mine has about 3/4" of water after I drain the tank. I get all I can get, and I have never had a problem with freezing and expansion doing damage. After I flush all the debris that I can get out of the water heater, I use my wet shop vac with a piece of flexible plastic tubing duct taped to the vac nozzle to remove the remaining water and debris.
gmw photos 11/25/19 05:43am Travel Trailers
RE: New trailer (almost)

I'm sure that as always, I'll get run out of this thread on a rail, but I'll say it anyway: I'd take the trailer home, and fix what needs fixing myself. Even if I had to buy the window myself. They are only a few hundred dollars. Because here is what is going to likely happen. They are going to assign the window replacement to the 19 year old high school dropout in the shop. Then you will find out a few months later it's leaking when it rains. Etc. Take it. Fix it. Enjoy it. Fix it some more. Repeat. As I always say: "some assembly required". If you are not on board with that idea, then RV ownership is going to be a frustrating hobby for you.
gmw photos 09/18/19 05:01pm Travel Trailers
RE: 2020 Freightliner vs 3500 GMC Dually at the Ike

We participate at least one national level horse show per year and usually two, and generally at one world level show. The overwhelming majority of tow vehicles are 3500 dualies, even at these higher level shows. There will always be a few class eight trucks, and a handful of medium duty. The other several hundred is almost all one ton dually. Obviously a one ton dually is also a good daily use vehicle running solo, where a MDT, a little less so desirable. The F-liner is nice, and I'd like to have one, but it's really just not needed for what we do.
gmw photos 09/10/19 12:59pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2020 Freightliner vs 3500 GMC Dually at the Ike

The Ike test, is fun to watch, but it's not a total all out race. They "limit" the run to eight minutes, because they don't exceed the 60 mph limit going up. So they consider an eight minute run to be a benchmark score.
gmw photos 09/08/19 09:11am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2020 Freightliner vs 3500 GMC Dually at the Ike

What percentage of each vehicles towing capacity is the trailer at that weight? And how close is each to the rear axle weight rating ? This is a perfect example that "payload" is primarily a registration class derived number. This Freightliner is likely capable of being registered up to class six.
gmw photos 09/07/19 09:52am Tow Vehicles
RE: Blue Ox Sway Pro grease Question

I keep a normal fixed 24" breaker bar in the truck tool box for breaking lug nuts loose. That is what I use for the blue ox rotating latches. As for lubing the rotating latches, I just put a few drops of oil in them from my oil can. That's how I've done it since 2011 when I got this, and all is fine. I use this hitch on two different trailers, swapping the rotating latches between the two trailers as needed. I grease the trunnions every few thousand miles. Mine is the first gen version where the trunnions are captured from the bottom with plates, held in place by a bolt. Those bolts should have loctite on the threads, and be checked regularly, as they can come loose in time. Torque is 47 lb-ft according to the factory ( the torque figure was not in the original manual, I had to call them on the phone to find out ). None of this last paragraph applies to the new version, as I understand it.
gmw photos 09/06/19 06:41am Towing
RE: 12 inch wheels/tires

If it were mine I would do whatever it takes to up the size to a 14" or 15". On a trailer that light, I'd be happy with a P metric radial. If going 14" though, a possible choice in a LT is Hankook RA18. With that choice, I could pull any speed, and the tires would easily last out for 7 to 10 years, even if the trailer were to run upwards toward 100K miles.
gmw photos 09/05/19 09:31am Travel Trailers
RE: Multiple Tire Blowouts

Ouch indeed. If I replaced tires that often, I'd be buying 16 tires every three years for my trailers alone. No thanks. Ok, I've added all to this one I can think of. I'm happy with my choices and satisfied with my interpretation of the dexter and trailer owners manuals. My long time friend/owner of the local Good Year store, which is also a independent tire dealer ( multi brand ) is more than happy to sell and mount LT tires to me on all my trailers. I'm good to go here.
gmw photos 09/05/19 07:34am Travel Trailers
RE: Build Your Own Travel Trailer

There is a youtube ch called "I Ride" Tiny House Adventures Bill spent a year or so building his trailer, and now he and his wife have hit the road in it. He did a nice of documenting the build in his videos.
gmw photos 09/05/19 07:04am Travel Trailers
RE: Multiple Tire Blowouts

Cal, I have two questions. First, out of curiosity, given all your research into this subject, what tires are you using on your trailers ? I'm always curious to hear other's experiences when they are based on a lot of research and experience. Second question, and a posted photo here. This is a page of the dexter manual, and also a page out of one of my trailer manuals. I merged the two into one picture here. My question is this: do you think it's fair to say the folks at Dexter, and also the folks at the trailer company ( Titan, in this case ) have also read all the related documentation that you have provided ? And if they have, is it fair to conclude that after they read it, they agreed ( likely in a committee ) it "would be ok to mention the use of LT or ST tires" in the printed manuals ? In other words, what I am saying here is that I, as a consumer, am NOT making an arbitrary decision out of my own limited "garage-mahal thinking". I am, in fact, as a consumer, reading a manual, written by the folks that built the axles, and another manual written by the folks that built the trailer. And THAT point goes back to my much earlier post to this thread, "it's in the manual".
gmw photos 09/04/19 03:37pm Travel Trailers
RE: Multiple Tire Blowouts

Well, okay Cal, but let's just say that honest men shall disagree here. I see this whole load capacity thing in simpler terms. On the four trailers I currently run, one has 14", one has 15", the other two have 16". I have not had any problem choosing LT tires with adequate capacity, plus a safe reserve. Let's use my most recent trailer as an example. 7500 GVWR. 3500 axles. I use good year wrangler ht, 15" LT tires that are 2096 ( let's call it 2100 ) at 65psi. For simplicity sake, let's assume it's balanced across all four tires, although it may not/probably not. So I have 7000 pounds of axle capacity. I have 8400 pounds of tire capacity. 7K divided by 8.4K is 83%. I am happy with a worst case scenario of 17% reserve load capacity of my replacement LT tires. I know for fact, CAT scale verified, loaded for a show, with my quarter horse in the trailer, I do not have that much weight. More like approx 6K pounds or less, total including the tongue weight, which is of course carried by the truck, not the trailer axles. So the bottom line in this case is I have about 5300 pounds on the axles. I feel I am safely under all the stated limits. As I have said before, numerous times on this forum, I would encourage each viewer here to take their rig to the scale so they know what they are really dealing with. I have not seen any part of any of this, over the years, that goes beyond basic junior high school math. As always, I really do consider these to be good discussions, because it often results in new trailer owners heading down the path of thinking, and research.
gmw photos 09/04/19 09:21am Travel Trailers
RE: Multiple Tire Blowouts

Cal, Thanks for taking the time to write out something that seems like a rather complex way of looking at the subj. I'm not sure what to think of all the details. What I do know is that I have two trailer manuals, from two different companies here, that say when selecting replacement tires, I can use LT if I so choose. That's good enough for me. I'm not equipped to argue the semantics of of "approval" vs "a long list of federal certifications". I like LT tires on my trailers. I have used them with much luck. I've used ST tires also. Not so much good luck with them. warm regards, gw ps, I do make sure I am choosing replacement tires that have load rating that is in excess of the actual load being carried, and also is in excess of the axle rating. I never run with overloaded tires or axles. My travel trailer has 7600 pounds of LT tire capacity, with 3600 actual pounds on the axles. My small horse trailer has 8400 pounds of LT tire capacity under an actual load of no more than 5500 axle pounds. Etc., on my other trailers. This has worked well for me with LT tires. It did not work well for me with ST. For the first year of my two newest trailers ( 2016 ) I tried getting by with running the factory OE ST tires. One failed on the horse trailer ( Provider brand ) and one failed on the equipment trailer ( BCT brand ). I don't know why they failed. They were inflated correctly on the morning of failure in both cases. I didn't agonize over either. Both trailers now have LT, and have run without failure since then.
gmw photos 09/04/19 07:25am Travel Trailers
RE: Multiple Tire Blowouts

....snip Any highway tire can be chosen by the RV trailer manufacturer as long as it falls within the FMVSS (standards). ....snip Cal, My point is that LT tires are "approved" by the trailer manufacturers. You point out that any tire within the safety standards can be chosen as OE. Which is true. They mostly choose ST, because very possibly, they are simply the least expensive to fit, and may in fact meet the needs of many consumers. However on this board and others, forum members will state that "LT tires should not be fit to trailers. They are made for trucks. ST tires should be fit, because they are made for trailers." This statement is contrary to what the trailer companies state. In fact a growing number of trailer companies are fitting LT tires as OE, either as standard or extra cost option. Major point is, LT tires "CAN" be an option on a trailer, in spite of what well meaning forum posters may state. And yes this is a much repeated forum topic, but new folks are constantly coming into the fold, looking for solid information. It makes sense to me that we repeat the dialog as often as needed. best regards to all, gmw
gmw photos 09/02/19 07:52am Travel Trailers
RE: Multiple Tire Blowouts

Regarding whether the trailer manufacturer "allows" fitment of the LT tires, I have posted the picture to this forum of the page in the owner manual of both my Titan horse trailers, and my Load Max equipment trailer, that verifies that either ST or LT are appropriate fitment to the trailer. Pay your money, make your choice.
gmw photos 09/01/19 07:19am Travel Trailers
RE: what defines a 3/4 ton?

What I am most concerned with my trucks is axle and tire rating, GVWR, and what level I have to register it. For instance, in my state, I have to run a 12K plate on my Frontier, because with the funfinder hooked to it, I weigh 8500 combined. Because of that, I cannot run just a 6K plate. If I never towed anything with it, I could run a 6K registration. The reason we "pay" for the weight of the trailer in the truck plate is because our trailers get a "permanent" (one time) plate, and the cost of that registration is basically just a paperwork cost. If you look under the rear of a F350 SRW vs a DRW, the pieces and parts are the same, yet the DRW has a much higher axle and gross rating. The limiting factor on the SRW is the tire capacity. My dually has a 9K axle rating, where the same truck that year in a single was 6K. The payload on my F350 is 4800 pounds. So I guess that makes it a nearly two and half ton truck. Sometimes when running empty, I think that's an appropriate designation ! I suppose eventually people will drop this idea of calling these trucks out as half ton, one ton, etc. Old habits die hard.
gmw photos 08/29/19 09:31am Tow Vehicles
RE: what defines a 3/4 ton?

Since these topics always become a discussion of overall confusion, let's throw this in too: remember back when for instance, a Chevy 1/2 ton was called a C10 ? Well, then we got "heavy half", and from that I suspect is where the marketing dept took it and ran with it, and started calling the 1/2 ton a 1500, So of course everybody else had to follow suit, or be lost in the rating wars. If I remember correctly, at the time, moving the designation up to a "heavy half" had some implications regarding either meeting safety regs or emissions regs.
gmw photos 08/29/19 08:12am Tow Vehicles
RE: Another Tire Thread

The OP looks to have a 4500 gvwr single axle trailer...or 2250 lb capacity per tire. Now add 15-20 percent reserve capacity and he's looking at a ST225/75-15 load D tire at 2580 lb capacity. The 15" LT D Wranglers have a 2080 lb capacity....not a good fit for that single axle trailer. ...snip.... You're right Jim, I had not looked at the trailer in his profile to see it was a single axle. The load capacity of the Wrangler tires I mentioned would total less than the axle rating. Not a good match.
gmw photos 08/27/19 07:09am Travel Trailers
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