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RE: 5th wheel tires

Goodyear Endurance or truck tires. NO china bombs!!
twodownzero 01/17/20 04:43pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: My Amazing 12-year old battery...

I replaced the batteries in my 2005 Ram for the first time in May of 2018. I took delivery of the truck in March 2005. Is 13+ years a good run or what?
twodownzero 01/17/20 08:21am Tow Vehicles
RE: Solar charge current

My controller knows how large my array is and what kind of batteries (conventional lead acid) are attached to it. I can adjust the charge voltages as well. I expect my batteries will last many years since they are never dead or even close.
twodownzero 01/14/20 01:09pm Tech Issues
RE: Carlisle Radial Trail HD tires?

I don't think there are any trailer tires made in the USA except the Goodyear Endurance.
twodownzero 01/14/20 01:07pm Travel Trailers
RE: Goodyear Endurance tires?

I highly recommend the Goodyear Endurance tires and I don't use any other ST tires on my rig. I also recommend that you air them to 80 psi. Your trailer was designed to have the tires at 65 psi because it came with D rated tires and they max out at 65 psi. While there is nothing wrong with D rated tires if they'll carry the load, keeping heat to an absolute minimum in trailer tires is what I'd recommend. I believe you're going to get the same recommendation from Goodyear, but you may find conflict even within the same company's publications about this and they currently do publish a load/inflation chart for these tires, where I don't think they did in the past. It is my view that trailer tires should be inflated to their max psi regardless of loading. I do not do this or recommend that for regular car or truck tires, but I do it for trailer tires because I don't want them to have any chance of getting hot, and that concern far outweighs any wear or traction issues that would normally concern me enough to run lower pressures.
twodownzero 01/14/20 01:03pm Travel Trailers
RE: "Death Wobble"

Any solid axle 4x4 can death wobble. If it didn't do it when new, something is worn out or out of adjustment. So many people struggle with this instead of just replacing the parts and moving on.
twodownzero 01/10/20 08:06am Tow Vehicles
RE: A Primer on Moab

WOW! Great info! We travel thru and stay a few days in Moab virtually every summer/fall heading to SLC for the visit with Gkids. We enjoyed several of the interesting areas that were mentioned. Yes, Moab is Unique! But maybe to much of a good thing happened last summer--we paid $71/night for 1 night at KOA. Not really worth it for us since we have been many times to the area. I would recommend the local golf course is very playable. I read that either Utah or the Moab tourist group promoted visits to Moab last year--guess what???It worked! Expect crowds. I stayed in Moab for 5 days last October. I never paid a dime for camping. Once I unhitched and threw the mountain bikes on board, I found even more campsites that were even closer to the things I wanted to do! I imagine in August/September when it's warmer, it might be a little tighter, but I find it hard to believe that $71 a night to camp had to happen with all the land around Moab. It was 15 minutes to town from where I stayed, too. This is a GREAT thread and I'm so glad somebody bumped it. I'd be one of those cranky younger mountain bikers who rode the Whole Enchilada the last time I was there. I'm looking forward to doing Mag 7 and some of the other trails the next time I go there. Moab is so much fun.
twodownzero 01/10/20 08:03am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Trailer Tire Speeding Rating??

https://www.goodyear.com/en-US/tires/endurance/sizes-specs Click on 235/80R16 Speed rating "N" is 87 MPH: https://www.tiresplus.com/tires/tire-buying-guide/tire-speed-rating/ This is not a comment one way or the other on that particular tire-- I know next to noting about trailer tires. But speed ratings are available. This is what you want, OP. The good old standby LT235/85-16 E at 3042 lbs capacity will give you 12168 lb capacity which is well above your trailer actual axle loads. I keep these on all my equipment trailers. Their good for any normal highway speed all day and all nite runs. A tandem trailer that comes with 235/80R16 tires is probably not going to have sufficient axle spacing to fit the taller 235/85. If it does, going to a taller tire will gain him in weight capacity, but if he doesn't need the capacity, it very likely has no other benefit, unless his trailer needs to be taller for some reason. I wanted to put the taller 255/85 tire on mine because my trailer is a bit nose high at ride height, but I can't because I don't have sufficient spacing, so I had to stick with the 235/85 tire.
twodownzero 01/09/20 08:49am Tech Issues
RE: How much 5th Wheel can I tow with my truck

Thanks for everyone's input so far. I'll look at 5th wheels 11000-12000LB with a Pin weight of 25% or less. I should be ok then. I'm looking forward to the Tampa show. I've been to a couple big shows up North but never one that advertises having trams to get people around if needed. It must be huge! I think you're going to want to shoot for a trailer that is more like 9-10k empty with a 12-14k GVWR. Loaded pin weight is what matters. Virtually any trailer is going to have an empty pin weight below 25%, but that doesn't really matter. What matters is going down the road.
twodownzero 01/09/20 08:47am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Chevy 8.1 truck with low miles?

https://i.postimg.cc/Y9kk0FRQ/IMG-8996.jpg I'm content with what I have now. I know a diesel has more power but this 6.0L does fine for me. I'm not in a race. No new truck in the future. I tend to squeeze every mile out of my vehicles I can before I retire them. You have more problems than power, as your camper weighs probably close to twice what your truck is rated to carry.
twodownzero 01/09/20 08:28am Tow Vehicles
RE: Solar and Inverter combo question

You will need to disable the converter when the inverter is making 120 volts. Otherwise you're just going to be turning the contents of your battery/solar into heat with an endless loop, as nothing is 100% efficient.
twodownzero 01/09/20 08:27am Tech Issues
RE: Eh Weight Police!

While I doubt he had a heavy duty enough hitch to deal with the tow dolly, it is hypothetically possible that the trailer would have been within its tow ratings and GVWR. I could almost certainly pull that trailer, empty, with my SRW 1 ton truck without overloading it. I'd probably even have a few thousand pounds of GCWR to spare.
twodownzero 01/07/20 12:51pm Truck Campers
RE: Coast on the uphills accelerate on the downhills

It sounds to me like you were in overdrive and the converter was unlocking. Tow/haul mode and downshifting are in your future. There's no set of circumstances where it should ever get as hot as it did.
twodownzero 01/07/20 12:48pm Towing
RE: Where are you guys/gals getting your battery cables?

Lots of good suggestions here. Welding shop for welding cable, Home Depot has it by the foot or on a roll, or soldering my own ends on at home and using heat shrink. Don't over think this.
twodownzero 01/07/20 07:56am Tech Issues
RE: El Paso Wally docking

There is absolutely endless desert out here. Head west on I-10 even just a few dozen miles and you'd be hard pressed to find a more empty place. That said, I'd stay in a truck stop before I'd crash in a Wally World parking lot in El Paso; there's truck stops everywhere and that's what their parking spots are there for--larger vehicles where people sleep inside. Truckers don't call it camping, as it's just work for them.
twodownzero 01/07/20 07:54am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: 1 ton SRW debate

Why not just order your truck? I've had my truck for almost 16 years now, and there's never a time when I get in it and think that I would have been better off with one off the lot. Never. I'm hoping to keep it for another ten years and maybe I'll order a new truck then. I was 21 when I bought it and I'll be 46 then, I figure that's about the right amount of time before a new truck is needed.
twodownzero 01/07/20 07:51am Truck Campers
RE: Illinois state park alcohol rules

I lived in Illinois for 30 years including bike riding distance from one of the state parks in question, and I have never heard of this rule being enforced. Fortunately I live out west now and there is endless public land to enjoy.
twodownzero 01/06/20 07:43am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: tire question

I had a Nitto Terra Grappler LT285/70R17 start throwing the tread off and become badly misshapen. Fortunately I check my tires every time I stop. Truck was a 1 ton Ram SRW with a Lance 815 on it. It was not overloaded and I would absolutely never operate any vehicle with a tire overloaded.
twodownzero 01/03/20 01:02pm Truck Campers
RE: Double Towing vs Toyhauler

There are a ton of 30' bumper pull toyhaulers out there that'll work for you. It's the 5th wheel pin weight that produces the problem. A 30' bumper pull is a lot of trailer and will have the same garage space as my 35', just a little tighter in the bathroom/front bedroom/kitchen area up front.
twodownzero 01/02/20 01:53pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Cute "little 4x4

They already sued for trademark infringement and the new ones look different. Also, this article is from last year.
twodownzero 01/02/20 01:51pm Toy Haulers
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