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RE: Replace OEM tires with 2 years life left?

Goodyear Endurance wearing out in 20k miles is hardly perfection .
cummins2014 07/11/20 06:49pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Is a stabilizer jack for fifth wheel hitch worth the money?

Had the Steadyfast on my 2008 Montana . With this new fifth wheel with the six point level up nothing more is needed. Yes had the kingpin jack years ago , pretty much worthless.
cummins2014 07/08/20 09:01am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Replace OEM tires with 2 years life left?

We're picking up a new 2018 Cougar 310RLS on Friday. Our 2011 Elkridge 29RKSA will go up on consignment tomorrow. The OEM Trailer King tires (235/80/16) have about two years life left based on the DOT code and 6 year max life before replacement rule-of-thumb. Suggestions/advice on whether to run the OEM tires for a bit, or just buy the cheap insurance in terms of replacements now? I'd likely go with Maxxis if I do replace them, but wanted to hear from the forum for advice please... Providing your rims are rated for 110 psi , go the Sailun ST 235/80/16 , and put your tire worries to bed . They are the best G rated fifth wheel tire on the market hands down . I would get them long before I’d buy Maxxis or Goodyear .
cummins2014 07/07/20 04:21pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: I need new Tires

I've had the Endurance for over 2 years/25,000 miles with no drama so far, but starting out with only a 1/4" deep tread depth, it seems almost half worn out when it's brand new. I had to replace the front 2 at 20,000 miles due to scrubbing the outer tread, so the need to rotate them is mandatory. JK Thats seems the knock on those Goodyears, been reported before. It seems quality RV tires do better then those. Goodyear does have its history with poor performance. The only good thing about those Endurance so far has been they are not having the history the other Goodyear RV tires have had with blowouts. The average RV owner will never get 20K on them, most likely just age out. . Better alternatives out there for a better mileage tire.
cummins2014 07/07/20 10:17am Fifth-Wheels
RE: I need new Tires

looking too, for 2019 373rbs just cause I don't want to tempt Westlakes, just did 3000 miles with them but :-) No one here mentioned Sailun's I'm real tempted to go with Sailun G rated.... thoughts?? You may have a Open Range 373RBS with a 15500 gvwr. Most likely has 7k axles and hopefully 110 psi rated wheels..... so the Sailun S637 ST235/80-16" G at 4008 lbs is a excellent choice. Your getting a top of the heap commercial grade all steel ply carcass tire. I agree, not a G rated tire out there better .
cummins2014 07/06/20 09:57pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Battery replacements in 2013 Chevy Silverado 2500 Diesel

^ If you don't have any other issues or symptoms indicating the batteries are weak, I would absolutely not replace them until at least winter time rolls around. Your thinking in that 7 years is about or greater than the average life expectancy is solid, however other factors can increase or decrease the battery life. Also, you don't need to spend $200 a battery. Many are that much, but there are plenty of FLA batteries in the $100 range. Recently replaced the batteries in the Dodge. Home Depot has Exide batteries for just under $100/ea. Can't speak to their longevity yet, but if they only make it half as long, they only cost half as much to begin with. Lots of opinions ,and experience with batteries, but IMO for the warranty ,and cost I will stick to the Walmart Everstart , either the regular or AGM ,they are if I remember $10 or $20 difference in price.
cummins2014 07/06/20 09:04am Tow Vehicles
RE: I need new Tires

I've gotten anywhere from two years to four years and two months out of ST tires before they exploded. Now I only use 16 inch commercial LT's and the weight rating has been high enough for my trailers but sometimes just barely? I like the speed rating and LT tires are built to passenger carrying safety specs. Craig You obviously never heard of the Sailun S637's one of the most popular ,and IMO the best G rated tire on the market, and many agree.
cummins2014 07/06/20 08:59am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Adding on board Generator

We have a 14 LM Savannah with the gen prep ,i installed ahonda 3000 eu in the front bay .It easily runs 1 air cond washer dryer at the same time and is very cheap to run,20 hours on a couple of gallons of gas.Yamaha has a 4500 inverter gen in gas that might fit. Do you have pictures how you ran the exhaust, out of there, and how you vented it. I was under the impression that those 3000 EU had to be in the open ,not designed to be in a enclosed compartment ??
cummins2014 07/04/20 08:50am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Roadside Assistance Companies

I dumped Good Sam, I’m covered with my Allstate plan .
cummins2014 07/01/20 01:22pm General RVing Issues
RE: Adding on board Generator

Are you asking for the pusher that is in your signature and photo, or a 5er, like the forum you posted? On my 5er, I have one of the built in Honda's. I'm happy with it, but it does burn a lot of propane. I had it installed way back when we bought the trailer in 2002. Only 200 hours on it. When I bought, there was an option to somehow use an outboard boat motor fuel tank. That would have given me longer range and maybe easier to fill, but then you have to worry about the carbs when the generator isn't used often. I guess propane was the right way to go....... Propane is definitely the way to go, having had the Onan 5500 LP in my last fifth wheel, ordered with it. Its a nice option for short term power, pretty impratical to run hours on end. When I sold the fifth wheel it was nearly 13 years old with 176 hours on the generator, not much, for having to give 4K something for it at the time. All I can add is if you want to run them for hours on end you better have a good propane source. If you are too far off the grid be prepared be going after propane quite often .
cummins2014 07/01/20 09:46am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Storage space vs phoney fireplace.

We want to remove the fireplace from our 2020 Highland Ridge Silverstar. This rig has precious little storage. We won't get much use out of this "fireplace" and that cavern behind it would make a great cabinet! Since most campsites we go to include unlimited electricity we use the fireplace to heat the camper instead of expensive propane. I would reconsider leaving the fireplace for that reason and carry less stuff with you Same here , we are nearly 40 miles from the nearest propane source , and that fireplace gets used a lot on the RV parks dime ,not mine. Its one of two things either we haul an electric heater , or a built in fireplace. I will take take the phoney fireplace .
cummins2014 07/01/20 09:36am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Wheel Bearing Repack

Ah, so you pulled the bearing apart before you ever traveled and found that the inner race was bad. That would be the only way you could determine that the race was bad from the factory. Yes, it could have been caused by what you described, or it could have been caused by something else. Unless you saw it new and unused, it's just speculation. I agree , and always blaming it on quality is getting a bit redundant IMO, it’s like always blaming the tire blowout on quality , I’ve seen how people take care of them
cummins2014 06/29/20 10:47am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Wheel Bearing Repack

Here is one of my faulty Chinese bearings in one season, and I don't drive like a jerk: https://i.imgur.com/O7uV0abl.jpg Second look at yours looks like a typical grease problem, probably never packed right to start .
cummins2014 06/29/20 08:50am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Wheel Bearing Repack

Here is one of my faulty Chinese bearings in one season, and I don't drive like a jerk: https://i.imgur.com/O7uV0abl.jpg Its been 18 months since I packed my cheap Chinese bearings, the originals on my 2008 Montana, since been sold about three months ago. Those bearing being over 11 years when I last packed them, and many thousands of miles, looked great . IMO its not the bearings or they ALL would look like yours., its no miracle how they lasted its how they are taken care of, set up right etc etc. You can ruin any bearing if things are not right ,it seems these fifth wheels come out of alignment, not packed right to start etc etc. I have had many original China bearings with no issues. Boat trailers ,travel trailers ,fifth wheels , and utility, and RV trailers . I disagree everything out of China is junk, its what it is in this world we live in. Timken farms out their bearings to China, we seemed to be getting fooled thinking we are getting US bearings.
cummins2014 06/29/20 08:47am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Storage space vs phoney fireplace.

We had to with Fire places, current one without. We miss the fire place. Storage? Looked all the stuff We had and to about half off it out. I’ve got A lot of empty cabinets. Kind of the point I was making, all the unnecessary junk we haul. I wouldn't give up my fireplace to haul more STUFF . We use our fireplace a lot, it puts out more heat then some of those space heaters, has a blower on it. Then you are faced with a space to put the space heater ,mostly like in the space where the fireplace was :) Come to think about that space IS where our two heaters are stored. :) It only makes sense. :B For us there is just no way I'm pulling that fireplace for anything. We spend a good portion of the summer in Montana. The temperature this morning was 40 degrees as it is many mornings here. On goes the fireplace nearly every morning. It rained all day yesterday ,and was chilly all day, all was needed was the fireplace. Our fireplace is far from phoney as far as heat, its actually quite an electric heater with blower .
cummins2014 06/29/20 08:12am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Wheel Bearing Repack

My results don't vary, same as yours, using the Dexter seals , now around $9 ea. Last time I bought them they were less then that. Dexter axles are made in the US, I suspect so does the seals, will have to check next time . Also a double lip seal, and have never had any grease get by them, but then again I don't blindly pump grease into those easy lube bearings either . I never use that feature. I suspect thats where some get into trouble with blowing grease past the seals .FWIW, if the sealing surface of the shaft isn't damaged, you're not going to "blow grease past the seals" if you follow the instructions. IMO the EZ Lube feature isn't really needed, but it only causes trouble when there are other issues. Key word , follow .Yes, that's true. But from my experience, not the most in the world mind you, the bearings will probably fail due to poor assembly where ever they are put together. When I examined mine I was chagrined to discover all the nicks and gouges on the sealing and bearing surfaces of the axle shafts. On a couple of them a half-inch or less closer to the seal lip and it would have been damaged and a potential leak created. I checked them all after that discovery and used a hard stone to deburr and smooth the bearing and sealing surfaces. A poor, poor job was done assembling them. I’m sure the EZ Lube works for some , I just know for sure when hand packing they are definitely greased properly , and have never had a bearing failure . Fortunately I’ve never gotten a bad bearing or assembly . The only time I blindly towed a fifth wheel not knowing the condition of the axles is when I ordered a new one and picked it up 1600 miles away . No issues , and I didn’t mess with the bearings for a few years , I am definitely not one of those once a year guys .
cummins2014 06/28/20 11:39am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Florida Plates; How to Prove We haven't Been There Lately.

Cummins2014, I agree with you and the others who posted in favor of safety. We are firm believers in staying safe AND doing the right thing regarding not spreading the virus to others, as mentioned in the original post (wearing masks, staying home as much possible, etc). Regarding travelling across several states during the pandemic, we feel we have had very low risk of becoming infected due to how (retired, stay at home) and where (within the state) we live. Also we are firm believers in doing what is needed to make things work in our increasingly difficult society - such as following rules and laws for the greater good. We have all given up certain "personal freedoms" so that order and safety can be maintained. I'm active on other forums like this one for the several activities and interests I have. ALL OF THEM exist for the purpose of sharing information about their narrow specialty. ALL OF THEM have rules about not including politics, religion, etc. in the discussions. I think these rules are necessary for the forums to function as intended, not to mention for the freedom to enjoy our pastimes away from the intrusion of politics and the like. This is not a freedom of speech issue, the forum is a private endeavor with the right to limit activities thereon. I'm always a vocal advocate for a forum to stick to its purpose. The problem with the spread of this virus IMO ,is either I don’t care , or I’m not the problem doing what I want. If we ALL would do our part in being safe , and protect ourselves as well as others this thing would come to an end , but unfortunately with a lot of this ME generation that’s not happening .
cummins2014 06/28/20 11:19am General RVing Issues
RE: Wheel Bearing Repack

My results don't vary, same as yours, using the Dexter seals , now around $9 ea. Last time I bought them they were less then that. Dexter axles are made in the US, I suspect so does the seals, will have to check next time . Also a double lip seal, and have never had any grease get by them, but then again I don't blindly pump grease into those easy lube bearings either . I never use that feature. I suspect thats where some get into trouble with blowing grease past the seals .FWIW, if the sealing surface of the shaft isn't damaged, you're not going to "blow grease past the seals" if you follow the instructions. IMO the EZ Lube feature isn't really needed, but it only causes trouble when there are other issues. Key word , follow .
cummins2014 06/28/20 10:15am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Florida Plates; How to Prove We haven't Been There Lately.

OP here. Thanks for the suggestions about receipts, getting a test, etc. Also for posting the experiences you've had traveling lately. Any additional info is welcome. If anyone has any knowledge about accessing travel records in Google Maps please chime in. To those who want to espouse and/or discuss their political or cultural views regarding the virus issue, start your own thread. Maybe on some forum that exists for that purpose. This is not a political issue ,its about staying safe ,not spreading a virus, I know you are entitled to do what you want, and there lies the problem .
cummins2014 06/28/20 08:54am General RVing Issues
RE: Florida Plates; How to Prove We haven't Been There Lately.

I suppose we could all ignore no smoking signs, speed limits, red lights, etc. I hate masks but if it will help I will wear one. Why would you resist something that is for your own good? Guy in the video is nothing more than an instigator trying to start some drama period. I think of it as just another safety factor. One can choose to wear safety googles in a shop, or take a chance on losing an eye. I've been choosing safety googles for many, many years - and occasionally look at the scratches and chips that might otherwise have damaged my vision. So, we do have the freedom of choice - wear googles or not, wear masks or not. Perhaps suffer the consequences of your personal choice, perhaps not. It's not a political decision, it's a safety decision. I look at it this way, if you don't like wearing masks to protect others, and yourself you are really not going to like being on a ventilator. Heaven forbid we give up a few freedoms , or blindly do whatever we want, look at whats going on in this country.
cummins2014 06/28/20 08:52am General RVing Issues
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