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Old 05-13-2012, 09:40 PM   #15
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And the most important lesson of all,

. . is to shoot GYM tires to put them out of their misery.

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Old 05-13-2012, 10:16 PM   #16
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Now that is funny!
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Old 05-13-2012, 10:38 PM   #17
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Old 05-13-2012, 11:46 PM   #18
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I'd invest in a torque wrench instead of a breaker bar... you should never tighten with a breaker on aluminum rims... most spec to around 90ft/lbs... you can easily damage them unless you've got a good sense for 'tight enough'.
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Old 05-14-2012, 01:18 AM   #19
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WIWD>>

UNDER COVER OF DARKNESS, replace the "evil rock" with the sabotaged tire and a sign...."no tires on the lawn".

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Under cover of darkness, replace the evil rock with a rubber rock from "Acme Sales". Actually rubber rocks are available at about half the Acme price from Harbor Freight, and with the 20% off coupon....
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Old 05-14-2012, 06:34 AM   #20
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Should we turn this into a 'get rid of that Goodyear Marathon garbage' thread?

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Yup, sure ... clearly all the fault of the tires ... yadda, yadda, yadda.

Or: they just shouldn't allow rocks on lawns, or roadsides, or .... yadda, yadda, yadda.
OK, that's a 'yes'

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Roughly 30k miles, and 4 years (on just our 2008), we've gone through 5 GYM's. 3 total failure, and 2 were caught in the process-- massive sidewall bulges

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I know what you're thinking Airsdream, 'cause I see you coming a mile off, and the answers are 'yes, yes, and yes' to your questions:
1. Did you have TPMS for constant PSI monitoring?
2. Did you CAT scale your rig to confirm proper loading?
3. Were you always cognizant of the 65mph max speed rating?

JFS': Looks like you're running the OEM 15" rims, so between that size and your weight, there are no options other than ST. From my own personal experience, and anecdotal evidence found here and at the other arr-vee dot com forum, I've found horror stories with ALL manufacturers; Carlisle, Commodore... MAXXIS having the least failures. But that might just be from a reduced market share...

The only thread I haven't found yet, is detailing a failure on an LTX

AFA running up against a lawn rock
We used to spend all weekend crawling all over rocks much scarier than that in my loaded up CJ-7, with nary a puncture. Now, granted, we're talking TT vs. truck, but my point is the BFGoodrich and Mickey Thompson tires we were running, were every bit loaded to capacity, doing what they were designed for... and that's my point, durability/dependability under intended use.

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Old 05-14-2012, 06:40 AM   #21
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Couldn't you have saved your self some work? You were already at your destination, you could have just parked, then taken off the damaged tire and put the new one on when you got it. Even if you were going to tow to a tire shop, you could do that with only one wheel on that side.
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Old 05-14-2012, 06:42 AM   #22
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Our first tire-changing experience WAS along the highway, unfortunately, and during the second trip with our trailer no less. I look at that spot and think about the tire changing every time we go by it (it wasn't too far from our house). It took roughly as long as yours did, or perhaps a bit longer because, without thinking, I pulled it onto the blocks before loosening the lug nuts. D'oh! Of course I didn't stop to take pictures either.

Fortunately I had checked the camper's spare tire pressure before we left. I now make sure to check it (and the truck's spare) when I'm checking the 8 tires actually on the ground before every trip.
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Old 05-14-2012, 06:58 AM   #23
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OK this is going to sound a bit silly but so far it has kept us out of trouble.
When driving around tight corners for some reason an old song pops into my head "Swing low sweet chariot" but I always change the words to "Swing WIDE sweet chariot"
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OK this is going to sound a bit silly but so far it has kept us out of trouble.
When driving around tight corners for some reason an old song pops into my head "Swing low sweet chariot" but I always change the words to "Swing WIDE sweet chariot"
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Good one!

FWIW, the Hensley also improves cornering and tracking (i.e. it doesn't 'cut' the corner as much as a conventional hitch)
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FWIW, the Hensley also improves cornering and tracking (i.e. it doesn't 'cut' the corner as much as a conventional hitch)
How does it do that?
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Old 05-14-2012, 08:06 AM   #26
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I'd invest in a torque wrench instead of a breaker bar... you should never tighten with a breaker on aluminum rims... most spec to around 90ft/lbs... you can easily damage them unless you've got a good sense for 'tight enough'.
Read the thread again - I learned the hard way about torque wrenches and busting bolts in the Navy, plus the spare rim is steel...

Seriously - The breaker bar is just to get the nuts off, and to get the wheel back on the hub "evenly" but tighter than what my fingers would allow - I only tighten to full specs via the torque wrench and I always keep it with me when towing the Twinks. Still - excellent advice to point out to everyone!

Where I was not preparied was for my leveling blocks, although I could have used my jack, it's so much eaiser to drive up on the blocks...
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Old 05-14-2012, 08:10 AM   #27
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So again - I think my big lesson here was to stay alert, and just like when landing an aircraft "fly it to the ground" when towing your Airstream, keep vigilent or those damn lawn boulders will jump out and bite ya!
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Old 05-14-2012, 08:21 AM   #28
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Try Goodyear G-26 Cargo tires, they come in 225/70/15 if you can afford them, although they save the expense of new wheels. Hard to find but tire rack has them. Approx 200.00 each, made in France & Germany.
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