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Old 08-25-2010, 11:39 AM   #43
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You I took delivery of my silver bullet in 2001. And I guess I can say the ups and downs have been almost as interesting as my son and daughter. I do say that ignoring the bullet is easier, however it isn't with out cost.

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Old 08-27-2010, 01:20 PM   #44
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Welcome to the forums Driftless. Speaking of tires I would highly recommend Greenball Towmaster. I did alot of research on tires for my Airstream as I do not want one of my fenders ruined because of a crappy tire. I searched numerous sites on the internet for travel trailers, boats, and cargo trailers. What I learned is to stay far from carisle there junk, Goodyear Marathons you have people who swear by them and people who absolutely hate them. Now with the Green ball you have more people satisfied and few who had trouble. I will stick with Greenball its what I'm running now. Just got back from a 2400 mile road trip, absolutely love them. Just make sure there made in America and not China. Also I'm running ST 225 75 15 tires switched from 7.00-15 LT. Found out I had to let the air out of the tires to get them into my wheel wells, which would be a nightmare if you dont have a compressor on the side of the road and need to do a tire change. When I need new tires again I will probably switch back to LT, but do love the radial just not the air thing. Another thing I read was you should replace trailer tires every 3 yrs regardless of how many miles you have on them. A couple hundred bucks is alot better then a couple grand in repairs to your wheel wells.
Heres a story for you my buddy who runs a crew for Anderson windows purchased a new cargo double axle trailer was putting right around 9000 lbs a day in it from old windows new windows and all kinds of tools well he ordered the trailer thinking he was getting 2 5200 lb axles drove it for 2 years tires started getting bald from the abuse next thing you know one of the axle shafts broke, turns out they had put 2 3500 lb axles on it (in case your wondering the axles were from alcoa) Tires never had any problem. I'll give you one guess what kind of tires they were. Anyhow I hope this helps as it stressed me out when trying to figure out what tire was good enough for my coach.
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Back to axle weights this is what I'm sitting at with the stabilizer hitch. 3 loops up steer axle 2940 drive axle 3540 trailer axle 3840. With 4 loops up I'm sitting at steer axle 3060 drive axle 3380 trailer axle 3900. Should I run 4 loops? Is my drive axle safe at these numbers? Thanks for the help.
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Update On Tires:Greenball does not make tires in America anymore. I just ordered some from tire discount, and there made in China now. It made me nervous so I contacted them directly, they said for several years they have been out of the country. They assured me that the tires are from the same mold and materials.
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Back to axle weights this is what I'm sitting at with the stabilizer hitch. 3 loops up steer axle 2940 drive axle 3540 trailer axle 3840. With 4 loops up I'm sitting at steer axle 3060 drive axle 3380 trailer axle 3900. Should I run 4 loops? Is my drive axle safe at these numbers? Thanks for the help.
The rule of thumb is that the rear axle should max out at no more that 10 percent of the tow vehicles total weight.

Your first measurements are 600 pounds heavier on the rear axle.

Your second measurements are 320 pounds heavier on the rear axle, which is far better.

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Thanks Andy I have been waiting a response.
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Thanks Andy I have been waiting a response.
Aloha.

I'm busy packing, so that I can catch my flight back to California today.

Hawaii as always, is a tough place to leave to go back home.

But then, there is always the next time.

Mahalo.

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