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Old 07-23-2012, 09:10 PM   #15
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Scott,

The other common look is a tire that looks a couple of inches bigger in diameter than it's mates and is very rounded across the tread, like a bicycle tire, instead of relatively flat across the tread. I saw a pic in in a post earlier today, but I can't remember the thread.
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Old 07-23-2012, 09:14 PM   #16
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Found it....it's a concurrent thread. Look at post #12.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f438...ain-94172.html
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Old 07-23-2012, 09:15 PM   #17
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The other common look is a tire that looks a couple of inches bigger in diameter than it's mates and is very rounded across the tread, like a bicycle tire, instead of relatively flat across the tread. I saw a pic in in a post earlier today, but I can't remember the thread.
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Between your description and the YouTube video I think I now know what to look for.
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Old 07-23-2012, 09:18 PM   #18
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Generally around 60 , never sustained over 65.
Always with a full water tank if possible. That way we know we have some.
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Old 07-23-2012, 09:42 PM   #19
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Not sure how what we do helps you pick tires? 63 or so except when we for get to check speed and run 65 or 70 for short periods. Always about 3/4 full on water. We pull a 25' also. I run LT truck tires, so speed itself should not cause a tire problem. You must of had a blowout??? GYM??
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Old 07-23-2012, 09:50 PM   #20
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Towing with Speed...

Just returned from a 4470 mile trip, towed at 67-70mph, full fresh tank, always empty grey sometimes partial black tank. Gross trailer weight is around 7700lbs on a 05 Safari 30'. Towing with a 2500 Suburban with 8.1. I get 10mpg doing 55 or 75 but i agree tire temps are cooler towing slower.

71k miles on my Safari, third set of tires (Marathons original, Maxxis, Marathons).
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I tow at 70 if the speed limit let's me. I get 11 mpg at that speed 12 at 60 mph. But I like to get where I'm going with four kids. I might slow down later in life. I bought a tire monitoring system for $260 from camping world. Monitors pressure and temp. This way I know if something is going bad, works great so far and no alarms.
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55 against the wind, 65 with it, or somewhere in between. Safety, economy, and enjoying the trip are the goals.

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thanks all of ya

well i confess on the blowout.....of course it was the right front tire......7 years old ...approx. 15000 miles.....sustained speeds many times of over 70 mph.....i guess i will change my driving speeds when towing....now i must decide if i want to go with the D OR E rating...it seems to me if i change tires at 4 years ( the magic number it seems) the e rating would not be a factor plus considering the harder ride and higher cost. thanks for all who responded..jack
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I bought bias ply tires last summer, because I didn't know any better, and I also have a k2500 suburban but it's a '95 We traveled about 4 k last summer and I averaged 7 MPH at 60-65 MPH with empty tanks as much as possible..... just enough to flush the toilette.
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Billiards,

We tow our 27' FB at 55 - 60 (sometimes push to 63 on long runs) and pass slow trucks or traffic at a max of 70 then back to 55 - 60/63. We always start our trips with a full tank of fresh water and empty gray and black tanks.



Jack,
What are the signs of a broken belts? What should we be looking for?

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Scott, Rich steered you to a thread where I posted my picture. If you click on the picture it will get larger and the difference will be quite obvious. I got the trailer backed into the drive at home after a trip home of 215 miles. I pulled out my wheel lock which fits between the tandems and immediately noticed the change in distance between the tires and the roundness of the center tread. Looks much like the belts were separating from the tread carcass and air got between the belts and the tire tread.

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