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Old 06-05-2013, 08:30 PM   #11
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you need to time your inflation with the tank refill cycle and to stop when its dropping low... otherwise, you may deflate your tires if the pressure in the tanks is lower than what is in your tires. not very intuitive nor quick to do... much easier to do this from a service station (or external compressor capable of 110+ psi) that has much higher pressure than what the onboard compressor holds in the tanks.
Simple answer to that is to have a pressure gauge directly on the inflater fitting itself. If it does flow backwards (hasn't yet, for me), just wait until you hear the governor blow off and then go back to squirting the air in.

This probably wouldn't apply except to full timers, but I also carry an electric light-duty pressure washer to help keep things clean.

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Old 06-05-2013, 09:16 PM   #12
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My Berk runs at about 120 PSI. I had a bad valve stem last summer and the air hose saved me. No problems airing up to 105 which is what I run. I also have the gauge at the inflator as Boo suggested as a safety.
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Old 06-06-2013, 07:23 AM   #13
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All the talk about tires, press gage etc. one thing I made sure I had when moving up to a Class A was a tire service plan to ensure that if I had a flat tire someone would be there to change it for me. You might have been able to change a tire on the Class C but there's no way you'll change a class A tire
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Old 06-06-2013, 10:09 AM   #14
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Thanks to everyone for the advice and suggestions. Have the ladder and will definitely be getting the air hose and required fittings/gauges.

I was also wondering what to use to preserve the finish. I saw two products of interest: Rejex and Poliglow - both polymer films that prevent dirt & grime buildup and produce a nice shine that lasts 6 months to a year. Sounds good but does it really work? I use clay and carnuba on my car but shrinking from the prospect of doing so to the Berkshire. Any thoughts?
I know I'm asking a lot of questions but am equally impressed at the discussions generated and hopeful that many more are benefitting from them as well.
Many thanks to all!
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Old 06-06-2013, 12:10 PM   #15
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All the talk about tires, press gage etc. one thing I made sure I had when moving up to a Class A was a tire service plan to ensure that if I had a flat tire someone would be there to change it for me. You might have been able to change a tire on the Class C but there's no way you'll change a class A tire
there's some of us that are still young and strong enough to change a 100+ lb tire

however, the point is valid. there is no room on the rig to carry a spare without giving up precious cargo space. so you will need an on the road support plan to cover you (including towing and spare tires).
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Himcules, You might be able to muscle the 100 lb tire ASM around but what do you use for the 450 Ft Lbs of torque needed to properly tighten the lug nut???? Also where do you carry that big a spare??? Haven't run into anyone who carries a spare tire/rim ASM, and very few that even carry a spare chunk of rubber.
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Himcules, You might be able to muscle the 100 lb tire ASM around but what do you use for the 450 Ft Lbs of torque needed to properly tighten the lug nut???? Also where do you carry that big a spare??? Haven't run into anyone who carries a spare tire/rim ASM, and very few that even carry a spare chunk of rubber.
i have a snap-on 3/4" torque wrench that does up to 600 ft-lb tq and lots of air tools as well. i can change my tires and service most of my rig at home myself. if i lack the tools, i have access to a pro mechanic and a pro race shop where i can work on this if i need to.

i've actually re-torqued my lug nuts to make sure they were in spec when i got it home the first night.

like i mentioned, you give up precious cargo space to carry a spare. so your point was valid in having an on road support plan.
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Old 06-06-2013, 03:39 PM   #18
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I guess that I'm the odd ball. I have an un-mounted spare tire in my bay. I was at a truck repair/tire shop about a year ago and out of curiosity, I asked what a tire would cost. He gave me a price and said that it would take a week to get. That started me thinking that if a truck tire shop in New York would take a week to get me a tire, what would happen if I were on the road somewhere and needed a tire? So, I went to Costco and ordered a tire which I now carry in my coach. I have Coach-net for road side assistance to change the tire should I need it.
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I guess that I'm the odd ball. I have an un-mounted spare tire in my bay. I was at a truck repair/tire shop about a year ago and out of curiosity, I asked what a tire would cost. He gave me a price and said that it would take a week to get. That started me thinking that if a truck tire shop in New York would take a week to get me a tire, what would happen if I were on the road somewhere and needed a tire? So, I went to Costco and ordered a tire which I now carry in my coach.
if you carry the rubber tire, are you considering buying another wheel rim and just have the whole thing ready to go? in case you needed service on the road, the dispatch crew would just change your wheel for you and off you go... no need to get that rubber tire mounted and all that hassle...
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I felt that adding the weight of the rim would be too much. The tire itself is kind of heavy and I didn't want to add the rim to that (because you know how much extra cargo capacity we have -LOL!!).
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