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Old 05-18-2012, 07:10 AM   #51
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With a thought process like that, why bother leaving the house at all. I mean, an asteroid could crash into you while going down the highway
I'd be more worried about dumb ***** drivers who come down on ramps at the posted highway speed on a long weekned with 3 full lanes of traffic only to see the side of my 33 foot long trailer to their left and to my left a Transport truck and trailer along with 300 other trucks and cars.

I so want to get a bumper sticker for just beside my door that says:

DRIVER IF YOU CAN
READ THIS
EITHER SPEED UP OR
STOP BECAUSE I CAN'T
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Old 05-19-2012, 07:42 AM   #52
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I have been guilty of this once or twice. In every case it was because of poorly designed on ramps with insufficient acceration lanes or poor vision to the rear due to curves.

I have been trapped on both sides of this equation and I know how frustrating it is wanting to move over and let a guy in off the ramp and being blocked by a dufus on my left pacing me. I have also been the merging guy (who is doing everything right by getting up to traffic flow speed by the end of a short acceleration ramp) praying that the over taking guy who left "almost enough" room sees my predicament and slows down a couple of MPH; enough to let me in. A head light flash showing that he is working with me would be good too. It would take a lot of stress off the merging driver.

It has been my experience that the guy in the travel lane most likely does not care whether the merging guy blows out onto the shoulder (if there is one) or not. (This is mostly cars BTW; truckers understand how hard it is to merge a tractor trailer sized vehicle and do plan ahead to help the poor SOB).

A merge is supposed to require common sense and cooperation from both vehicles. The travel lane driver is supposed to adjust his speed to allow the merge and the merging driver is supposed to adjust his speed to allow a smooth safe merge. For the merging driver to do that properly he needs to be at traffic flow speed.

It is flat out unsafe to stop on a merge ramp.
Just my "take" on your comment.
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Old 05-23-2012, 05:33 AM   #53
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Best deal I could find in the area got me 4 Goodyear G614 235/85/16 G for 1440.00. Picking them up in the morning, wish me luck.

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Old 05-23-2012, 06:57 AM   #54
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My KUMHO 857's 235/70/15's handled like a dream on the weekend...
I would have been sideways in the wind I drove through with the Bias Plys on the trailer.
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Old 05-23-2012, 07:02 AM   #55
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Ordered four Kumho 857's, the 195R14's, yesterday. I pick them up at the Hartford, CT warehouse on Friday, on my way through to Mystic, CT. With sales tax, they come to just under $125 each

No one makes a LT14, so with the 14" tires, there are VERY few choices to get away from the poorly rated China-made ST tires. The Kumho's (South Korean factory) have a D-rating, and carry 2094 pounds. They have an "R" speed rating, which means that, supposedly, they are good to 106mph. While I'll NEVER see that kind of speed, at least I'll able to maintain a safe flow of traffic (65mph+/-) without being at or over the tire speed rating, as I am with the factory Carlisle tires.

I got 4 years out of the Carlisles, and they still appear to be in fairly good shape. I attribute that at least partially to dilligence in chacking/maintaining proper air pressure (50psi).
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As per my last messages on here, I went ahead and purchased a full set of 4 Goodyear G614 235/85/16 RST load range G and hand them mounted on the wheels. Everything is back together now, and we are fixin to depart for a series of small trips to server as "shake down cruises" before the big track back up to Buffalo this fall.

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Old 05-29-2012, 08:41 PM   #57
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I read with interest y'alls conversation regarding on ramp hazard. Just last weekend I met my demise with an on-ramper while pulling my new 5er. Never will understand how 60' of moving metal can be missed but he kissed my camper along the full length. Later in the trip I blew an E rated Goodyear at the sidewall. Upgrading to the Goodyear G rated RSTs this week. Just glad the rims are G rated. Still waiting estimate to repair the side. Glad it's on his nickel.
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Old 05-29-2012, 09:15 PM   #58
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One word...texting. I watched a nimrod in an truck jerk from side to side in his lane on the highway at 65mph today. I thought, I bet this genius is texting. Got close and sure as the sun shines, he had his phone in his hand not paying a lick of attention to the road. I doubt he would have seen a semi next to him let alone an average sedan. Guess it's a micro-percentage better than the smart ones that have the paper or a book open on the steering wheel (yes I see that plenty, too). I don't get people sometimes.

On topic: How is the ride affected from stock tires to the Khumos? I dont want my trailer to be any more bouncy than it already is, but i want the safety of the extra load range...
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Old 05-30-2012, 08:20 AM   #59
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One word...texting. I watched a nimrod in an truck jerk from side to side in his lane on the highway at 65mph today. I thought, I bet this genius is texting. Got close and sure as the sun shines, he had his phone in his hand not paying a lick of attention to the road.

On topic: How is the ride affected from stock tires to the Khumos? I dont want my trailer to be any more bouncy than it already is, but i want the safety of the extra load range...
Gotta love the woman in front of me putting on makeup looking hin the sun visor mirror this morning - then into her purse of overnight bag on the seat next to her for a differnet color. Compeltely stopped on the highway no one in front of her. Cars entering from the subdivisions to her left and to her right. Stopping on a highway and letting in drivers entering the highway is illegal in NB but so is inattentive driving.

On track to your question : The Kumhos seem to track better than the stock tires. 65 max lbs pressure and the dealer put in 60. Bias Ply goodbye! Rolling down the highway withthe new radioas should be a dream to haul
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