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Old 05-31-2014, 07:50 AM   #1
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A good start

We picked up our new Rockwood A127TH from Wilmington RV in Wilmington, NC yesterday. Thanks to Matt and Kevin for a smooth and well-prepared transaction.

The tow back home was 150 miles of flat, smooth I-40. We ran 66-69 mph on cruise control with the A/C on. The old Superduty rattled along at <2000 rpm and showed 13.8 mpg on the gauge. Ten years of experience shows the gauge reads .25 to .50 mpg less than actual, so we should be on the good side of 14 mpg in the final analysis. She usually does 1.5 to 2.0 mpg better w/out A/C, and I have a ton of tools and equipment in the truck which won't be present on a camping trip, so maybe we'll sometimes see > 15 mpg if I keep the speed limited. For testing purposes only, we ran 70-75 mph for a few minutes, and everything remained stable and true. I don't care to run that hard, though, due to general safety concerns and exponentially decreasing fuel mileage with increasing travel speed. There's just so much that + 40' of tow vehicle + camper w/GVCW of around 12,000 lbs can do in the fuel economy category.

The rig towed like a dream. Well balanced, tracked straight and true, heavy enough to "know it's back there" but not enough to feel like a load. I always chuckle when folks say "towed great--I didn't even know it was back there". Don't think I want to ride with those guys.

Will be setting up in the driveway to familiarize and prepare for the inaugural trip to the Blue Ridge and Smokies. Can't wait!

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Old 05-31-2014, 07:55 AM   #2
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Just don't expect much trailer tire life towing at those speeds. ST tires are only good for 65mph max.
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Old 05-31-2014, 07:55 AM   #3
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Welcome from SC. Congratulations on your new rig.
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Old 05-31-2014, 01:39 PM   #4
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Just don't expect much trailer tire life towing at those speeds. ST tires are only good for 65mph max.
That's a good point about ST tires, and thanks for mentioning it. Interestingly, the Rockwood came with LT tires, Load Range C in an all-terrain mud tread pattern.

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My non-toy hauler 2011 Rockwood A128 came with load range D tires. I'm surprised that they'd go to C range tires on the newer, heavier units. Must be OK or their lawyers and insurers would have a cow.
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Old 06-01-2014, 08:38 PM   #6
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My non-toy hauler 2011 Rockwood A128 came with load range D tires. I'm surprised that they'd go to C range tires on the newer, heavier units. Must be OK or their lawyers and insurers would have a cow.
To be sure the dry weight and max loaded weight translate to the load range C numbers, else they couldn't so much as sell the units to the public. I'd previously commented that I don't care for AT tires on a trailer and will be happily looking into some D or E range trailer tires. My little 2WD Mazda pickup will be happy for some new back tires--ones with some enhanced mud/snow capabilities. The A 127 TH will be happy with some trailer tires, so it's a win-win.

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