Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 06-27-2012, 11:23 PM   #1
40 years trailering
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Simcoe, On Ca
Posts: 11
Just Completed a 4000 Mile Trip

Spent the last 3 weeks traveling from Simcoe Ontario to Nova Scotia via NY state, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine and New Brunswick and return. A few notes of possible interest:

On the second day on the road, after exiting I90 near Amsterdam, NY., I saw that the center hub cover and dust seal on the L.R. wheel were missing, and the wheel was totally black with grease. I jacked it up and there was no bearing play and the wheel turned freely but something was rattling imside the brake drum.
I called roadside assistance and they told me there was a FR. Dealership about 15 mi. distant. I called the service manger at Alpin Haus in Amsterdam, and he offered to have it towed in if I thought it was unsafe to drive, but I dialed off the trailer brakes and took it there myself. It was late in the day but Eric, the manager, got it into the shop immediately. Discovered the entire brake assy, was shattered , the drum was toast, as were the shoes. They provided a place to park the rig and we overnighted on their premises, and 1st thing in the morning, after overnight delivery of parts, they repaired the problem. FR warranty covered the expense which crowded the $800 mark, all in. It appears that the return spring on the brake shoes was never there in the 1st place, and the shoes never properly retracted from the drum. Heat took care of totaling the assembly. At that point the trailer had a total of about 1000 mi. on it, including an earlier trip this spring with no prior signs of trouble.
In summary, Alpin Haus personnel were pleasant, accomodating, and efficient at getting us back up and running.

The second observation of note was regarding the trailer tires, at about the half way mark on our travels. The tires on the right side were exhibiting cupping on the outer edges, and quite a bit of tread wear on both the inner and outer edges. On the left side they were wearing evenly but significantly. I attributed the cupping to an out of balance problem, but am at a loss to explain the inner and outer tread wear on the right side of the unit. The tires were at the cold inflation pressure of 50 psi and hadn't varied. Of course they are the Trail Express junk tires. I'm having the alignment checked here at home, but I feel that for a trailer weighing about 6800 Lb. loaded, and with a GVW of nearly 8000lb, that it is severely "under-tired" with the factory installed tires. Their max load carrying only totals out to 7040 lb. Speak about no safety margin. I feel fortunate to have completed the trip without having to purchase tires just to get home.

Anyway I'm stepping up from the 14" load range C tires to 15" wheels with 6 ply tires. After completing the trip the originals are well and truly worn out. And they will be balanced when installed. Strange, but my prior trailer, a Keystone Hybrid weighing 4000 lb. max had the same size and capacity tires, and took 15000 mi. to wear out.

Other than these issues, the trailer was great. Everything continued to work flawlessly. The unit towed absolutely great and rock solid. I ran the speed limits on interstates, and rarely up as high as 70mph depending on downhill grades etc. Lots of up and down along State hwys. in Vermont and NH. as well as eastern NY. along Hwy 20 on the return trip. Also travelling the beautiful Cabot Trail on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. There was a lot of hard pulling, as well as 95 degree temps. on 2 days in particular. No problems with the GMC , and it returned a trip average of 9.2 mpg US all in.

This post has run on a bit, and for that I apologize.

One more thing; while camping in Nova Scotia at Risser's Beach Prov. Park, we met a couple who were fairly local and were scoping out the campsites for an outing the next weekend. Very pleasant and friendly people who noticed that we had a FR. product. Turns out that they were Rugged Brown and his wife, who are on this forum. RB--if you see this post--it was good meeting you and I hope you had a good weekend at Risser's Beach.

Anyway, enough , I've likely worn out my welcome here tonite so guess I'll quit for now.
__________________

__________________
Terry Stevens
2012 Greywolf 26RL

2006 GMC 1500HD, 4x4, 6L.
Chipped, K&N Cold Air Intake, Magnaflow Exhaust
terrystevens is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-27-2012, 11:36 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
Rsgtivr6's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Champlin, MN
Posts: 433
No worn out welcome from me. This makes me feel a bit better about our trip that way. Going from Minneapolis, MN to St. Leonard, NB Can, next month. 3k round trip. We also have the Trail Expresses, but I am getting them balanced and the axles aligned next week since we can't afford $700 for new tires (5 Khumo Radial 857's). I will watch for the same brake issue as well.

Thanks for the info!
__________________

__________________
TV: '06 Ram 1500 SLT QCSB Hemi 4x4
TT: '12 Grey Wolf 27BHKS
Tow Acc: Tekonsha P3 BC, Curt round bar WDH w/sway control, CIPA custom fit tow mirrors
'12: 27
Rsgtivr6 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-28-2012, 07:40 AM   #3
Senior Member
 
Big Dawg's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Columbus, Ohio
Posts: 533
I am having tire issues with my Grey Wolf also, I am in the process of working with the dealer to get something done about them. They had to replace two tires for me so we could get back home from Myrtle Beach last week. I will let you know what they do to resolve the problems.
__________________
2004 Chevy Avalanche Z66 W/Transmission Cooler
2011 Grey Wolf 28BH
Blue Ox Sway Pro WDH
2 Beagles (Snoopy & Dexter)

Big Dawg is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-28-2012, 08:00 AM   #4
Site Team
 
acadianbob's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: St. Paul, Minnesota
Posts: 2,919
Quote:
Originally Posted by terrystevens View Post
Anyway I'm stepping up from the 14" load range C tires to 15" wheels with 6 ply tires.

I ran the speed limits on interstates, and rarely up as high as 70mph depending on downhill grades etc. Lots of up and down along State hwys. in Vermont and NH. as well as eastern NY. along Hwy 20 on the return trip. Also travelling the beautiful Cabot Trail on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. There was a lot of hard pulling, as well as 95 degree temps. on 2 days in particular. No problems with the GMC , and it returned a trip average of 9.2 mpg US all in.
Make sure you have room between your wheels before buying 15" wheels and tires. Depends on your trailer but there is no room to do that on mine.

Remember your tires are only rated for 65 mph. 95 degrees, 70 mph, tires not up to the task is asking for trouble IMO. Be safe. Happy camping.
__________________
http://i421.photobucket.com/albums/pp297/acadianbob/IMG_2757.jpg
2012 F150 FX4 Ecoboost, 2016 Surveyor 274BHS
2003 Yamaha FJR1300, Demco Premiere Slider
1969 John Deere 1020, 1940 Ford 9N, 1948 Ford 8N
Jonsered 535, Can of WD-40, Duct Tape
Red Green coffee mugs
acadianbob is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-28-2012, 10:24 AM   #5
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Georgetown Ontario Canada
Posts: 158
Terry
We did the same trip last year but in reverse order and included trip to PEI. Our first long trip as new to RV life but really enjoyed the experience. Trip was three weeks and alot of rain in late Aug thru mid Sep. No issues with our tires on single axle RV. But made sure to stay below 65mph. Enjoy the remainder of the season
__________________
Roy & Jean
2010 Rockwood mini Lite ETC 181
2002 Toyota Tundra 4.7l 4x4
Prodigy P3, E2 WDH
rschoono289 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




ForestRiverForums.com is not in any way associated with Forest River, Inc. or its associated RV manufacturing divisions.


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:17 AM.