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Old 05-28-2014, 12:11 PM   #11
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Figure the LRE will make trailer more bouncy off the Interstates, but thinking trade off benefit in reliability, safety and mpg will be worth it. Granted, I may be wrong and bouncy creates different set of problems. I am assuming Forest River construction can handle a little more bouncy. We may have to do better job at stowing our dishes!

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Old 05-28-2014, 12:45 PM   #12
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Figure the LRE will make trailer more bouncy off the Interstates, but thinking trade off benefit in reliability, safety and mpg will be worth it. Granted, I may be wrong and bouncy creates different set of problems. I am assuming Forest River construction can handle a little more bouncy. We may have to do better job at stowing our dishes!
You'll never be able to tell the difference in the ride. The load margin and less rolling resistance will be more than worth it. If you're worried about how the trailer rides and really want to improve it, put shocks on the trailer.
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Old 05-28-2014, 02:30 PM   #13
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How Much is Peace of Mind Worth???

Thanks OldCoot!
I think the up-sizing to 16" LRE is more of an investment in "peace of mind" than anything else! Had enough road rescue experiences in this life. Probably spending way more on wheels than necessary, but at my age I just want to move on down the road without white knuckles and anxiety attacks! LOL!
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Everybody's going to have their own internal value calculation for peace of mind. I am taking the advice of the wise old heads on this forum (and elsewhere) to swap out the no-name Chinese LRC tires for GY Marathon LRD.

Besides the quality factor, what figures into the calculation is the following number crunching...

The stock specs of my new rig are a 7944lb unloaded vehicle weight, cargo cap of 1406 and pin weight of 1324 (I know my CC will be reduced by the weight of my options). Assuming the worst case that I'm a bad load-master and all the cargo weight ends up on the trailer tires, that's 8026 on the tires when the LRC max is 8600. That's 93.3% of tire capacity or only 143 under max per tire.

Too close for my comfort (also not super happy that its right at the axle ratings but not much I can do about that).

Going to LRD, the max is 10160 and I'm now 79% of tire capacity or 533lb under each tire's max.

That (and a TPMS) does it for me.
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Old 05-28-2014, 05:07 PM   #15
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Right on Dave!
Even though I am moving up to 16" LRE's I am also installing TPMS. High load margin is peace of mind!

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Don't think so - adding tires to an 8000# barn door going 60 MPH ain't gonna improve gas mileage you can measure.
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