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Old 03-27-2015, 10:34 AM   #31
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Yes you have gotten a little grief. I won't do more than 65 and am hoping to get 8. That's why I was curious. Thanks for the info. Keep in touch. I pick mine up on Monday.
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Old 03-27-2015, 11:02 AM   #32
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Thanks for the advice. Will grease her up good when I de-winterize.



Thanks! East side of South Dakota, west side of Sioux Falls. It should be warming up soon, visitors welcome!
BTW, I often ride (the Harley) down through Sioux City and the Loess Hills and the Soldier IA area. I'm sure you're familiar with those roads. Fun riding!
Yes very familiar. I live in Loess Hills. You're right down the road from me. I posted a video of some of my rides yesterday to youtube. I've been experimenting with an XTC camera that I got a few years ago.
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Old 03-27-2015, 11:05 AM   #33
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Not dishing crap (or intending to)...When I first started with my trailer I did the same thing. I had no idea that the tires were only rated for 65MPH. After browsing this forum for a year or so I learned about it...which you'll do too in time I'm sure.
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Not dishing crap (or intending to)...When I first started with my trailer I did the same thing. I had no idea that the tires were only rated for 65MPH. After browsing this forum for a year or so I learned about it...which you'll do too in time I'm sure.
All is good. And seriously, thanks for the advice.
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Old 03-28-2015, 10:25 PM   #35
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I had no idea that the tires were only rated for 65MPH.
FYI, I did a little research and found the Greenball Transmaster tires (205/74R14) are "L" speed rated, or 75mph, have you heard anything (good or bad) about these tires, Sam's Club sells that line? Hopefully it's a long time before I need to shop but like to be prepared (to a fault sometimes).
Greenball Transmaster - ST205/75R14 - Sam's Club
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Old 03-28-2015, 10:36 PM   #36
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I personally have no experience with them. It seems like almost all trailer tires are made in China except for one or two brands. It makes no sense to me. There are tons of threads about it in this forum (and others).

I did purchase two spare tires and rims that I store under the bed in the trailer. I have never needed them but they are there. I figure if I'm out on the road and one does go, then the other one has already been over loaded...might as well make him a spare.

On my 19RR I replaced all four of my tires on the third year because of sidewall cracking. It made me nervous. I put a new set of Carlisles on. They're made in China but from what I could read up on, improved somewhat in recent years. They held up all the way home. Then the big hail storm came and off the went with the rest of the trailer to salvage. It seemed like a waste of money.

No matter what tire you look at, someone, somewhere, has blown one up on the road. They may have been under inflated or the axles may be out of alignment or just a bad tire but they've all been destroyed at some point. Ask anyone on this forum and you'll get 100 different responses for 3 weeks or more.
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Old 03-31-2015, 10:15 PM   #37
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I just picked up my 27rr yesterday and spent the day loading it, weighing it, and setting up the equalizer weight distribution hitch. It was a crazy busy day but got everything set up. I ended up with 1100 pound of hitch weight which puts me right on my pay load capacity weighed at the scale. But, I was not carrying my Vic motorcycle in the garage which will lighten the tongue considerably. I am thinking about adding some weight to the garage when I am not hauling the motorcycle. Other than the weight issue it pulled like a dream with my 2012 Silverado 1500. I have the 6.2 motor and it had no problems EVEN WITH A 25 MPH cross wind when I left home. I could definitely feel the TT but was more than manageable and I did not feel stressed at all from the driving. I know a 3/4 or 1 ton would pull it better, but I loved the power and maneuverability throughout the trip with what I have.vWe traveled to St. Louis, (about 400 miles) and it was a great experience. We stopped overnight at a Walmart and the Furnace kept us plenty warm with a low right around 40.

I have watched videos, read blogs, researched, and read this forum for months before getting my TT. It all paid off in setting up the WD hitch and setting up at the campsite. I got everything level and had no major issues. I really did a close inspection on every single system and found everything working great. I had a little difficulty with the Hot Water Heater. It is working but not sure how to get it to work on Propane, if I need it. There is supposed to be some switch somewhere that I need to find.

I am very happy with everything and thank Forest River for such a great product. I think my dealer could have been more "Customer Service" oriented. I won't mention the dealer. My walk through was rushed and the unit was terribly dirty throughout. We are slowly getting it cleaned up, but it was not what it should have been. I am also a little disappointed with the manuals and operation guides for everything. They are not very thorough. But, that also is a minor detail.

Other than these comments, I will keep posting as i run across new issues or things I am not sure of. I know many of you here are experts and love to hear your wisdom.
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The hot water heater switch should be on the control panel inside the camper. It is likely lighted too. The only time I turn mine on is right before a shower (heats faster) or when I'm not plugged in. BTW 5 gallons of hot water runs out fast! Take sprinkles!

Also adding the bike won't take off as much as you might think but it will take some off. The bike sits over and slightly behind the axles so the trailer takes a lot of the weight. My trailer is slightly smaller than yours so it might be different with yours. When I pull my trailer I can't tell any difference when the bike is loaded or not loaded. I also pack the bed full of firewood on many occasions.
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OK, Here is a dumb question. What does that Water Heater Switch do? Mine is not on, I'm hooked up to electric and have hot water. Does it switch it to Propane? Do I need to light a pilot light when I am not hooked up to electric? I am slightly confused. Outside the switch is on at the water heater. One of you wise RVers fill me in, PLEASE!
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The switch on the water heater itself (on the outside of the camper) turns on the electric element. It is a little slower than the gas switch (on the inside of the camper). Be careful to never turn on the electrical switch unless you have a full tank. Otherwise you'll be replacing the electrical element (even for a second). If you have both switches turned on then it'll heat both ways at the same time (sometimes handy to extend that shower for 34 seconds). I always use the electric except when I'm about to take a shower or I'm not hooked up to electrical service. I hope that helps.
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