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  1. Apparently some people on this thread either missed the discussions or ignored the risk.
  2. Remoandiris, since you are so knowledgeable you might want to let others know that 11 year old tires on an RV are risky regardless of the amount of wear.
  3. The internet can be a strange world. On another thread I caught lots of negative comments for driving near the maximum load rating for my tires. Now not a word is said when RVers talk about using the same tires for 10 or 11 years. My tire dealer recommended replacement at 7 years and preferably 5 years for any tire that has to support the weights of an RV. I had a spare that was store under my truck and at 4 years it was dry rotted. I just replaced tires at 5 years old with barely 30K miles. Again cracking was visible. The less a tire is used the more often it needs to be replaced due to dry rot.
  4. noteven, thanks for the followup. I have read similar complaints which is another reason I was hesitant to upgrade. I drive almost no miles without the camper, but I understand the tracking in ruts can be bad even with a load. I have read reports that some tires seem to break in within a couple thousand miles and for others the problem persists. I have no idea which brands are better or worse. If I do go to 19.5, I plan on going to the smallest and lightest option; i.e., 225/70/19.5.
  5. As I said it is all about lifestyles. My RV fits my needs for comfort and convenience for both short and long term living. I love my Queen sized multilayered foam mattress. The 3 burner stove, refrigerator, hot water, toilet, shower, heat and AC all meet my needs. I do very well not towing around a "real" home. I can manage with a wet bath, stopping at the Laundromat once every few weeks and some other minor inconveniences in order to avoid the need for hook ups, staying in RV parks, and not being able to travel and stay in the back country. I can understand your priorities. In fact most people enjoy the comforts of a real home so much that they do not travel in an RV or stay anywhere but the nicest hotels and resorts.
  6. I also lived a couple of years as a full timer. My RV had a cassette toilet. Full time RV lifestyles vary greatly. Some live as if they were in a mobile home instead of an RV. Others like myself travel to see new places and experience new things. Different RVs fit different lifestyles.
  7. I got a nasty response when I mentioned in another thread that this forum is very heavily weighted to those who travel in big rigs. Way more people camp in small RVs or tents. Many camp in national forest or other campgrounds without access to dump stations. Cassette toilets make a lot of sense for that style of camping and are quite common. Much better than dealing with an outhouse or digging your own hole.
  8. I will be happy to share. Currently my tire expenses are pretty high. Because I am close to max load, I have been buying top of the line Michelin tires. I also replace them at about 5 years, or with any even minor signs of damage or excessive wear. If I go to 19.5 inch rims and tires, the local Firestone dealer recommended lower priced tires. He can get Kelly, Dunlop or the like for about $200 each instead of closer to $300 for the 17 inch Michelins. That will mean going forward I will save considerably on replacements. In addition it is likely that I would replace them a bit less often due to the higher load ratings and stronger construction. I would still plan on getting wheels from Rickson. Rickson makes high quality steel wheels at only slightly higher prices than the Chinese cast aluminum wheels. In addition the Chinese rims do not have the correct offset and will stick out 1.7 inches. The Chinese wheels are too large to safely mount 225 tires. I would need a minimum or 245 or larger. That would throw off the speedometer, odometer, and slightly alter the A/T shift points. The full quote I got from Rickson was really high at about $3500. They were going to sell me top of the line tires at about $400 each. In addition they charge close to $400 to balance a set of 4 tires. The charges for TPMS sensors and shipping also seemed high. None of this is cheap, but if I go with Rickson for wheels and Firestone for the rest, the final cost will be about $2500.
  9. TireHobby, you seem to have your own agenda and nothing to offer in the way of facts or information. I said I had my tires at 100 percent of load capacity. I should have an exact weight in a few days and expect to be under by a couple hundred pounds for each of the rear tires and of course way under on the front tires. So, despite your agenda, not overloaded. What I have learned by asking questions elsewhere, is that LT tires but not passenger tires, are designed to operate at the rated load capacity for the life of the tire. Since my current tires are new, I will probably run them another year or so which is likely to be less than 15K miles. I have found a relatively inexpensive option for upgrading so I will probably go that route afterwards.
  10. What problem? I have upgraded the springs on my 2500 so it is equivalent to the springs on a 3500. The brakes, steering, engine, body components and everything else except the wheels and tires are identical between the two models. The 3500 is rated a GVWR of 12,200 pounds. My camper is much less than that. In addition, I bought the camper before the truck. I had the recommendations of a truck camper dealer before buying the truck. And that dealer set up the truck and did the modifications after I bought the truck. I also reviewed the weight and load specs with the Dodge dealer before buying the truck. On top of that I have had 7 years and 75K miles of experience driving this rig on the highways, on gravel roads, in the mud and even some snow. I have no complaints or concerns about the handling, braking, or other aspects of performance. I fail to understand why this is difficult to understand. Nor do I understand why some individuals want to ignore questions related to tires and focus on GVWR. I have heard people on forums talk about the "weight police". I have just never seen it before this unfortunate experience.
  11. I went to a Firestone dealer to have a TPMS sensor replaced. I went over my tire concerns with the manager. He did not seem especially concerned. Basically he stated LT tires are designed to carry the full rated load for the life of the tire. He also thought that an upgrade to 19.5 rims and tires would be an overly expensive and an unnecessary upgrade. I was surprised at those of these comments. Then he stated that if I really wanted to upgrade to 19.5, he would recommend lower cost, non-Firestone tires. I think I will keep with what I have for the next year or so, especially since all of my tires are low mileage and relatively new. Later I might order Rickson rims and have the Firestone dealer install the TPMS sensors and suitable relatively low cost tires. The reason for the low cost tires is my low mileage and need to replace tires in the future mainly due to age. He did recommend replacing any tire more than 5 years old.
  12. Thanks. I am not sure why I could not find these choices.
  13. Noteven, Unfortunately I just checked the Nitto webpage. I am not sure if it would fit my rims but the load rating for that tire is the same as what I have: 3195 pounds. This limitation makes no sense to me. For 16 inch rims there are a lot of choices and available tires with higher load ratings.
  14. I guess you decided to participate anyway. In terms of "stirring the pot", I asked specific questions and expressed specific concerns. I did get some help, including a thoughtful response from Kirk and a link to some additional information.
  15. The GVWR comes from the manufacturer. Of course, I cannot change it. Nor would I want to. I just want to know if it is safe and reasonable to run tires at the tire manufacturer's load rating.