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  1. Thanks for your reply, Kirk. I'm surprised the water heater hasn't jumped off that little cradle that it sits in - I've hit some really major pot holes (I-10 at Orange, Tx ; I-40 in Oklahoma) and had the seat cushions fly.
  2. Hello everybody, I just replaced our 7 year old Suburban SW6DE water heater with a new unit (same model). The old unit was mounted on a cradle of plywood with 2 short lengths of 2x2 screwed onto the plywood as chocks that press on each side of the bottom edge of the water heater. The new unit - also a SW6DE - is slightly smaller in diameter than the original unit. It's the same 6 gallon capacity tank so I'm thinking the foam insulation must be a bit thinner on the new unit. So, there is gap - about 3/8 inch total - between the chocks and side of the new water header which I have shimmed with some scrap wood and the fit is now snug in the cradle. I was surprised that the old heater was not strapped down; it just sat in this cradle. The only structural connection between the heater and the travel trailer were three long screws that passed through brackets on the heater door frame and screwed into the face of the heater's control housing. I was not impressed with the heater just being secured by the three screws but that's the way it has ridden since we've had the trailer. Are everyone's water heaters installed like this or are there some strapping or stronger brackets used?
  3. Parking lot ownership may also be the issue here - when the wrecker service guy pulled the wheels so the Walmart shop could change tires, the Walmart guys wouldn't touch the wheels unless they were carried into their shop.
  4. JRP, Thanx for your reply. Do you know if this has always been a Walmart policy regarding RV/travel trailer tires? I see them working on cars and trucks all the time using a variety of floor jacks, lifts, and jack stands. Needless to say, I was pretty well perplexed that a whole crew of guys, sitting around their shop fan couldn't lift a finger to assist a customer who is trying to buy their stupid tires. Dave
  5. Hi Joe - Oh yeah - I'm up to 10 ply tires now ... all the 8 ply Marathons are gone. These are on a dual axle Puma travel trailer; max gross weight with all the tanks full and carrying a full load of travel gear is approx 11,000 lbs. The Marathons were on the trailer for 2 years before the first one blew out, the other two blew within 500 miles - total travel mileage was less than 10,000 miles. What surprises me is that they all seem to have failed at approximately the same time after only two years of use. I think most people consider tire life to be around 4 years before you need to consider replacing them because of age.
  6. Hey y'all - Within the last 500 travel miles we've had 3 Goodyear Marathon (ST 225/75 R15 - D rated, 8 ply) tire blowouts - these tires were manufactured in May of 2015 and installed in April of 2017. They did not show any unusual wear and the air pressure had just been checked within a week prior to each blowout - total mileage on these tires was less than 10,000 miles. I thought that Goodyear tires were made in the USA but the tire installer replacing the 1st blowout showed me where "Made In China" was stamped (really tiny letters) along the bead of the blown tire. So - what's the deal? - do the Chinese put some sort of catalyst in the rubber that makes it breakdown after two years? So, I guess I got bombed .... 2nd sad story : When the first tire blew out I was able to get it back to the NTB store where I bought it - they told me that Goodyear Marathons were no longer 8 ply - the new Marathons are 6 ply. They said the only Goodyear they had in my size was the E rated, 10 ply Endurance tire so I went with that one. So, a month later we're back on the road - all tires are holding their pressures and otherwise, doing OK. Two days ago, traveling south on US 65, south of Branson, Mo, the other Marathon on the same side (passenger) as the first also blew out! The first blowout was rather explosive and did a lot of damage to the polyethylene lining at the wheel well - this time it, the blowout just trashed the tire. When we got to the campground in Little Rock, the closest tire seller who had 10 ply travel trailer tires was the nearby Walmart; they had Chinese "Hi-Run" tires. I didn't have time to shop around nor, was I in the mood to get tangled up in Little Rock's afternoon traffic so I just went with the Hi-Run - this is when I learned that Goodyear Marathons were also made in China. Next day (yesterday) - back on the road - made it through Texarkana and headed west on I-30 and POW!, a third Marathon blows out - this time, the wheel well fender is blown loose and is sticking out. I tear off the fender and start driving at a crawl on the shoulder - I needed to get off the interstate; traffic was flying by about 2 feet from the side of the trailer and I wasn't going to try to do any tire pulling with all that going on. About a mile down the road, there was another Walmart - so, I managed to get to their tire and automotive shop and told them I needed to replace both tires on the driver's side with some of their 10 ply trailer tires (also Hi-Run brand). The Walmart shop people said they'd be happy to sell me the tires but they could not remove or replace the wheels on the trailer - I would have to pull the wheels myself, they would mount the new tires, and then I would have to put the wheels back on the trailer. I didn't have much choice so, I pulled the trailer into an open spot in their lot, next to the door of the auto service bay and started jacking the trailer and loosening the lug nuts. I had to use a breaker bar to loosen the nuts and one one of the nuts, the socket slipped and my hand struck the edge of the exposed sheet metal where the fender had been. I ended up with a pretty deep cut (down to the bone) and that was the end of my wheel work for the day. We managed to find someone with a local wrecker service who sent a young guy out to pull the wheels and hand them over to the Walmart guys. Luckily, there was an urgent care clinic in a strip mall adjacent to the Walmart so, I went off to get some stitches and my wife stayed with the truck to handle the paper work & payments for the tires and the wrecker service. So - does anybody know what the deal is with Walmart that they can not touch the wheels on a travel trailer? My wife said that when the guy from the wrecker service got the wheels off, the Walmart guys wouldn't touch them until he brought the tires into their work bay. Yesterday was not one of my better days on the road.
  7. I'm leaning on you all for info because I was led to believe that I had complete liability coverage on the travel trailer through the Progressive policy I was sold. I do see now (internet searches) that various insurance companies offer "Vacation liability" and "Full-timer's liability" coverages for RVs. I'm guessing these are riders that could be added to the comp/collision coverage and not stand alone liability policies. Is there such a thing as a liability-only policy for travel trailers?
  8. You're right .... I dug my policy out, too. Apparently, I haven't had any travel trailer specific liability coverage - just comprehensive+collision. So, I'm covered by my truck's liability as long as the trailer is hooked up but, if something weird happens when the travel trailer is off the hitch in the RV park, I've got a potential liability. Has anyone heard of any stories where an off hitch, stand alone travel trailer has caused a liability claim?
  9. I was told (by an insurance agent) that my truck's liability insurance would cover any issues with the travel trailer while the trailer is hooked up and being towed. But, if the trailer is parked and, for example, it rolls down a hill and smashes into somebody's RV, the truck liability coverage would not apply; I could be liable for damages to the other RV. They said the separate collision insurance on the travel trailer would apply in a case like this. Does this sound right?
  10. Yeah, I'm looking at the "cost / benefit" of insurance on our 6 year old travel trailer. When we first bought the trailer we had it insured by State Farm (our truck insurer) and the premium was less than $200/year (can't remember the deductible). Then, about 3 years ago the premium jumped up over $400/year - something to do with changing their underwriting from regional to national - or that's what I was being told. So, I shopped around and got a Progressive policy for less than $300/year ($500 deductible) but that premium has steadily increased each year until now, they've gone up over $500/year. It's hard to rationalize paying that much for coverage on an older travel trailer.
  11. Most dog owners manage to follow the camp ground rules regarding pets but it seems there is always one jackass who thinks the rules don't apply to them. Besides not cleaning up after there animal some people seem to think it's OK to let their dog run loose through the park. Our dog is always on a leash or a lead anytime she's outside but she's been jumped by loose dogs several times. It really pisses me off.
  12. Yeah - it seems that many of these municipalities are rather casual about how they determine what is a "pit bull" - actually, if you want to split hairs, there is no specific AKC breed named "pit bull" - there are Staffordshire terriers, various bull terriers and bull dogs - but, I'm sure that if you tried to argue the point with the officials in one of these municipalities it would just inflame the situation. The state of Ohio has a catch-all clause : "breed of dog commonly known as a pit bull." - so, that would be any dog that any common person might call a "pit bull" - I guess it's all in the name. I've been bitten by dogs twice: once was a collie and the other was a cocker spaniel.
  13. We got our dog as a puppy from the Humane Society shelter 4 years ago. They said she was a 'black mouth cur' mix; our vet says she's probably part boxer, and I've heard all sorts of other theories including casual acquaintances that say, "Oh, she's a pit bull". We've been traveling with her for the last year and haven't had any problems renting camp sites and staying at RV parks all over the eastern part of the country. This week we're getting ready to travel to Missouri and have learned that several municipalities have ordinances that outlaw the possession of a "pit bull" (and some other breeds) within their municipality limits. A few internet searches reveal a whole world of fussing about this stuff - it's called "Breed Specific Legislation". It's not just Missouri, it's all over the county - usually at the municipality level but there are some counties that have instituted bans also. The wording of the ordinances generally state that the local animal control is authorized to seize your dog if it is one of the offending breeds and then you are required to pay a fine and remove the animal from their municipal limits. There are also a few horror stories about euthanized dogs just to make it feel more drastic. Has anyone here had problems with their dog being seized or threatened seizure by the local municipality while staying short term in an RV park?? DCD
  14. Thanks to everybody for your feedback / recommendations. It sounds like mixing in the old gas (I'm talking about less than a gallon) the next time I fill my 35 gal tank on the truck will probably do fine.
  15. We've been traveling with a couple of generators just in case we wanted to do some off grid camping but, haven't had the need for them. We haven't used any of the gasoline we have in the gas container for the generators and the gas is at least a year and a half old - maybe two years old - I can't remember exactly. I do make it a point to add Sta-Bil fuel stabilizer to this can when I do put gas in it. My question is - how old is too old when you have unused gasoline stored like this? I just tried to take this old gas to the local semi-annual hazardous waste collection but they said they couldn't take it. A couple of quick internet searches resulted in a wide range of suggestions - the most expedient being to dump the stuff in my truck's gas tank during the next fill up. That sound's great if it doesn't screw up the fuel injectors. Has anyone here put old gas in their vehicle gas tank?
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