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Old 07-14-2015, 05:51 PM   #15
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Seems its usually Class A's with toads that don't understand what turnouts are for. Too stupid for words.

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Old 07-15-2015, 06:49 AM   #16
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jBerg, Never thought you'd ask!!!

How do I know??? One of our three TT's had a 7,000# limit (fully loaded) but it had two 3,000# axles to carry the 7,000# weight. Yes they told me the TT tongue weight (600#) was carried by the tow vehicle. Now we were only 300# over weight.

The tires were very similar. The original 14" tires maximum load ratings were just slightly over the 7,000# max TT limit. That's built on the, "Edge of Destruction." If you find any TT that has axles that will carry 1,000# (or even 500#) over the maximum capacity of the TT I'd be shocked. 99.9% of all TT's are built on the edge of being overloaded. I actually don't know of any TT with any safety margin but there just might be one.

Now throw in the other STUPID stuff people do like never having the TT weighed. Loading everything including the KS with not one thought about carrying capacity and it's a disaster waiting to happen.

Have you seen many MH's on the side of the road with a bad wheel bearing??? Seen many TT's with them? I have. Sure they do break on both TT's and MH's but not on a MH very often.

One more thought. Why is it that the TT industry requires you to pack your wheel bearings, inspect your brakes and rotate your tires every 12,000 miles or 12 months??? Why is it that the Ford F-53 gas chassis recommends those items of routine service be performed every 30,000 miles??? Well it's simple math. The TT industry knows that those three items, bearings, brakes and tires are taxed to the limits by the weight and they want an OUT from their responsibility when you have brake, bearing or tire issues.


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Old 07-15-2015, 04:14 PM   #17
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There's another reason for those task intervals, Tim - limited utilisation. In 8 years of ownership, the original owners of our rig covered just over 11,000 miles and in 4 years, we did 6000. If a vehicle only gets used for 5 days in a month, the idle time causes things to gum up, tires to get distorted, etc.
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Old 07-15-2015, 05:19 PM   #18
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Too bad stupid is prevalent......

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