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Old 04-09-2011, 08:02 PM   #15
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congratulations; we joined the "club" March 3 when we bought our '84 Southwind. Georgie Boy makes a good coach.
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Old 04-10-2011, 07:25 AM   #16
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An important issue for a new motor home owner and your new motor home is TIRES.

RV tires usually die of old age before they actually wear out the tread. The rubber itself has a life expectancy, and most RVers plan on replacing the tires at or before the 7-8 year mark. After this age, you run a much higher risk of blow-out, which in a MH is not only more difficult to control, but will tear out things like fiberglass walls, holding tanks, etc.

To check age on a tire, look for a 4-digit number stamped in the sidewall (if your tires date from before 2000, it will be 3 digits)


Brace yourself, new ones are expensive.
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Senior Chief you brought up a good point. The seller told my wife tires only have 2000 miles on them. I went and looked this morning and We have cracked sidewalls.

So I will be tire shopping. It has 8x19.5's. at 1st glance YIKES on the price.

We recently became big fans on COOPER tires on our minivans and cars. Anyone have experience with COOPER on their RV's or what is suggested.
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my rig uses the same size tires; folks have been doomsaying that they're hard to find, but out of curiosity, i looked at the tires on a FedEx truck the other day... here, the local FedEx uses the same tires. they can't be hard to find if FedEx can get them. now, price-wise... i've seen some that are painful to look at.

one local source i called included the service call to install them at your home, but it added $500 or more to the price.
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Old 04-10-2011, 12:49 PM   #19
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ok more confusion. I looked at the site for ONAN manuals not sure what model I have. letters dont match the drop down options
here is what is on mine
Mcgraw-Edison
Onan 6.5 RV
Genset

Model/spec #
5NH-3CR/16004R

Serial #
A853 867866

any help deciphering to find a manual?

thanks again
Take those numbers and inquire here for a manual and any help needed. Great people and VERY knowledgeable:

Onan Generators - SmokStak

Welcome!

AND WE WANT PICs!!!!!!!
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Old 04-10-2011, 12:57 PM   #20
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I ran coopers on my last Class A and was very happy with them. I think they are good tires.
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Old 04-10-2011, 05:06 PM   #21
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my rig uses the same size tires; folks have been doomsaying that they're hard to find, but out of curiosity, i looked at the tires on a FedEx truck the other day... here, the local FedEx uses the same tires. they can't be hard to find if FedEx can get them. now, price-wise... i've seen some that are painful to look at.

one local source i called included the service call to install them at your home, but it added $500 or more to the price.

Maybe at an auto-only type tire shop. We also have the 8R19.5 , got a quote to replace the fronts with a no-name for $197 apiece installed, at our local farm and truck place.
Tire Rack has Bridgestones, load range F for $234/each plus $64 shipping. They ship to your installer.
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The last time I bought tires for my gasser MH I found the best price for decent 8x19.5s was at a local farm co-op store.
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Jim,
I left you a message regarding Onan manuals on your profile.

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I left you a message regarding Onan manuals on your profile.

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Me? I see/saw nothing....?
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Old 04-13-2011, 05:32 AM   #25
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Me? I see/saw nothing....?
it was a messege for me and I really appreciate the help everyone has given.

I cruised through the local campground and their is an older Georgie Boy like mine on a permenant site. Im hoping I can drive through some day when the owners are around and chat a bit and maybe get some one on one pointers from them.

overall i feel pretty good about everything we figured out over the past few days and I am happy to say the 'Ol Georgie Boy is in pretty darn good shape. Ready for our maiden voyage unfortunately our schedules arent allowing for it for a few more weeks.

thanks again Dave and everyone else who submitted help and words of wisdom
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