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Old 05-29-2020, 01:28 PM   #1
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Front axle weight

I drove across a scale yesterday with my 2008 43í Allure FE 4 slide and was surprised at the steer axle weight of 16,000 pounds. My tires are 295 Goodyears rated at 8000 pounds each. Should I be upgrading a size to 315s next time I change them?

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What does the sticker on the panel under the driver's side window say for weight ratings on your axles and tire sizes required?

Those weight numbers are the ones you do not want to exceed.
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Old 05-29-2020, 04:40 PM   #3
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If it were me I wouldn't be waiting too long to replace those tires. You could also easily have one tire overloaded.

Recommend you check it out before your next trip.

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Well I guess it left the factory overweight, the sticker says front axle gross 14,200 so Iím almost 2,000 over. Full fuel and water but nothing heavy in the bins.

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You might try another scale just to check that there wasn't an error with the first one. I'm a bit skeptical that the front end weight is that much over the sticker listing.
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There have been a number of coaches over the years especially in that era that got upgraded axles after leaving the factory

Double check the weight as noted

I would not be concerned about the tire as much as the axle

However 12 years so if the bearings are good just a judgement call going forward
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I sent him a pm regarding my takeoffs when i went to 365s for the same reason.
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Is it possible your ride heights aren’t correct shifting weight to the front axel?
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Is it possible your ride heights arenít correct shifting weight to the front axel?
I would definitely check ride height. and I have 2 comments. to my experience most places do NOT know how to check rice height on CC. I have attached their a link to cc procedure. I would print it out and make sure they follow it. I would also look at a different scale.

For my coach we were 1000 lbs over on the ft axel and were able to correct it by adjusting ride height correctly. (after it had been adjusted by "specialists in the rv industry")I was told Coach alignment needs to be done after ride height but I do not know if it is true.

The must have http://www.jdrv1.com/sitebuildercont...rideheight.pdf

As for the Goodyear I am not a fan but look at https://www.newsomelaw.com/goodyear-tire-recall/
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Totally agree--first step is to get the Goodyears off the coach.....proper ride height is key to correct weight distribution....single axle weight is a good start but you really need all 4-corner weights to understand what is going on..... overloaded front axles is common these days....at 16k, you can be assured one side is worse than the other.
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When I upgraded to 365s i only had 500lbs of headroom on the front axle at 120lbs air pressure on the 315s. I was concerned that wind or corners could add some active load.I now run about 105 air pressure. I do have the 315s mounted on acurrides available. date code 11 but removed 15 and kept covered in the garage.
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When your coach was built, CC loaded it with full fuel, full water, full propane, and did a 4 corner weight on it. That sheet was included with all the documentation that came with the coach. Hopefully you were lucky enough to get the box and binders.
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Old 06-01-2020, 07:44 PM   #13
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I have the 08 Allure but mine came with 315 tires all around. If you look at Damon Rapozo site it has all 08 Allure's with 315 so not sure how you got to 295 tires. It states front axle ratings at 16,600. Great site to use for reference.

Good luck but I would be changing to 315's.
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