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Old 05-06-2010, 12:39 PM   #21
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Yup MS was pretty stupid loading up lightweight capacity units almost all the way up to their GVW dry and empty. We forgot all about buying one when we saw an 04 setup like that. It wasn't until the 05 38' models that they started to get to a reasonable CCC with the 8k axles and 17.5" tires. We were looking for a fulltime unit and I'd much rather have one that has a 3k CCC than a 500 lb limit like we looked at in Montana. The 2200 lb ccc on ours is barely adequate and forces us to make sure the tanks are dry before we move. We only hold about 20 gallons of fresh while on the road.

I never did get an answer when I asked the factory rep at the first rally what the changes were that allowed them to take the same 38' rig and raise the GVW from 18,500 to 20,000 in 06.
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Old 05-06-2010, 10:10 PM   #22
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valve stems

Mike,
Hope your solution to the stem gaskets holds up--first time I have ever heard of that type of problem. I got my wheels at the same time I got the tires and they came with the steel stems.
I am beginning to hear some odd noises from my springs--it it probably time to rebuild the shackles/bolts.
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Old 05-07-2010, 10:11 AM   #23
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Grease the suspension first. You may just have some trapped moisture / dirt in there. Do the cheap thing before you swap out hardware.
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Old 05-07-2010, 05:49 PM   #24
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Re: valve stems

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Mike,
Hope your solution to the stem gaskets holds up--first time I have ever heard of that type of problem. I got my wheels at the same time I got the tires and they came with the steel stems.
I am beginning to hear some odd noises from my springs--it it probably time to rebuild the shackles/bolts.
Joe
Joe, on a pre-trip inspection in March I found a broken spring-eye bolt on my spring ride suspension.
The wet-bolt was broken in 2 at the point where the grease gets out of the bolt.

You'll need to check each bolt, and using a socket wrench is a good way to test the spring-eye bolts for integrity.

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Old 05-07-2010, 07:28 PM   #25
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springs

Mike and Rick,
Thank you both for the suggestions--I intend to do an in-depth inspection of both sides before my next trip.
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Old 06-09-2010, 01:01 PM   #26
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I changed the 3 year old G614s over to the 17.5" J-rated Michelin XTAs just prior to Memorial Day. Yes, Goodyear has been good to us about replacing tires and repairing damages related to tire failures (I've had Goodyear Marathons, Wrangler HTs and G614RSTs fail in 5th wheel service over the last 15 years), but based on my experience with Michelin XPS Ribs on a previous 5th wheel and on the truck, I'd rather go with a tire manufacturer whose products have never given me a problem.

So far, so good. We'll be going from the Houston, TX area to Williams, AZ and back in July, so I feel much warmer and fuzzier now.

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Old 06-09-2010, 02:42 PM   #27
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springs/eyebolts/noises

Found the source of my wheel noise--RF brake had the self-adjuster break and was wandering around in the drum--minor fix, no damage.
But had to replace the spring eyebolt bushing at all the frame mounts--brass bushings, all worn in half. Nothing wrong with the RE center pivots.
Just about everything under the trailer is good to go at this point.

I have maybe 20k miles on the trailer in 3 years--it sat on a pad for its first 2 years before I bought it--and the drums/linings look real good, very even wear.

I also had the springs located to the lower mounting holes, and was going to replace the shocks (2 were leaking) and tried to figure out spacers to use the same shock number. Could not get a spacer to work--1" on each end left no stud to put the nut on, so called Monroe and got the number for similar shocks with 1.8" more travel--should work ok. Old shock number was 555001, new longer one is 555025, in case anyone is interested. And it isn't easy to get the old ones off, even with the wheels off, as access is somewhat limited and old stem threads were rusty/dirty--being able to hold the stem/housing while backing off the nut was a chore.
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