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241  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Where to buy good tires on: July 25, 2013, 02:07:58 am
Ron, had to laugh a little, but now being serious.  I copied these two post
Tires and Burst Pressure - What Causes Tire Blowout?  I think since so many of us drive our RV's for a number of years, some of us buy used ones, with original tires it becomes a concern. Most keep such low mileage on the units that we never reach the wear mileage on them. I do know that when I hit the 7 year mark or maybe sooner, new tires and of course alignment.  guess I will be checking out big rigs now hahah

Also I put nothing on my RV tires.  On my passenger cars I use all kinds of tire stuff,  not to worried about tire life. Mileage usually takes care of them.


 This is not so much of a question; I figured I'd write this to address some conventional misunderstandings related to tires and tire pressure. I've had at least a dozen people come up to me worried that if they exceed their manufacturer's recommendation for tire pressure and go up to the maximum sidewall pressure, that they may be more likely to have a blowout. This is not only untrue, but also leads one to be ignorant of the true cause of blowouts.

To start, what is burst pressure?
In my own words, burst pressure is the pressure needed to inflate a tire at which point it will physically burst. Generally speaking, tires will burst at a static pressure of around 200psi. This is a far cry from even the 51psi that the Eco's tires are rated for on the sidewall. What one needs to understand is that tire manufacturers have factored in a massive margin of safety in tire pressure ratings so that there is no possibility for an expensive lawsuit against them, so if they state you can run 51psi on your tires cold, you will be able to do so safely under normal road conditions. Keep in mind, a massive pothole will be likely to damage your tire regardless of pressure.


Moving on to the second part of this topic, what causes tires to blow-out?
 In unexpected scenarios, I call this tire degradation. Tires have a "chemical clock" that allows them a finite amount of usable life in years, regardless of how they are stored. A popular showing on the show "60 minutes" (which can be found on youtube and has been posted here before) described this issue very clearly. A father had gone to a tire shop to have new tires installed on the family minivan so his son could drive off to Canada for a vacation with his friends after high school graduation. At some point during their visit, they had a tire blow out that caused the death of the driver and all passengers. It was later discovered using the date stamp on the side of the tire that the tire had severely exceeded it's usable life and should never have been sold. I don't recall the exact number, but the tire at the time was 6 or 7 years old.

 To re-iterate, this guy had a tire blow out on their family minivan with what appeared to be a brand new tire, indistinguishable from a newly manufactured tire, that was actually manufactured 6-7 years prior and spent that many years on a shelf. The rubber compound on a tire begins to get weaker, more brittle, and loses its structural integrity over the years regardless of whether it's being used or if it's been sitting on a shelf. With the exception of defects, massive potholes, large punctures, and other "external causes," tires generally blow-out only due to age, regardless of pressure.

So, what can I do?
 As if it's not bad enough that tires degrade on their own, excessive heat will accelerate this chemical degradation. By excessive heat, I'm referring to excessive sidewall flex/rolling resistance-induced heat. You can physically notice a significant change in sidewall temperature between a tire inflated at placard (car manufacturer's recommended) pressure and the maximum sidewall pressure. An under-inflated tire will not only cause a reduction in fuel economy and handling, but it will also significantly increase the temperature of the tire's sidewall due to constant flex and resistance, especially at highway speeds. This causes irreversible damage.

 To maximize the life of your tires, inflate them to at least the placard pressure. Inflating them higher (but not exceeding maximum sidewall pressure), will help them last even longer, both with regard to tread wear and with regard to chemical degradation.

When purchasing new tires, check the date stamp on the tire to verify that it isn't an old stock tire. The following article shows you how to check:
Tire Tech Information - Determining the Age of a Tire

 Replace your tires once they start to get old, despite how much tread life you may have remaining on that tire. A 7 year old tire is already dangerously likely to have a blow-out.
copied from   http://www.cruzetalk.com/forum/12-wheels-tires-suspension/7733-tires-burst-pressure-what-causes-tire-blowout-print.html

I copied this one also   

Blowouts are sudden, loud and unexpected, and when one happens, within seconds you can end up in a ditch or an accident. According to Michelin, there are approximately 523 fatalities and 23,000 accidents per year due to tire blowouts. Several common causes of blowouts exist, and the best way to protect yourself is to minimize your chances of having one. Watch the wear on your tires, keep them inflated at the proper pressure and check for damage if you hit a pothole or rock. Avoid curbs and check your tires for slow leaks
.Read more: http://www.ehow.com/list_6816077_common-causes-blowouts.html#ixzz2a2681xOT

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242  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Window awnings? on: July 25, 2013, 01:22:06 am
We have 2008 2350 no slide..awning on bedroom pass side,,, dinette, they are great,,, came with the unit. Also very easy to use, pull down hook under the window.
David Sparks
243  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Where to buy good tires on: July 23, 2013, 06:33:45 pm
some good post   I forgot to mention, when first got the unit went up to Discount tires. they have a graph or card to check the cracking on the sidewalls,,mine was ok,,,,,  also someone mentioned dates.. I think it's three years on returns,   you did not say when yours was made,, I think you have 2010 unit? someone had a problem with tires on a forum and did get a refund on their Michelins.

Bob  tks for that info on the toyo tires. not a bad price   did you go and get realigned?  also you say you have a 2011,, how many miles did you get on yours,, you must be burning up the highway haha

David Sparks
2008 PC 2350
Houston
 
244  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: REPLACING TOILET IN YOUR CRUISER on: July 23, 2013, 09:00:51 am
thks tom,,,  did not turn on the AC,, in and out so much just did not want to mess with it,,, I double post  since  the general discussion is where most people read and I have been talking about summer projects last couple of weeks,,, eventually summer projects will disappear ,, I also put it on the tips... I think a lot of people especially newbies read all those tips.. I tell new people to read them all the time,,, I know I did when I first joined the group... 
David
245  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / REPLACING TOILET IN YOUR CRUISER on: July 22, 2013, 08:06:31 pm
Replaced the hand flush toilet in our Beast with a step flusher. Here's the link.

http://replacingthetoiletinourcuriser.blogspot.com/

This should have been a pretty easy project, but I made it a little difficult, haha.

David Sparks
2008 PC 2350
Houston
246  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Replacing Microwave/Convestion Oven in your Cruiser. on: July 22, 2013, 08:03:44 pm
Went and replaced the microwave/convection oven in the Beast. Here's the link
Pretty easy project if your interested.

http://microwaveconvectioinovenreplacement.blogspot.com/

David Sparks
2008 PC 2350
Houston
247  Main Forum / General Discussion / SUMMER PROJECT II on: July 22, 2013, 08:00:55 pm
Aright second round of summer projects are done,    again I'm putting them in the tips also, but wanted you a chance to look at them.
  Working in the RV this morning was horrible, hotter that you know what.. think I will finish up the other projects I have planned and go with Fall Projects next time whew....haha but having fun
 First project is on replacing your microwave/convection oven.
http://microwaveconvectioinovenreplacement.blogspot.com/

Second project is replacing toilet.
http://replacingthetoiletinourcuriser.blogspot.com/

Please leave some comments and thoughts,,, I know a lot of you looked at the last two projects I did
David Sparks
2008 PC 2350
Houston
248  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Dang, After 6 years, I Finally Broke My First Catch on: July 22, 2013, 07:53:30 pm
Good tip Ron,,, btw,,,  if you do not have touch up paint,,,, 4/12/13 I mentioned a place I purchased some paint.. I tried to copy the posting failed in my attempt.
david sparks
2008 PC 2350
houston
249  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Where to buy good tires on: July 22, 2013, 07:48:09 pm
Always get second opinion on tires,,, how many miles.on yours,, going to assume stored outside. again another topic we have covered and how bad the sun is on the units and the tires.                                        I noticed I believe yours is a  2010,,, wow, that's not good, I'm running around 2008 tires same year no problem. 15000miles on them... research this on the forum, we have had lots of discussions on tires, cracking, uv, etc.... 

If you do get tires post where you got them and let us know the cost so we can all go out and get a better deal haha..... also absolutely make sure you go get the RV aligned....
David Sparks
2008 PC 2350
Houston
250  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Low power solution on: July 19, 2013, 06:46:04 pm
Well I'll be DONGLED hahah..  alright back to serious     SHIPPER,   trying to learn,,,,, even though you plug into the 30amp with only 106volts are you saying you may not have enough power to run your stuff?  Is that why you kept the frige on gas?? You had 120v on the 20amp,,,, crud I'm confused,  I realize you have more power with 30 than 20amp,,,, HELP haha

David Sparks
2008 PC 2350
Houston
251  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: SHELVES FOR 3RD SEAT, 2350 on: July 18, 2013, 07:33:56 pm
Ron
   Info is on the blog pics also    I got them at Home Depot 6.98 each,, they look very similar to yours but the ones you have in the BR seemed slightly larger but I can not tell, the measurements were 10.5x12.5x4.8 ,,, funny if they are the same size... I must have looked for ever to find some that I thought would fit there...
sparky
252  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: WATER PUMP FIX UP on: July 17, 2013, 10:51:43 pm
jj
  tks for the reply... looking at your pics, and looking at my set up I see no difference...  hmmm this looks like a major project,,, to do this I am going to have take the bed frame off no doubt to be able to work on this... did you finish yet??  also do you have pics of the flex line you added? I'm going to wait and see how the other projects go  also when I look at you pics  I see the pipes, wonder if just cushioning them could help... Will keep researching, looking, and thinking about it..hahah
sparky
253  Main Forum / General Discussion / SUMMER PROJECTS 1 on: July 17, 2013, 10:26:18 pm
Started the summer projects.  I was going to wait and post this all at one time, but decided it would be best to post projects as I finish.. sometimes it takes me longer to write up the project than doing it haha.. also I'm doing so many figured to break them into pieces would be easier.  Each project will also be posted in tips so when someone is researching will find it easier. Enjoy

Add a fan to use in the bedroom and kitchen and other spots in your RV
http://fanprojectcruiser.blogspot.com/

Added some shelving behind the 3rd seat.
http://shelvesforcaptainschair.blogspot.com/

David Sparks
2008 PC 2350
Houston, Texas
254  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: WATER PUMP FIX UP on: July 17, 2013, 10:17:41 pm
I think I understand,,,, did you move the pump to attach the flex line to the output for the pump,, I can feel behind the pump and feel the output joint? can not see of course.
sparky
255  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / FAN FOR THE BEDROOM on: July 17, 2013, 10:12:35 pm
I added this fan to our unit. It can be used in the bedroom, kitchen, and will even shoot air towards the dinette.  Would think this would work on many different units.

to see pic and work up go to    http://fanprojectcruiser.blogspot.com/

David Sparks
2008 PC 2350
Houston, Texas
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