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 on: November 12, 2014, 09:48:35 am 
Started by frecklestweety - Last post by Sparky
Barry
   Looked at your link  I'm pricing now,,, ouch,,,,,,, Did you do a tire alignment???

sparky

 42 
 on: November 11, 2014, 11:58:13 pm 
Started by frecklestweety - Last post by ron.dittmer
Now I understand. Thanks Ron.

Smile

 43 
 on: November 11, 2014, 05:03:45 pm 
Started by frecklestweety - Last post by TomHanlon
Now I understand. Thanks Ron.

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 on: November 11, 2014, 04:03:04 pm 
Started by frecklestweety - Last post by ron.dittmer
My thought about batteries, 12v versus 6V versus 6V-AGM, I am simply stepping off the battery diving board to find out how deep and how warm the water is untested.  I'm setting up my  battery compartment for the taller 6V batteries, choosing AGM for what I hope will be a better experience.  You'll have to ask me in 5 years how I like them.

My reconfiguration is easy to revert back to 12v with slide-out battery tray, bolt-in-bolt-out for both the tray and steel plate 6V box bottom.  All of 5 minutes to switch back from 6V to 12V if I ever want to.

Regarding the donated tires....

Tom, if you saw the tires on work vans that get donated to the charity I volunteer in, you would surely agree that retired PC tires are so much safer.  Some donated vans are so bad that the steel belts have come through the rubber.  Most donated work vans are very tired, some have sat unused for many years out in the elements before being donated to a charity.  I think they are driven into the ground after they get used up to a certain point, then parked when it's past due for tires.

If the charity determines the van is worth selling to the general public, they want to sell a safe vehicle.  It doesn't have to be perfect, just safe & reliable as can be expected under the circumstances and price window.  Decent used motor home tires provides a means for that to work.  If the charity bought new tires along with addressing other issues on a van and sold it for $900, then what was there to gain?  Receiving good used tires from people like us PC owners, helps the charity get reliable work vehicles in the hands of people who can't afford better, and the proceeds help other people in other ways.  It's good for everyone involved.  Even the PC owner gets a tax write-off of some amount.

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 on: November 11, 2014, 03:17:37 pm 
Started by frecklestweety - Last post by bobojay
Ron do you know how long AGM batteries last? I know that regular flooded batteries are sold by cranking amps and number of months they should last, ie 36, 48 or 60 months. Are AGMs the same way?

I'll stick my nose in here again with an answer. If all is well with your converter, as in optimized for lead acid as well as AGM, modern multistage chargers are best here, AGM's have the capability of doubling the life of an equal sized lead acid.
Now of course this means the AGM's have to be top quality in the first place. I know one brand of AGM, Optima, has suffered the last few years from quality problems as reported on multiple Jeep forums

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 on: November 11, 2014, 03:04:35 pm 
Started by frecklestweety - Last post by TomHanlon
Ron do you know how long AGM batteries last? I know that regular flooded batteries are sold by cranking amps and number of months they should last, ie 36, 48 or 60 months. Are AGMs the same way?

The reason we remove old tires is because they might have a blow out. I disagree with putting them on another vehicle, even a lighter one. It was a nice through but I would not do it myself.

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 on: November 11, 2014, 01:16:04 pm 
Started by frecklestweety - Last post by ron.dittmer

On the batteries, you might check out AGM batteries for replacement. They are sealed with no servicing required, but considerably more expensive. Can't help you with specific models since I don't know what your OEM batteries are.....

Good luck
Just last night I was working on our battery compartment, fabricating a steel bottom after removing the slide out battery tray to gain enough clearance for a pair of the taller 6V batteries.  Maintenance-free AGMs seems the smarter choice now that the slide-out tray is gone.  I'll be buying the AGMs at Sam's Club at $180/battery.

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 on: November 11, 2014, 01:01:23 pm 
Started by frecklestweety - Last post by Barry-Sue
I have dealt with Discount Tire for 20 plus years and have never had a bad experience.  A great benefit is that Discount Tire offers free rotation on all installed tires.

I had our PC tires replaced under the recent recall and when I picked up the PC Discount Tire confirmed they would rotate the tires on the PC free.  The only thing they asked is that I call ahead and make an appointment because of the added time required from the dual wheels.

Here is a link to the Discount Tire website for Mechelin tires:
http://www.discounttire.com/dtcs/cart/addToCart.do?productTypeId=1&v=024783%7C2010&r=MBRINT&productId=14048


Barry

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 on: November 11, 2014, 12:08:28 pm 
Started by frecklestweety - Last post by bobojay
If you'll take some advice from a 25+ year RV owner, but not yet a PC owner, it's time for tires. You're pretty close to the max time tire manufacturers recommend keeping them. But one suggestion, don't purchase the Michelins through your RV service guys without pricing them from Discount Tire Direct, http://www.discounttiredirect.com/direct/home.do
or a Discount Tire store if you have any locally. Direct can ship them to your service guy if you want.
Another good source, a bit more expensive is The Tire Rack, https://www.tirerack.com/
they can also ship wherever.
Who knows, you might be able to get your service guys to match the price, and they will be fresher tires most likely.

On the batteries, you might check out AGM batteries for replacement. They are sealed with no servicing required, but considerably more expensive. Can't help you with specific models since I don't know what your OEM batteries are.....

Good luck

 50 
 on: November 11, 2014, 11:56:52 am 
Started by frecklestweety - Last post by frecklestweety
Well had 2010 2551 mh winterized and asked my RV service to check on my tires.  As I see it they were mfg. 0808 so they are six yrs old. He said they show very slight dry rot and will pass inspection in the spring.  They have plenty of tread and seem ok but I am thinking that it is time to get new tires.  I know there has been many discussions on this topic and really up to the individual to make the decision on what to do.    So for safety sake do you think it is time to get new and would like to get Michelin's and my rv service said they can get them. Of course my tires were not on the recall as mentioned in other forum discussions.
The next thing is coach batteries and they are the original ones. They are so hard to read the water level and was wondering if they are replaced as to what is a better battery.  My MH will be stored in Pole Barn and I have been told you can leave it plugged in all the time to keep the batteries charged but afraid they could be overcharged.  I keep little nite lites on to use some of the power but not sure what is right.  Any suggestions on the questions??? 
This forum has always been so helpful.
So sorry I missed the reunion. Looking forward to next year. Already in the calendar.
     Decided to get new tires in the Spring of 15. Got a price from local Michelin Dealer and they are going to be $210. a tire plus mounting and balancing for about $25 a tire.  I thought they would cost a lot more but the dealer works with FMCA advantage program and they could cost me less.  He said these tires are standard tires and has them all the time.  I will check on the year of the tire was mfg when I purchase them...Since the MH will be garaged for the winter, we will wait till spring.  I just don't want to take a chance on six to eight year old tires. Safety first and an ounce of prevention is worth a thousand cures they say.

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