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Old 07-31-2012, 09:19 PM   #1
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Long trip. Tires!

I'm taking my 96 13' skamp on its longest haul yet next week from Asheville NC to Destin Fl. (about 700 miles, one way) While I maintain the camper well, I can't help but to bite my fingernails a little on hauling it such a long distance on mostly interstate. My tires are about 7 years old and have great tread left. Scamp suggests 30 psi on the tires, but the tires themselves suggest 35 psi cold at 1200 lbs. Any suggestions? Also,.. Best, easiest way to grease the bearings. Thanks in advance for all replies.
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Old 07-31-2012, 09:23 PM   #2
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Lots of threads on this. Go with the tire markings.
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Old 07-31-2012, 09:27 PM   #3
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I'm taking my 96 13' skamp on its longest haul yet next week from Asheville NC to Destin Fl. (about 700 miles, one way) While I maintain the camper well, I can't help but to bite my fingernails a little on hauling it such a long distance on mostly interstate. My tires are about 7 years old and have great tread left. Scamp suggests 30 psi on the tires, but the tires themselves suggest 35 psi cold at 1200 lbs. Any suggestions? Also,.. Best, easiest way to grease the bearings. Thanks in advance for all replies.
I suggest you replace the trailer tires before you set out on your trip. six years is the max and they should be replaced. Some friends on the way to Bandon,Or this month blew a tire on their Casita the tires were six years old.
Better to be safe than sorry.
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Old 07-31-2012, 09:36 PM   #4
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If it were my 7 year old tires and my 700 mile trip, I'd replace them.
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Old 07-31-2012, 09:38 PM   #5
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Make sure you keep a spare on hand. I blew a tire on my snoozy and the tire was only 6 days old (user error). Lucky for us we had a spare and could continue on our trip.
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Old 07-31-2012, 09:50 PM   #6
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My tires are 8 years old by the date stamp I was going to replace them but my tire guy looked them over and said stay with them.
No sun damage, no cracking, but he did say if I were going long distance than yes replace them.
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Old 07-31-2012, 10:42 PM   #7
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I'm taking my 96 13' skamp on its longest haul yet next week from Asheville NC to Destin Fl. (about 700 miles, one way) While I maintain the camper well, I can't help but to bite my fingernails a little on hauling it such a long distance on mostly interstate. My tires are about 7 years old and have great tread left. Scamp suggests 30 psi on the tires, but the tires themselves suggest 35 psi cold at 1200 lbs. Any suggestions? Also,.. Best, easiest way to grease the bearings. Thanks in advance for all replies.
Replacing tires does not depend on how much tread is left but the damage done by heat and cold and sun and time. 6 years is about the max and new tires before you head out is much better than a blow out on the road and trying to find an open store on a weekend or far away from home. Better safe than sorry.
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Old 07-31-2012, 10:59 PM   #8
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Any suggestions on a decent tire? I need 13" b load tires. Is it acceptable to get a higher load rating such as C or D. Around here D loads are the most prevalent ones I can find. Thx
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Old 07-31-2012, 11:24 PM   #9
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A C load would be better, tires tend to generate plenty of emotion on the site.
Have a look at some of the threads, that should give you a good indication of what tires others use.
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Old 07-31-2012, 11:59 PM   #10
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I'm taking my 96 13' skamp on its longest haul yet next week from Asheville NC to Destin Fl. (about 700 miles, one way) While I maintain the camper well, I can't help but to bite my fingernails a little on hauling it such a long distance on mostly interstate. My tires are about 7 years old and have great tread left. Scamp suggests 30 psi on the tires, but the tires themselves suggest 35 psi cold at 1200 lbs. Any suggestions? Also,.. Best, easiest way to grease the bearings. Thanks in advance for all replies.
C'mon! 700 miles is a day trip!
(just kidding... take your time and enjoy your trip!)

Be safe and use common sense! If you need tires buy'em, and don't forget to check your lights!

Still...Peter Ustinov gave the best performance of all, and some campgrounds insist that you replace your whole camper at ten years or stay somewhere else.
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Old 08-01-2012, 12:41 AM   #11
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I am over 6000 miles into a 11,000 mile trip with our 1990 13' Scamp, and placed new "D range" tires on it prior to leaving. I have had to use my new spare, as (my guess) I lost a wheel weight and one tire cupped badly. New tires are less expensive than having fiberglass repaired due to flapping rubber, or hospital stays. PS, I've been working in a trauma hospital ICU for 28 years ....... GET THE BEST/STRONGEST NEW TIRES YOU CAN GET!!!!!!
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Old 08-01-2012, 01:00 AM   #12
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6 years is about the max and new tires before you head out is much better than a blow out on the road and trying to find an open store on a weekend or far away from home. Better safe than sorry.
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I agree - change them out. The worst part is it can happen in or near the smallest of towns and you will have few options as to the make of tire you replace them with - been there done that twice now and my trailer sits with a set of tires on it I would not have bought had I had another choose. You also have little choose as to what you will pay for them. ;-) Much better to replace them when not under the gun and you have time to look at all your options and shop around a little.
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Hi Michael, welcome to the forum.

Tires- about $200. It's worth it for the peace of mind.

Grease Bearings- You need grease-$5, grease seals- $10, and cotter pins. It's not a hard job but needs to be done right. My axle manual had instructions along with numerous posts here and on other forums. To have it done, figure an hours labor at any auto shop.

Have a nice trip, Raz
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The worst part is it can happen in or near the smallest of towns and you will have few options as to the make of tire you replace them with
You can face the same problems in a big city.
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