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  1. Terry, you can still buy bias ply trailer tires but I prefer the radials on our trailers. Harry
  2. We're running Carlisle tires on our rental trailers with no problems but the way our customers abuse the tires they don't last long enough to go bad from age. Imagine a trailer rated to carry 1000lbs loaded to the top with broken cement or gravel or sand or whatever being pulled at 70+ mph and bumped over curbs or dirt roads or any of a hundred other road hazards and you can see why they don't last. We check tire pressure after every rental and replace any bruised or damaged tires immediatly. If a tire lasts a year on my trailers they are old timers. The tires on my equipment trailers usually last about 2 years barring any unforeseen accidents. They go out almost everyday loaded with tractors or skid steers or scissor lifts, heavy stuff. Speed and careless driving are the biggest enemies of my tires. The Carlisle tires hold up as good as any other brand. Harry
  3. Steve, I hear those arguments every day and I still see guys with Dakotas and Explorers and half ton trucks upside down and jack knifed all the time because though they can tow the weight they can't stop it. The weight of the trucks and the brakes are not up to the job just about three weeks ago I watched a half ton truck pulling a three axles toy hauler get upside down, last week a half ton truck went off the road right next to our shop, lost it's trailer and took out a suburban sitting at the Play Toys lot. I wouldn't even care if people were just hurting themselves by towing with too small of vehicles, but they are out there endangering my life because they are trying to do things on the cheap. You guys buy into the sales pitch but until you lose your load or kill someone you won't tow safely. If someone tows with too small a vehicle it's the same as pointing a loaded gun and someone and saying don't worry, the salesman says the safety is on. Half ton trucks are cheaper because everything on them is lighter and there is less of it. Smaller brakes, lighter frame, less substance to the whole package. I don't expect to change your mind, everyone can justify why they do things. Last year I saw a guy with a little toyota truck pulling another toyota truck on a car dolly with another toyota truck chained to the one on the dolly. They made it where they were going without killing anyone so it must be okay to do? Harry
  4. How big are these numbers? I have never seen anything that even looks remotely like numbers on my frame, either under the seat on the cross member or on the frame rails right or left. Harry
  5. Interesting is one way to say it. Not my cup of tea I guess. Harry
  6. I seem to remember that airstream did some scientific studies on towing and that is how they came up with their design. The better mileage will be found with a trailer with an aerodynamic back end. The front resistance will be less of a factor because the tow vehicle will deflect the resistance. It is the vacuum created by the back of the trailer that creates the drag, so create a trailer that has less turbulence at the back and the trailer will tow better and with less effect on your mileage. Keep your weight on the trailer balanced 60/40 with 60% of the weight forward of the axles and 40% behind. Too much weight on the tongue and the front wheels of the tow vehicle will lift and affect steering. If too much weight behind the back axle of the trailer and the back axle of the tow vehicle gets light and you will have your vehicle fishtailing down the road. I don't sell trailers but I do hook them to vehicles every day in our equipment rental yard and I have towed horse and car trailers thousands of miles. It is my personal belief that no one should haul a car on a trailer with a half ton truck. Too much weight for the tow vehicle is just asking for an accident. Harry
  7. I think Neville named them correctly, I was just wondering how they worked. I got my 29 because the previous owner couldn't get behind the wheel. Harry
  8. Someone clue me in to how the fatman wheels are different. Did they come off the column to allow easy access or did they slide up? I can't tell just looking at the wheels how or why they are so desirable. Harry
  9. I've never been able to find a serial number on the frame of my 29 DB pick up. From what I've read some trucks just didn't get them but I haven't checked by the spring hanger so I'll look there tomorrow. Is that on the inner frame or outer frame? Harry
  10. I've never been able to find a serial number on the frame of my 29 DB pick up. From what I've read some trucks just didn't get them but I haven't checked by the spring hanger so I'll look there tomorrow. Is that on the inner frame or outer frame? Harry
  11. I don't know about that truck but on our 06 Super Duty tow mode changes the shift points and locks out the OD, it also downshifts earlier in the tow mode. That could be what he is talking about. Harry
  12. Have you tried just squirting some gas down the hole and cranking it over to see if it fires? Harry
  13. Looks like a scale model to me. For some reason it feels like all smoke and mirrors with a good dose of fraud mixed in. Harry
  14. Okay, are you sure they are in the right firing order? Have you tried setting up an auxiliary fuel supply to make sure you are getting fuel to the carb? Try squirting some gas in the carb and see if you get the engine to fire. Harry
  15. Have you tried your plug wires on the other car. Is it possible you have dirty connectors at the cap or plug end? If your coil is good and your plugs are new it sounds like the problem is at the distributor or in the wires themselves. Harry