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New Speaker is a “Pick Up and Party” Must Have for Your RV

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Space is at a premium in your RV!  That’s why it’s important that the items you bring into your home on wheels are high quality and do the job they set out to do, well!

We have such a product to review from our newest partner, DishForMyRV.  The KICKER Bullfrog® Bluetooth® Music System packs a real punch in a small, easy to carry footprint!

Let’s dissect this Bullfrog® and see why it’s a great addition to your RV lifestyle.

See For Yourself!

Handsomely Rugged

The main body of the KICKER features back to back speakers for a surround sound experience.  The sides are covered with thick rubber housing and the entire unit is weather resistant meaning your KICKER can help you start “singing in the rain” or be your fishing buddy on the banks of the river.  The ports that allow you to charge your phone or plug in an auxiliary device (more on that later) have a snug little socket, keeping them protected from grit and moisture.

Get a Grip

The KICKER’s unibody features a man-size rubberized handle that allows you to bring the party with you.  Under the handle you’ll find your device’s control center where you can adjust the volume, pair your favorite Bluetooth device, and check your battery life through the bright LED display.

Get the Party Started

Pump up the jam! The KICKER is PACKED with Functionality!  “Long range and even longer life! The Bullfrog® lets you stream Bluetooth audio from as far as 100-feet away, or connect directly to the charging USB for up to 20 hours of playback on a single charge.”  Unlike other speakers that keep you and your device in the general vicinity, we were able to venture many campsites over while maintaining connection to the speaker.

Our initial charge of the unit also provided in excess of the 20 hours of charge time promised by the unit’s documentation.

We also loved that we could charge the phone from the speaker, while the audio played and it ran on it’s battery.  No one likes to have to stop the party early ’cause your phone’s out of juice and this USB charging feature is a great convenience!

Get the App

DoubleKICK Connect™ joins two Bullfrogs together wirelessly.  This is a great feature for those looking to get more sound for a larger party!  The app also allows you to change the built-in FM tuner to your favorite radio station, adjust the equalizer or be creative and set your own personal sounds.  The application also shows you battery life and lets you update the firmware on your speaker when Bullfrog® releases new features.

Get a Pair

With two of the Kicker Bullfrogs, you can connect two speakers together to have more audio coverage and keep the party going for up to 20 hours on a single charge!  The speaker also has a threaded bottom so you can elevate one or both on stands, dependent on your sound projection needs.

Overall Impression

The Kicker Bullfrog is packed with features in its lightweight durable cabinet for great sound performance for music on the go.  With Bluetooth, aux cable, long battery life, country power adapters and an FM Tuner, you will never be out the tunes!  This is a great device for any RV’er, boater, Tailgater, or just someone who wants great rich sounding music on the go, no matter what the weather!

Speaking of weather, this wireless radio would also make a great emergency radio should you experience bad weather on the road! Broadcast updates to your block while keeping your phone charged!

Since we received our Kicker, we’ve used it both outside and inside.  We’ve used it to broadcast movie audio while showing a film under the stars.  We’ve used it to amplify our nightly audio book reading time.  We’ve used it to have a dance party and to set the mood at our outdoor bbq!  We’ve actually used it every day since we opened the box!

We think it’s a great addition to our RV and we hope you do too!

Membership has it’s Privileges; Top 5 Benefits of Joining Fulltime Families

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The Fulltime Families Membership can save you thousands of dollars, but the privileges of membership go way beyond saving money.

Here are the top 5 benefits our members point to as their favorite thing about being a Fulltime Families Member.

#1 Finding My Tribe!

  • Fulltime Families Members share a common bond that is considered weird by the majority of American Families.   We think less is more… that’s weird!  We’re actually excited about living in 350 sq feet, alongside our family, every minute of the day… that’s weird!  We don’t want to wait until our children are on their own to explore this country… that’s weird!  Fulltime Families Members understand and embrace these “so called oddities”.  If making time with our family makes us “misfits” then we’d rather not fit in.  Fulltime Families supports and applauds You, the risk taker, You the pioneer, You the trail blazer, who is looking for more out of life than just security!

    #2 Making Spaces to Meet in Real Life!

    Fulltime Families hosts events around the country so families enjoying the full-time RV lifestyle can meet in person and make friends.  The reality is lifestyle can be isolating and connecting through Fulltime Families events, provides adults and children alike the opportunity to make friends and form bonds that span the miles.  It is very common for families to establish temporary or long term intentional neighborhoods with the families they click with, after an FtF event.  Just because your family is nomadic doesn’t mean you need to be alone.  Join us for our next event and embark on the next leg of your journey with friends in tow.

    #3 Connecting Families with the Services and Suppliers who commend their choices!

Isn’t it great to do business with someone who values you as a customer?  Isn’t it awesome to know you are supporting businesses that are supportive of your lifestyle choices and actually look forward to serving you? Fulltime Families reaches across all service and supply industries, vetting companies both large and small, to present our members with businesses of the highest level of integrity.  Through both our Resource Guide and our Partnership list, FtF Members are connected to trusted resources that will help you save time and money!

#4 We’ve Got Your Back!

At Fulltime Families, we’ve got your back!  Through our relationships with RV professionals, Home School curriculum providers and the media, we have a unique opportunity to help you spread your message and connect you effectively to the resources that can help you the most.  You’re not out on the road alone and being a part of the FtF family has made an impact through the collective voice and the collective efforts of your other FtF family members.  Case in point, in 2016 alone, FtF served 343 families in person at FtF events and provided over $21,000 in relief to RVing Families!

#5 Saving You Money and Time!

Of course, your Fulltime Families Membership will save you thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours of wasted time.  Through our extensive list of partnerships, which currently includes a Free Year of Escapees and a Free Year of Good Sams Membership, our members rack up savings on:

So what are you waiting for?

Don’t you like friends, having fun times with people who get you, businesses that understand and value you, someone who has your back and saving money?  Join Fulltime Families today!  https://www.fulltimefamilies.com/joinftf/

 

 

 

 

The Road Can Be Exhausting

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Life on the road in an RV is not always how you picture it.live

 

When we first made our plans, we envisioned our life on the road checking off our list of must see items or putting x’s all over the pages of our copy of “1000 Places to See Before You Die”.

But after a few months, burn out began to set in, and we found ourselves rushing through or barely glancing at some of those things we had so looked forward to seeing and experiencing,

While in Portland, a friend mentioned that we would be in the vicinity of one of the country’s most beautiful waterfalls.  Our family loves waterfalls and we were excited to be awash in the spray at Multnomah Falls.

But when we had the opportunity to actually see it, we were all so exhausted that we just sat in the car, in the parking lot, peeking at it between the rushing trucks on the highway.

This scenario was never part of my “life on the road” picture – and yet – there we were – all too tired and uninspired to actually unbuckle.

We never even turned the engine off.  We just stayed in our seats, told the kids to crane their necks so they could see the majestic rushing falls, and then we got back on the highway.

Had you told me this scenario was more than a possibility before we headed out, I would have never believed you. So full of curiosity were we to see and do everything! But in our travels, we have met with a multitude of families on the road, who have very similar stories. Who passed up the Petrified Forest to get a screaming toddler a Happy Meal?  Who missed putting their feet in the Pacific because there were too many stairs?  Who sat in the parking lot and napped at the Grand Canyon?

After this turning point, we decided that our life on the road was speeding past us.  We couldn’t even keep up with it, so we made the conscious decision to SLOW DOWN.   We’ve been spending more time in an area so we can truly appreciate the scenery and the natural offerings there. Setting a new pace has been beneficial to all of us and we are all enjoying our journey immensely.

Kimberly Travaglino is the author of “How to Hit the Road”, a comprehensive step-by-step guide for making your family’s full time RV dreams a reality.  She also serves as the Editor of Fulltime Families Magazine, a company that supports risk takers, pioneers, and enlightened families blazing their own path across the country.

 

Tele Therapy Now Available to Full-Time RVing Families

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Full Time traveling, home schooling, roadschooling and busy families should have access to services they need to help children grow, learn and be happy at a time and place convenient for busy lives.  G&E Therapies has provided pediatric therapy services for almost 20 years in upstate NY and now we are proud to offer these services nationwide through G&E Therapies on the GO!

Check out the Rate Sheet for Services and to Make an Appointment

G&E Therapies on the GO! is currently accepting children and their families for Teletherapy!  You can access expert Pediatric Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech Therapists, Special Education Teachers and Behavior Specialists to provide consultations, evaluations and treatments for your children.  We help with sensory challenges, behavior and transition strategies, educational support, motor milestones, feeding/swallowing/oral motor recommendations and more in a supportive way to meet your goals!

Fulltime Families Members get a Special Rate on these Services!  Not a Member Yet?  Join Today!

G&E Therapies on the GO! has partnered with Fulltime Families to provide these services at a 25-50% discount with your verified FTF Membership number ( Rate Sheet ) .  Shelley Dostie, OTR/L for G&E Therapies on the GO! and Fulltime Family Member, will be at the Tallahassee Rally Wednesday February 1st through Saturday February 28th 2017 to provide “in person” therapy consultations and services!  Shelley’s Seminar on Thursday about Sensory Processing is a MUST SEE!! You can also make an appointment to see one of our professionals “face to face” through a secure server using your smartphone, tablet or computer.

 

G&E Therapies on the GO!   Meet The Teletherapy Team is now accepting the following:

Physical Therapy (PT):  Families from NY            Special Education: Families nationwide

Speech Therapy (SLP): Families from FL            Behavioral Intervention:  Families nationwide

Occupational Therapy (OT): Families from NY, PA, CT and FL

Fulltime Families Members get a Special Rate on these Services!  Not a Member Yet?  Join Today!

Natural Hot Springs are Soaking Spectacular – with Video

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On this episode of One Epic Adventure, the Traveling Travaglinos, together with the Felty Foursome, hiked to Fifth Hot Water Springs in  Diamond Fork canyon, south east of Provo, UT.

This family friendly hike to the springs is approx 2.5 miles along a large and sometimes fast flowing stream.

We choose a spring weekday for this adventure, to avoid the crowds that arrive on the weekends.

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During the hike, the skies opened up and pelleted us with hail for about 10 minutes.
When you arrive at the springs there are several sparkling pools that have been made for your soaking pleasure.

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The pools closer to the water fall are considerably warmer then the lower ones which you’ll encounter first (and the fact that there was a gentleman bathing au’natural in the first one) made the upper ones far more appealing.

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Most of the pools create a convergence between the cool river and the very hot thermal springs.

Depending on your preference, you can find your “sweet spot” where the two bodies of water blend to your perfect temperature.

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We loved our time soaking in Fifth Hot Water Springs and recommend you check out this hike when you’re in the Provo Area.

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Debutants, Debauchery and Death at the Derby

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The Bucket Bunch at the 138th Kentucky Derby

“Who’s got the key to this gate?”

“Just break it down!” yelled the frantic police officer.  Just to the right of Sean’s arm, you can see the chain and the slight opening that led to the clearly labeled Emergency Exit.

The clearly labeled but very much locked “Emergency Exit”

The time was 6:45pm.  We’d been in the infield at Churchill Downs, on this, the first Saturday of May, also known as the 138th Kentucky Derby Day, for more than 11 hours!

Our neighbor, who’d also spent the last 11 hours in temps upwards of 90 degrees and 100% humidity, lay topless and lifeless on a blue tarp under that darker blue awning in the picture above.

Five armed officers thrashed steel toed boots at the gate, while paramedics counted chest compressions and charged up the defibrillator.

11 hours earlier, when we had claimed the speck of land adjacent to this Emergency Exit, Sean had said, “I wonder, who in the world, has the key to that?”.  Little did we know how prophetic that question would become.

It was 8 in the morning and we, 11 Bucket Listers, (4 adults and 7 children ranging in age from 13 years old to 22 mos) were getting acclimated to the patch of grass that would serve as our home for the entire day.

DJ dealt with the heat by taking a very long nap

I can remember willing myself to absorb every element of the derby experience.  For the last 35 years I have ached to attend “The Greatest 2 Minutes in sports” and here I was, finally!

At 10:30, the water from the early morning rain storm was evaporating, sending a wave of heat from the ground straight into the air.  Things were heating up and the ponies had begun to run.

The Infield is full of Free Stuff!

What I had always envisioned as an Upper Crust event full of fancy hats and minty cocktails, might have actually been in the bleachers, but here in the infield, where my blanket was laid out, was Kentucky’s version of ol’ school Nascar, complete with horse power and mud wranglin’ wild women!

When I had packed up my brood early in the morning, I had fretted over a possible dress code.  The irony, I bemused, as the police routinely shuttled people to the paddy wagon, each with considerably less clothing than the group before.

These girls got their own escort to the Paddy Wagon

As the day wore on, the crowds and lines grew exponentially.  The garbage cans overflowed en masse by 11am, giving the infield an apocolyptic auro.

Beer bottles were EVERYWHERE!  When the lines for luke warm $4 waters are longer than $8 ice cold beers, people drink beer – and lots of it!

The day was a long, hot, sweaty tirade of sun, punctunated by 9, 2 minute races.  That’s 18 minutes of entertainment in 11 hours!  The rest of the time was spent, picking horses from our program, standing on line making bets, collecting meager winnings and occassionally yelling at people who tried to encroach on our homestead.  Is that what you thought the Kentucky Derby would be like?  Me neither!

50,000 people make a lot of trash!

But as the Debutantes curls flattened and mascara ran down their faces, debauchery set in and death lingered in the air, seeking to grasp one unlucky soul who had miscalculated the brutal force of the heat and toll of the unrelenting sun.

Minutes before the 6:30 post time, our ‘camp’ was a flurry of activity as we packed up and got ready to make a mad dash to our trucks (parked 1 mile down the road).

What we had sacrificed in lack of shade all day (ultimately leaving with 1st degree sunburns) we made up for in portability as we had no cooler or awning to tote home.  You can click here to learn from our mistakes and make sure you are more prepared for this once in a lifetime event.

The crowd swelled toward the gates, and collectively held their breath as the Triple Crown contenders made their mad dash.   “I’ll Have Another” claimed the lilies for the fillys and we pivoted 90 degrees to make a hasty retreat.

And then the commotion started…

The Emergency Exit, quivered and wavered with each kick, but absolutely refused to yield egress to the victim who so desperately needed it as the seconds ticked away his life force.

As my eyes searched for the epicenter of the emergency, he came into focus.  A bloated, milky corpse with first responders swarming his body like buzzards.  With my 9 year old at my side, I stood frozen as the scene unraveled in front of us.

There was counting, and puffing, and pleading and praying, but the man could not be coaxed back to life.

Then a shout of “CLEAR” and the paddles were placed on his bare chest.  His body violently arched and floated back to the tarp.

Applause broke out!  He had been revived, but his status was still critical.

How would they transport him through this crowd to get him stabilized?

How long had he been unconscious before the police had arrived?

Would they ever get that Emergency Exit open?

And who in the world had that key?

I have no idea what happened to that man.  I hope he’s ok and maybe rethinking is attendance for next year’s derby.

As for me… the next time I attend the Kentucky Derby will be via a chauffeured limousine, watching the event from the comfort of my air conditioned box.  Until then, I’ll just tune in!

 

The 10 Funnest Games to Pack for Your Camping Trip

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What’s camping without games?  It’s like spaghetti without meatballs!  When packing for your upcoming camping trip, be sure to “toss” (get it;) some of these favorites in your RV!

This Top Ten List Idea was submitted by Becky Howell

    1. Horseshoes.  A classic camping game!  Could be a bit heavy, and be sure Junior is not behind you before you toss.
    2. Whats camping without a little cornhole?  Ah… definitely not camping!
    3. Frisby!  Get off those chairs and play! So light weight you could pack like a dozen of them and have them double as plates for dinner.
    4. Bocce Ball.  Another classic!  Little known fact from this Italian family, Bocce means *kiss* so pucker up and toss those balls!
    5. Lawn Darts.  If people don’t want to play, make them the target.
    6. Croquette.  Not just for wonderland anymore
    7. Large Jenga Blocks.  Whats more fun than building stuff?  Knocking it down!
    8. Badmitten.  Throw up the net, then serve!
    9. Watermelon Ball.  Never heard of it?  Watch this:

10. Monopoly.  No its not a typical camping game.  But it will get you through the rainy days!

We’re on a 1,000 mile tour with Jellystone Parks and RV Trader to show America what RVing really looks like!  Wanna be part of the adventure, check out our tour dates and locations on our Facebook Page: ThisisRVing and tag your RVing pics on social media with #thisisRVing for your chance to be featured on the tour!

 and p.s. “funnest” is a word.
Catch a new Top Ten List tomorrow!

Announcing the Winner of the 2017 Fulltime Families Mother’s Day Contest

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Moms are the glue that hold Fulltime Families together.  They are teachers, cooks, navigators, route planners, activity directors, grocery shoppers, and dollar stretchers.
They are usually the ones that have to change the bunk bed sheets, comfort the sick children, kiss all the boo boos, and wash those mountains for clothes!
If you missed the announcement on Sunday Night’s Roadschool Moms Show; How to Choose the Right Curricula for Your Roadschool, we’re here to tell you that the winning entry is….
Maternal , Outdorsey, Teaching, Hard-working, Encouraging and Remarkable – an Acroustic poem by Amelia Kearney about her mom, Ann Kearney! 

Congratulations Ann, you now have the opportunity to camp for FREE at wineries and farms across the country with your free annual membership to Harvest Hosts.

 

Fulltime Families Members can also get an exclusive savings off a Harvest Hosts Membership, through our new partnership with this fine organization.  Log onto to the Members’ Only Area for the promo code.

Here are some honorable mentions from the submissions we received:
Owen 13, says of his mom, Crystie, “A mothers love is the glue that holds it all together, a mothers love will last forever, she loves you, you and me, loving each other in harmony, we may not be the perfect family, But I love her and she loves me.”
Molly 3, says of her mom, Ana, “What do you like best about your Mom? She fixes us food. She puts ban bans on boo boos.”
Cathy Strait, age 13, shared this poem for her mom, Sally;
Dearest Mother
I just want to tell you
   in my own special way.
That everything for me you do,
   gives me the strength for each new day.
Though you’re day’s may stressful be,
   You always find time to spend with me.
You love me more than I’ll ever know,
   and that love is what makes me grow.
I know I’m  painting a picture rosy red,
   these word are coming from my creative head.
The words I use are right from my heart,
   I know nothing could break us apart.
You are the greatest Mom in the world,
   and you’re a loving, kind, God-fearin’ girl.
I hope you have the greatest Mother’s Day ever,
   greater than previous ones all put together.
I love you.
Thank you to all who submitted entries. Be sure to check back for our upcoming 2017 Fulltime Families Father’s Day Foto Contest!

Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park of Fremont, IN

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As the #thisisRVing tour headed north through Indiana, on a bright and sunny Friday, we pulled into Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park at Barton Lake in Fremont, IN.

Our first impression, “Holy cow! this looks just like the entrance to a National Park!”.  The Ranger Station was awesome!

IMG_5848We parked in our roomy pull through in the overflow section.  We actually preferred this spot as the rest of the very large 1200 site campground was hopping with campers registering, golf carts being rented left and right and kids on bikes as far as the eye could see. We found out the campground was completely sold out for the Tropical Paradise Weekend.

We opened our slides and headed to the main amenity area.  Watch our video below, where Dominick gives you a tour of this campground wonderland and a first person perspective of the parks 10 story water slides!

If you’ve been following our tour, then you know our family loves the Jellystone Jump Pillows!  But there was so much more of this park to explore.  Bike rentals, an arcade, a tiki bar, paddle boats, and we had only scratched the surface.  We took a break from exploring to participate in the campground’s hula hooping contest.

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After 6 years on the road, our kids are hula hooping ringers (it’s our back up plan if roadschooling doesn’t work out) and DJ and Tonia both took home the 1st place prizes in their division.

Feeling pretty confident, we headed over to the Sand Castle competition at the park’s beach.  Our construction skills were seriously lacking in this area, but we enjoyed watching the other families bring their sand sculptures to life.

After some lunch, we were ready for a swim, but what water feature should we chose? This Jellystone has tons of wet and wild fun.  From the splash park with the dumping bucket, to the wading pool, the little kids water area, the indoor pool, or even the lake front beach, there’s a soaking place for every day of your stay!

IMG_5878One of the highlights of our weekend, was when Chris and I met Roger Barry.  Roger has owned the park for over 30 years!  He told us not to miss the Sunday Service and we’re certainly glad we didn’t.

We made so many happy family memories at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone at Lake Barton and met so many wonderful people!  We can’t wait to come back to this great park!

 

 

 

 

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RV Tire Safety – What you need to know

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This blog post is directed specifically to travel trailer and 5th wheel trailer owners.  Drivers of cargo, utility, horse, or any pull behind trailer will also benefit from reading this article.

The number one safety issue when pulling a trailer is your tires.  If you pull your trailer hundreds of miles, you need to pay attention to this article closely.  This will not only potential save you and your passengers lives (i.e. family and friends and fellow motorists), but will also save you a great deal of money too.

In an effort to keep RV sticker prices low, RV Manufactures install tires intended for weekend (ie; minimal) use. These tires are not appropriate for RV owners who will be putting big miles on their equipment.  It is wise to install solid, reliable tires on your trailer but before we dive into how we can identify inadequate tires, lets see what inadequate tires can do to you and your equipment.

  1. blowntire1 Unexpected blowouts can cause a roll over, out of control skids, tear up the RV’s structure, and leaving you on the side of the road wishing you had quality tires, or worse!
  2. Overheating tires which will yield erratic air pressure, poor ride quality and extra expenses for repairing the RV from tire damage not to mention new tire cost.
  3. Angry wife, frustrations on the road, and unneeded emotional stress.

Bridgestone_tire_cross_sectionSo now you are wondering, how do I know if I have these poorly made tires?

That is very easy to identify.  Take a look at the side wall of your tires.  If they say, polyester, nylon, and steel, these are tires that are not appropriate for extended travel.  Polyester and nylon materials weaken from changes in heat and ultimately cause them to snap and then a blowout occurs.  The heat is caused by friction, trailer weight, and road conditions.  A lot of these poor quality tires are made in China. The law requires Country of origin be stamped on the sidewall of the tire as well.

So, what tires should I be riding on to keep my family and fellow motorists safe?

AllSteelBeltedTo keep you going down the road safely, you should be running on all steel belted tires.  Trailer tires do not come this way so you will need to run a commercial truck tire.  From what I have found, you will need a minimum of 16″ rims, but most RVers like to run 19.5 inch rims because you can go all the way up to “G” ply (load range) tires.

The Ply Rating is a load rating that the tire is made to handle (i.e. weight).  Full-time RVers will want a minimum of “E” ply (load range) tires because their trailers are considerably heavier then their weekender counterparts.  The Ply Rating is also listed on the sidewall of the tires.

It is always a good idea to weigh your trailer before purchasing tires so you know you are matching your trailer’s weight to the load rating / ply rating.

But What Tire… Really?

On our trailer we run Michelin XPS Ribs.  Prior to installing these tires, we experienced, numerous blow outs, body damage and excessive tread wear.  It was these critical safety concerns that led me to research the best trailer tires available.  My search led me to discover Michelin XPS Ribs.  Did you know that horse trailer drivers use these tires specifically because they do not blow out and therefore are safer for transporting horses.  These all steel belted tires have lasted us in excess of 30,000 miles and they still look new!

Where can you get Michelin XPS Ribs?

Any tire shop can order or will have them in stock for you.  You can also order them from the web and take them to your local tire shop for installation.  I recommend Discount Tire as I have found consistently they always offer the best price and provide a nationwide warranty, which is paramount for a traveling family  Good Year makes a commercial truck tire and there are some Chinese tires that are all steel belted, but I have never run on these before so I can not say what the performance is like.

Tire Math

What will I pay for the right tires?

So, now here comes the math that we all hate because this is where the money comes out of your pocket.  You can expect to spend somewhere between $250 – $300 per tire depending on brand and size (ours were $250 each from Discount Tire).  You will also need to pay for mounting and balancing of your new tires.  The average on that is about $20.00 per tire.  Yes, good tires are most definitely an investment, but it’s an investment in safety, security and dependability that is well worth it.  Just look at the alternative.  If you blow a tire on your trailer with the cheap tires, you will pay about $100.00 per tire and any body damage you might have incurred.  It would only take you 2 1/2 blowouts to pay for 1 tire.  Not to mention, your new tires have about a 50,000 mile tread life compared to the 15,000 mile tread life on your cheap tires.

What else do I need to know?

tourqewrenchYou need to know the proper way of keeping your rims attached to the hub while driving down the road.  There are many times that RVers have told me that there wheels have fallen off while driving or their lug nuts have come loose.  To keep this from happening, you need to “torque” your lug nuts down every time you travel for the first 3 times after having the rims installed on the RV, then after that, every 1000 miles.

Here is a link to the torque wrench that I use and it works well.

Safe Travels and we look forward to seeing you down the road!

Here is a torque chart for Lippert Components axles:

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