Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Ninth Day Route, Tires and Shocks

Where Are We Today 
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Our Route On Day Nine
We left our campsite outside of Moab UT at 9:00 a.m. M/T, once again westward bound. Travelling Hwy 191 north to Hwy 70 west on steady climb up to 7826 feet before starting a downward run to 5266 feet just before we turned onto Hwy 15 South.
 Around 12:30 p.m. we pulled into a Flying J for fuel, I hadn't even started to pump when the mechanic from the tire shop suggest I take a look at the front passenger side trailer tire, it was starting to come apart, and with closer look at the rear one it was showing signs of the same. Taking a look at the other side, there were indications of those two starting to break down. So four new tires were needed and they got to work right away on them. Once the first two tires were off they noticed that the shocks weren't the best, so all four shocks were replaced. Three fellows went to work and 45 minutes later they were all done. These guys were sure accommodating, getting us in right away and explaining Eagles Landing Truck Plaza in Beaver Utah. The tires are 4 years old with few miles on them, but age and sitting for long periods of time are not good for them. Someone was watching out for us today.

The first two

The worst one

New shocks installed

First side done

Working on the other side

The new shocks

Three man crew

Just about done

By the way Al @ CanAm, they said you did a real good job re greasing the bearings

All Done

My road rating for all roads today is a 9 out of 10, except for a short distance on Hwy I 70 where we were down to one lane for construction, I give it a 8.5 out of 10.
After a quick bite to eat we were on our way, coming to the end of Utah and into Arizona for about 28 miles until we hit Nevada. We were headed for Mesquite Nevada to the Casa Blanca Casino where they had free RV parking for the night.
Enjoying supper at the casino and free entertainment in one of the lounges, we listen to an Elvis impersonator until about 9:30 p.m. P/T before calling it a night and heading back to the suite to try and write this post. My eyes are half closed so I hope it looks alright.
That's it for now, until the next time, take care and be safe. Feel free to leave a comment.
Be sure to check out Pat's blog HERE for a more detailed day.



  1. Sure does sound like someone up there was watching out for you guys today, for sure.
    Safe travels,

  2. Nice that you got those tire in time before any damage was done.

    1. Yes, I have seen what damage can be done when they blow. Didn't see the bad spot in my morning walk around, so glad the mechanic saw it when we stopped.

    2. Yes, I have seen what damage can be done when they blow. Didn't see the bad spot in my morning walkaround, so glad that the mechanic saw itwhen we stopped.

  3. Oh my....good thing tires were noticed! We do not travel alone! MB

  4. so very fortunate to have someone notice your tire. Sure does beat a blow out. safe travels and see you soon

    1. Yes that is true. Thanks guys, looking forward to seeing you.

  5. I have debated all day about posting this but believe I must. That tire shop has a long history of pulling that scam. Google "beaver utah tire shop" and read the SLC Tribune articles. Also go to forums and search for posts regarding this shop. Please have a reputable tire shop check to make sure you have what you need under your home

    1. Hi Corky, thank you for your concern, I understand about whether to say something or not. I did the search that you suggested and both my wife and I felt sick. I have looked up the tires on line and the shocks and feel that they are alright, but I will also get them checked at a dealer as you suggested. Two of the old tires, the tread was coming apart, strips had come off. The other two looked like there was separation in the tread and one did have the start of a bulge. After looking up online prices, that is where there could be a rip off. Our trailer is heavy and if the old tires which have sat more than they have rolled were starting to go, we feel new tires were in order. We will definitely get them checked out. Again thank you for your comment.

  6. Hi Bill
    What axles do you have on your unit?? They look like Dexters but I couldn't be sure. And what brand tires did you have installed? I am always concerned about getting some darned Chinese tires.
    Sure glad you caught it when you did.
    Don in Okla.

  7. Hi Don: we have a Mor/ryde independent torsion bar axle system on our trailer. Unfortunately the tires are Roadlux made in China. If you look at the comment up above yours from Corky, you will see what we ran into. The tires differently needed to be replaced and have the same ratings as are old ones. I think we got scammed on the price. How do you know, our safety is what is important.