Cooper Tires for Your Truck

Here is a good preview of the tire lineup for Cooper Off-Road or at least All-Season Tires. I recently put a set of the ATP version on my truck and like them a lot. The ATP version is like the first one shown in the video, but it appears to be an exclusive for Discount Tire Stores. By the way, Discount Tire in Tallahassee did a great job on my installation and I recommend them as well.

2019 Florida RV Super Show – Tampa, Florida

Small Campers

I am unlikely personally to go for one of these. We are happy with our current unit and frankly we need the space and amenities of our more mainstream trailer. I do confess to being intrigued by the innovation shown and the woodwork on these units. I think that this interest on my part is a throwback to our tent camping days, and the luxury these campers offer in contrast to those far more rustic days.

Take a look at the details. Notice the plastic springs under the mattress. That looks like a great idea.

My Thoughts on a Clean Truck

If you go through my posts it’s easy to see that over the years my journey has included many trucks. Having been in the construction business it was necessary. I have over the years spent many a day washing and waxing my truck. I can remember the first new truck in 1982. It was a very stripped down F150 Ford. It was a stick shift, on the floor, and it was a three speed. The engine was a straight six cylinder. The truck was red and it had a red interior with a vinyl bench seat. It had a radio. I can’t remember if it was just AM, or if it was AM/FM. There wasn’t any cruise control or power anything. The windows were crank up, and the floor was a heavy plastic. I used to hose out the floor and there were drainage holes in the corners for the purpose. To protect the truck bed I had a sheet of 3/4″ exterior plywood that stayed in the bed of the truck.

It isn’t work when you enjoy the effort!

I kept that truck clean and enjoyed the work cleaning and waxing it. I still keep my truck clean. It’s a bit harder for me now though. I need a nap afterwards.

Camping with a Trailer: Tips and Tricks | Tires-Easy

https://www.tires-easy.com/blog/camping-trailer-tires/

This is a pretty good overview of preparation, tire safety, and various other issues to make your towing experience and your camping trip a success.

The information about increasing highway speed with the tires mentioned does bother me. Going much faster than 65 mph while towing doesn’t take into consideration other factors besides the tires and their integrity. Wind speeds, wind pressure from large trucks, and surface conditions matter greatly. Driver error is much more likely too. Our towing experience is far less than our driving experience overall. Please drive conservatively.

1996 F250 Ford XLT Heavy Duty

Way back in 1996 I was running a business. We were in the tile, marble, and flooring business doing commercial projects throughout the Eastern United States. There was a lot of traveling involved. Some months my American Express Card was up $10,000.00 for miscellaneous supplies and for hotel costs. We had a lot of guys with us. We were mostly installing floors for a company called May Department Stores. We did a lot of stores each year for the little company that we were.

Anyway, I ended up buying a new truck that year. It was a 1996 Ford F250 XLT Regular Cab with a 351 cu.in. W block V8. It had two fuel tanks with a switch over from one to the other tank. The mileage was awful – about 10-12 miles to the gallon. It was jet black with a brushed chrome cover on the tailgate. It had a front chrome bumper and grille. I installed a chrome diamond plate saddle box made by Weatherguard in the eight foot box behind the rear window. The tires were tall and I think they were 10 ply and built to support a heavy load. They had a sort of spinner design full hubcaps on the wheels. There were heavy duty suspensions parts too, but other than stiff springs and shocks I don’t know what was added.

I just loved that truck. It wasn’t super comfortable over washboard roads, but you really felt solid while driving it. The engine was torquey and powerful. I thought the truck looked great.

I really miss having the independent vent windows this truck had. It was the last time any of my trucks had vent windows.  There was nothing better on a warm summer night than having the windows open and the vent windows breaking the rush of air and allowing just the right amount of air flow into the cab. Dropping these was a mistake. 

Because there was always extra materials leftover from the jobs that the customer was throwing away, I was renting trailers that we filled with the overruns. I should mention that we didn’t buy this carpet and materials. The customer bought it and we installed it. So these rolls of carpet were simply free to us. Ultimately, I purchased a Hallmark Motorcycle Trailer that was big enough to take those extra rolls of carpet and that we used to bring our job boxes and tools to the projects. That trailer was matched to my 1996 F250. It was black with diamond plate rock guards and fenders. When hitched to the truck they were a black and chrome, diamond plated, vision. They were also well matched mechanically and pulled well. The trailer had electrical brakes and was good with the heavy weights we were towing.

Ultimately we ended up putting over a quarter million miles on that truck. It had several minor accidents. Once a boat being towed ahead of our truck had the boat windshield fly off and dropped onto the hood of the truck at freeway speeds. It put several punctures into the hood, which we fixed. Another time a woman came along and tore off the driver side door in a parking lot. There were other accidents as well. That truck took a beating, but was ready to work all the time.

In the end I had the truck repainted and had the dents and dings knocked out. I gave it to my son and he drove it for several more years.

Best truck I ever owned!