Hi - I'm looking at a new 3041 and do plan on towing a fair amount. I am trying to find out owners' opinions of whether the factory installed equipment will be adequate (no failures) or whether upgrades are required
I notice it comes with H rated "Goodride" tires with a J speed rating of 62 mph. The Goodride tires look to be made by the same company that makes the Westlake brand and they even have the same model name (CR960A). I know there was a joke made on another recent post of fooling people into thinking they are getting goodyear tires, but I'm trying to understand whether I will be able to get some kind of normal life out of these tires (5 years?) or whether people think they should be replaced right away. I can't find any Goodride blowout stories and I cant find very many Westlake H failures either.
I notice there are no shocks but the 8k axles are equipped with the MorRyde LRE 4100 equalizers with MorRyde heavy duty shackles and wet bolts. The hanger does look very beefy and the X-brace is installed. Will this arrangement last or is MorRyde IS a foregone conclusion. I think the LRE has been offered since 2017 models and I have not read of any suspension failures yet.
The drum brakes are still standard. Any idea how many miles these would last? Again is disc brakes in your opinion mandatory? Other than the overwhelming positive opinion of people who have installed them, the only data I have seen shows:
"In stopping distance from 60 mph, 595 ft with Kodiak hydraulic disc verses 1457 ft with electric drum just using trailer brakes alone. Then adding truck brakes to the trailer brakes produced stopping at 231 ft. with Kodiak verses 270 ft electric drum." https://mrtrailer.com/kodiak_hydraulic_disc_brakes.htm
The combined stopping distance being shorter by only 15% surprises me as most opinions make it seems like "night and day".
Thanks for any and all comments/opinions