Good morning and welcome to another day on the vlog and our journey home to Alaska! We had a great night at Ben’s
mom’s last night…. I got caught up and visited with family. It’s always a good
thing to be able to do that! Now we find ourselves in Ontario,
California… So guys, we’re pretty excited to announce that we have formed a
partnership with Yokohama Tire! And we have the honour of reviewing and testing
some Geolanders. Which are their truck tires!…. And we are here at their corporate
facility in California to pick up our tires at Will call…. Yeah, there it is!… I see it right here Will call and express deliveries only!..Nice… Man! This truck turns on a dime…It sure
does!That’s kind of fun… We even sound like a delivery truck…No joke! Alright! So our trucks new shoes….
Yokohama Geolander a/t G015 is the series…. Load range E…The truck takes three 1575 R16 tyres… So these are a pretty big tire, for a pretty
big truck!…. That is a tight fit!…. Barely made it…. Yeah, 5 tires. Hopefully no
scuff marks!…. Now we know how many tires can fit in our truck…Yeah… I can’t reveal our code… Goodbye Yokohama….. And hello Pacific Tire in Ontario here…. It’s proven to be kind of difficult getting these tires put on.
Because there’s a lot of factors with our truck….Ahh… Number one: It’s heavy, 12,500 pounds…. Number two: We need to torque the lug nuts to 300 pounds. Not like with the
impact gun but with an actual torque wrench. And not to make faces…. Have I had all the capabilities to put tires on this truck… Yeah…. But these guys are pretty amazing!
It’s almost like having a pit crew work on the truck. Three of them just attacked
it and getting these tires mounted and balanced in very short time…. Alright! If you’re wondering: Why did we
go with the Geolander G015 a/t tires?…. Well, you know what? A
couple videos ago, I talked about you know, getting older and making more
practical decisions! And you know what? Mud terrain tires are very, very, sexy and
they perform well off-road! Now the Yokohama mudders…. They perform well on road but we were looking for something that was gonna give us long tread life.
And we are gonna test these things off-road but you know what? Mud train
tires are very performance minded tire. And they tend to wear out quicker. And we
also wanted the extreme winter weather capabilities that these tires offer.
Because we are heading home to Alaska… And you know, winter is still very
present up there!….. One other reason why we chose these: Is because if you tow like a
fifth wheel or a travel trailer as your RV, these Geolander G015 a/t
can go on your tow vehicle. So you’re gonna have to stay tuned and
SUBSCRIBE and all that… For you know.. Long-term reviews but trust me! We are
gonna be putting these tires to the test guys!…. So here’s another odd little tip
about our truck: All the tires and wheels I should say, on the driver’s side,
are reverse-thread! Which can be a little confusing because your mind sometimes
automatically goes righty-tighty….
lefty-loosey… Well things were not completely
uneventful here. When doing the driver sides, like I said, reverse-thread
it’s a problem! And over the years, people have hit these going the wrong way!
And last time I had the tires rotated…. We had one stud that maxed out at 180
pounds before it started spinning! I could live with that but you know what?
Now we have one that’s completely stripped and one the half way stripped! So
out of our six lugs…. Were operating on four and a half… And that’s not gonna cut
it! And go figure, it’s Friday afternoon at 3 o’clock…. Perfect timing!….
Well guys, you want a dose a reality? Here it is! The tires felt great once we
got them put on! There was a vibration in the brakes that I noticed ahhh…You know, when we were about to like get onto the freeway at that stoplight and I was like:
Oh, Wow! But you know, there is a very odd vibration when we hit the brakes! The
sensation would be compared to like warped rotors or warped drums… But, those don’t just happen like that so…. I don’t think it’s warped
rotors or warped drums because the front has drums. We do have one lug nut
that’s not on… And I got to thinking…. Yeah, I guess there’s like a chance… You know, it’s still all the metals not expanding properly…. There’s also a mild vibration
at freeway speeds like 45 to 50 but yeah! Really got me thinking…. And I know I’m
kind of rambling on here but… I also got to thinking like, okay so there was that
one stud that was just spinning. And we had to get a pry bar and just put a
little pressure against the tire to the stud. So that we could get that nut off!
But it was just such mild pressure but then you’re thinking okay! Well I guess
there’s that chance that could have messed things up!
But then and it’s so awesome having the previous owner Dave as a resource! He
owned this truck for years! And you all know the knowledge and experience you
gain from years of ownership and…. There are so many things that we’re just
learning on our own through default of just being in it, driving the miles! And I
imagine we’re probably experiencing new things because we’re in this thing to
people 24 hours a day since July! So we have learned a lot! But okay, back to it! I
hit up Dave and he said you know what? It may sound completely weird, especially
since you would think like wheel weights would have nothing to do with braking…
But… What’s going on and he said it’s happened to him twice!! The wheel weights
need to be repositioned! So… We found a place, our truck is unique! And I hope
it’s the right place! I called ahead, make sure that they could lift it off the
ground, the torque wrench issue…You know we carry a torque wrench as well. But
it’s always good to know if a shop has one… That means they’re kind of familiar
with working on heavier duty vehicles. So I kind of asked that as a little test
question. But their name is: Unique Tires and Wheels. And I think we qualify as
unique! And I really want to just get this resolved!….Hey, this looks like a good
place!…It looks like a good store!… Yeah…. I really hope these wheel weights
just need to be repositioned! I guess am gonna show you guys, once we get
them off!… Alright let’s see if we’re on the right track…. Alright, there’s the wheel…
Ahhhh dude!… Seriously there’s rub marks right there! Let’s see
if I get the camera on it…. Yeah! Dude that’s the source of our
problem!…Keep it in here… Yeah… It goes up Well, I see evidence that the previous
wheel weights were on the inside. So yeah! That’s a good sign man!…. It feels really
good that we found this problem. And that… It’s cheap, cheap is a good thing!…. So I’m not upset with the last tire shop. They had no idea that due to the nature of this
vehicle the wheel weights needed to be in a specific position! I did not know
that because this is the first time we have balanced tires! And got new tires on
this vehicle. So it’s quite fascinating through the process of traveling and
living and owning an RV expedition vehicle…. Whatever you want to call it! Now we’ll just call it an RV for a generic term… There’s a tremendous learning curve!
To know all the intricacies, quirks and characteristics and fine points and tips
on a vehicle. And… Dare I say, it’s probably far better off that we’re
learning this stuff on this side of the pond. Instead of some far-reaching parts
of Asia, Africa or Central America. Which is on our schedule! You know, once
everything in life is in order, we are going to be going overseas! And uhhmm…
Every day is a learning experience guys! And I’m sure a lot of you who own RVs
can attest to: Every time you get something new, the learning curve just
starts all over! And even after owning Nelly, our last one…
Every now and then, something new still came up and ahh…Challenged me! But I’m really happy that…And knocking on wood, that this is hopefully going to be a very cut
and dry issue. And I can give you a good feel of these new Yokohama Geolanders…
So the guys here at the tire shop said their weights have a fairly high profile.
And they said just to eliminate this problem, since it seemed to be common… And I even just spoke with Dave and he said…. That the last tire shop he used, said
they were gonna try this if they had difficulty balancing the wheels but… I
guess these are like sand bags and they’re very popular in semis and
commercial trucks. I don’t know if I’m out of the loop or don’t have enough
experience with heavy-duty things… But I guess this is a proven
technology! But the downfall means we have to dismount
all the tires again so…. If this solves the problem and this is proven
technology, hey! I’m all for it guys!…. So now for this wheel stud issue, that was
gonna happen sooner or later! Depending on who took off the wheel again. So that
like serious it was just gonna happen! But, we do have wheel studs but we only
have one for the driver side and one for the passenger side. But Dave gave me a
lead of a place here in a South of LA that sells Mitsubishi Fuso parts. And I
could probably get these parts pretty quick guys!
Alright thanks guys!…. Alright! Moment of truth guys!… Oh the brake pedal already feels better!…Good!…. No cars coming…. Let’s do this! Alright! and…. Third gear good enough! Let’s hit the brakes!…. Oh yes guys!!…. Yes! One of two problems has been solved!… I
held up two fingers! One of two problems have been solved… Alright! We are about sixty miles on
down the highway from the tire shop and very pleased to report that things are
feeling back to normal! The guys told us not to be surprised if it would take a
couple of days for everything to settle out and feel right. Because those little
sandbags they put in have to rupture and settle into the tires. But it is feeling
fantastic! We’ve done some rough California roads,
we’ve done some nice California roads… And it doesn’t really matter!
It feels good again! So…. We’re really looking forward to sharing more with you
about these tires, kind of the technology… And our review of them over the next few
months… They are rated for severe weather… And we anticipate getting to test that
feature out on the drive home this spring! They also have a really long
tread life! Which is something we thought was a fantastic feature for
obvious reasons!… And on that note, we cannot thank Yokohama Tires enough for hooking us up here! We
are so excited about this and really looking forward to, what this partnership
holds in the future! So…. On that note, we are headed North to Alaska, this spring, back home! If you are not already SUBSCRIBED, hit that
button so you can ride along with us! And… We’ll see you tomorrow!