Nothing much matters when you’re traveling the road if your tires aren’t in top condition to get you where you are going safely. Tires happen to be one of the most neglected features on an RV and they typically run over-inflated or under-inflated, which are the two most common causes for tire failure. We’d like to offer some RV tire tips from Mark Polk, of RV Education 101, for helping you have a safe and happy trip.
Inflation Pressure – Use a quality gauge to check your tire pressure. Inflate them according to the manufacturers recommendation or the Federal Data plate on your RV. Check them when your tires are cold. If you check when you’ve been traveling, the high temps in the tire will expand tire pressure and your reading will not be accurate. For dual wheels, have a valve extender installed and make sure the rubber valve stems replaced with steel valve stems. Rubber ones may tend to leak due to the additional weight vs. length of the extender.
Inspection – Look for signs of wear. If you find signs of uneven wear, checking or cracking, or if one tire seems to be wearing faster than the other, it may be something you should have looked at. Be sure to take your RV to a licensed facility to have your tire work done.
Weight Distribution – Don’t overload your tires. Distribute weight evenly inside the RV and have your RV weighed when it is ready for travel. Be sure to weigh each tire individually because you can be within the right overall weight and still overload your tires if everything inside is not evenly distributed.
Protection – Keep your tires covered when parked to protect them from Ozone in the air and UV rays from the sun. Ozone can dry-rot tires and so can UV rays. Your tire covers will block most of this from happening. Rotate your tires regularly and replace when needed.
You can greatly extend the life of your tires and provide a safe travel experience by properly maintaining your RV tires. Check out the video below for more information.