RV Tires

The 7 things you absolutely must know about your tires to keep you safe:

 

Your RVs tires are probably one of the least complicated yet most important parts of your vehicle. Properly set up and maintained, they will enable you to travel safely along the road. Neglected, there isn’t much more on your RV that could possibly be more dangerous.

So here’s what you need to know.

 

1. Tire Inflation

Making sure that you have the correct tire pressures for the weight of your vehicle is absolutely essential when it comes to tire care and more importantly your safety. The weight spread of your RV can be organized in many different ways so there is never an exact pressure that your tires should be inflated to.

The load on each individual tire will probably be different but having tires of different pressures on the same axle is extremely dangerous. The one with the greatest load on it should be inflated to the appropriate level (you can usually find the manufacturer’s maximum recommended inflation pressures in the vehicle’s manual or on the certification label) with all the other tires on that axle inflated to the same amount.

 

The practice of under-inflating the tires to achieve a smoother ride is quite common amongst RVers and yet has no perceivable effect what so ever. In fact all it will do is cause the handling to suffer and create premature and irregular wear to the tires.

Note: 90% of tire failures are a result of poor inflation levels.

 

An underinflated tire:

  • Will wear unevenly
  • Produces poor gas mileage
  • Gives a soft, spongy ride
  • Can overheat
  • Reduces steering quality and road handling

An overinflated tire:

  • Produces poor steering
  • Reduces Traction
  • Gives a hard ride
  • Will affect braking ability
  • Decreases the tire’s surface contact area…

 

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