As you read in 5 Tips to Take Care of Your Trailer Tires: Part 1 , on summer road trips your tires can face all that heat, debris, and those heavy loads with regular inspections for damage and inflation.
But there’s even more you can (and need to) do to help keep your trailer tires and your adventure rolling this year.
RV Tire and Trailer Tire Care Tips 3-5
3. Maintain an even load and never exceed Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR)
When your RV tires or trailer tires are supporting an even load and an acceptable weight, you’ll see better handling, braking, fuel economy, tread life, and tread wear.
For best results, pack up your RV or trailer with everything you’re taking—groceries, kids, supplies, suitcases, bikes, camping supplies, and anything you might be towing. Then, visit a weigh station so you can get an accurate reading and make sure you’re not exceeding the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR). You’ll find your GVWR in your owner’s manual.
4. Balance and rotate your tires regularly
If your tires are out of balance, you’ll see cupping and uneven wear.
Have your wheels balanced when you’re mounting new tires, when tires and wheels are being rotated, when you’ve had a flat repaired, and any time a tire has been removed.
Your tire experts can also advise you about rotating your RV or trailer tires. Your owner’s manual will recommend the rotation pattern that’s best for your vehicle.
What your RV tires experience in the off-season is just as important as how they’re taken care of during road trip season. Even though many RV tires now come with advanced weather and crack resistant rubber compounds, you can still extend the life an RV tire significantly with proper storage.
Here are some general RV tire storage tips:
- Before you store your tires, clean them with a soap and water solution to get rid of any oils that clung to the tread on the highway.
- Unload all those supplies, bikes and suitcases so the tires are only supporting the minimum weight.
- Inflate your tires to the recommended PSI.
- Use blocks to support your vehicle and remove weight from your tires.
- Store your vehicle in a dry, cool space where the tires won’t be subject to direct sunlight.
- Every so often—at least every 12 weeks, if the weather is mild—take your RV for a short drive to allow the make-up of the rubber compound to work and prevent cracking, and to avoid getting flat spots.
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