Your RV tires certainly get put to the test, carrying heavy loads for hours on end during the hottest time of the year, and then sitting for several months. That’s why proper RV tire care is so important for camping enthusiasts. With regular maintenance and some extra attention during peak months, you can significantly increase the life and performance of your RV tires.
So, what can you do to help ensure your RV tires or trailer tires will give you miles of smooth, worry-free performance on the open road?
Five Tips for Taking Care of RV Tires and Trailer Tires
1. Check the sidewall and tread blocks for damage regularly
Your adventures can take you across all kinds of terrain—through the mountains, across the coast, past the Prairies. After you’ve driven in rocky or rough areas, be sure to have yourself or a tire service expert inspect the sidewalls and tread as well as valves and caps. You’re looking for nails and other objects, cuts and bulges, and signs of cracking and weathering.
Some of the best RV tires will be made with scuff guards to help resist sidewall damage from curbing when you’re in the city and in campgrounds, but those sidewall shoulders in particular aren’t always a match for the debris they meet on summer roads.
2. Inflate your tires to the recommended PSI so you can enjoy optimum performance
Under-inflation can cause poor handling, increased wear or irregular wear, decreased fuel economy and even structural damage. Over-inflation can also cause uneven wear as well as compromise your traction, braking, handling and a bumpy, noisy ride.
When to check air pressure
To maintain the integrity and performance of your tire, check your RV tires every morning when you’re putting on a lot of miles every day, before and after short distance trips, before and after storing your trailer or RV, and once a month in the off-season.
For the most accurate reading, check your air when your tires are cold (haven’t been driven for a few hours, since temperature fluctuations lead to pressure fluctuations) and with a truck tire gauge that features a dual-angled head for dual wheels.
If your adventure brings you to high altitudes or temperature extremes, check your inflation more regularly because both can have a big impact on air pressure.
The right air pressure
Your sidewall will tell you your tires’ maximum carrying capacity as well as the air pressure amount (PSI) needed to carry that maximum load.
What else can you do to help your tires rolling this summer? Learn the next three tips to ensure your tires will help you have a smooth holiday in 5 Tips to Take Care of Your RV Tires: Part 2.
When adventure calls, call on the RV tire experts at a Kal Tire location near you so can ensure your tires are fit for the open road ahead.
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