When adventure and RV parks call, it’s easy for campers to remember the important things: ingredients for smores, fishing rods and raincoats. What else could you possibly need? What about RV tires (and a spare) fit for the road?
Since RV tires are one of those often overlooked yet critical parts of the vehicle that’s going to make your camping trip happen, we put together a handy, five-step checklist to review before you hit the highway.
ROAD TRIP-READY RV TIRES: A 5-STEP CHECKLIST
___ 1. Check the age of your RV tires and your spare tire.
___ 2. Inspect tires thoroughly, including the spare, for age-related & other issues.
So, what are you inspecting?
On the tread:
__ uneven wear (possible indications of suspension issues)
__ cuts, bulges, cracking or feathering
__ tread depth (minimum) of 4/32
On the sidewall:
__cracking from age or exposure to sun
__discolouration or waves (a sign of use at high temperatures)
___ 3. If RV tires need to be replaced, have the lug nuts retorqued the next day or within 50 kilometres.
___ 4. Make sure valves and caps are in place and in good shape on all five tires.
___ 5. Inflate tires to the recommended PSI. Because you’re traveling at extreme temperatures and with heavy loads at long distances, it’s critical to ensure your RV tires are properly inflated, not just at the outset of your trip, but throughout.
Want to make that step even easier while you’re on the road? Read our post Types of Tire Gauges.
What’s the right tire pressure for RV tires? You should find your tire’s recommended PSI on a sticker in the door jam or glove box, and your vehicle owner’s manual. Check out our 5-Step Guide to Checking Tire Pressure for more tips and visuals.
Under-inflation can cause:
- poor handling
- increased wear or irregular wear
- decreased fuel economy
- structural damage
Conversely, over-inflation can also cause uneven wear as well as compromise your traction, braking, handling and make for a bumpy, noisy ride.
Remember to make sure you’re not exceeding the maximum load limit for your tires, or inflating to the maximum pressure to support that load.
Now that you know your RV tires are properly inflated and have healthy treads, you’re set to hit the road and enjoy your adventure!
If you want a second opinion about the health and inflation of your tires, visit one of our Kal Tire locations near you for true road trip peace of mind.