Headed on the road in your RV? Then you understand the importance of keeping your family safe while traveling. You know to maintain a wider following distance, take corners slower, and even make sure everyone is safely buckled in while the RV is in motion. But have you checked your tires yet? To avoid the risk of a blowout while traveling, follow these RV tire safety tips.
Maintain and Store Your RV Properly
If you’re already done traveling for the year and looking for ways to prolong the life of your RV tires, it’s important that you care for them well and store your RV properly.
This includes regularly washing the tires with a mild soap and a soft brush. This will keep dirt from abrading your tires and causing damage that could lead to cracks and blowouts. Just don’t wash too often or with harsh supplies as this can remove the protective compounds on the tires.
When your RV is not in use, it’s crucial that you store it in a location out of the sun. UV exposure is a prime culprit of cracks in the tires, so store your RV in a garage, or purchase an RV cover to keep the sun from damaging it. Make sure the cover includes protection over the wheels.
If you haven’t been storing your RV properly and you’re gearing up to take off on a trip, it may be worth it to buy a new set of tires before you leave and to follow these maintenance and storage tips when you return.
Watch Your Pressure
Both underinflating and overinflating your tires can be dangerous on the road as either one can lead to a blowout. Keep your tires properly inflated, even when in storage, by checking the pressure and adjusting it once per month. Be sure to double check the pressure before you leave for a trip. The optimal pressure for your particular tires is listed right on them. Remember that this number is where the pressure should be when the tires are cool, so check the tire pressure after the RV has had a chance to sit and cool down.
You don’t want to check pressure right after you’ve been on the road as the friction between the tires and the road can increase air pressure temporarily. Don’t release pressure from a hot tire as this can cause the tire to be underinflated once it cools.
Pack Your RV Smartly
It may not seem like your packing process has much to do with your tires—unless you forget to pack the spare—but how you store your belongings can actually have a huge impact on your tire health.
For instance, over packing your RV by filling every nook and cranny can place more weight on the tires than they can handle. Avoid brining more than you need, and be conscious of packing heavy objects.
In addition, you’ll also want to consider the weight distribution throughout the RV. An out-of-balance load may mean that one end of the axel is overloaded while the other is well within the axel’s load capacity. The overloaded side is much more susceptible to tire failure.
Replace Your Tires Every 7 Years
As a general rule-of-thumb, RV tires should be replaced every seven years despite the condition they appear to be in. This will help you avoid any dangerous mishaps that may occur due to normal wear and tear that you may not notice.
The last thing you want on your RV trip is to experience a tire blowout, which can lead to dangerous accidents, delayed schedules, and costly repairs. Reduce your risk of tire-related issues by following these tire safety tips outlined above.