GoCampingAmerica.com | Posted February 8th, 2021
RVing 101: 7 Tips for Taking Care of Your Tires
Happy Camper Blog
Just like a house needs a strong foundation, your RV needs to be equipped with a set of well-maintained tires to keep your family safe and your rig operating smoothly when you’re on the road. Here are seven steps you can take to care for your tires:
- Know your RV’s correct tire pressure – You can find this information in your owner’s manual and/or on a plate or sticker inside your RV. Your tire manufacturer can also be a good source of information. Keep in mind that the PSI (pounds per square inch) indicated is the maximum tire pressure your tires should ever have.
- Monitor your tires so you can keep them properly inflated – Overinflated tires can affect your RV’s stability, while underinflating them can result in tire damage and/or dangerous blow-outs. Some RVs are equipped with an automatic tire pressure monitoring system or you can have one installed. Another option is to use a digital tire gauge. If you’re monitoring your tire pressure manually, be sure to do it on a regular basis. Keep in mind that tires naturally lose air pressure over time and a drop in temperature can cause them to lose even more.
- Regularly check the sidewalls for cracks and splits – These are signs that your tires are getting old and should be checked by an expert to see if they need to be replaced.
- Distribute the weight in your RV evenly – Learn your RV’s maximum allowable weight and what it weighs empty to determine how much cargo you can carry. You can find this information on a label in your RV. Then, as you load cargo, make sure It’s evenly distributed to help ensure that your tires wear evenly.
- Have your tires rotated regularly – This will also help them wear evenly. If you have a full-sized spare, include it in the rotation so all five of your tires will have even wear.
- Replace tires when necessary – Have them inspected regularly, then replace any tires that are showing signs of wear to minimize the risk of having a blow-out. Some experts say that your tires should never be more than six years old. To check the age of your tires, look for the DOT code stamped on the inside sidewall, then check the last four digits. The first two digits indicate the week the tire was manufactured and the last two indicate the year. For example, if a tire’s four-digit code is 2218, it was manufactured in the 22nd week of 2018.
- Keep Your Tires Clean – This will also help them perform better. There are specialized products on the market, but simple soap and water will do. Avoid using any type of solvent that could damage your tires.
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact your local RV tire professional. They’ll be able to help you make sure your tires are safe. If you take good care of your tires, they’ll take good care of you.