Most RV owners find out when they’re stranded that their RV doesn’t have a spare tire, and it’s estimated that 40% of RV owners have never checked their tire’s air pressure. On most trips over 200 miles, you will come across the carcass of a tire that failed usually due to incorrect tire pressure.
In addition to preventing tire failure there are other reasons to ensure correct tire pressure, including:
- Wear on wheel wells, tire flaps, wiring and fluid lines
- Poor handling
- Decreased fuel economy
So, when should you check your RV or trailer tire pressure?
- When tires are cold. If you have driven your RV one mile or more, let the tires cool for 3-4 hours prior to checking the air pressure
- Before or after storing your vehicle
- On long trips, every morning
- On short trips, before you leave and when you return
- At least once per month while the vehicle is in storage
Tires will lose 1-2 pounds per month. They are not perfectly sealed and it is natural for air loss to occur.
Do not exceed the tire pressure or weight capacity listed on the sidewall of the tire. RV manufacturers will list a recommended tire pressure on the door of the unit, but keep in mind this is their recommended tire inflation based on the vehicles weight when new. If you add extra tanks, accessories, racks, motorcycles, towing equipment or anything that adds weight to the RV, tire inflation will be affected.
A small amount of tire maintenance will go a long way. To help bring awareness to the importance of tire safety, Coach-Net is reminding RV owners to follow tire safety best practices. Proper care and maintenance of your vehicle’s tires can improve vehicle handling, fuel economy, increase the life of your tires and help protect you from avoidable breakdowns and accidents.