Summer is fast approaching, and as the weather starts to warm up, most RV owners, eager for pandemic restrictions to lift, are beginning to prepare for hitting the road. As part of those preparations, it is essential to ensure your tires are in good condition, writes Jim Pirie, owner of OK Tire Woodstock, Ontario, for a report published by RV Lifestyle magazine, a consumer-focused publication based in Canada.
Whether you’re a long-time RV enthusiast, or someone new to the RV experience, your tires are what will get you there, and bring you home safely. As tough as modern tires are, they need proper maintenance and care to provide the best performance and durability. To help you ensure your tires are in top shape for the season ahead, keep these maintenance tips in mind.
Check your tire pressure.
Before hitting the road, it is essential to ensure your tires have the proper air pressure. If you’re not sure how to check, refer to your vehicle manufacturer’s recommendations in your owner’s manual as improper tire pressure may have severe consequences. For example, low tire pressure generates heat within the tire, which can cause a tire blowout. A tire failure generally leads to significant and costly damage to your trailer, not to mention that it puts you, your passengers, and other drivers on the road at risk. Excess heat in your tires can transfer to your bearings, leading to grease issues and, as you can imagine, further unwanted damage.
An underinflated tire can put undue stress on your axles, especially if it’s a single axle, resulting in handling issues. If you have a tandem axle, you may not even notice or feel your underinflated tire, which puts your vehicle at risk of further damage.
To help prevent tire failure, each time you stop to fuel up or take a break, make sure you inspect your tires before getting back on the road. It’s as simple as walking around your vehicle or trailer and looking for signs of lower tire pressure, touching the tires to check for overheating, and visually comparing them to one another, looking for any differences between them. Often, doing this quick checkup will help you address any issues early on and help ensure you get to where you’re going safely.