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How to Prevent Tire Blowouts On Your RV

Reasons RV tires can be prone to blowouts:

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-They carry a lot of weight -They're often left parked for long periods of time, which causes dry rotting -They're often pulled over multiple types of terrain -They may be old even though the haven't been used enough to wear down the tread.

Things to Look for when Inspecting RV Tires:

1. Cracks or bulges in the sidewall of the tire 2. The tread of the tire--no uneven patches of wear 3. Tire tread depth--should be at least 4/32 of an inch. 4. Tires over 6 years old should be replaced (see next slid for how to determine age.)

How to Determine the  Age of RV Tires:

There will be two rows of letters and numbers that run around the sidewall of a tire.  The final four numbers on the inner ring of letter and number combinations refers to the week and the year that the tire was manufactured.  For example, if the final four numbers on the inner ring of a tire read 1819, then the tire was manufactured in the 18th week (the first week of May) in 2019.

The main contributing factors to a blowout that you can control when on the road are:   1. The weight of your vehicle 2. The heat and pressure in your tires 3. The appropriateness of your tire for the terrain being driven on

All vehicles have a maximum Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) found in their owner’s manual. This refers to the amount of weight that a vehicle can carry, including the weight built into the vehicle and all its contents.

Ensuring your RV is not overweight

Having under inflated tires can cause pressure to shift away from the flexible tire treads to the more brittle tire sidewall, potentially leading to a blowout. Tires with too high pressure can quite literally burst when being driven on.

Keeping your tires at the correct pressure

When driving on gravel or off road, you need thicker tires to prevent punctures. Thinner tires are required to prevent overheating and shredding.

Using the right tires for the right terrain

If you are parking your RV for an extended period of time then you need to watch out for two types of damage: dry rotting and flat spots.

Protecting your tires when your RV is parked 

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