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How to Prevent Tire Blowouts On Your RV

RV’s can be particularly prone to tire blowouts for a number of reasons. These include:

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1. RVs typically carry more additional weight 2. Dry rotting can significantly contribute to blowouts. 3. Buying a secondhand camper could see you inherit tires that are in poor condition.

Tire checks when buying an RV

1. Cracks or bulges in the sidewall of the tire 2. The age of the tire 3. The tread of the tire 4. The level of tire depth

Preventing blowouts when driving

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.

Ensuring your vehicle is not overweight

If you are travelling with a trailer, then the trailer and the vehicle and trailer combined must not exceed a certain weight.

Keeping your tires at the correct pressure

Tire pressure should be checked once a month if your vehicle is stationary, or once every two weeks if it is being driven on regularly. A tire pressure gauge can be purchased for around $20.

Using the right tires for the right terrain

1. If you are travelling for long distances on gravel or dirt roads then opt for 10-12 ply tires 2. If you are travelling long distances each day on the highway then you may want to consider low rolling resistance tires.

Protecting your tires when your RV is parked

If you are parking your RV for an extended period of time then you need to watch out for two types of damage that can occur to stationary tires 1. Dry rotting  2. Flat spots.

Preventing dry rotting in stationary tires

Tires are manufactured with certain oils to help them retain their moisture. This moisture is worked back into the tires when they are being driven on. Consequently, when tires are stationary for long periods at a time, they can become susceptible to dry rotting.

Preventing flat spots in stationary tires

Stationary tires will develop flat spots in the areas where they are in contact with the ground as a result of this constant pressure. Flat spots can be avoided by moving your RV slightly once every two weeks to a month

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