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PostPosted: 23 Mar 2015 08:23 

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5 Tips to Take Care of Your Trailer Tires:

Your RV tires certainly get put to the test, carrying heavy loads for hours on end during the hottest time of the year, and then sitting for several months. That’s why proper RV tire care is so important for camping enthusiasts. With regular maintenance and some extra attention during peak months, you can significantly increase the life and performance of your RV tires.

So, what can you do to help ensure your RV tires or trailer tires will give you miles of smooth, worry-free performance on the open road?
Five Tips for Taking Care of RV Tires and Trailer Tires
1. Check the sidewall and tread blocks for damage regularly

Your adventures can take you across all kinds of terrain—through the mountains, across the coast, past the Prairies. After you’ve driven in rocky or rough areas, be sure to have yourself or a tire service expert inspect the sidewalls and tread as well as valves and caps. You’re looking for nails and other objects, cuts and bulges, and signs of cracking and weathering.

Some of the best RV tires will be made with scuff guards to help resist sidewall damage from curbing when you’re in the city and in campgrounds, but those sidewall shoulders in particular aren’t always a match for the debris they meet on summer roads.
2. Inflate your tires to the recommended PSI so you can enjoy optimum performance

Under-inflation can cause poor handling, increased wear or irregular wear, decreased fuel economy and even structural damage. Over-inflation can also cause uneven wear as well as compromise your traction, braking, handling and a bumpy, noisy ride.
When to check air pressure

To maintain the integrity and performance of your tire, check your RV tires every morning when you’re putting on a lot of miles every day, before and after short distance trips, before and after storing your trailer or RV, and once a month in the off-season.

For the most accurate reading, check your air when your tires are cold (haven’t been driven for a few hours, since temperature fluctuations lead to pressure fluctuations) and with a truck tire gauge that features a dual-angled head for dual wheels.

If your adventure brings you to high altitudes or temperature extremes, check your inflation more regularly because both can have a big impact on air pressure.
The right air pressure

Your sidewall will tell you your tires’ maximum carrying capacity as well as the air pressure amount (PSI) needed to carry that maximum load.

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3. Maintain an even load and never exceed Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR)

When your RV tires or trailer tires are supporting an even load and an acceptable weight, you’ll see better handling, braking, fuel economy, tread life, and tread wear.

For best results, pack up your RV or trailer with everything you’re taking—groceries, kids, supplies, suitcases, bikes, camping supplies, and anything you might be towing. Then, visit a weigh station so you can get an accurate reading and make sure you’re not exceeding the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR). You’ll find your GVWR in your owner’s manual.
4. Balance and rotate your tires regularly

If your tires are out of balance, you’ll see cupping and uneven wear.

Have your wheels balanced when you’re mounting new tires, when tires and wheels are being rotated, when you’ve had a flat repaired, and any time a tire has been removed.

Your tire experts can also advise you about rotating your RV or trailer tires. Your owner’s manual will recommend the rotation pattern that’s best for your vehicle.
5. Storage

What your RV tires experience in the off-season is just as important as how they’re taken care of during road trip season. Even though many RV tires now come with advanced weather and crack resistant rubber compounds, you can still extend the life an RV tire significantly with proper storage.
Here are some general RV tire storage tips:

Before you store your tires, clean them with a soap and water solution to get rid of any oils that clung to the tread on the highway.
Unload all those supplies, bikes and suitcases so the tires are only supporting the minimum weight.
Inflate your tires to the recommended PSI.
Use blocks to support your vehicle and remove weight from your tires.
Store your vehicle in a dry, cool space where the tires won’t be subject to direct sunlight.
Every so often—at least every 12 weeks, if the weather is mild—take your RV for a short drive to allow the make-up of the rubber compound to work and prevent cracking, and to avoid getting flat spots.

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