With so many moving parts on an RV it’s easy to forget about the real moving part, the tires! Especially for campers that park year round or seasonally it can be easy to over look tires when you never have to move your travel trailer or 5th wheel.
Tires can make or break your rv though and it is always important to make sure that your home on wheels has a good base.
So lets get rolling!
Just like car tires you have to make sure you are getting the correct type of tires, inflating them to the correct PSI and checking their wear each season.
To make sure you are purchasing the correct type of tires you can find the information about the tires on the side wall just as car tires. Be sure that you are purchasing tires that can easily handle the weight of the RV you are towing with them.
While having your tires inflated fully is important to ensure the side wall and rest of the tire is not damaged. At the same time, you do not want your tires over inflated as it can cause them to wear faster. A blown out tire can be bad news for more than just the tire as well though. If a tire blows out there is also a good chance that you will find damage to the side wall of your trailer and the rim of the tire as well.
To ake sure tires wear evenly and to prevent extra pressure on some tires, you want to be sure that the weight is distributed evenly among the tires. The easiest way to do this is to get a weight distribution hitch for your towing vehicle, which allows the weight to be spaced in a way across the frame that not all of it will rest on the front tires.
Tire care, aside from picking the correct nes and maintaining PSI is also important, as with any tire, the weather and temperature can affect the pressure of your tire. It is always a good idea to keep that in mind when checking PSI and making sure your tires are good to go at the beginning of every season to ensure the cold weather did not negatively affect them.
Tire covers are also a great investment for those that park their camper seasonally or for any length of time, especially outdoor over the winter. Tire covers will help protect your tires from the sun damage that can lead to cracked tires as well as snow and other elements that can be rough on tires that are not necessarily meant to withstand that weather.
When taking care of your tires and washing them be wary of some products that can break down the rubber on the sidewalls and cause cracking. Some warm water and mild soap and a sponge should do the trick to help from drying out as well as removing debris.