Tires – Tire Pressure – and “On The Road” Experience…

A blowout causing over $3000. damage last year in my 5th wheel definitely acted to raise my consciousness about tires and my 5th wheels relationship with them.

Among my discoveries, I found my RV manufacturer had mounted tires on my 5th wheel that (according to MANY complaints online) were likely to do what they did. Of course, while the evidence did not “meet the test” for further action with my RV manufacturer, it did serve to “wake me up” and cause me to learn more and be proactive with a very important “component” in my RV.

After some research, I settled on a better (though not much more expensive) brand of tire, and then proceeded to learn about proper maintenance – the most important component of which is maintaining proper pressure.

My video below details a recent experience… (then a few things to remember – and I share the tires I had trouble with AND what I replaced them with.)

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When it comes to RV Tires – A few things to remember…

  • Your RV tires are supporting considerably MORE weight than your car or truck, hence proper pressure and attention is even more important!
  • IF a blowout occurs, the area around and above the tire in a 5th wheel is very much at risk. In a car or truck, the wheel well absorbs much of the “beating” from a shredding tire, in a 5th wheel it can be important wiring that gets “attacked”
  • Tire Pressure will change as you drive about due to altitude and temperature; and even while sitting stationary for a period of time – check it early and often! 

The tires that FAILED me: Towmax (do your own research – I was so convinced of the problem, I replaced ALL 4 when 1 blew – and they only had about 6000 miles on them.)

The tires I now have: Maxxis and I used “Discount Tire” to do the install – I found them to be a reputable, honest and fair retailer.

 

 

8 thoughts on “Tires – Tire Pressure – and “On The Road” Experience…

  1. Everyone should be aware that there is a manf. date on tires. On a new RV the tires could be a few years old. They should be pulled off after 5 years.

    • this is quite true, however from what i’ve heard… they will often not even make it 5 years – its important to look for cracks, evidence of “bubbles” in the side wall, etc… Essentially, a once (or twice) a year “check up” at a reputable RV service center can save lots of grief!

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