Recreational Vehicle Tire Protection

Very few RV tires actually wear out. Most of them rot due, at least partially, to the sun. The sun’s ultraviolet rays are persistently working on the tire’s rubber. This deterioration leads to cracks in the sidewalls and tread areas. When these cracks get bad enough, the tire gives up. The result is a puncture at best and a blowout at worst. We have all seen trucks along the highway with smashed tires.

Too often, the damage is not just the tire, but also the damage to the deck. Sometimes the end result is loss of control and an accident. It is important to inspect your tires to verify that they are inflated correctly and to condition each trip. If in doubt, go to your trusted tire supplier for an inspection. The life you save could be mine.

You can’t stop tire deterioration, but you can stop it. Just like you protect your skin from the sun, you can protect your tires from the sun. One of the best methods is to keep the tires out of the sun. How? Cover your tires. There are vinyl tire covers that wrap around the tire. There are flat tire covers that stick to the side of your deck and cover the tires. Wraps are less expensive, but more difficult to install. The plane allows air to circulate, it fits the platform better, it is easier to install, especially without getting your sleeves dirty, but it costs more. Plywood can lean against them, but it looks tacky. Some chemical compounds can be applied as a tanning lotion. Not all work the same. In fact, some tire companies speak out against them. There are some that probably do more harm than good.

The actual use of your platform promotes the longevity of the tires. The flexing of the tire with use actually releases some of the internal rubber compounds. These components help protect the tire. There is nothing like another reason to use your RV. If your RV will be parked for an extended period of time, use a vapor barrier between the concrete or asphalt and your tire.

One of the main causes of tire failure is inflation. Follow the instructions and inflate the tires to the proper pressure for the weight of your RV. Check the pressure when the tires are cold. Buy a decent tire pressure gauge at your local auto parts store. They are cheap compared to the price of a tire. If you are unsure of the correct pressure, your local tire store can help. A tire failure leaves you stranded on the side of the road. A blowout usually damages your RV. Avoid the problem as much as possible.

Your tires are an important part of your equipment. Once you’ve done what you can, get out there and enjoy your travels. There is much to see and many places to visit. Has to!

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