An RV tire blowout is a dangerous situation. While the lost tire (or tires) will cost you money, the monetary concern is the furthest thing from your mind in the moment. An RV is a heavy piece of equipment to move down the road – and losing a tire while in motion can create a serious crash. Needless to say, avoiding tire blowouts on your RV is one of the most important things to do to keep you and your family safe as you travel.
So what can you do to lessen the chances of a blowout? The tips below should help.
Keep Your Rubber Current
Rubber deteriorates as it ages, meaning old tires are prone to blow outs. Even if there is still some tread left on your tires, it is important to purchase new tires periodically to make sure you have quality rubber under your RV. Replacing your tires a little bit too soon is better than a little bit too late, of course – waiting too long to put fresh tires on your rig could lead to trouble on the road.
Inflate to the Proper PSI
While you should check the inflation on the tires of any vehicle from time to time, it is particularly important to check air pressure levels on your RV tires. If you travel with your tires at the incorrect pressure you will be raising your chances of a blowout. It only take a few moments to check on the pressure of your tires, so this is a task you should not put off any longer. All tires are rated for a specific pressure, so check on the specs of your tires and then inflate them accordingly. Changing weather conditions can lead to changes in pressure, so this is something you should monitor on an ongoing basis.
Driving Too Fast
You can also increase the chances of a blowout simply by traveling too quickly down the highway. The tires on your RV will come with a speed rating – respect that rating and resist the temptation to exceed the limit. Adding an extra five miles per hour to your speed might not seem like a big deal, but it could be putting undue stress on your tires. That added speed isn’t going to make much difference in terms of when you arrive at your destination, so take your time and get there safely in the end.
Avoid Tire Trauma
When driving your RV, it is easy to catch one of your tires on a curb or another obstacle. While it might not seem like a big deal at the time, the damage done when driving over something like a curb could show itself in the way of a blowout later on. To keep your tires in good condition, do your best to avoid driving over anything which could damage the structural integrity of the tire. Use your mirrors, proceed with caution, and keep your RV between the lines as often as possible.