There’s nothing worse than having a tire blowout while on the road! Keeping your tires checked and in good, road-ready condition is essential to traveling safely. Here are some RV tire care tips that can help prevent blowouts or damage to your new or used RV’s wheels.
Check, Check, Check – And When to Check
Check your tires often. And by often, we mean at least three times per trip: once before you leave, again when you arrive at your destination, and before you hit the road to come home. My habit is to check tires whenever I’m refueling.
Why check so many times? This helps you catch any problems fast and early. Your tires could be in great shape when you first leave, but if you pick up a nail or even a sharp rock, you can experience everything from a slow leak to a full on blowout. RV tires tend to be bigger, and bigger tires have more air pressure in them. So a blowout will have a lot more pressure behind it!
These are also good times to check the tire pressure and add air if needed.
What to Check For
When you check your RV tires, it’s important to check the whole tire. Grab a flashlight if needed and check for the following:
- Uneven wear
- Dry cracks
- Embedded foreign objects
You want to check the back side as well as the face. All take a look at the interior of the tread – cracks can show up in the middle of the tread and spread like wildfire. If you have any cracks, it’s time to replace.
Things to Have On Hand
You won’t regret having a repair kit and supplies on hand. Make sure your new or used RV includes a spare tire in case you do have a flat. You’ll also want to keep the following packed along:
- Pressure gauge
- Patch kit
- Tool kit
- Tire jack
- Portable air compressor
Contact our RV parts store to grab some of these essentials! We’ve outlined a visual of what to look for when checking your RV tires in our Tech Tip Tuesday video here. Have more questions or need to get your RV’s tires replaced before you hit the road? We’re ready to help, so contact us today!