There are a lot of potential hazards you can encounter while driving your RV, and a flat tire is one of the more frequent. Blown tires are not something you should take lightly as they can make it very difficult to control your Class A motor coach or RV, and they can do significant damage to your RV amounting to thousands of dollars. Good news. Tires are one of the most straight forward things to maintain on your Class A motor coach or RV.
What to Look For
There are several things you should check for on a regular basis. Remember to check all tires, including inside dually tires, before each trip.
First, check for obvious signs of wear or problems such as bulges on the side wall. Bulges are easy to identify because they look like a goose egg on your sidewall. Sometimes, when you hit a pothole or object in the road, it can cause damage to the inner wall of the tire and leave the outer skin intact, which is what creates this egg shaped bulge. These are dangerous and should be repaired immediately
Second, inspect for cracks. As your tires age, they will begin to form cracks on the sidewall. This is normal and often you will start to see tiny side wall cracks forming on tires that are 5 years old. Pay close attention to these cracks and know your tire manufacturer’s specifications for your tires so that you understand what crack measurements fall within the “acceptable” range. Generally speaking, if the crack is deeper than 1/32″ then it’s best to err on the side of caution and get them replaced. It’s worth the peace of mind. UV rays will cause your tires to age faster, so try to keep them covered while in storage, and this will prolong the life of your tires. Also, running the right amount of tire pressure will also maximize the life of your tire and help keep you safe on the road.
Third, look for any gouges or foreign objects stuck in tire. A quick YouTube search will reveal all kinds of foreign objects that end up inside tires. You never know what your RV is going to drive over on U.S. highways, in parking lots and in campgrounds.
Fourth, check your tread depth. If your tread depth is less than 6/32″, then it will start to affect the overall handling of your RV and you’ll want to keep a very close eye on your tires. You don’t want to go any less than 2/32″. One mistake RV owners sometimes make is failing to replace aged tires that aren’t technically “worn” all the way. As opposed to truckers, it’s actually quite normal for an RV owner to not wear a tire all the way down before it needs to be replaced due to old age. Depending on how many miles you put on your RV in a 10 year span, or whatever your tires are rated for, chances are pretty good that your RV’s tires will need to be replaced due to age before they’re worn out.
Lastly, run the right amount of pressure in your tires. While there is always some wiggle room for personalization, be sure that your tire pressure falls within the manufacturers recommended levels for your load. Having the right amount of pressure in your tires will ensure proper wear, comfort, handling, and safety.
Contact a Tire Repair Technician in Humble, TX
If you have questions about your RV’s tires or wheels, we encourage you to give us a call at (281) 812-3085 or feel free to use our contact form. We’re located in Humble, TX on Atascocita Road. We serve vehicle owners throughout the Humble region, including Atascocita, Kingwood and North Houston.