Tire Safety Tips from A1-RV in Reno Nevada
Just like with any vehicle your tires are one of the most important maintenance as in an RV. Tire safety in RVs is extremely important you don’t want to be on the road and then all of sudden your RV breakdowns what a bummer that is. Here are a few more reasons on the importance of RV tire safety in Reno Nevada.
According to an article at funroads.com, “ RV Tire Maintenance”
“The life of your tires is extremely important when you live on wheels. Tires are the most vulnerable part of your RV, and the most likely to fail. Even if you’re not a full-time RVer, on every trip you take you rely on the quality of your tires. Remember that all tires are not created equal, and that regular maintenance and precautions are the best ways to ensure you’ll remain safely on the road.
Wear and Tear Factors
The main reasons for RV tire deterioration are age, improper inflation, ozone and UV exposure, and excessive load weight and uneven weight distribution. Let’s take a look at each of these more closely:
Age: Though a tire may “look” fine, the average life of an RV tire is five to seven years. If you do see unusual wear on the tread, however, it’s best to get it checked out. Believe it or not, a tire that is used regularly will generally last longer than one that isn’t. Friction on the road causes a tire to heat up, thus releasing compounds within the tire. If these compounds are not released, your tires can dry out. If you are unsure of your tire’s age, check the sidewall. There will be a line of letters and digits beginning with “DOT”. The numbers following will indicate the tire’s age, starting with the calendar week (i.e. 10 for the 10th week of the year), and then the year itself.
Inflation: Over- and under-inflation can both be problems when it comes to tires. If a tire is over-inflated, it will stand up too straight. The edges will then come off the road, resulting in faster wear of the tire’s center. An under-inflated tire will deflect inward at the tread, causing rough wear on the outer edges of the tire. With the advancement of radial tires, it has become harder and harder to tell a tire’s pressure by just looking at it. The best thing to do is check tire inflation at least once a month, preferably first thing in the morning when the tires are cool”
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