Importance of RV Maintenance in Reno
Getting ready for an RV road trip, but wait did you get you RV inspected for any potential repairs? Learn about the importance of RV maintenance.
According to an article at backroadtravelers.com, “Recreational Vehicle Service”
“Most RVs are overloaded, their tire pressures are too low, and they are driven too fast—and all these conditions cause tires to run hotter than they should.
Use Proper Tire Inflation. Have your RV weighed—each axle and side separately. Know what your RV weighs (with all your usual “stuff” in it) on all four corners—and inflate your tires to the proper psi based on the heaviest load carried on each axle. (The tire manufacturers have a booklet or chart showing proper tire inflation for a given weight on a particular tire.)
Be sure to put the same pressure in the tires on the same axle. For example, inflate both front tires to the required psi based on the weight of the heaviest front wheel. And please be aware that it is often the case where the front and rear tires should be inflated to different pressures—not the maximum pressure stamped on the sidewall of the tires. You probably already know by now that too much pressure in the front tires causes a very stiff and often uncomfortable ride.
Shield Tires from UV Rays.?When you are camped for long periods of time, or the rig is stored, put tire covers over the tires so that they are shielded from the ultraviolet (UV) rays of the sun. Continuous exposure to UV rays causes the sidewalls to prematurely check and crack—eventually making the tires unsafe.
Take Off Some of the Load When Parked.?If you have hydraulic levelers on your coach, put them down and raise the coach a couple of inches when you are parked (or storing your RV)—to take some of the pressure off the tires and the axle bearings.
Don’t Store RV with Tires on Concrete.?If you habitually store your RV on a concrete pad, put a piece of cardboard or wood under the tires so that they are not in direct contact with the concrete. The chemicals in concrete adversely affect the rubber compounds in the tires, and can cause them to deteriorate more rapidly.
Don’t Use Tire Dressing on Tires.?Be kind to your expensive RV tires—don’t put tire dressing on them to make them look pretty. Tire dressing inhibits the ability of the sidewalls to breath. About twice a year, give your RV tires a good scrubbing with soap and water and a scrub pad, and then rinse them off with plain water. That’s all—nothing else.” To read the entire article click here.