The tires of the RV are particularly important components for these heavy-load vehicles and ensuring they are chosen correctly and optimally inflated will guarantee the maximum maneuverability and avert potential damage. Therefore, the following article will discuss some of the methods through which the lifespan of the tires can be enhanced and the frequency at which they should be maintained, replaced or repaired. Let’s start with the proper method of storing the tires and how the wear and tear can be minimized when the RV is not utilized.
Primarily, it is advisable that you store the RV or campervan in a garage that can provide a stable and cool temperature. Ideally, the tires should not be directly exposed to ultraviolet rays and the humidity should be kept at limited levels. Furthermore, it is recommended to place blocks underneath the RV in order to minimize the pressure on the tires, but in circumstances when this is not possible you should at least ensure that the surface of the garage is properly cleaned, leveled and has optimal draining.
Unloading the appliances and fixtures that are not wall-mounted in the RV can also take some pressure of the tires. Before storing the campervan for an extended period, you should thoroughly wash the tires using a water and soap mixture. Lastly, overinflating the tires a bit (125% of standard operating pressure) can ensure the rims do not bend from the weight, but do not forget to readjust it before the next time you drive the RV.
When driving the campervan, not even the utmost caution will prevent running over screws, nails or glass on the road one hundred percent of the times. If the tire is punctured, then it will gradually start losing pressure (the rate depends on the dimensions of the puncture and the overall state of the tire). It is necessary to point out that the external surface is not the only component of the tire that will be impacted by the damage, but the internal structure will suffer as well. Repairing the RV tires with a DIY method is not recommended and it is safer to take it into service.
Tires that are beyond repair will need to be replaced, but you should never use different types of tires on the same RV. Otherwise, the weight distribution will be affected and that will result in rim damage, suboptimal maneuverability and decreased performance. In addition, if you need to replace the entire set of tires, be mindful of the rating; the rating offers valuable information regarding the maximum weight they can withstand so choose tires in accordance with the model of RV you own (or rented).
Adjusting the tires on a regular basis is advisable, but you should make sure that the air pressure gauge you utilize can provide you with precise results. In addition, verifying the pressure of both the duals and the external tires is necessary, for optimal accuracy. The most accurate pressure measurements can be taken when the tires are at room temperature. Bleeding the air out of them when they are extremely hot (after a drive) is not recommended.