20 Jun RVing mishaps (tire blowouts)
RVing mishaps (tire blowouts)
Tire explosions are an important cause of RV claims. Tires usually blow out as a result of an overloaded RV, improper inflation or excessively worn tread.
Follow these simple tire safety tips:
- Check your tire pressure monthly, and before starting any trip. It is best to check the air pressure when tires are cold.
- Don’t let air out of a hot tire because it may be underinflated when the tire cools.
- Level your RV and put the wheels on chocks wheels whenever the RV will be parked for a couple of days or longer.
- If a tire is punctured, have it dismounted and professionally repaired from the inside.
- Don’t use petroleum or alcohol-based tire products since these can accelerate tire wear.
- Replace any tire that is over seven years old, even if it looks new.
- Help prevent ozone and UV damage to your tires by washing them regularly with mild soap and water and scrubbing them with a soft brush. Also, be sure to keep your tires covered when your RV is off the road.
- Know the weight of your RV (when loaded) and make sure you have the right type of tire for your RV.
Remember, it is recommended to replace the tires every 5 to 7 years regardless of mileage or outward appearance.