RV Tires Maintenance Tips
RV Tires – Maintenance Tips
RV tires need specific maintenance to give the best possible performance. These 13 travel trailer tips (the first 7 can be applied easily) will help you get the most out of them:
- Tires can be protected from dry rot with special covers.
- Do not store your RV on dirt, but park it on gravel, concrete or wood.
- Only use tires rated to carry the weight of your coach.
- Check tire pressure regularly during travel using an accurate tire gauge. Inflate all tires of the vehicle equally, else excessive pressure on one or a few may cause a blowout.
- Wash tires often and remove all debris and dirt from treads.
- Tires can overheat, causing a blowout in hot weather. When traveling in hot weather, do so in early evenings or early mornings rather than during the middle of the day. When travelling when it is hot, stop often so the tires can cool off. Hosing them down with cold water will also help.
- Do not put your coach on jacks to remove weight from the tires. This could cause serious damage to the coach’s structure.
RV tires have a life expectancy of at least approximately 5 years. But with the advice of this article, you can keep it for up to ten years. As tires could be sitting on a lot attached to a RV for a long time, or even be stored in a factory, it is always worthwhile to check the manufacturing date of the tire to make sure you do not purchase RV tires that are a few years old already.
Numbers showing age are in the last ovoid after the dot on the side wall. The first two numbers represent the week of the year in which they were manufactured, while the last numbers indicate the year.
A tire with the numbers 1619 was for example manufactured in the sixteenth week of 2019 (the first week of April in 2019). If it was bought in May of 2019, the tire was new, but if it was purchased it in May of 2020 it is more than one year old.
If you are unsure of where to find the numbers or how to read them, ask a mechanic or the seller to check them for you. However, with the guidance that I provide you in this article, you have already an excellent reference and you can calculate the age of the RV tires by yourself.
There are no guidelines determining at what age tires should be replaced. How often and under what conditions tires are used play a role in how long tires last. Therefore, you can follow the indications provided here.
Do Not Overload Tires
With motorhomes, each axle is rated individually as a camper’s weight is not distributed equally. The axle ratings should be available online or in the manufacturer’s manual.
Always weigh your RV on a certified scale when it is loaded to prevent placing too much weight on a specific axle and make adjustments if required.
So as I explained right above, a key aspect of taking care of your RV tires is to make sure the tires are inflated to the correct pressure.
The tire pressure should be checked before a trip, every morning of a multi-day trip, or once a month during times when the RV is not used. Tire pressure should always be checked when the tires are cold, i.e. before they are driven that day.
The ideal tire pressure of RV tires is listed on the sidewall of the tires with the letters PSI (Pounds per Square Inch).
Wash The RV Tires Gently With Water And Very Mild Soap Only
Although you should clean the motorhome tires when they are muddy or dirty, you should not do this too often. Tires are coated with antioxidant and anti-ozone compounds. These prolong the tires’ lifecycle and washing them too often removes these compounds that help them working and looking well.
Tire covers are easy to fit and remove from your RV. They are also much cheaper to buy rather than having to replace tires due to sunlight damage that can be evidenced through cracks depicted in the tire.
The Price Is Not The Most Important Factor
Motorhomes typically weigh more than 20,000 pounds and have between 6 and 10 huge tires. Owners may be tempted to save money by buying tires that are too small or belong to an unknown brand. This could however mean that the tires do not match the weight and size of the coach or are poorly constructed and will not last long.
Trying to save money this way is not a good idea. If you spend some time and effort, you will find suitable tires at a reasonable price. What is more, if they are right for your vehicle, they will keep you safe while travelling.
There are numerous different types of RVs, and each type may use various different types of tire. This means that with RV tires, size does make a difference. Motorhome tires will be different than RV trailer tires, while tires for a truck camper will differ from both the previous types.
Apart from tires, RV rims and RV wheel sizes also differ.
There are various tire manufacturers, types, and places where they can be bought. If you have the time, it’s a good idea to first do some research before buying tires.
Tire manufacturer’s websites will give you all the information on the pricing and types.
Rims and tires for RVs can be bought online if you are willing to wait for shipping. Discounted and used RV tires that still have plenty of life left in them are available.
It is not always the best option to buy cheap RV tires, so take the time to check the manufacture date of the tires. Even if you can find discounted motorhome tires that have not been used, if they are a few years old, they are probably not a good buy.
Once you know which size and type you want to buy, you can search the internet for the best deal. RV tires can also be found for sale at local tire shops, big box store chains, and national tire chains.
While doing research, check out RV tire reviews to help you understand how others have experienced a product.
D onot be afraid to shop around. RV tires are expensive and prices can vary widely from one outlet to the next.
Make sure you know what type and size of tires are most suitable for you vehicle, and buy the right ones. These ones are indicated in the price list below.
Please see our updated price list for tires for recreational vehicles right here, below.
RV Tires Price List
- SuperMax MTB HWY in 11 /– 22.5 tires MSRP 2019 averaged $230
- Yokohama TY303 in 255/70 in R 22 . L 30312 tires MSRP 2019 averaged: $313
- Goodyear Precure G 177 M 27 in 11 / R – 22.5 tires MSRP 2019 averaged: $241
- Goodyear G751 MSA DuraSeal in 11 / R – 22.5 tires MSRP 2019 averaged: $811
- Deerstone D902 in 8.75 x – 16.5 DS 1290 tires MSRP 2019 averaged: $88
- RoadOne F16 in 11/R-24.5 tires MSRP 2019 averaged: $275
- Bridgestone L 320 in 11 / R – 24.5 tires MSRP 2019 averaged: $839
- Goodyear G741 MSD in 11 / R – 24.5 tires MSRP 2019 averaged: $836
- LingLong F01 in 275 /80 R – 22.5 tires MSRP 2019 averaged: $318
- Goodyear G670 RV ULT LT in 225 /70 R 19.5 B tires MSRP 2019 averaged: $378
- Triangle TR 666 in 275 /80 R – 22.5 tires MSRP 2019 averaged: $320
- Goodyear G670 RV MRT in 275 /80 R – 22.5 MSRP 2019 averaged: $725
- Michelin XRV in 225 /70 R 19.5 58916 tires MSRP 2019 averaged: $308
- Vitour V796 in 315 /80 R – 22.5 tires MSRP 2019 averaged: $325
- Goodyear Endurance in 315 /80 R – 22.5 tires MSRP 2019 averaged: $1383
- Roadmaster RM 253 in 245 / 7OR 19.5 136 M tires MSRP 2019 averaged: $237
- Goodyear G652 in 305 / 70R – 22.5 tires MSRP 2019 averaged: $848
- Kumho KRS03 in 305 / 70R – 22.5 tires MSRP 2019 averaged: $416
- Hankook AH11 in 8 / R 19.5 L tires MSRP 2019 averaged: $212
- Toyo M144 in 305 / 70R – 22.5 tires MSRP 2019 averaged: $506
- Firestone Transforce HT Highway in 235x 75 R15 104 R tires MSRP 2019 averaged: $127
- Toyo M154 in 265 /75R 22.5 138L tires MSRP averaged: $384
- Goodyear Marathon LHS II in 295 / 80R – 22.5 tires MSRP averaged: $977
- Samson Radial GL283A in 8 / R 19.5 124 L tires MSRP averaged: $138
- Continental Tire Conti Trac in 235 / 70-16 tires MSRP averaged: $129
GT Radial GTL 922 in 11 / R – 24.5 tires MSRP 2019 averaged: $269
Some RV owners feel that paying $250 per tire is too much, but the reality is that is does not get cheaper than that. While price depends on size, type, and brand, prices are typically between $350 and $ 1400 each. Dealers do however often hold sales and you may be able to pick up a bargain that way.
Make sure you only purchase from reputable, authorized sellers to ensure you do not buy retreads or old products. Also check that you are buying RV tires and not ones meant for trucks.
Although tires come with a coach when you buy it, always make sure that those fitted on the RV you are buying are new and of a good quality.
If this is not the case, renegotiate the deal. Cheap tires will often lead to serious problems that could be very expensive.
When buying individual tires, they should be the same size and weight rating as those already on the coach.
If you make the right choice when buying tires, you and your family will be safe while travelling and it will save you lots of money in the long run.
Check RV Tire Ratings
Manufacturers always rate tires specifically and individually based on payload and size. The information is displayed on tire’s side walls and you will be able to see if the units you are considering will meet your requirements.
To make the right choice, you will have to know the coach’s loaded weight.
To obtain this information, weigh your RV on a scale that is certified, making sure it is fully loaded, including gasoline and water.
Taking time to check the ratings is too critical a step to skip.
Consulting a Professional
All manufacturers manuals will indicate you that after five years of age, your RV tires have to be inspected by a professional.
As RV tires move around a lot of weight, it may be prudent to let a professional check the tires on your motorhome or RV trailer at the start of every camping season. A tire professional will be able to tell you if the tires are safe, or need to be replaced.
RV Tires Conclusions
One critical component to your safety on the road is RV wheels and tires. They are also responsible for getting you where you want to be. This is more than enough reason to ensure they are in good shape, and can handle the roads you are likely to travel.
Although RV owners all seem to prefer different RV tire brands, very few actually understand the challenges a recreational vehicle has when compared to cars.
The truth of the matter is however that some brands are clearly more durable than others. Although many lesser tire brands are very popular for use on RVs, Bridgestone, Goodyear, Firestone and Toyo tires are very well made and have been designed to be able to deal with heavy loads as their sidewalls are stronger than that of other brands.
The downside is however that they deliver a rough ride. Each owner therefore has to decide if general road comfort is more important than safety and durability. When trying to decide which brand to select, check different tires by sitting on them. Those with sidewalls that tend to “give” more will last shorter than those that stay firm.
Decide to spend more in your RV tires in exchange of quality, because this additional expense will allow you to extend their life and you could be changing them only once in a decade.