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4 Reasons Why You Should Get an RV Inspection Before Hitting the Road

Tire issues are a common cause of RV accidents.

If your tire blows out, it’s likely to damage the wheel wells. This type of damage can lead to a slew of other issues, some of which are hard to overcome. The good news: prevention can go a long way in this regard. Before your next RV trip, have a look at your tires. Recognizing some common ailments allows you to avoid blowouts and improve RV safety. Here are the 5 common tire problems you should keep in mind.

 

1. Bad Axle Alignment

Having axles that are out of alignment can wear out a tire in no time. To prevent this from happening, inspect your RV’s suspension. If the leaf springs are worn out, they lose their weight-carrying capacity. While you’re at it, check whether the shackle straps are properly mounted. Finally, make sure that the spindle isn’t bent and that the springs aren’t sagging. Remember, even the slightest misalignment may cause issues.

 

2. Porpoising

Does your RV keep bouncing up and down whenever you hit a pothole? This behavior is called porpoising, and it can lead to your tires blowing out. There are many causes of porpoising, but the first thing you should check is your water tank. Once water is set in motion, it tends to keep moving for a while. Water is quite heavy, so this can be a bigger problem than it appears at first.

 

3. Excessive Heat

Did you know that heat is a natural enemy of RV tires? For starters, driving with under- or over-inflated tires often results in excessive heat. Before going on a long trip, check your tire pressure. The whole process lasts about five minutes, and it can save you thousands in repairs. Also, keep in mind not to drive faster than your tires’ speed rating. For most RV’s, you’ll need tires with an M rating (up to 81 mph).

 

4. Overloading

Every RV has a specific weight safety rating. Still, most people don’t bother weighing the stuff they’re putting in the RV before a road trip. Well, excessive weight can take a toll on your tires. What happens if your total trailer weight is exceeding the safety rating? Most of the time, you’ll have difficulties in keeping the RV steady. To be on the safe side, keep your weight distribution near the middle of your RV’s operating range.

 

5. Wrong Tire Size

Have you bought a used RV? If so, it’s possible that the previous owner equipped it with tires of the wrong size. Needless to say, this can cause problems on the road. Whenever you hit a bump, your tires may come into contact with one another. Fortunately, your unit should come with a plate that specifies the correct RV tire size.

 

More on Tire Issues

If you’re acquainted with the above tips, you’ll reduce the risk of tire blowouts. That said, tire issues aren’t always avoidable. If you do experience a tire blowout, keep a cool head and let your RV slow down gradually. Need your tires serviced or repaired? We can help you out! Get in touch with us.

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