Always Use Protection

Posted In: Blog, RV Products, Safety, Tires

If you take care of your tires, you avoid a lot of problems. Even storage can be stressful on tires. That’s why Camco RV tire protectors (http://goo.gl/yLY4ob) exist.

Tire protectors can extend the life of your tires by shielding them from the harmful effects of UV radiation. (Click the pic for more info.)

Tire protectors can extend the life of your tires by shielding them from the harmful effects of UV radiation. (Click the pic for more info.)

Like everything else in the world, RV tires have a shelf life. The usual lifespan figure bandied about is approximately six years from the date of manufacture. The actual number depends on several variables, such as usage, maintenance (such as proper inflation), and amount of exposure to ultraviolet radiation.

We all know about tire damage that results from use. (Like what happened that day our Airstream tire fell apart in 100 degree temperatures in Nebraska. Good times.) Ironically, tires can be greatly damaged when they are not being used.

Yes, sunshine will actually damage tires. Exposure to sun may lead to cracks in the tire rubber. It can also produce damage that’s not visible to the naked eye. Thus it’s important to use a product like the Camco tire protectors to cover and protect the tires from sun. To a certain extent, the covers also protect the tires from dirt and corrosion.

The protectors are sold in a two-pack. (Click the pic for more info.)

The protectors are sold in a two-pack. (Click the pic for more info.)

Here are a few tips to help properly store your RV tires.

When placing an RV in storage, you should unload the vehicle so that minimum weight will be placed on the tires.

It’s also wise to boost air pressure in the tires. Some people recommend going as high as 25% above the standard recommended operating pressure (while making certain not to exceed the RV’s rim inflation capacity). A little overinflation is the key here.

Ideally the RV storage surface should be solid, free of rocks and debris, and level.

It’s best to move the RV every three months or so to prevent “flat-spotting” your tires from prolonged storage.

Before you take your RV back onto the road, you should readjust inflation to proper operating pressures.

Proper tire storage is not only a safety issue, it can also save money by extending the life of your tires. For these reasons, Camco tire protectors are well worth the modest investment.


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