I want to take a few moments to offer some public service info on tires. I am not a tire expert. I have no great amount of tire information to offer, but I do know where to go for expert advice and that’s to go to people who make tires.
While we were coming at Eagle’s Landing RV Park we met a lovely couple and had a nice chat with them. The sum of all our conversation focussed on one factor. They are afraid to take their 5th wheel trailer anywhere because they “keep having blowouts!” It was an interesting conversation but there’s one thing for sure — you really can’t give tire advice to RV park neighbors.
It’s pretty much a natural phenomenon; guys are territorial about their own knowledge. And guys hate to be “told” stuff. Pretty much any stuff.
There are lots of reasons for tire failure. Most of them are NOT bad tires. Inflation problems, maintenance neglect, overloading, and all sorts of other factors affect tire performance and failure. Even the number of axles under your rig will affect tire life. The more axles the more your tires will scrub sideways when maneuvering instead of turning while rolling, causing extreme pressures on the sidewalls.
It might be really cool when you see a really long RV go by, and you think “Wow, wouldn’t it be nice to have one of those!” Don’t fool yourself. In the same way that the expression, “Everything that glitters is not gold” is true, just because you see something you’ve never seen before does not mean it’s the best idea since sliced bread. Sometimes the reason you don’t see certain things is because they don’t really work very well.
If you want a plushed out RV with all the bells and whistles you are talking about adding weight to your RV. How much weight depends on how many toys. The heavier your RV gets the more tires you need underneath it to carry all that weight. On a motorhome you can add pairs of tires in the back on the same axle. On a trailer you add axles with 1 tire on each side of the trailer. And adding weight to the RV means adding additional axles. The more axles the harder it is to turn your RV — harder in terms of space required to do so and harder in terms of the stresses transmitted to the tire sidewalls overtime you turn — whether a mild turn or a hard turn.
Whatever RV you may have here are two resources you might want to check out. I’m sure you can find additional information — most likely by other tire manufacturers. But educate yourself about your tires.
And also — next time you go RV shopping — take what you learned about tires and factor that into your decision about what kind of RV to purchase. Be informed. Make better decisions.
Here are two resources. Click the link.
Thanks for stopping by, and I”ll talk with you tomorrow.