Check Your Tire Air Pressure

tire picAs we are getting ready for our next trip, I wrote myself a reminder to check the air pressure in the tires.  I wanted to share this simple safety precaution with you as well.

I see a lot of people at campgrounds with their 5ers and trailers, hook up and drive on out with not even a thought to their tires.  This concerns me because not only do my family and I share the road with these travelers, but I am concerned about their safety as well.  The last thing anyone wants on their vacation is an accident.

The most dangerous result of an under- or over-inflated tire is a blow-out.  Not only is it inconvenient, but a blow-out can cause you to lose control of your rig and possibly cause an accident, injuries and even death.

Reduced fuel economy and life of the tire are other results of improper tire pressure.  Fuel economy is an important component to your RV travels.  We average about 10-11 miles per gallon pulling our trailer, and I certainly don’t want that number to go down.  More money on gas means less money for fun!

Under- and over-inflating your tires will cause uneven tread wear and shorten the life of your tires.  The center of the tires wears out too quickly when over-inflated and under-inflated tires show wear on the edges.  Both results affect the integrity of the tires and requires replacement.

So before you head out on the road, be sure to grab the tire gauge and register a quick reading of each tire.  Check out the shop and find tire gauges and air compressors on page 4 under gear, plus all the other great products.

Properly check tire pressure:

  1. Consult your owner’s manual for all vehicles with tires and learn the recommended air pressure.  For example, our truck’s tires require 35psi while our trailer’s tires require 50psi.  So be sure to read each vehicle’s owner’s manual.
  2. Check each tire before you drive on them.  As you drive, the tire rotates and the air heats up inside the tire altering the pressure.  When the vehicle’s owner’s manual recommend air pressure, it is for a “cold” tire, in other words not driven on.
  3. Adjust the air as needed.  Should you need to add more air, drive to the neareast air compressor or better yet, have your own compressor.  Having your own takes out the hassels of maintaining the proper levels.

Thanks for reading and please comment, share, or add any suggestions about maintaining correct tire pressure.

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