Last Updated on October 24, 2022 by Douglas
Tires are the most important part of an RV. Their quality is directly related to the safety of your family and the life of your vehicle.
The lifespan of tires is dependent on many factors: climate, driving habits, and tire maintenance. In general, tires last longer in cold climates and when they are rotated regularly.
What is the life expectancy of RV tires?
Generally, RV tires are designed to last for around 3-5 years. That said, you need to observe your RV tires closely after 3 years have passed. You need to check the tires for any signs of damage and wear, including bulging, uneven wear found at the treads, cracks, or any other indications of abnormality.
Do trailer tires have an expiration date?
Trailer tires should be changed at least every 6 years, even if the tread is still in good shape, due to dry rot. Here’s how to tell a tire’s age. The DOT number code will be stamped on one side of the tire, near the bead area.
How often should you replace RV trailer tires?
The common rule of thumb for changing your RV tires is anywhere between three and six years. If you are on the road often, and you think your tires need to be changed, then it may not be possible to last as long as six years.
How do you know if your RV tires are bad?
Check for bulges, bubbles, tears, and cracks. Because the structural integrity of the tire has been compromised, driving around on it can cause a blowout at high speeds. Any cracks or tears in the tires are also a sign of deterioration and they should be replaced immediately.
How do you know when your trailer tires need to be replaced?
Your tire tread has worn away. Is the tread pattern missing on your tires? Ozone and UV Weather Cracking. Past Manufacturer’s Warranty Period. Irregular Wear. Scuffed Sidewalls.
How long can tires sit unused?
If not used, tires last for 6-10 years, depending on the storage and environmental conditions. Overall, the time limits for stored tires are much the same as for tires that are being used.
How do I find the date on my RV tires?
DOT Tire Date Codes are critical on any RV tire. These will be a 4 digit number stamped on your tire. As illustrated, it will be the last “stamp” in the picture (2310). The first 2 numbers will be the week of manufacturer (23)and the last 2 numbers will be the year (2010).
How much do RV trailer tires cost?
Generally speaking, you should expect motorhome RV tire prices to fall somewhere between $200 and $350+ for each good motorhome tire.
Why do trailer tires wear out so fast?
That said, rapid or significantly uneven trailer tire wear can be caused by: Riding with the wrong tire pressure. Exceeding your tires’ load capacity. Trailer misalignment or bent wheels from hitting curbs, potholes or debris.
What is the best RV trailer tire?
The 10-ply Maxxis M8008 ST is a top choice for owners of large travel trailers. Its load capacity of 2830 pounds in load range E is up to the task for most RVs in that class and it has a speed rating we don’t ever recommend testing with a trailer (R, which is up to 106 miles per hour).
How do I keep my RV tires from dry rotting?
Keep Your RV Tires Clean to Prevent Dry Rot Salt and other corrosive chemicals can seep through the tire’s surface and damage rubber walls. Washing your RV tires regularly will help to remove these chemicals. Substances such as motor oil, hub cap cleaners, and other chemicals can also degrade the rubber.
Do RV trailer tires need to be balanced?
The answer is yes, you should. Although you may meet RVers and travel trailer owners who disagree, balancing your travel trailer tires is actually necessary for improved performance, tire longevity, and safety factors. Passenger vehicle tires need to be balanced for ride stability and comfort, as well as for function.