In this week’s video, we avoid another RV tire disaster. We’ve had a lot of experience with tire issues and RVs, 7 total tire issues and 6 were blowouts in one RV! But none of them happened in our Grand Design Momentum 381M, knock on wood!
Our G rated Westlake’s have been great on the Momentum so far! When it comes time to replace them, I will probably go with Sailun tires. Which I think are the best bang for the dollar….well maybe that’s not the best way to put that. We put Sailun tires on the Columbus RV after all our tire issues, here is the link to everything we learned in that video!
A funny comment on that video and an old RV tire joke: “RV tires are just good enough to get you from the RV dealer to the tire dealer for a new set of tires immediately after you buy your RV!” Funny, but not funny! Although I believe it’s getting better lately as manufacturers are paying more attention to tire safety and putting the proper tires on RVs in the first place.
RV TIRE SAFETY TIPS
- Make sure your new or used RV has the proper sized and rated tires! Don’t go cheap like I did! This was probably the worst RV advice I have ever received. I had a service manager at an RV dealer recommend that I buy used tires to replace my current tires on the Columbus RV. That was terrible advice and a huge mistake that I followed that advice. With tires, you do get what you pay for.
- Check the date that the tire was manufactured! Not the date you purchased your RV. Each tire is stamped with a date code so you can easily see when it was built. You should replace your RV tires every 3 – 5 years regardless of how much tread is left on them. Why? Tires can have something called dry rot which causes cracks in the sidewalls. RV tires take a lot of abuse on the road and you don’t want to be driving on tires that have aged out!
- Make sure your tires are properly inflated. Check your tire pressure when they are cold before you get started on your trip. Low pressure in tires is one of the biggest causes of tire blowouts. You should check your tire pressure frequently on the road as well. You may want to invest in a tire temperature gun to monitor the temperature as well.
- Get a Tire Pressure Management System (TPMS)! It took me years to finally invest the money into a TPMS system. That was a mistake! But I’m so happy I installed the EEZ Tire TPMS last summer! It definitely saved us from tire problems on this trip!
- Don’t overload your RV! This is the biggest culprit for tire issues. Many RVs have tires rated for only a few hundred pounds of camping gear on top of the weight of the RV when it’s empty. Make sure you distribute the weight of your gear evenly in the RV as well. Get your RV weighed with all of your camping gear to make sure you are not overweight. We haven’t weighed the Momentum yet. We are still installing and upgrading parts of the RV and will plan to get it weighed soon.
Thank you for reading, watching and subscribing and sharing this with your RV friends. Share your thoughts in the video comments. Safe travels friends! Say hi if you see us on the road!
Tom, Cheri & Logan
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