Avoid RV Tire Blowouts with These Tips

An RV tire blowout is a dangerous situation. While the lost tire (or tires) will cost you money, the monetary concern is the furthest thing from your mind in the moment. An RV is a heavy piece of equipment to move down the road – and losing a tire while in motion can create a serious crash. Needless to say, avoiding tire blowouts on your RV is one of the most important things to do to keep you and your family safe as you travel.

So what can you do to lessen the chances of a blowout? The tips below should help.

Keep Your Rubber Current

Rubber deteriorates as it ages, meaning old tires are prone to blow outs. Even if there is still some tread left on your tires, it is important to purchase new tires periodically to make sure you have quality rubber under your RV. Replacing your tires a little bit too soon is better than a little bit too late, of course – waiting too long to put fresh tires on your rig could lead to trouble on the road.

Inflate to the Proper PSI

While you should check the inflation on the tires of any vehicle from time to time, it is particularly important to check air pressure levels on your RV tires. If you travel with your tires at the incorrect pressure you will be raising your chances of a blowout. It only take a few moments to check on the pressure of your tires, so this is a task you should not put off any longer. All tires are rated for a specific pressure, so check on the specs of your tires and then inflate them accordingly. Changing weather conditions can lead to changes in pressure, so this is something you should monitor on an ongoing basis.

Driving Too Fast

You can also increase the chances of a blowout simply by traveling too quickly down the highway. The tires on your RV will come with a speed rating – respect that rating and resist the temptation to exceed the limit. Adding an extra five miles per hour to your speed might not seem like a big deal, but it could be putting undue stress on your tires. That added speed isn’t going to make much difference in terms of when you arrive at your destination, so take your time and get there safely in the end.

Avoid Tire Trauma

When driving your RV, it is easy to catch one of your tires on a curb or another obstacle. While it might not seem like a big deal at the time, the damage done when driving over something like a curb could show itself in the way of a blowout later on. To keep your tires in good condition, do your best to avoid driving over anything which could damage the structural integrity of the tire. Use your mirrors, proceed with caution, and keep your RV between the lines as often as possible.

24 COMMENTS

  1. No matter how well you practice good pm on your tires the problem is China Bombs or Junk. 15″ tires all come from China.Bring up the issue and you will have plenty of comments .CHINA TIRES SHOULD BE BANNED!!!!!!!!

    • Well, I have Maxxis 8008 15″ tires on my 5th wheel and they did not come from China. Be careful when you say “all” or “never”, etc.

      • So what manufacturer did you supposedly get your tires from?
        Maybe a different batch. Insurance company’s have the statistics.
        If Carisle, they are made in China now!
        I’ll repeat myself junk! Do a search and see trailer comments on China crap.
        Happy rving.

    • I have six Michelin tires on our Class C, great ride. Michelin North America is a $10.76 billion dollar a year company operating 19 plants in 16 locations and employs 22,000 people. It manufactures and sells tires for airplanes, automobiles, farm equipment, heavy duty trucks, motorcycles, and bicycles. Michelin manufactures tires in six states: Alabama, Indiana, Ohio, Oklahoma, North Carolina and South Carolina. In addition, there are three plants in Nova Scotia, Canada and one plant in Queretaro, Mexico. You get what you buy and it is YOUR decision.

    • Never assume that “all” rubber comes from China, because it doesn’t. Want good tires? Do some research. It’s that simple !

  2. I had two blowouts on tires without cracks or many miles! In fact they looked new, I kept them covered when not in use. They were five years old and I had them checked right before the short trip from Memphis to Nashville to watch the Titans play. I now replace my tires every five years no matter the miles or how they look!

  3. Between our 2 rigs (5th wheels) my son and I had 3 failures of Chinese tires in a short period of time. We are both OCD about tire care and we tow at around 60mph. Our tires were in the 4 year age range with approx 5000 miles on them. We both replaced the remaining tires with Goodyear LT type tires. My rig had this type of tire on it from the factory 20 years ago. As this was not an inexpensive event I bought a tire pressue monitoring system. Best money I have spent related to an RV in 35 years of towing. The peace of mind is priceless, as well as doing the morning air check while sitting in my easy chair with a cup of coffee.

    • I see you mentioned a tire pressure monitoring system. If you don’t mind what kind do you have and would you recommend it?

      • I have the Tire Minder TM-77 from Camping World. After 6 months of use I would buy the same unit if I needed another.

    • In many states (Mich for example) it is illegal to run automotive tires on a trailer. The sidewalls on automotive tires, including LT tires, are less plys than on trailer tires.

  4. I pull a 24ft travel trailer single axel. Am thinking of buying a TPMS. There are so many to choose from and many different prices what would you recommend. I would like to monitor pressures and temperatures.

    • Order online anything you want and have mounted by local dealer. Put LT tires on my 5er, best decision ever.

    • LT tires for light trucks are available anywhere. Mine are Goodyears. ST type tires are for trailers only. The sizes are the same except for the LT and ST designations. The dealer in Florida where we bought our tires had no problem installing them since the data plate on our fifth wheel calls for LT type tires.

  5. Goodyear Endurance trailer tires were released earlier this year and they are made in the USA. They have not been on the market long enough for data or word of mouth to tell their story.

    • I just put four on my trailer in May. You can tell by looking at them how much better they are. They are load range D, not C like the old tires. Just because something is made in China or elsewhere does not necessarily make it inferior. They are made according to company specifications. If you don’t want to believe this, You may want to get rid of your cell phone.computer, and television so you can buy American made. Good luck.

  6. Another tip for owners of tandem axle trailers: Try to avoid sharp slow speed turns as much as possible. The twisting action caused by the tandem axle setup is hard on tires as well as the suspension. Fuel stops are a good place to plan your route through the station to avoid the tightest turns. Not much you can do in campgrounds, however.

  7. Had tire problems within 2 years of purchase(15inch, load range E 10 ply). Promised but not received reimbursement from China. Replacing 15 inch wheels with 16 inch and Firestone LT Highway tires, load range E 10 ply as recommended by several local RVer’s. I am sure any name brand would work but I am just using one with proven recommendations.

  8. We bought a used Class C in July 2016 from a reputable dealer. After a few trips close to home in Central Texas we ventured out to the Big Bend area just after Thanksgiving. We put up for what was planned to be a one night stay at a great state park. While enjoying a quiet evening out in the middle of nowhere, we heard and felt a loud boom! We went out to see what happened and found a flat rear tire on a dually. Unable to handle a tire change on our own, and having no cell phone service in the relatively remote area, I hiked up to the park office to ask their assistance in finding a tire dealer that would come out and replace our blowout. The only tire dealer we could find was about 40 miles away and, since it was already near closing time on Saturday, they couldn’t help plus the only person who did roadside service was off for the next two days! I told them OK, then asked the camp office to extend our stay another two days, which was no problem. So, after hanging out in the park, which gave us more time to explore the many trails throughout the park, we waited a bit longer. When Tuesday arrived, the tire dealer called to confirm that we still needed their help and said the truck would arrive in about an hour. The technician arrived and swapped out our bad tire for a new one, then checked the other tires out. He found that all 4 rear duallys and the spare were also ready to blow. So he had to call back to his shop and have someone else deliver four more tires. About an hour and a half, they arrived and he finished his day replacing those. That little episode cost us over 800 bucks! We finished our trip to Big Bend and returned home a few days later, a little wiser and somewhat poorer! But wait, there’s more! For Christmas we made a trip to South Texas to visit our son and his family through New Year’s. On the way there, we experienced a blowout on a busy Houston freeway late in the evening. Fortunately, we were right at an exit ramp, do I took it rather than attempt anything on the dark shoulder. This time, it took contacting at least five different shops before we found one willing to come out. The gentleman who showed up changed our tire, then didn’t want to accept any money for his time and work!! We insisted and paid him anyway. After reaching the RV park near our son’s home, one morning we Rose and discovered a flat front tire! After rounding up a few buddies of his to help change that one, our son said we should probably have the valve stems checked out, which we did. Seems all of them were bad and we’re probably the cause of all of the flats. Big time lessons learned for these first-timer RV-ers! This past summer we made a long trip to Virginia and back without any problems thank God!

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