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Why tires make all the difference in RVing


RV tires make up just one small aspect of your rig. But as insignificant as they seem, they play a huge role in your motorhome’s safety, fuel efficiency and more.

Here’s why these unassuming rubber rings are worth a second look:

Safety

Your choice of tire has a lot more impact on safety than you might think. Their size, age, and type can mean the difference between a flawless trip and a total disaster.

Motorhome tires are different from car or trailer tires. Motorhomes and towing vehicles carry a lot of weight, so ones made for a sedan won’t cut it. Light Truck (LT) tires are best for your motorhome or truck because they’re specially made to safely handle heavy loads at high speeds. If you have a trailer, Special Trailer (ST) tires are used for their ability to handle heavy loads and stand up to aging.

Always check your owner’s manual to make sure your tires are sized properly. Check the sidewall of each tire to find its age, and replace all four every 10 years or less.  

Accessibility

To get where you want to go, a little tire insight goes a long way. By putting tires with different tread on the front and back axles, you can get better control and traction in challenging road and weather conditions. If you expect to drive in mud or snow, use tires with more grip on the power axle and straight-rib highway tires on the opposite axle.

Mileage

It’s no secret that large RVs can rack up a hefty gas bill. But your tires contribute to this: tread and inflation do a number on fuel efficiency.

If you’re planning for mostly highway driving on clear roads, you don’t need beefy tread. Opt for a straight-rib highway tire on all axles–they’re best on gas.

Fill your tires with nitrogen (rather than air) to stop tire pressure fluctuations while driving through hot and cold regions. Even better, install a tire pressure monitoring system so you know your tires are always at a perfect PSI.

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