There is so much to be learned about RV tires when you first begin RVing. Things like – What tire weight rating do I need? How much air pressure should I keep in my tires? What RV tire brands seem to be the best? What RV tire inflator should I use?
The list seems endless. But one of the most important things you should know about your RV tires is how to make them last. This is because RV tires will need to be replaced on a regular basis. It’s one of those items that you just have to plan on replacing every so often. Most likely every 5 – 7 years. So if you can make the tires you have last longer, there are clear advantages to be had.
For one, you will be even more safe as you ride down the highway. But if you can extend the life of your tires, you can also save money on their replacement. And who doesn’t want to do that? So here are 3 easy ways you can make your RV tires last longer.
UV Protection For Your RV Tires
The first tip is to use a high quality ultraviolet (UV) inhibitor on the tire sidewalls. One of the worst enemies of RV tires is UV rays from the sun. Over time, they dry out and crack the sidewalls which can lead to tire failure.
In fact, these kind of tires do not usually wear out like car and truck tires. Instead, they usually just age out. And anything that dries out the moisture in the tire sidewalls will make it age faster. So if you want to extend the life of your tires, be sure to use a good UV inhibitor.
One of the best products that I know of for this application is 303 Aerospace Protectant. It is well known for it’s UV protection properties. Just spray it on a clean tire sidewall about once a month and let it soak in for a while. Then you just wipe off the excess. It will only take minutes, but what a difference it can make in the life of your tires.
Just click on the image below to learn more about 303 Aerospace Protectant:
Use RV Tire Covers
If you want to take your tire protection to a whole new level, consider RV tire covers. Whenever your rig is sitting for any extended length of time, it’s a good practice to install tire covers. It only takes a few minutes to do and it’s not a difficult task. And the big advantage of tire covers is that you completely block the sun’s UV rays. Especially if they are high-quality RV wheel covers.
But one word of caution, heat is also another enemy of tire sidewalls. So try to avoid using black tire covers that enhance the heat on summer days. Instead, a lighter color will help reflect some of the heat away from your tires. And that is a good thing!
There many RV tire covers for sale on the internet. Many of them will not last very long. So I am going to share with you the motorhome tire covers that I use. They also come in many sizes and different colors that will fit almost any rig. For my money, they are some of the best RV tire covers available. Just click on the image below to learn more about them.
Use RV Tire Pads
One more way to help make your tires last longer is to make it a habit to use RV tire pads. Of course, this is not as vital as the other two steps mentioned above, but it does help. That is because tires can sometimes leach the moisture out of the tire into the ground. And this is especially so if the RV sits for an extended period of time. So if you use a tire pad for each tire, it makes that possibility much less likely.
The best RV tire pads are thick and flexible so they can adjust to various surfaces under the tires. You can make your own tire pads very inexpensively by using a horse stall mat as the pad material. Then just cut down the material to whatever sizes will fit your RV tires. I cut mine down to size with just a regular utility knife.
Here is a link to horse stall mats that can be used for this purpose (I personally used the 3/8 thick mat):