How Often Should You Replace RV Tires?

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Millions of people travel in an RV every year. Just like automobiles, RVs need good tires to run safely. It's usually easy to tell when to change automobile tires because the tread wears out. RV tires, on the other hand, can be mounted for years and not appear to need changing. The tire tread will look perfect because most RVs are only driven a few thousand miles per year. The RV owner must look to factors other than tire tread to decide when to change tires.

Tire Visual Check

Visually check each tire at least once a month. Look not only for tread wear but for other signs of tire deterioration. Older tires may have cracks in the side walls. Even small cracks can indicate a tire should be changed. Rubs on the tire or tire damage also are indicators the owner should consider changing the tire.

Tire Deterioration

Tires can deteriorate at different rates based on their environment. Heat can play a factor. Tires that are on vehicles stored in the desert will need changing sooner than tires stored on vehicles that are in cooler environments. Deterioration is also caused by sunlight. Tires that are allowed to be exposed to the sun will deteriorate faster than tires that are covered. RV owners should consider these environmental factors when deciding to change tires.

Checking Tire Age

Look on the sidewall of a tire to determine its age. Since the year 2000, each tire identification number has included the week and year the tire was manufactured. The last four digits of the tire identification number will show the week and the year the tire was made. For example, if the last four digits are 3509, then the tire was manufactured on the 35th week of 2009. Five years from the date of manufacture is considered a good date for a tire change.

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