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Tire Safety Tips For Your Motor Home

You always look forward to getting the family together and taking a trip in your coach, right? Us too! But make sure that you’re keeping your loved ones and the other drivers on the road safe by taking some important safety measures before hitting the road. Perhaps the most important element of driving your motor home safely is checking to make sure you have adequate tire pressure.  This week, we’ll go over a few tips and suggestions to make sure your tires are trip-ready and will be able to withstand the rigors of the road.

Always check your tire pressure before travelling. If your tires are low on air, a number of negative effects will take place. For starters, driving on tires with low air pressure will rapidly increase the amount of time it takes to wear them down, and with Class A motor home tires being priced somewhere between $375 – $500 depending on the manufacturer, you can rack up a hefty bill in a hurry.  It’s also important to note that driving your coach with low tire pressure can affect your braking system, making it more difficult to stop your coach quickly if the situation should arise.  Find out the recommended PSI from both the manufacturer (that should be found on the GVWR plaque) of your rig and also from the tire manufacturer which can be found on their website (here’s an example of this from Michelin).

If you happen to be travelling in a very heavy rig, perhaps a Show Hauler Garage Coach loaded up with your favorite toys, checking your tire pressure becomes that much more important. Do your best to make sure that your loads are as balanced as possible. Too much weight on one axle may lead to tire failure on that side. One way to mitigate this type of damage is to know the load ratings of your axles and your tires, then get your coach weighed.  If you’re in New Jersey here’s a good resource to find weigh stations. Make sure to weigh your coach every time you travel in it…if each trip has different amounts of cargo than the previous trip than the tire pressure requirements may differ.

You’re probably now wondering how you can check your tire pressure.  Good question!  Go out and get yourself a tire pressure monitoring system that will have the ability to rate up to 16 tires at a time, give real time status updates, and is really easy to set up. When it comes to safety, there are no excuses so spend a few bucks and make sure you’re keeping your family’s best interest at heart.

Some other key bits of information to keep in mind would be never to trust your eyes when it comes to the status of the tires on your coach. If you’re like most people, your motor home gets a lot less use than your day-to-day vehicle. So you may look at the treads on the tires of your motor home and because they don’t seem to be worn down, you could assume that the tires are safe to drive on. This isn’t always the case. The age of your tires, exposure to UV Rays and sunlight in general are leading causes of tire failure…even when they have “good” treads. If you happen to keep your coach parked outside for extended periods of time, make sure to get some good tire covers to increase the longevity of your tires and reduce the amount of exposure to the sun.

Keep safe and happy trails!

Do you have questions about purchasing a new or pre-owned motorhome or just about the RV lifestyle in general? If so, please contact us so we can answer all of your questions and concerns!

 

 

Tips For Driving a Motor Home In Inclement Weather

If you’ve owned a motor home long enough and live in an area of the country that experiences snowy and icy conditions in the winter time, then chances are you’ve found yourself in the potentially dangerous position of having to drive your coach through a wintery mess.  There’s also the probability you were traveling from point A to point B and got caught up in some weather you weren’t expecting. Whatever the case may be, make sure that you’re able to keep your family, your coach, and the other drivers on the road safe by understanding the do’s and don’ts of driving in poor weather conditions.

For starters, if you know that the forecast is calling for snow, ice, or heavy rain, stay off the road!  If it’s not an absolute life and death situation, stay put and wait the weather out.  There’s no point in risking your life for a road trip.  These days, there isn’t much of an excuse for not knowing weather and road conditions prior to your trip.  Resources like weather.com and traffic.com are available for a reason.  Take advantage of them.

Conduct a thorough safety check of your motor home.  Check to make sure your windshield wipers are working properly and aren’t streaking, check your brake lights and headlights, make sure you have plenty of gas (which also helps to add additional weight), and also make sure your tire pressure is right to avoid hydroplaning.

A couple things that may seem obvious to some folks, and maybe not so much to others, are to drive slowly and to never use your cruise control when driving through wet/icy stretches of road.  If and when you begin to hydroplane and your tires lose grip on the road, the cruise control will begin to accelerate so when you do regain traction your coach will spring forward like a rocket and all types of bad things can go down when that happens.  Also, make sure to use steady pressure on your brakes when attempting to slow down or stop, do not pump your brakes to reduce the risk of sliding.  Long and short, forget about that cruise control button when you’re driving in inclement weather so you don’t end up like this guy…

coach in snow

Make sure to carry tire chains with you at all times.  Even if your coach is brand new or you just got new tires, protect yourself anyway.  The treads used for a quiet drive on a nice smooth highway in the Spring time will be of no use when the snow and ice start to pile up.  Check out this video for instructions on how to put your snow chains on, or seek the help of a professional.  If you do end up putting them on yourself, don’t forget to keep a pair of thick gloves with you.

A good way to ensure some level of safety when driving a diesel pusher in the snow is to load up as much weight as possible on the drive axle in the rear of the coach.  The heavier your motor home, the less likely you are to lose control and begin sliding.  However, regardless of how much additional weight you’re carrying, ice is still ice so don’t think for a minute that you’re in the clear until you’ve parked safely.

Use technology to assist you.  It’s 2014 people, if you own a coach that doesn’t come equipped with a fancy GPS, buy one!  The Rand McNally RV specific GPS system  is a pretty awesome gadget that will give you the heads up on road conditions, traffic, the closest RV parks, and more that can help you navigate your way to a safe place to wait out any unsafe driving weather.

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Ultimately, don’t drive when it’s nasty out if you don’t have to.  Your coach is a beautiful home on wheels filled with all the luxuries you need to keep yourself occupied for a few hours (or days for that matter), so get the most out of them and protect your family and the other drivers on the road.

Do you have questions about purchasing a new or pre-owned motorhome or just about the RV lifestyle in general? If so, please contact us so we can answer all of your questions and concerns!