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!
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