Here are some more thoughts about the rv tires that you might want to consider…
- RVs are meant to be moving. If you don’t have your RV moving, it is bad for your tires and they will actually wear out even though you are not using them. I know first hand as I’ve had a blowout on tires that only had about 500 miles on them!
- We purchased covers for our tires. That probably helps a little, but it is no substitute for moving your RV often, which we do not do.
- RVs do not take special tires.
- What I mean is that they are not so special that you cannot get them from Walmart or any standard tire center. I was able to get a normal set from Walmart.
- Make sure you don’t confuse the Walmart employees – you would just ask for trailer tires. I guess I should mention that when I asked at Discount Tires they said they didn’t have them.
- The point is that you should not say “RV tires”. That will confuse them. Sizes matter on tires – so make sure you check out all the “numbers” on the tires and you RV and get a match.
- Your wheel bearings will need a regular treatment. I don’t fully understand why since I don’t have to do this to my car, but for some reason, RVs need to have their wheel bearings packed on a regular basis. I think it has to do with moving around lots of weight.
rv tire dry rot and our blow-out
It turns out that USING your RV actually lets the tires stay young. It has to do w/ the flexing and releasing of chemicals inside the tire to “naturally” protect the tire. But I think it is very “akin” to if you don’t use it you lose it. But this explains why our normal everyday car tires do not rot so much.
One guy has a product on the internet that is a carbon black spray that if you spray your tires with it will keep them from rotting so much. I don’t think that is as good as a technique. I personally have not tried it, but I put it here if you are interested in letting me know. I’m going for the wheel covers.
One thing I learned is that my RV tire was an H78-15. You can’t buy those anymore. So I had to get a replacement from Walmart. They freak out if you tell them it is an RV tire because they think you are bringing in the RV. But actually, they carry a replacement and if you tell them it is for a “trailer” you’ll do just fine. The replacement I got was a 225/75R15. You can find a list of conversions here.
A tire iron is an awesome thing to have along with a jack. I had neither. Don’t repeat my mistake.