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10 Best RV Trailer Tires
RV Trailer tires are probably one of the most critical parts of an RV. Whether we are driving to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park or heading to Zion National Park, you will want to keep yourself, your family, and others on the road safe.
Therefore, it is essential that you at least have the basics down to make the correct decision when it comes to buying RV Trailer tires. We will outline the information you may not know or understand about RV Trailer tires.
What are ST Tires?
ST tires are special tires made especially for RV Trailers. ST tires reduce sidewall flexing by offering thicker, stiffer sidewalls and adding steel wire throughout the tire. You wouldn’t want to use these tires on anything other than a Travel Trailer, Boat Trailer, or any trailer. You need to equip for RV with tires made exclusively for Trailers. Keep in mind by using ST Trailer Tires, your tires will run cooler when filled with maximum pressure because less tread on the ground will help keep the heat generated to a minimum.
I would like to address one misunderstanding: the ST trailer tires can have a speed rating other than 65 MPH. If an ST Tire does not indicate a speed rating, the tire is only meant to be driven at 65 MPH. If you push the tire at anything over 65 MPH, you safely exceed what the tire can handle; you risk catastrophic tire failure. An example of an ST tire rated for travel over 65 MPH is the Goodyear Endurance tire rated N gives you an 87 MPH tire speed.
The tire load rating is an assigned number corresponding to the maximum weight a tire can support when properly inflated. The higher the tire’s load rating number, the greater its load-carrying capacity. The tire load rating is an assigned number corresponding to the maximum weight a tire can support when properly inflated. The higher the tire’s load index number, the greater its load-carrying capacity.
The tire speed rating is the maximum speed of tires that can safely carry a load for a long time in ideal conditions. The speed rating imprinted on the outside sidewall, signified by a letter or two, is usually after the load index number. When ordering RV trailer tires, consider your driving habits. If you like hauling your trailers at 70 MPH, consider an ST tire to handle those speeds.
DOT Tire Expiration Date
It’s necessary to determine the age of your RV trailer Tires. You will find the DOT number on the sidewalls of the tires. If you follow the DOT designation clockwise, you will see a four-digit number. In the picture below, the number 41 represents the number week of the year manufactured (41st week of the year), and the 18 represents the year it was made (2018).
TPMS ( Tire Pressure Monitoring System)
TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitoring System) is a system that will remotely monitor your Tire Pressure. As soon as your RV Trailer Tire loses pressure, the TPMS will alert you immediately, enabling you to pull off the road before a hazardous situation occurs. We recommend the EEZTire-TPMS6 Tire Pressure Monitoring System. The system is a bit pricey but worth every dollar. Take note you are buying a Tire pressure monitoring System rated for your tire pressure. For more information about TPMS, click here.
Metal Valve stems with TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitoring System)
When installing a tire pressure monitoring system on Your RV Trailer tires, consider changing your rubber valve stems to the metal valve stems. The extra weight of the TPMS sensors on a rubber stem may flex on the valve stem body, causing added vibration, which might result in a rubber stem’s failure. Metal valve stems are for the increased weight and pressure of the tire. Usually, these stems will not crack or break.
Do RV trailer tires need to be balanced?
Yes. It would help if you balanced your RV Trailer tires. Tire vibration can cause wear and tear on the axle and wheel bearings. You could be prematurely cutting the life span of your tires by not balancing them.
How long do RV trailer tires last?
RV trailer tire age tire varies. It will depend on how well the RV trailer tires were maintained and the miles accumulated. Keeping proper tire pressure is a plus in getting many years of use. Three to 7 years is average.
Should I inflate my trailer tires to max psi?
Yes. As mentioned before. You always want to keep your tires at the manufacturer’s recommended tire pressure. Doing so will help extend the life of your tires.
Why do my trailer tires keep blowing out?
There are a dozen reasons for an RV trailer tire blowout. First, always fill your tires to the manufacturer’s recommended tire pressure. Over or under-inflating tires can cause problems. Driving faster than the manufacturer’s rating can cause a catastrophic blowout.
How long do RV trailer tires last?
The typical standard is 3 – 7 Years. RVs that are stationary most of the time only might need tires every 2 to 3 years.
What is the difference between trailer tires and LT Tires
Heavy-duty RV trailer tires have thicker sidewalls compared to passenger car tires. Automobile tires are all about traction, and curbing as a trailer tire is strictly for following.
Should you rotate travel trailer tires?
Yes. Whether you have a single or double axle, Rotating your tires will extend your tires’ lives.
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