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Preventative maintenance can be the difference between arriving safely at your destination and a costly roadside problem. Pictured below is the beauty of Valley of Fire at Atatl Rock Campground. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Preventative maintenance can be the difference between arriving safely at your destination and a costly roadside problem. Pictured below is the beauty of Valley of Fire at Atatl Rock Campground. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Confused when your RV can’t cruise straight?

Want to know how you can bolster your braking and ratchet up your road handling?

The answer is simple: Correct the tire pressure.

Because of the cost of RV tires and the risk associated with blowouts on a large motorized vehicle or towable, routinely maintaining RV tires is essential.

The most important factor in maximizing the life of your tires is maintaining proper inflation pressure.

An under-inflated tire will build up excessive heat that may stretch the limits of the rubber; conversely, an over-inflated tire reduces the tire’s footprint on the road, reducing traction, braking capacity and vehicle handling. Not to mention harsh ride, uneven tire wear, increased vulnerability to damage…you get the picture.

By keeping your tires at their optimum pressure, your travel costs are also reduced. Since under-inflated tires require a bigger force to make them turn, your vehicle uses more fuel.

Under inflation is the leading cause of tire failure. Your tires can be as much as 50 percent under inflated before it is visibly noticeable.

Tires can lose one psi (pounds per square inch) per month under normal conditions.

Proper Tire Inflation Chart

Proper Tire Inflation Chart

To determine the correct air pressure for your tires, load your coach as you would normally travel, including water and fuel. Find yourself an RV dealer and weigh each wheel of your coach independently, with driver and any passengers in the vehicle.

Using either the Michelin or Goodyear tire care guide (available online), determine the weight on each wheel position for your coach. Then, adjust the pressure in each tire according to the heaviest side of each axle—but ONLY when tires are “cool” (have not been driven for even one mile).

NEVER reduce the air pressure in your coach’s tires on hot tires.

One last very important point to remember—you can have different tire pressure for your front-axle tires vs. your rear-axle tires, but NEVER for one side vs. the other.

Proper tire pressure gives you a coach with maximized braking capabilities, road handling, and perfectly aligned drive.

The next step?

Now get out there and enjoy some summer sun!

Happy trails!

Please Note: The above information is courtesy of Freightliner Custom Chassis

Details

Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation (FCCC)

ifreightlinerFreightliner Custom Chassis Corporation (FCCC) manufactures premium chassis for the motorhome, delivery walk-in van, and school bus, and shuttle bus markets.

FCCC also offers the around-the-clock expertise of its FCCC 24/7 Direct customer service line and a network of more than 400 Freightliner service centers, including the motorhome-tailored Freightliner Oasis Network of more than 90 dealers.

FCCC is a subsidiary of Daimler Trucks North America LLC, a Daimler company.

Address: 552 Hyatt Street, Gaffney, SC 29341

Phone: (864) 487-1700

Customer Support Center: (800) FTL-HELP (1-800-385-4357)

Website: www.freightlinerchassis.com

Worth Pondering…

To re-create yourself anew in every moment in the grandest version of the greatest vision ever you had about Who You Really Are. That is the purpose in becoming human, and that is the purpose of all of life.

— Neale Donald Walsch, in Conversations with God

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