Michelin North America launched a new RV tires website that includes information on tire selection and maintenance for recreational vehicles including campers and motorhomes.
Michelin RV tires offer a wide variety of technical and reference materials to help keep you on top of the latest RV tire maintenance tips, technical information, and tire management solutions.
The mobile-friendly site offers RV customers online tools such as a new RV tire selector which assists with size, tread design, and application selection.
“Our goal for the new RV site is to provide a user friendly experience for our RV customers with information and tools to assist in their decision making and maintenance practices,” said Bianca Hogan, U.S. country marketing manager for Michelin Americas truck tires division.
The reference section of the site contains materials including warranty information, bulletins, load and inflation tables, RV tire maintenance tips, technical specifications, and videos.
The dealer and service tab can be searched by address, city, state, and ZIP code. It can also be refined to select the dealers with the specific services needed.
Customers can create a personal account so they can save their tire and dealer searches, as well as reference materials and videos.
RV Tires Recommendations
Tires are composed of various types of material and rubber compounds, having performance properties essential to the proper functioning of the tire itself. These component properties evolve over time.
For each tire, this evolution depends upon many factors such as weather, storage conditions, and conditions of use (load, speed, inflation pressure, maintenance, etc.) to which the tire is subjected throughout its life. This service-related evolution varies widely so that accurately predicting the serviceable life of any specific tire in advance is not possible.
That is why, in addition to regular inspections and inflation pressure maintenance by consumers, it is recommended to have RV tires, including spare tires, inspected regularly by a qualified tire specialist, such as a tire dealer, who will assess the tire’s suitability for continued service. Tires that have been in use for 5 years or more should be inspected by a specialist at least annually.
Consumers are strongly encouraged to be aware not only of their tires’ visual conditions and inflation pressures, but also of any changes in dynamic performances such as decreased fuel economy, noise, or vibration, which could be an indication that the tires need to be removed from service to prevent tire failure.
It is impossible to predict when tires should be replaced based on their calendar age alone. However, the older a tire, the greater the chance that it will need to be replaced due to the service-related evolution or other conditions found upon inspection or detected during use.
While most tires will need replacement before they achieve 10 years, it is recommended that any tires in service 10 years or more from the date of manufacture, including spare tires, be replaced with new tires as a simple precaution even if such tires appear serviceable and even if they have not reached the legal wear limit.
The Importance of Tire Pressure
The most important factor in maintaining the life of RV tires is making sure they are always properly inflated. Incorrect pressure for the weight of the vehicle is dangerous and often leads to like premature wear, tire damage, or a harsher ride.
An underinflated or overloaded tire will build up more heat that could go beyond the endurance limits of the rubber and radial cords. This could cause sudden tire failure. Under inflation will also cause poor handling, faster and/or irregular tire wear, and can decrease fuel economy.
Over inflation, on the other hand, will reduce the tire’s contact area with the road, which reduces traction, braking ability, and handling. A tire that’s overinflated for the weight it’s carrying is more prone to a harsh ride, uneven tire wear, and impact damage.
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