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What Causes RV Tires To Blowout?

January 1, 2023

Cruising down the road in your rig should be all fun and games, unless of course, you’ve just experienced one of your RV tires blowing out! Accidents like these happen all the time, and while there are measures you can take to prevent them, they aren’t 100% guaranteed to be avoidable. There are a few things you need to know so that if your RV tires blow out on you, you’ll be prepared to handle the situation without becoming frantic. There are three main culprits that might cause your blowout:

  • Overloading your RV
  • Underinflating your RV’s tires
  • Age of the tires and how much and tear they receive

Once you understand how to manage RV tires properly, you can have a bit more peace of mind before your next big road trip!

Overloading Your RV

Overloading your RV can put excessive stress on its tires, which can cause them to blow out. This can happen if the RV is carrying too much weight or if the tires are not rated for the weight of the RV and its contents. So next time you’re packing up your rig, whether just for the weekend or for the whole season, verify how much weight your RV can handle. Erring on the side of caution when it comes to packing non-essentials may save you some hassle, time and money in the long run.

Under Inflating Your RV’s Tires

One of the most simple fixes, but also one of the most commonly overlooked practices is to take for granted what PSI (pounds per square inch) your tire pressure is supposed to be at. Under-inflated tires can lead to a greater likelihood of a blowout. When the tires are under-inflated, the sidewalls of the tire flex more than they should, which generates more heat and can cause the tire to blow. Guessing on your RV’s PSI won’t do you any favors when you’re on the road, so take initiative to find out what that number is and stick to it!

closeup of rv wheel and tire

Age Of Tires

Possibly the most influential piece of tires that blowout are their age. Tires that have been driven around 60,000 miles or more, or are anywhere from three to five years old should be replaced sooner than later. RV tires see a lot of the road and while traveling are easily exposed to the sun and elements for long periods. This makes it very likely that they will lose their elasticity and become more prone to blowouts.

RV tires that have been driven on for a long time can lose their structural integrity and their rubber can degrade, which makes them more prone to blowouts. This is because tires that carry the weight of such a huge vehicle undergo enormous amounts of stress. Therefore, they need to be updated regularly so they don’t give out. By planning to replace your RV’s tires every 6,000 or every three to five years, depending how frequently you travel, you will save a lot of hassle of potential blowouts when you’re on the road.

Blown Out Tire Repair In North Texas

Sometimes it doesn’t matter how well prepared you are; you can still be the victim of a blown out RV tire. Having a plan in place to keep your tires in great shape, inflated to their appropriate amount, and not overfilling your RV is a great place to start preventing the possibility of a blowout. However, accidents can still happen and you can’t always see them coming. So next time you’re in the north Texas area, contact Elite RV to come inspect your RV blowout for free. Our team is well equipped to fix the worst blowouts and we’ll have you back on the road in no time. Call today at 682-802-9619!

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