Your RV tires are perhaps the most important part of your RV! They allow you to take your home away from home virtually anywhere you would like to go! Therefore, it is important to perform regular maintenance and know what preventative measures to take to stop tire dry rot so you can keep rolling down the road safely!
What Is Dry Rot?
Tire dry rot occurs when tires begin to decay. It becomes evident when deep cracks become visible on the side walls and tread. This could be confused with the effects of an aging tire, however, if your tires aren’t near their expiration date, it’s possible they have fallen victim to dry rot. A seriously dry rotted tire will have visible discoloration, fading from black to gray, and will have deep cracks in the side wall. Less drastic dry rot isn’t as easy to see, so it is important to perform regular inspections of your tires to ensure that you aren’t experiencing the beginning stages of dry rot.
How To Protect Your Tires During Storage
Putting your RV in storage makes its tires substantially more susceptible to dry rot. RV tires respond well to regular use, so putting your RV into storage increases the chances that dry rot will set in and cut the life of your tires short. Here are some tips to help prevent dry rot when your RV tires are at their most vulnerable:
- The sun’s harmful UV rays are very damaging to RV tires and is the most common cause of dry rot. Whenever you park your RV, try to keep your tires out of direct sunlight as much as possible.
- If you’re storing your RV outside, be sure to cover the tires to protect them from the sun.
- Be sure to always properly inflate your tires according to the manufacturer’s recommendations, especially before putting your RV into storage.
- Unload your RV as much as possible to take the weight off the tires and reduce stress.
- Wash your tires with soap and water.
- When choosing an area to park your RV, pick a cool, dry, flat, and clean spot. If you can’t find the exact ideal spot, park your RV on blocks or treated lumber to provide a stable and flat spot to protect your tires!
- Be sure to move your vehicle every few months to prevent flat-spotting and ozone cracking. However, do not move your RV during extreme cold.
- Inspect your tires thoroughly before heading out on your next trip to ensure that there aren’t any cracks or discoloration on the tread or side walls.
If you follow these simple guidelines and take the appropriate preventative measures to stop tire dry rot, you can drastically reduce your chances of having to prematurely replace your tires which saves you money! Have any other great tips for preventing dry rot? Leave us a comment!