Summer’s Here: Tire Care Tips for Recreational Vehicles

Summer is right around the corner, and this time of year brings an annual increase in recreational travel and activities. It’s one reason why National Tire Safety Week is set for May 29 – June 4th, 2016 – to educate motorists about the importance of tire maintenance and safety. Many people are leaving the office and taking time to enjoy the warm weather and to engage in outdoor activities. Forests, lakes, and the ocean all become playgrounds for people to enjoy themselves and relax.

Outdoor travel and activities often involve specialty vehicles. These vehicles all depend, directly or indirectly, on healthy tires. These tires help to keep these expensive vehicles running smoothly and ensure the safety of their drivers and passengers. It doesn’t make any sense to entrust these pricey toys to worn and unreliable tires. This would be like putting all your eggs in a basket with a gaping hole–not a good idea.

Because Bauer Built is an expert in all things tire safety, educating consumers on how best to care for their tires is their priority. Take an RV for example. RV’s are an extremely popular form of travel but they are also expensive and heavy, not to mention made to carry several people inside. If RV owners don’t pay proper attention to tire maintenance the chance of their tires failing increases, as does the probability of danger for the vehicle as well as the passengers.

For motorhomes, avoid overloading wherever possible. This is the easiest way to ensure a safe weight on your RVs tires. Be sure to regularly inspect each tires’ pressure, as well as checking for worn tread and damage. These steps will help keep your vehicle running safely. Remember to always check tire pressure when tires are “cold” or before driving because warm tires can result in inaccurate pressure readings.

ATV tires are unique because they have to handle a variety of off-road situations. They are built to provide agility and a smoother ride which makes them inherently thinner and softer and susceptible to punctures. Before replacing or upgrading these tires, be sure to fully understand the type of service and stress you intend to put on them.

When it comes to caring for trailer tires, knowing a tire’s load range is key. This determines the type of tire and the speed at which these tires operate best. When trailers are not in use, tire care is still required. Regularly checking pressure and providing routine motion all help to avoid flat spots and keep stress even.

For all tires, checking tread for wear and damage is another necessary step in ideal maintenance. A quick trick is placing a penny upside down in the tread. If you can see the top of the president’s head, it’s time to look for new tires. All of these items are good ways to make sure your tires are cared for.

Vacations are the highlights of our lives and they create some of our fondest memories. The last thing anyone wants is the memory of breaking down due to neglected tires. Plan on the safest trip possible by regularly checking and caring for your tires.

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