Different storage surface areas can cause your RV tires to age prematurely. For instance, it is critical that tires are not left in contact with any heat-producing material or with petroleum-based material like asphalt. Damage can also occur if they are exposed or in contact with constant cold or moisture, like sitting on frozen ground.
The perfect scenario would allow all of us to store our RV’s in a cool, dry and covered area. Unfortunately, however, this is not always possible. That’s why following these three steps to protect your tires should always be followed any time you’re preparing your RV for storage:
Make sure the RV is as level as possible so more weight isn’t on one tire than the others. Clean and inflate the tires to the pressure indicated on the sidewall.
Properly block the tires. The blocking that you use must be wider than the tire’s tread and longer than its footprint to prevent damage to the sidewall and potential premature tire failure. Even using something as simple as a piece of treated lumber acts as a barrier between the tires and the ground surface they are stored on.
Keep tires safe with covers that block out the sunlight to protect them from the harmful UV rays.
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