Sunday, March 18, 2018

Spring Tire Safety & TPMS

Spring means RV travel season is here. I see many people driving with obviously low tire pressure on their cars. I see many RVs leaving the park without checking tire pressure. It's difficult to see low pressure on the large motorhome tires so you need to gauge them. Also check pressure because outdoor temperature affects tire pressure. Pressure drops in cold weather so you will need to add some aire in the winter months. Tire "thumping" is a ridiculous way to tell if they need air! Use a tire gauge.

I am a firm believer in TPMS systems. That is, tire pressure monitoring systems. These are included on most newer cars and SUVs but not on motorhomes and other RVs. There are several companies that make these aftermarket TPMS systems. I have no preference as to which brand you purchase. I just purchased my second set since they work with my new TOAD brake. You can quickly see your tire pressures without gauging every tire. They also warn of low pressure, high temperatures and sudden loss of pressure. Money well spent to prevent a blowout that will cost plenty of money or much worse.

You may be the most careful driver ever known but your tires are between your vehicle and the road. A failure can be deadly so I thought these videos might be a good idea to share on our blog. I watched these many years ago and have never forgotten how important your tires are. These videos have been seen around various tire safety sites. Michelin has produced these and apply not only to motorhomes but also all other types of RV's and even your personal vehicles. Tires are all the same except motorhome tires are just larger like tires on 18 wheelers.

The first one can save your life if you have a blow out. 
Watch and remember what you learn from this Michelin video.



Tire pressure is most important in all vehicles. Low pressures will destroy your tires and makes blowouts likely. This video has more information about weighing and tire care.