According to the RV Safety & Education Foundation the most common causes of RV tire blowouts is either an overloaded RV or underinflated tire. Goodyear engineers say that nails, sharp objects or curbing are a major cause of failures. Check RV tires if your RV has been in storage or parked for a while with tires exposed to sun and weather.
In an article on RV checklists I talked about inspecting your RV before, during and after your daily travel. If you need checklists, you can find links to several there. Inspecting your RV’s tires for correct air pressure, tread, cuts, cracks, punctures, and objects that are embedded in the tire is probably the most important check on your list. That’s because they support the entire weight of your RV and are critical to keeping it balanced and off the ground. While there are lots of important things to check before you leave, you want to pay special attention to RV tire safety and RV weight distribution.
RV Blowouts: What Should You Do?
Maintaining control of your RV after a blowout is not as hard as it might seem. But the steps are counterintuitive. While this is no guarantee that you’ll stay upright or in you lane (how you drive and load your RV are just two factors to consider,) these tips can certainly help you keep your RV under control until you can safely stop.
FRONT TIRE BLOWOUT: When a front tire blows, your vehicle will suddenly pull towards the blown tire. You need to respond immediately to keep the RV under control. In addition to holding the steering wheel straight (and really tightly) you’ll need to avoid performing what your instincts could possibly tell you. That is to: *Avoid braking or decelerating *Do increase your speed slightly *Turn your emergency flashers on *Gradually slow to 10 or 15 miles per hour without braking *Pull off towards the right side in the road
How scary does that sound? BUT, those are the two items that will assist you to regain control initially. The blowout has added a sideways force for your RV’s direction. By increasing the forward force slightly you overcome the sideways force and keep your RV moving on the pavement. For those who slow down, either by braking or decelerating, you decrease the forward force and increase the effect from the sideways force. Depending upon which tire blows, the force pulls you either off the road or into the oncoming lane. So, choose up a little forward speed until you regain control, then slowly brake and stop when you come across a safe place to pull over.