RV Tire Safety
with RV tire expert Roger Marble
I saw a post from an RV owner who discovered something on the upper sidewall of a tire when doing a visual inspection.
A number of readers chimed in with opinions ranging from “Time for NEW SHOES” and “That one is ready to throw some chunks,” to a discussion on what was an acceptable spray tire protectant.
The good news was that many recognized this damage as “curbing,” that can occur when trying to go over a curb at a low angle.
I have outlined the area I looked at which extends well past the “crack” to obvious deeper damage – especially off to the right side where the tire just shows signs of surface scrubbing.
If I could physically inspect this tire I would take a close look at the right end (faint arrow) and confirm the suspect surface abrasion, which would confirm no problem internal to the rubber.
Not all tire damage is from a tire “defect.”
The owner did the right thing and had the tire inspected by a Michelin truck tire dealer, who confirmed no defect but just curbing.
Read more from Roger Marble on his blog at RVtiresafety.net.