RV Daily Tips Newsletter Issue 1122

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June 19, 2019

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FEATURED TIP

Trailer tires: Inflate how much?

RV Daily Tips Newsletter Issue 1122An RVer who’d blown two tires on his travel trailer wanted to know what he’d done wrong. Here’s a response from an internet forum:
“I typically run my tires 10% under max inflation pressure on the sidewalls and replace them every five years. Never had a trailer blow out and I’ve been towing travel trailers all over the country for work for the last decade. Running them at max sidewall pressure is okay if you only drive on pristine roads. I bet you don’t. 10% under gives the tires a little more give to cushion the blow of road heaves and potholes. Yes, your tires will run a little warmer, but not to the point of it becoming dangerous. I also try to stay at 70 mph or lower when towing. Flying down the road at 80 mph or more burns a ton of fuel and doesn’t really save you much time. Just slow down a bit and take it easy.”

Only if you drive on pristine roads? Give your tires more cushion? Run a little warmer, but not to the point of being dangerous? Whew! Such heady advice! Here’s a simple answer, straight from – not the horse’s mouth – but a trailer tire manufacturer: “Unless trying to resolve poor ride quality problems with an RV trailer, it is recommended that trailer tires be inflated to the pressure indicated on the sidewall of the tire. Trailer tires experience significant lateral (side-to-side) loads due to vehicle sway from uneven roads or passing vehicles. Using the inflation pressure engraved on the sidewall will provide optimum load-carrying capacity and minimize heat buildup.” That’s from Goodyear.

Tracing back the cause of many trailer tire failures leads to this finding: Underinflation or overloading. And we might add, driving faster than the recommended speed printed on the sidewall (typically 65 mph for an “ST” or trailer tire) will also build up heat, a leading cause of tire failure. Mister “I also try to stay at 70 mph or lower,” if truthful, must have really beat the odds. Pump up your tires, slow it down, and get rid of excess weight! —Russ and Tiña De Maris


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MORE QUICK TIPS

Is your fire extinguisher rechargeable?

There are two types of fire extinguishers common in RVs: rechargeable and those that are classed as “disposable.” What kind do you have? It makes a difference, as both need to be cared for properly in order to be relied on in times of emergency.

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Rechargeable: The head of the extinguisher is metal and has a gauge that reads “Charge/Recharge”. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) requires these devices be serviced every six years, or sooner, of course, if the gauge reads “recharge.”

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Disposable: Equipped with a plastic head, the gauge of a disposable extinguisher reads “Full/Empty”. While these don’t require service, they should (according to the NFPA) be REPLACED every 12 years. Again, if the gauge reads anything but FULL, the device should be replaced immediately. (Thanks to JS T for the timely reminder.)

Restore Corian countertops

RV Daily Tips Newsletter Issue 1122After a while, the Corian countertops outfitting many RVs appear dull. The good news is that restoring Corian to shiny and new is easy. Using very fine sandpaper, called Micro-Mesh, restore countertops in a series. For example, sand counters for 15 minutes at 1,500 grit, then go down to 2,400 grit for another 15 minutes, then go down to 3,600 grit another 15 minutes and so on. Resurfacing them in a series is key because if you don’t, the counters will become even duller. From rvinspiration.com. Here’s a set of Micro-Mesh sanding pads on Amazon.

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LEAVE HERE WITH A LAUGH

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A magician worked on a cruise ship. The audience was different each week, so the magician always did the same tricks. However, there was a problem: The captain’s parrot saw the show each week and began to understand how the magician did every trick. Once he understood, he started shouting out the secrets in the middle of the show, “Look, it’s not the same hat!” “Look, he is hiding the flowers under the table!” “Hey, why are all the cards the Ace of Spades?” The magician was furious but couldn’t do anything. One day, the ship had an accident and sank. The magician found himself with the parrot, adrift on a piece of wood, in the middle of the ocean. They stared at each other with hatred but did not utter a word. This went on for a day, then another, and another. Finally, after a week, the parrot said, “Okay, that was a good one. I give up. Where the heck is the boat?”


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Dan

Never saw any RV park “water” that we wanted to make ice from. Took the ice maker out of our class A rig. Wife buys ice at some McDonalds and Steak & Shake restaurants for a dollar a bag, other wise Wally or a convenient store. It’s extra stop, but she’s happy.

Tommy Molnar

Boy, can there be ANY topic with more differing opinions than tire pressure discussions.

Becky Yu

Same for toilet treatments and the what kind of TP debate ;? )

bisonwings

We have a great portable ice maker that we used in our TT, but the new fifth wheel has a residential fridge with an ice maker. The jury is still out on whether we keep using the portable which will give us more freezer space.

Michele Beckler

We have a portable ice maker that we use in the rv and love it!!!!

Richard Hubert

RE: Refinishing Corian Countertops – The sandpaper grits suggested are FAR finer than necessary. Remember that a good part of cleaning up counter tops is to remove scratches and restore a more lustrous finish. When manufacturing solid surface tops the entire surface is usually sanded with 150, then 220, and finally 320 grits. Some go to 400 but not really necessary. Then professionals will use a Scotch Brite pad to give the surface a final low luster finish. Using grits as fine as suggested will not easily remove minor scratches – a courser, yet still fine grade should be used… Read more »

Wolfe

Good grit advice across the board! Is there a sealant that would help? My sealed granite counter has never taken any stains or scratches at home, but that may not be normal finishing practice…

Also remember not to try sanding laminates like the Formica counters I have in the RV… 8-o

Kevin

I was advice by the fire extinguishers guy that come to our work to inspect the fire extinguisher at least once a year you should shake the extinguisher to keep it loose in the inside to be efficient as we travel, it can pack down

Bob p

I have no proof to my statement so take it with a grain of salt. In our travels at 62 mph we are consistently passed by fellow RVers traveling an estimated 70+ mph, the largest percentage of theses are diesel pushers, but there are many TTS and 5th wheels also. As a former OTR (over the road) truck driver no truck tire manufacturers rate their tires faster than 65 mph, no manufacturers of trailer tires rate their tires faster than 65 mph. So all those who drive faster you’re risking not only your vehicles but also your families. We had… Read more »

Jeff

If I could give you more than 1 thumbs up I would. Very Well Said!

RVers simply need to slow down. I only travel at 60 to 63, towing a 41ft. 5th Wheel.

Jeff

When speaking about Speed. Tire Manufacturers make tires in batches. For a Specific Run of tires they will sample those tires and test them for Failures. By Samples, I mean they will run a tire as fast as they can and see when it begins to separate and come apart. (centrifugal force) So, traveling down the road at 70 plus mph can be a very dangerous thing and cause tire failures more often than traveling at a slower speed. But, who am I to say about any one persons idea of SAFETY!

bill bateman

Who are you to say? You and yours are the ones this guy will maim or kill as a result of his overconfidence.

R Ellis

I have pulled the same 2 axle trailer since 1992 and for over 200,000 miles , but do not inflate my tires to the max pressure listed on sidewall but try to keep it 2 to 5 psi under the max , in the summertime especially the higher temp outside will cause a higher tire pressure , will agree on keeping a lower speed , tires will sometimes blow no matter what you do to try and prevent it, I have had several blowouts over the years from tires just failing from dry rot and losing pressure from a nail… Read more »

Ron Lane

Two things. Tire manufactures figure in the cold pressure levels with temperature rising when traveling. Lowering the pressure to less than what the manufacture recommends is under inflating… no matter which way you look at it. Go to ANY tire manufacture’s website and this will be explained fully.
Second, with the use of a TPMS, you most definitely can know when a tire is leaking down during transit giving you plenty of time to pull over and correct the situation prior to “being too late”.

bill bateman

Agree, 2nd guessing tire engineering by all the self taught know-it-calls is the cause of a lot of grief.

Karin S.

I respectfully disagree about inflating ones tires to the psi listed on the tire sidewall. That is the max psi. Using the Tire Inflation/Load Chart for the tire purchased is what should be done. Each manufacturer should have such a Tire Load Chart. I have purchased Saliun tires and the max on the tire lists 110 psi, but the chart (based upon my trailer weight/load) indicates my psi should be 70psi. I am on a Northwood Trailer forum and one of the members personally contacted a Saliun rep and was provided the chart. The chart was shared to the forum.… Read more »

Jeannie

I agree. Not all tires have the same load ratings. If a tire is loaded at or near its maximum load range, then the maximum pressure for the tire would apply. However, if a tire has a load rating that is significantly greater than the actual load, running it at the maximum pressure for the tire will cause the tread to wear out faster in the center of the tread, reducing tire tread life and possibly reducing traction on wet roads, depending on the amount of wear. Tires must be inflated to the pressure recommended by the manufacturer for the… Read more »

RonV

In the same article on the Goodyear site, it also states, “Refer to the appropriate Goodyear load and inflation table and select the inflation pressure for the load that is nearest to, but not less than, the load you measured, by moving up the table to the pressure line. ” Seems like Goodyear is posting conflicting information. I also air my tires according to the inflation table not the side wall max.

Tony King

Great advice on Tires. I keep mine aired up to Sidewall max pressure, drive slower and try to keep lightening our load. Yeah it’s a bit rougher ride but I do all the things to make my money drive us further as we are nearing 100,000 miles traveled.

Bd2

YES, Check out your fire extinguishers in the RV, home, and in my case the barn. All of my Kiddi extinguishers as old as they where are all recalled. Go to the web site Jeff suggested and take the time to execute it. Might save your life and property.

HT Morgan

Wonder does the tire advice also apply to motor homes? My max on the tires says 110. I run 105 in the rear wheels and 95 in the front. Still a hard ride.

Loren

No, this does not apply to motor homes. The tires on motor homes are not subject to as much lateral loading as trailer tires. Our motor home manufacturer recommends 80 pounds in the tires. We weighed the rig and according to the tire load chart on the Michelin website we could go down to 75#. We tried every thing from 75 to 95 pounds and settled on 80 as recommended.

impavid

For a second there I thought you were talking about miles per hour not tire pressure.

Lori

Michelin’s load charts are available online for motorhomes. You must weigh your MH on each of all four corners to determine the amount of air for a given size tire per their charts. You do NOT use the sidewall air pressure per Michelin.

jillie

On our way home from Montana we had a tire blow out but didn’t know it until we pulled into a gas station and realized no cell service and no service station for miles. It got fixed and replaced. Again same thing 4 years later and now? Heading to Colorado and expecting it to happen again. Hopefully this time we are near civilization. 2 blow outs on our RV and no idea why when we had it checked. Progressive says they will send Flo and Jamie out to change our tire if it happens a third time. The last two… Read more »

Gary Reed

I run a tire pressure monitoring system , keep the tires at printed rated pressure on the tire ,drive 55 to 60 mph. Our RV trailer came with “D” load range tires and we had one explode with 4000 miles on it on our first trip with a new trailer. The TPMS gave no indication of low pressure and based on the explosion when the tire blew it had good inflation. I immediately replaced the load range D tires with “E” load range tires, continued to run my TPMS and of this set of 4 new load range E tire… Read more »

R Ellis

Some Good Year trailer tires are Made in China Also , I have had a set of trailer tires that had MADE IN ChiNA on the sidewall , was really surprised when I got them in but they still lasted for several years.

Jeff

Concerning Fire Extinguishers:

There is a RECALL going on since 2017 and it affected the entire RV Industry and those manufacturers that used KIDDE Fire Extinguishers.

Fire Extinguishers that had Plastic Handles or the PLUNGER Type Buttons. Many of these Extinguishers could Fail or just fail to function in an Emergency.

The KIDDE Website has all the information on this RECALL and you should visit it to see if the Fire Extinguishers in your RV or Home may be affected! KIDDE will replace the affected Extinguishers Free of Charge.

Here is the Link: https://www.kidde.com/home-safety/en/us/support/product-alerts/recall-kidde-fire-extinguisher/

Safe Travels!