Top 3 Reasons for Travel Trailer Tire Blowouts
By Justin Shanholtzer @ Beckley’s RV’s
Travel Trailer/ Fifth Wheel tire blowouts have always been a topic of conversation because of the amount of damage that can take place, but also because of the horror stories you read about online. I’m here to share with you that tires are not something to be fearful of if you take the proper precautions before each trip!
First, you have to understand that tire blowouts happen because of excessive heat build up in the tire. Summer is the most popular time of year for tire blowouts due to the hot weather!!
Reason #1. Overloading
On the driver side front sidewall of your trailer you will find a tire and loading information sticker. You will see a weight at the top listed, this number demonstrates how much weight you can put into your trailer before it is overloaded. You’d be surprised how quickly you can overload your trailer! Especially when you are traveling around with full water/ sewage tanks ( 8.34LBs = 1 gallon of water) When you get your trailer fully loaded, we recommend going to a scale to see how much your rig truly weighs. This will ensure you know your numbers so that you are safe on the road!
Reason #2. Under Inflation
On the same sticker where you found the Cargo Carrying Capacity, you will also see what the proper cold tire pressure is for your trailer. Many people go by the tire itself, but you should go by this sticker instead, because that tire pressure is provided to you by the RV Manufacturer that built the trailer! Pro Tip: Be sure to ALWAYS check tire pressure prior to leaving for your trip!
Reason #3. Driving Too Fast
Most travel trailer/ fifth wheel tires in the industry only have a speed rating of around 65MPH. When you get into a higher load range tire like Good Year Endurance, that will increase the speed rating significantly. Remember you are on VACATION, you have no rush to get to your destination!
So here’s your take away; when you’re rolling down the road at 85MPH, with an overloaded trailer that has under inflated tires, you are just asking for trouble!