Why do trailer tires fail more often than tow vehicle tires?

RV Tire Safety with RV tire expert Roger Marble Here is a question posted on a travel trailer forum: “Why so many trailer tire failures and so few, if any, tow vehicle tire failures?” This post could be considered Part 2 of my post of last week, How do you figure an ST-type tire’s maximum safe speed? The primary reason,... Read More

How do you figure an ST-type tire’s maximum safe speed?

RV Tire Safety with RV tire expert Roger Marble Originally posted on an online forum: “The 65 mph is not really correct. It depends on load and air pressure. They can go to 80 mph.” As I have pointed out previously: The load formula that populates the Load/Inflation table, used by the tire industry for ST-type tires, is based on the assumption... Read More

Pros(?) and cons of dual tire air balance systems

RV Tire Safety with RV tire expert Roger Marble I read a thread on an RV forum about connecting two tires in dual position, with hoses to “balance” the inflation pressure. There were some claims made about performance improvements, but IMO the conditions necessary to deliver those improvements are pretty extreme and improvements are tenuous. The information on the function... Read More

OK to support just one dual tire on leveling block?

RV Tire Safety with RV tire expert Roger Marble Question: “I have some questions about leveling with ramps, specifically on vehicles with rear duallies. The obvious temptation is to use only one ramp – and the obvious response is that this is a 2x overload condition and should be avoided. However, since tires and wheels are clearly designed with safety... Read More

Is using state scales for “four corner weights” wise?

RV Tire Safety with RV tire expert Roger Marble I was following a forum thread on using closed state scales to learn your “four corner weights.” This is possible in Washington, Oregon, and some other states.  Some commenters felt the practice was not wise as the area around the platform scale might not be perfectly flat. I posted my thoughts... Read More

What to do about uneven tire wear on travel trailer

Dear Gary, It seems lately that my travel trailer tires are wearing unevenly side to side. Measured to ground, the side with the most tire wear is about 3/4 inch lower than the other side. This is after replacing all the tires and checking inflation. I then weighed both sides of the trailer and found that the side with the... Read More

Are you smarter than your RV tire salesperson? You may need to be

RV Tire Safety with RV tire expert Roger Marble With the Michelin LTX tire, you may need to be smarter than your RV tire salesperson. As an RV owner, I believe that in most cases it is important for us to know as much as possible about our tires. Sometimes this means knowing more about our tires than the average... Read More