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

Is it worth it to inflate tires with nitrogen?

RV Tire Safety with RV tire expert Roger Marble Regarding nitrogen (N2) passing through (permeating) tire rubber more slowly than oxygen (O2) due to molecular size, are nitrogen molecules really larger than oxygen molecules? According to the Get Nitrogen Institute in their paper on N2 effusion, “The correct answer, with respect to ‘permeation,’ is yes.” So I imagine your question is: Why... Read More

Did your RV company/dealer follow federal law regarding tires?

RV Tire Safety with RV tire expert Roger Marble I’ve been reading a number of posts recently on recalls, violations of federal safety standards in the RV industry and on tire and fire extinguisher recalls. If you have been a reader of my blog, you know that I am a strong proponent of filing complaints on failures of safety-related systems and... Read More