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Old 07-10-2014, 11:11 PM   #1
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Check my tire pressure math??

Some of you guys with later model rigs may have already done this exercise. I'm going to try to get coach weighed in a few days and get tire pressure optimum, and I'm working with a dash of "Cowboy Logic" here in the mean time:

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Tires Goodyear G670 275/70R22.5(H)
GVWR 31,000 lb
Front GAWR 12,000 lb
Rear GAWR 19,000 lb

Dry weight of my coach is 25179, does not affect calculations below:


So, assuming I load up and am near the axle weights above, and assuming a balanced left to right load, and using the Goodyear loading/inflation chart: http://www.goodyearrvtires.com/pdfs/rv_inflation.pdf

Then a minimum inflation of 90psi in the rear (each corner at 9500/2 = 4750 per tire) and 105psi in the front (6000 per tire) would cover me as per the chart, correct?

Then assuming a 5% variance from max axle weight side to side would make the front corners (instead of about 6000lb each) 5700 and 6300 and the rear corners (instead of 9500 each) 9025 and 9975 requiring a min of 110psi on the fronts (working off the heavier corner) and still require just over 90psi for the rears (9975/2 = 4987.5# vs. chart of 4980)

SO, even if I wanted to run up to 5psi over, assuming I wasn't seriously unbalanced side to side or overloaded on either axle, and if my exact rig weight was unknown, wouldn't 110 to 115 in the front and about 95 psi in the back be a good "safe zone?"

More to the point, have any of you found any situation in your setups with these tires that would make you want to put 100+psi to the rears?
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Old 07-11-2014, 08:27 AM   #2
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Timely question as I was going to be posting the same in a while.
One thing that puzzled me was the 2 lines of 275/70R22.5 on the chart.
The second one has (G159) whatever that means?
Which line are you using?
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I should have mentioned that initially. A quick G159 Goodyear google search indicates these were recalled production ceased in 2006. I used the other numbers.
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If I am reading it right, it seems with a Rear GAWR 19,000 lb. it would be mathematically impossible to 'require' 100 lb. in the rear tires?
Maybe there's another reason besides weight?
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Since you are going to air all tires on the axle based on the weight of the heavier corner, I would say yiu would have to be 10,780lbs on the heavier corner to require the 100psi minimum. Is that how you see it?

I wouldnt want to be 2000+ lb different side to side, so I would be trying to correct that before juicing all the tires.
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Gottawonder, I don't want to answer that as I'm new at this and trying to learn myself.
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No problem, but I think we're on the same page...more importantly I think it's the correct one
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Where's all the experts when you need them?
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Old 07-11-2014, 01:01 PM   #9
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I went and weight my rig loaded and the rear was 17880 lb and the front was 9620,,, just wanting to know,, what should the rear be,,, I have the same tires and do they have a updated chart that one is 2005
and I was looking and on the inside of the mh it has chart for air pressure and it has 120 psi for all the tires,,, should we use the tire chart or what fr. says
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po 185:
I suggest that you use the tire manufacturer's chart for your specific tires. Note that there is a separate rating for the dual tires and the front tires.

You should preferably get single wheel weighing's. It generally is difficult to find places to do that, but at major rallies, you can generally get that done for a song.

If you cannot get single wheel weighing's then go to a truck CAT scale. Weigh with your full cargo, normal water supply, full diesel and passengers.

Then use your tire manufacturer's charts and set the pressure with cool tires, like early in the morning.

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