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Old 11-05-2018, 10:45 AM   #1
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Tires, a misc. warning and thoughts

Recent discussions of tires have maybe not made me afraid but reinforced my prudence. We got our Surv. 251RK in august and have done a couple of 3 day outings nearby. I had not checked tire pressure as "Matt" said everything was done. You would think a 70 year old with 5 years of RVing would know better. Anyway we should leave for the sunny south in a bit over a week and since it was in the 50s today and may snow on wednesday, why not check tires today. The tires and the helpful sticker say 65 psi. All four of the devils were at 55. So my warning, trust no one. Beyond that I was wondering if the tires were filled in the nice warm dealership shop might that account for the difference? The oracles say 1# for every ten degrees so that doesn't account for it. Has anyone noticed a pattern that would suggest that the factory ships them with low pressure for a reason? OH yeah, one of the valve stem caps was missing. You cannot check to carefully.
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Old 11-05-2018, 10:59 AM   #2
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About a year ago I found a nail in one of my 5'ver tires, thanks to my brand new (and first trip) with my TPMS system.

I stopped at a tire shop in Canon City, Colorado to get the tires patched and I asked the tire guy more than once if had had put 65 PSI back in the tire.He said "Yes!" each time I asked.

Well, it takes a few miles (or a few minutes, not sure which) down the road before the TPMS gauges the pressure.

About 10 miles down the road my TPMS warning goes off and it is the tire I just had fixed!

The tire shop only put 35 PSI in that tire...

I don't trust anyone...even the Chevy dealership, who always sets my truck tires atr 35 PSI when I get an oil change.
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Old 11-05-2018, 12:02 PM   #3
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They may not have been aired properly from the get go, or they may have just lost air naturally. Still, trust but verify.
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Old 11-05-2018, 12:28 PM   #4
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RV manufacturers buy tires mounted on wheels/axle assemblies from suppliers in bulk. The tires on your new RV may have sat in a warehouse at the manufacturer, the axle manufacturer, then FR plant,and finally your dealer. So your new RV tires may have been aired up well over a year ago and in many cases are not rechecked for correct pressure. This is also true for wheel bearing grease. I would never assume that either the pressure or the bearing lubrication are correct when I purchased a new RV.
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Old 11-05-2018, 02:07 PM   #5
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Thanks for this! Reinforces for me that the pilot is always ultimately responsible for pre-flight checks! Besides, we're the ones who will suffer the consequences!
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Old 11-05-2018, 04:34 PM   #6
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Tires, a misc. warning .....

I have this nice little 12/120 v compressor. Has a digital readout to show existing tire pressure. you then input your target pressure and walk away. It pumps up until at input pressure plus .5 lbs

The day before we take off on every trip, every tire gets checked and pumped up as required. Only takes a few minutes to be safe!

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Old 11-05-2018, 04:43 PM   #7
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The tire shop only put 35 PSI in that tire...
this bothers me to no end! if i go in for an oil change or other service, i explecitely tell them NOT to touch the PSI in my tires. or if i put the sub zero washer fluid in. its fun when they top you off with the cheap crap and you get slush in the tank. i tell them not to top me off anymore.

when we picked up our trailer new this year, they had installed those stupid "pressure monitoring" valve stem caps. got home and realized one tire was at 20 PSI! all those caps do is leak, and they dont do what they say they will. straight in the garbage! we always do a pre and post flight check. walk all the way around, touch everything you need to check. for me it helps it become muscle memory. easier to remember if i checked it or not.
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I have this nice little 12/120 v compressor. Has a digital readout to show existing tire pressure. you then input your target pressure and walk away. It pumps up until at input pressure plus .5 lbs

The day before we take off on every trip, every tire gets checked and pumped up as required. Only takes a few minutes to be safe!

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I had two of them...

Neither of them can handle the bigger heavier tires on my 5'ver and just sit there and run...even though they are rated to 120 PSI!
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I think my buddy tried to use my compressor for his big 5th. And it never would fill his. My Columbus (which is more or less permanently parked) is 85 PSI and the little road tripper is 65. And you are correct, supposed to be good for 120.
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Do they come with low pressure from the factory because it costs too much money for the extra air? LOL!
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