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Old 02-24-2014, 08:17 PM   #1
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Nitrogen in Tires

When we bought our FR3 they filled the tires with Nitrogen. Oh no, not another tire post...

Anyone know what the benefit of this is/was? They said smoother ride, I'm not convinced. Also, if I need to top off, can I put air in now, or do I have to stick with Nitrogen.

Your thoughts are appreciated.

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Old 02-24-2014, 08:22 PM   #2
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air filled tires change pressure with temperature change. Rule of thumb about 1psi per 10 degrees. Nitrogen pressure stays constant regardless of temp.
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Old 02-24-2014, 08:22 PM   #3
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You can add air. Nitrogen allegedly keeps pressure longer and it is drier than air preventing issues with TPM sensors. I have it in my tires and needed to add air after 3 months so I'm not really sold.
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Nitrogen has larger molecules and won't leak down as much and that tires will run a little cooler. Problem as I see it, every time you put a gauge to the valve stem you let a tiny amount out and eventually you have to air up again. You then must find a nitrogen station which may be hard to find or use air. Using air will dilute the nitrogen. Air is 78% nitrogen. IMO, a waste of money.
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Old 02-24-2014, 08:26 PM   #5
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Nitrogen has a larger molecules structure. So it takes longer for it to leak out of tires and maintains pressure better. Just use air and check pressures every time you go camping.
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Old 02-24-2014, 08:28 PM   #6
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Just another gimmick to take your$$$$$$. Get 10 more miles per gallon as well........
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and it seems a bit silly that they put nitrogen in trailer tires...a little inconvenient to haul the trailer to a tire shop to add nitrogen down the road when they will require it, eventually at some point they will...in my opinion its only beneficial for the first little while of ownership, till that top up is required... concept of nitrogen makes sense, but at least when its done on your TV tires or car tires you can wheel it into a location easily for the top up.

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and it seems a bit silly that they put nitrogen in trailer tires...a little inconvenient to haul the trailer to a tire shop to add nitrogen down the road when they will require it, eventually at some point they will...in my opinion its only beneficial for the first little while of ownership, till that top up is required... concept of nitrogen makes sense, but at least when its done on your TV tires or car tires you can wheel it into a location easily for the top up.

Rick
I've always thought same thing. Plus, why are we wasting it in cheap Chinese tires. Keep the nitrogen and give me some quality air filled tires.
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Old 02-24-2014, 09:43 PM   #9
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I hate when they take my black caps and put on them ugly green ones, oh and I think the nitrogen is worthless too.
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Old 02-24-2014, 10:03 PM   #10
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Whether nitrogen in tires is worth the hassle or not is an ongoing discussion item.

If I might, I suggest the OP do a search of the topic here as there are many points of view and opinions given. One of the threads was started on 12-2010 and there are several more.
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