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Old 08-18-2014, 03:44 PM   #21
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With nitrogen, your tire pressures will remain more constant, saving you a small amount in fuel and tire-maintenance costs. There will be less moisture inside your tires, meaning less corrosion on your wheels. You will not be able to feel any difference in the ride or handling or braking, unless your tire pressures were seriously out of spec and changing to nitrogen brought them back to the proper numbers.

Best reason is that most people do not check the pressure often at all, thus nitrogen is a good choice. For those that are anal about tire pressure, common compressed air will do.

As for me, the trailer tires came with nitrogen and I have two sources of nitrogen to maintain them that way, so I take advantage of that.

As with anything else, it is all personal choice.


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IMO after all the posts on this subject (and there have been many including mine) this one is most complete and common sense one regarding using nitrogen or air in your RV tires. It's not complicated and gives you the facts you need to make your own decision regarding this issue.

The only thing left out was the outrageous cost of nitrogen servicing and the scarcity of finding places to take your money if you decide to use nitrogen.

Thanks for your post.
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Old 01-01-2015, 09:50 AM   #22
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Heat is what causes the rise in pressure. I work in the NASCAR ranks. We use nitrogen. We still have pressure build up. However it is not near as much as compressed air due to the moisture content. I run air in my TT tires and check them frequently.
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Based on my research into tire bursts on Boeing airplanes, you don't NEED nitrogen unless your rig can accelerate to 150 mph in a mile and a half and then fold its wheels up into a metal box.

I did find one incident where a main gear tire on a 727 blew out and ripped an 18" hole in the wheel-well bulkhead. It it hadn't been for a couple of USPS mail bags jamming in the hole, we might have lost the airplane.

The beads of the tire had failed in tension. One of our structures gurus calculated that the instantaneous pressure in the tire was about 12,000 psi and that it resulted from an explosive spontaneous combustion of gases that came out of the tire material.

It turned out that the airplane had taxied about 3 miles to the end of the runway and then taken off, all the time with a dragging brake. That particular airline hadn't bought the optional brake temperature monitor system, which I think became a standard feature on later airplanes.
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Nitrogen atoms are larger than Oxygen so they're less likely to leak. I don't think I've had to add "air" but maybe three times in the three seasons I've had nitrogen filled tires and only a couple of pounds. Big difference from air filled tires.

Now if I could only get past the inconvenience and cost to fill them with nitrogen. It's the K-cup syndrome. I love Kurig coffeeys but not worth the 60 to 75 cents per cup plus the expensive coffee maker.

I'll continue to use my own compressor and re-fill the tires with air and buy Chock Full O' Nuts coffee.
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Nitrogen filled tires are the second biggest lie told to the American people.
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X2. My tires are 79% nitrogen already.
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is there a different method to check the pressure? or can I use the same gauge I use for air?
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No special gauge for checking.

But, you should think about this,
The air we breathe is 78-79% nitrogen now, if you fill a tire with air the "smaller" air molecules will leak out, eventually even after topping off only the "air" will leak out and you should only have "free" nitrogen left inside the tire.

Nitrogen, one of the "biggest" scams going!
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is there a different method to check the pressure? or can I use the same gauge I use for air?
When you check it you are going to (Expell the Nitro)! What are you going to use to Refill? Yes it takes the same gauge! Youroo!!
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Man, I was hoping we'd KILLED this subject!
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