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Old 03-05-2019, 04:30 PM   #1
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Flat spots on Rv tires.

I do not want to start a debate on what do do to keep from getting flat spots. Or if you should jack up your Rv or move it every few months. I thought it would be interesting to find out if anyone has ever heard of or got a flat spot that did not go away (what symptoms did it display?) or was proven to cause a blowout. Please letís not argue.
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Old 03-05-2019, 04:52 PM   #2
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Been parking our TT's in our driveway since 2007 on concrete, no blocks, they sit from November to May and I've not had any issues with tires.
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Been parking our TT's in our driveway since 2007 on concrete, no blocks, they sit from November to May and I've not had any issues with tires.
Have never had a flat spot on any tire from sitting in one place too long, from months to over a year.
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Have never had a flat spot on any tire from sitting in one place too long, from months to over a year.
X2. No longer a problem with modern tires. Even on our farm trailers that sit for 9 months a year. Any 'flat spot' goes away within a few minutes of running down the road.
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Old 03-05-2019, 05:23 PM   #5
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My TT sits on PSP from the end of August until mid April at sustained below freezing temps. Any flat spots go away within 3-5 minutes of towing when we take it out of winter hibernation.

Are you running bias-ply tires?


If you are running radials and the flat spots remain, it may be that new tires are in order. If the belts don't flex back that could be a serious issue.
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I would just make sure they are properly inflated and not worry about it.
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Old 03-05-2019, 06:14 PM   #7
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I hear you guys. I have new G rated tires. I just canít get over these tire and RV articles all day long telling people to put their RV up off the ground and to move it every couple of months and I just wanted to see what peoples experience was. Iíve never moved or jacked up my RV either and never had a problem. Trailer life came out with an article about that guys invention to put your trailer up in the air and Iím sure there was money changing hands to help him sell those. Some poor person trying to do the right thing that they read will either ruin thier RV or hurt himself trying to get it up off the ground to save the tires. Thereís so many more things that are more important to be concerned about.
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I do think tires can get a flat spot after parking for a while. My car gets them after sitting for less than a week. So you take off with a thump-thump-thump, but it disappears within a mile. Never heard of it causing an issue though. If the tire had sat for an extended period, say a year or two, I can see how that flat spot might become more permanent. But if my tires sat that long, I probably be looking to replace them ASAP.
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With our short Canadian camping season unfortunately our motorhome sits for long periods. We put thin plywood squares on the gravel under the tires and have never had a problem.
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This is only my two cents which may not even be worth that. I have felt flat spots that disappear after just a mile or two. Nothing to be concerned about. I do think it is good to move a vehicle every month or two to avoid having tire problems. Especially on some of the lower quality tires that are out there. Another thing that concerns me more than having a tire sit for a long time is when I see trailers parked with the axles in a bind. The sidewalls are flexed in opposite directions with a large amount of stress put on the tires. I always try to pull up and back up again with the tires straight.
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My TT sits on PSP from the end of August until mid April at sustained below freezing temps. Any flat spots go away within 3-5 minutes of towing when we take it out of winter hibernation.

Are you running bias-ply tires?


If you are running radials and the flat spots remain, it may be that new tires are in order. If the belts don't flex back that could be a serious issue.
New here what is PSP?
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New here what is PSP?
Pumpkin Spice Peanut butter ?? That's a new one to me to.
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Pumpkin Spice Peanut butter ?? That's a new one to me to.

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Pumpkin Spice Peanut butter ?? That's a new one to me to.
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Might prolong tread life! I think it would smell nice for the first 10 miles or so, too!
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I just picked up a barge wagon from a neighbor last sunday, this wagon had been sitting for about 6 years the tires still had some air in them but filled a couple and started home. i had about five miles on gravel, well i could not go over about 12 miles per hour because the flat spots made the wagon shake and bounce so bad, i was hopping they would come out but they nave did
granted these tires are probably over 15 years +old
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Modern radial tires do not get flat spots like old bias-ply tires.
Any deformities that occur are gone within a few revolutions.
You can't compare old, under inflated tires, sitting for years, with today's travel trailer tires.

The only flat spots to worry about are those that come from a panic stop where the wheels/tires slide and grind away some of the tread.
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New here what is PSP?
PSP is Pierced/Perforated Steel Planking also known as Marston Matting. It was developed by the Department of War during WWII. It was used to construct runways, roadways as well as helipads on soft terrain. Was used extensively in VN. Planks are 10 feet long and interlock. A real bitch to lay down, but fantastic for creating a firm non-sinking platform. There is literally tons of this stuff left over as surplus, and dirt cheap.
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