Originally Posted by DianaWayneScott
When getting ready for this weekend's camping trip, we noticed the tires on our Rockwood 2516G (which we've had about 3 months and have used only three times this season) were low. Is this common for tires to deflate so quickly on popups? We are suspecting that the tires were low when we picked it up from the dealer and just didn't notice (we assumed the dealer would have inflated them properly - dumb assumption)... The sidewalls say 65 psi max, but from what I've read there are all sorts of various theories on what the proper inflation pressure should actually be for towing. When we checked our tires cold, they were only at around 30 so we inflated to around 52 psi. Should we make sure to inflate to the max?
1. Read your RV Certification label. Sounds like dealer didn't bother to point out this safety information when making the sale and collecting your money
2. You will probably see that Rockwood suggested you inflate tires to 65
3. Yes tires do loose air with time but only about 1 to 3% a month so it appears the dealer neglected to check the tires when they did the prep they probably charged you for.
4. If the dealer sent the RV out with less than 53psi the tires were technically "flat" for warranty purposes and internal structural damage may have been done on the drive home. Yes Industry standards say operating on 20% low tires is considered "flat".
5. Confirm there are no leaks around the metal bolt in valves with a quick spray of soapy water
5. Contact the dealer and ask what he is going to do about ensuring the tires were not damaged by operating on low pressure. Now he will most likely tell you they are OK. If he does that ask that he send you a letter or email stating such. Bet he will not do that.
Suggest you read the thread "Why Tires Fail
" and you might consider reading some of my posts on my RV tire blog on proper inflation of RV tires.
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