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What are the most important things you have to factor in to sell your RV quick? Clean up, engine maintenance, interior beautification? Yes, all of the above, and more. . To be confident enough to say 'buy my RV' to the potential customer, you need to zero in on your RV tire performance as well. What if those worn-out wheels give up when your potential buyer takes your RV on a test drive? You don’t want that. The good news is, you don’t have to go for costly replacement. Just follow a few simple maintenance tips and your tires will serve you (and your future buyer) for years to come. Here are a few suggestions to help you identify what is aging your tires and how to stop it with good old maintenance.
Don't Keep Tires Idle
Believe it or not, idle tires do age faster than the moving ones. You might feel that cleaning and tuning up your RV once a month or so is a good enough maintenance strategy. But, in reality it is not, unless you are semi-regularly getting those tires moving. Rolling the tires gets them to heat up and flex which is great for their weather proofing to work. Think of it as your regular walking or jogging routine that you need to do to keep all those muscles moving and in good shape. Moving the tires is a great idea to keep your RV tires from drying up and cracking.
Keep Them Away from UV Rays
Just like too much exposure to the UV rays is not good for your skin (wrinkles, ouch!), it is bad even for your RV tires. Why? Because it can age your tires faster. Modern tires do come with ozone-proofing features that keep them safe from hazardous natural elements, but you have to do your part too. Avoid parking your RV under direct sunlight, for long, especially in the noontime. Keeping the tires in the shade can help the UV proofing to work well.
Lack of Cleaning Can Age Tires
Not cleaning your tires will age them faster than usual. You can simply use mild soap and water to clean the tires. However, do not use alcohol or petroleum-based cleaners. These elements can eat your tires up and make them vulnerable to weather attacks. Too much of anything can stop being helpful, so do not over-wash your tires. Tire sidewalls have antioxidants and anti-ozone elements that keep the whole unit healthy. Too much cleaning can wash away these helpful elements and age your tires prematurely.
Lack of Air Pressure Can Damage Tires
If any of your tires with low air pressure run or sit in a garage, it won't be capable of sustaining the RV bodyweight properly. It would therefore show signs of aging and cracking in a short time span. So, keep it properly inflated at all times. You can check the owner’s manual to know the required inflation pressure for running the tires and for storing them.
Get Tire Protection
When you are storing your RV outside for too long, you need to put on some tire barriers for protection. The less contact it has with the ground (when sitting still) the better it is. When you are selecting the barrier, try to get products that are wider than the tires and properly cover the tread. You also need to consider the weight distribution while putting their barriers on. Try to keep the tires balanced and the weight evenly distributed to avoid any one of the tire tread being damaged (because of too much weight).
Empty the RV while Storing
There is no logic in storing you RV with heavy items inside. If your RV is sitting in the garage with too much weight, your tires will start to show signs of tear and damage. So, unload the rig and keep the least amount of weight inside, to make sure garage life doesn't age your tires too fast.
Get Professionals to Check the Tires
Health checkup is necessary for all of us, even for your tires. If you are using the same RV tires for five to seven years, then you should get professionals to check their health annually. Tire manufacturers suggest that you should replace the tires after 10 years or so. However, you can extend your tire's lifespan and use them for more than 10 years by reducing the RV load while driving, and by following a proper maintenance process. Even if you always have been very particular about tire maintenance, get an annual tire checkup after seven years of usage to be sure of its capability. After all, being sure doesn’t hurt.
Check the Tread Depth
Your tire treads maintain grip on the road. So, checking them from time to time would tell you about their current performance level. Plus, you can also check the tread depth to assess how worn off they are. The tread depth should always be more than 6/32″ to maintain a good grip on the road. If the depth turns out to be anything less than that, then you would be better off replacing the tire before putting your RV up for sale.
Start maintaining your RV tires and you would not need mastery in making sales pitches to get a big fat resale value for your RV. However, if you need to replace the tire anyway, check the DOT number on the tire sidewall (maybe placed inside or outside) before buying one. The last three to four digits of the number sequence will tell you the real age of the tire.
A well-maintained RV would always stand a better chance to draw buyers. When you tell anyone ‘Buy my RV’ also think of all the reasons why they would want to buy it from you, and highlight those in your advertisement. Also think of all the possible reasons why someone might not want to buy your RV, and improve upon them. Soon you will find that your RV is ready to fetch you a good resale value.