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Old 05-26-2012, 01:38 PM   #1
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Tire Pressure

DW and I are on our first trip of the year. I checked my 5ers tire pressure and found all four tires at 52 PSI. The recommended pressure is 80 PSI. I filled it too 74 PSI (recommended by my RV dealership) and away we went. My point is that all too often we give our tires a sideways glance and drive away. Check your tires before you leave on a trip. It can sure save a lot of grief.
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I would strongly suggest a TPMS installation and inflating your tires according to the weight they are carring.

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Michelin has a good web site which gives tire pressure recommendations for each tire according to load. I dialed my pressures back from the Ford data plate suggestions & my ride improved a lot.
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A trailer axle & its tires are almost always running at full rated load, so with trailer tires you can usually inflate them to the max pressure shown on the tire sidewall and know you are doing the right thing. The exception would be if you have upgraded the tires to a heavier load range or larger size.
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I would strongly suggest a TPMS installation and inflating your tires according to the weight they are carring.

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X2 on the TPMS. Last year, I added some air to the tires on a light boat trailer and took off. 20 miles later, one tire was shredded.
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A trailer axle & its tires are almost always running at full rated load, so with trailer tires you can usually inflate them to the max pressure shown on the tire sidewall and know you are doing the right thing. The exception would be if you have upgraded the tires to a heavier load range or larger size.
Good advice, that's what I did on my 5th wheel.
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Keep in mind virtually all ST tires say to inflate to sidewall maximum. Carlisle Tire goes so far as to state in their warranty, their tires must be inflated to sidewall maximum or the warranty is void.
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