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Monday, January 26, 2015

AIR DEFLATION MAY WORK FOR FOOTBALLS BUT IT SURE DOESN’T WORK FOR TIRES

Saw this Press Release and thought it was timely. It is printed with permission.
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RTA NEWS YOU CAN USE
January 23, 2015

AIR DEFLATION MAY WORK FOR FOOTBALLS
BUT IT SURE DOESN’T WORK FOR TIRES

By
Harvey Brodsky
Managing Director

Retread Tire Association

If you are a football fan in North America you are probably aware of the scandale du jure going on in professional football caused by the alleged under-inflation of footballs used by the New England Patriots in their Sunday victory over the Indianapolis Colts.
I won’t go into my personal feelings regarding this scandal except to state that it saddens me and in my opinion it tarnishes the word sportsmanship, and sets a horrible example for young people regarding what is right versus what is wrong.
As an aside, I wear a T-Shirt with the saying, THERE IS NEVER A RIGHT TIME TO DO THE WRONG THING, AND THERE IS NEVER A WRONG TIME TO DO THE RIGHT THING. Words to live by.
Now back to why deflation doesn’t work for tires. If you have ever spoken to a real estate agent regarding the best place to open a tire store or any other business, you will usually hear the three words, “Location, Location, Location,” as being the most important.
There are also three VERY IMPORTANT words when it comes to tires that should be etched into the minds of every trucker, whether he or she has one truck or ten thousand trucks, and if you haven’t already guessed, the three most important words are “Inflation, Inflation, Inflation.”
By inflation we mean Proper Inflation for the load being carried!
More tires are ruined and money lost by improper tire inflation than any other cause, yet far too many truckers will still resort to pounding the sidewall of their tires with a stick to determine if their tires are properly inflated instead of checking their tires with a calibrated tire gauge.
If they really believe they can tell if their tires are properly inflated by pounding them with a stick, they should then pound the hood of their truck to see if the engine needs oil.
Crazy? You bet!
 There is an old saying that I love, because it is absolutely true! It’s simple but it isn’t easy. I’m the first to admit that it is not easy to use a good tire gauge to check the air pressure on your tires, especially in a stormy day when the temperature is below freezing, But we should ask ourselves is it better to ignore checking our tires on a regular basis or is it better to have a tire problem thanks to a severely underinflated tire on a rainy or snowy night in the middle of nowhere with no help in sight?
Enough!
You know the rest and now it’s up to you to do it. Please remember that THERE IS NEVER A RIGHT TIME TO DO THE WRONG THING AND THERE IS NEVER A WRONG TIME TO DO THE RIGHT THING, especially when it comes to tires!


THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
“The secret of happiness
is to count your blessings
while others are adding
up their troubles.”

~ William Penn



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Friday, January 16, 2015

Basic tire inflation procedure - Motorhomes

Thought a short post covering the important points of setting and ensuring you have the necessary inflation on your motorhome tires was in order.
 NOTE Trailers have slightly different needs for establishing the "set" pressure than motorhomes but the rest of this post would apply to towables too.

1. Ensure your gauge is sufficiently accurate. To me this means +/- 3 psi of the real pressure. This level of accuracy is easy to confirm yourself if you follow these steps:
      A. Get and keep a "Master" gauge. This is not used for checking the air in your tires but is used to confirm that your daily use gauge is sufficiently accurate and to allow you to adjust the reading of your daily gauge accordingly. I have provided an example of what a low cost "Master" gauge could be in THIS post. The master gauge should NOT be kept in your tool box but in a box or case inside the RV where it is protected from damage.
     B. At least once a month, measure the air in one of your tire with the Master gauge and immediately get a reading with your daily gauge. You now know how much to adjust your reading when setting your tire pressures. If your daily gauge reads 3 psi lower than the Master then you need to set your tires 3 psi high when using your daily gauge.

2. Learn the actual load on each position of your RV. This has been covered in a number of earlier posts that have the label "Load". Please review those posts if you do not know how to learn your "corner" loading. The minimum inflation for all tires on any one axle is based on the inflation needed for the heaviest loaded end of the axle. ALL tires on an axle should have the same cold inflation.

3. Establish your "Set" or "Goal" pressure pressure that you should have each morning of a travel day. I suggest this be 10% above the minimum needed to carry the load on your tires you learned in step 2. above

4. Set your TPMS to provide warning if you have lost air to the point of being 10% below the Set Pressure. This should provide adequate warning to allow you to safely get off the road or at least out of traffic. If you don't already have a TPMS then get one. If you don't think you need a TPMS then I would challenge you to try this experiment. Get some black tape and cover all your dash gauges and see how comfortable you are traveling down the highway without having any of the factory provided warning instruments you have become accustomed to.

I feel these steps are the minimum every motorhome owner should take



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