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What Are the Different Types of RV Tires?

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  • Written By: Emily Espinoza
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  • Last Modified Date: 17 March 2014
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The types of recreational vehicle (RV) tires available differ mainly in how they are meant to be used. Tires vary in their durability, traction, and amount of weight they can hold. Some are meant for specific activities, such as off roading, and others are meant for general use. There are several brands and various prices for each type of RV tire.

One of the main differences between types of RV tires is in how they are meant to be used. Some tires are meant for regional use, while others are meant to withstand the increased mileage of long hauls. Tires made specifically for motor homes need to be quite durable and provide the traction of regular vehicle tires. Those meant for use with a fifth-wheel are able to support a great amount of weight. Tires that are best for a tow-able or pop-up trailer have less weight bearing capacity but have the durability to withstand many miles of travel.

Several types of RV tires are available to accommodate different kinds of terrain and different seasons. Quite a few all terrain and all season options are available. These tires are intended for basic recreational use and are appropriate for most consumers. Off road tires have more grip and are best suited to consumers who will be doing a lot of off road driving in their recreational vehicle. Consumers who use their RV tires in very cold climates might need winter tires, specifically designed to withstand the colder temperatures.

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There are several manufacturers of RV tires, and each one has its own specific models. Each brand may have different versions of the same basic type of tire at varying prices. Tires that are of the same type but offered at different prices may differ in the amount or durability of their tread. Other factors may include the amount of shock absorption, which can affect the smoothness and quietness of the ride. Some brands also offer treads that are specifically designed to promote even wear or the stability of a trailer while being towed.

One of the most important features of RV tires is how much weight they are capable of holding. The manufacturer of the vehicle will most likely indicate the type of RV tire needed. All other options aside, the safety of the vehicle depends on getting the right tire for the weight of the load.

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