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How to Look After Your RV’s Tires

How to Look After Your RV’s Tires

Posted on: June 30, 2020 at 5:50 pm, in by Katie Hiatt

Properly maintained tires are essential to safe driving and the overall health of your RV. If you don’t look after your RV’s tires, then your vehicle will be less fuel-efficient, costly repairs and replacements become more likely, and you’re at a greater risk of being in a road accident.

We’ve got some basic tips to help you look after your motorhome’s tires…

Monitor tread depth

Your tires won’t last forever. After a while, they will start to wear down to a point where they are less safe on the road. How long they last will depend on how much you drive your RV as well as other factors like how you drive and the surfaces you drive on. The best way to know when your tires need replacing is to regularly check the tread depth.

It’s recommended to have your tires replaced if they reach a tread depth of less than 4/32”. A good way to test this is by using the penny test.

Regularly check tire pressure

Maintaining proper tire pressure is important for all vehicles. If your tires aren’t inflated properly, then your motorhome will be less fuel-efficient and it can cause damage to the tires over time. At the very least, you should always check your tire pressure before setting off on a trip. This should be done while the tires are cold. You should also check the pressure if you’re about to store your RV away for a while between trips.

It’s a good idea to install a tire pressure monitoring system that will alert you of low pressure and other problems with your tires.

Store your RV properly

Storing your RV in an unsuitable environment can be especially damaging to your tires. This, in turn, can then weaken the entire vehicle. When storing your RV, park it inside in a cool, dry environment if possible. You should unload your RV to reduce the amount of weight placed on the tires, and it’s also a good idea to store your RV on blocks to take some pressure off the tires. Storing your RV properly over winter is especially important as the cold weather and ice can weaken the tires.

Use tire shades

The sun’s UV rays can also be damaging to your tires, so it’s a good idea to fit them with tire shades if you park your RV outdoors. Tire shades are also useful on your trips when parking your vehicle while camping at a location. They are easy to fit and remove, compact to store and carry, and provide excellent protection to keep your tires in good condition.

Looking after your tires is an important part of looking after your RV, so follow the tips here and order some tire shades for your vehicle from Magne Shade. Contact us if you have any questions about taking good care of your motorhome.

Magne Shade @ Florida Rallies in February

Posted on: February 6, 2020 at 3:15 pm, in by Greg Kupka

Magne Shade will be attending multiple rallies in February in the state of Florday.  If you have been looking to see our product before purchasing please come see our shade professionals.

Our first stop is with the South East regional FMCA chapter at their:

Southeast Area Rally

  • February 5-8, 2020
  • Lakeland, FL

 

After that we will be attending the RVillage rally:

Spirit of the Road Rally

  • February 12-16, 2020
  • Live Oak, FL

 

We finish the month up at the Tiffin Allegro Club Rally at the Sarasota County Fairgrounds and Robarts Area:

Tiffin Rally

  • February 24-28, 2020
  • Sarasota, FL

So if you are in the sunshine state please come see us to see the product, place your order, or just to chat with our knowledgeable staff.

Product Review Update from Get Gone with US

Posted on: November 13, 2019 at 3:13 pm, in by Greg Kupka

Chuck and Cheryl from Get Gone with US have done a brief review of their Magne Shades.  You’ve seen them previously install their shades so now they are letting us know what they’ve thought of the shades in actual use over the past months.

They sent along a nice note as well.

“We have been living full time in our RV for 4 months now and we really love the Magne Shade. We are still getting a lot of questions from people who have seen our first video showing the installation. Now that we are full time, there are a lot of people in the campgrounds coming up to us and asking about them, because they saw how easy they were to install. … They are definitely a must have and that is what we said in the video about the Top 5 Must Haves for Full Time RV Living.”

They also talk about a few other pretty neat items that we think the company coach might need to get upgraded with.

Follow along on their adventures on their YouTube channel:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2BzH3yt-eVhaCBPMjGGqkQ

Installs for FMCA Rally in Tucson, AZ March 2020

Posted on: August 29, 2019 at 1:02 pm, in by Greg Kupka

TO PLACE YOURSELF ON OUR INSTALL LIST CALL THE OFFICE OR EMAIL info@magneshade.com

Installs in Tucson, AZ – FMCA 101st International Convention & RV Expo – March 26th – 29th

We are happy to announce that we will have an install team in Tucson, AZ for the FMCA 101st International Convention and RV Expo. Please note that the following guidelines must be followed in order to ensure a spot on our installation schedule.

ALL INSTALLS ARE WEATHER DEPENDENT AND SHOULD BE PRE-ARRANGED THROUGH OUR OFFICE BY Feb 28th. 

  • All orders for new shades MUST be placed by Feb. 14th to ensure they are completed in time for the Rally
  • Your order will be shipped to you prior to the rally – If you need us to call when your order is ready to get an updated shipping address from you at that time, we are happy to do so.  Please note we will not be bringing any orders to the show, that is not a physical possibility as we don’t have room in the motor-home for everyone’s order.  As such there there will be no exceptions to this.
  • Installation appointments will be limited and SHOULD be pre-arranged prior to the rally. If you are not on the installation list prior to the show, we cannot guarantee that we will have time to add you to our schedule during the show.
  • If you are on the list, you will be contacted once our team is at the rally so we can notate your location at the rally and create a tentative schedule.  Please understand the schedule is tentative since each install and coach is different and takes a different amount of time.
  • Installs will be weather dependent.  We cannot install in the rain, as it is unsafe and the product needs dry conditions for the initial install.
  • Installation charges (paid via cash, check, or credit card) will be charged at the time of install (as we cannot guarantee ANY installs). Pricing will be announced as the event approaches.
  • For people requesting installs at the event without prior contact with our office, additional fees may apply, and their install will be completed if time allows after all pre-arranged installs.

If you have not placed your order yet, please contact our office via phone or email so that we can send you the appropriate verification information for your coach.  Note that November and December are great times to place your order to ensure plenty of time for production and shipping out to you.  This is especially true for our full-timers.

New EZ-Fold Tire Shade review by Outside Our Bubble

Posted on: August 7, 2019 at 3:46 pm, in by Greg Kupka

David Bott with Outside Our Bubble recently did a review of our EZ-Fold Tire Shades.  He was kind enough to let us post it:

 

If you like his content please see his youtube page for more videos on a variety of motorhome subjects.

https://www.youtube.com/user/David350Z/featured

Magne Shade FMCA Minot Installs

Posted on: June 27, 2019 at 2:39 pm, in by Jennifer Leonard

TO SCHEDULE CALL THE OFFICE

Installs in Minot, ND – FMCA 100th International Convention & RV Expo – August 14th – 17th

We are happy to announce that we will have an install team in Minot, ND for the FMCA 100th International Convention and RV Expo. Please note that the following guidelines must be followed in order to ensure a spot on our installation schedule.

ALL INSTALLS ARE WEATHER DEPENDENT AND SHOULD BE PRE-ARRANGED THROUGH OUR OFFICE BY AUGUST 9th. 

  • All orders for new shades MUST be placed by July 19th to ensure they are completed in time for the Rally
  • Your order will be shipped to you prior to the rally – If you need us to call when your order is ready to get an updated shipping address from you at that time, we are happy to do so.
  • Installation appointments will be limited and SHOULD be pre-arranged prior to the rally. If you are not on the installation list prior to the show, we will not have time to add you to our schedule during the show.
  • If you are on the list, you will be contacted once we are at the rally so we can notate your location at the rally and create a tentative schedule.
  • Installs will be weather dependent.
  • Installation charges (paid via cash, check, or credit card) will be charged at the time of install (as we cannot guarantee ANY installs). Pricing will be as follows:
  • Windshield only: $150
  • Windshield and Side windows: $200
  • For people requesting installs at the event without prior contact with our office, additional fees may apply, and their install will be completed after all pre-arranged installs.

If you have not placed your order yet, please contact our office ASAP via phone or email so that we can send you the appropriate verification information for your coach.

Nano Shade and Tire Shade review by Milesandsmiles

Posted on: May 13, 2019 at 1:52 pm, in by Greg Kupka

Jeff over at www.milesandsmiles.us recently reviewed the Nano and Tire shades.  They were kind enough to let us post their video (the Nano and Tire Shade content starts at 10:57) and review.

You can find their full article on their ten favorite things for the RV here: https://milesandsmiles.us/our-ten-favorite-things-for-the-rv

Tire Shades and Nano Shades

We found out about these great products at an RV rally and ordered the Nano Shade on the spot. Magne Shade makes a variety of shades to cover your windshield, windows, and tires when parked. These are intended for the outside of your RV. The indoor Nano Shade mounted on the driver’s side window keeps the sun out of the driver’s eyes at certain times of day. Even though these are kind of see-through, we trimmed the lower part of the shade for safety so that it doesn’t hinder his view of the rearview mirrors. Easy to put on, easy to pull off, it does the job. We love the ease with which our tire shades go on and off (so much easier than the traditional covers), and we no longer delay putting them on to protect the sidewalls of our tires from the damaging UV rays of the sun when setting up camp. RV tires are expensive, and they tend to dry out before they wear out. Having a blowout in a 11-ton motorhome can be downright deadly. These covers help extend the life of our tires and attract the curiosity and compliments of other campers. Made by Hunckler Fabrication LLC, they can only be purchased direct from the manufacturer.

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Magne Shade review by Love to Wander RV for their 5th wheel

Posted on: April 24, 2019 at 4:59 pm, in by Greg Kupka

Dale and Ginny, the individuals who run the Love to Wander RV blog, were kind enough to let us share with you a post they made last year on their website, lovetowanderrv.com.

You can view their posting below or by going to their site: https://lovetowanderrv.com/magne-shade/

Too Much Sun and Heat

Our 2017 Open Range Roamer 347RES did not come or option out with “blackout shades”. We have the standard according draw-up shade on our windows. It did not take us long while camping in the summer heat to find out that our shades were inadequate. The rig would heat up in the midday sun, up went the silver bubble mat insulation, down came the shades there goes our view.

I was searching around the web for a solution. I came across blackout shades, pulled down shades to allow light but block sun UV rays all fairly expensive and most would call for complete removal of our current curtains and shades. I follow Techno RV, and read a post regarding their recent installation of a product called Magne Shade.

Magna Shade Logo

Magne Shade

The patented Magne Shade™ system uses small but very powerful Rare Earth magnets that are mounted on the outside of the window with a hi temperature 3M peel and stick tape. Our shades are designed to fit your coach glass tight, we incorporate a simple and effective fabric adjustment system in our design so your shades won’t stretch out of shape and sag over time, as a snap-type system can. Magne Shade™ is simply the best custom RV shading system in the market place.

I’m Sold

Magne Shade features Class A windshield and side window installations on their site. It certainly looked to me that these would work just as well on Fifth Wheel Campers windows as well. I reached out to the company and they walked me through the measuring process and helped identify the corner radius of our windows for proper fit. We have cantilever windows throughout the rig. My rep, Greg gave me specific instructions regarding the measurements for proper fit and trim. I took my measurements, placed my order and four weeks later they arrived at my door.

The Installation

I will be sharing an installation video from their web site below. Although the owner of the company single-handedly installed the Windshield shade on a Class A, I would suggest you get a partner to help you out. The one hold back to the process is if you do not have your rig indoors you will need to wait for a 72 hour period of warm and dry weather to install the magnets.

Installing the magnets for two large and one small shade was done in short order. After the recommended 72-hour curing process for the adhesive, it was a snap to place the shades up. I did purchase the install bar to give me a bit more reach, and it worked like a charm from ground level.

The Results

Our first real test of the shades came in August of 2018. We were camping in Western NY with the rig facing south. The entire side with the large dining room window was facing west. The afternoon sun was beating down on Natasha. The shades worked perfect, cut the sundown, keeping the interior cooler and we could see out the windows fine. I would highly recommend this product.

Shades Rolled UpThe manufacturer recommends rolling the shades up when you store them. By the way, you will not be traveling with these positioned on the rig. The magnets are strong but rolling down the road at highway speeds will surely blow these off. I store mine away under the rig rolled up on pool noodles. It has worked fine and the shades keep their shape.

In the end, these have been a great solution for our needs. They are less expensive than new interior blackout customs or sun shades. Here is a link to the web site for more information: Magne Shade

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As Dale and Ginny mention in their posting, though we don’t offer them through our online store because there are so many different windows on so many different models we do offer our Magne Shade system for both 5th wheel and travel trailers.  If you call our office we can get you diagrams for exactly what dimensions we need to build your shades based on your window types.  When you call if you also have some rough dimensions for the windows you are looking to cover we would be happy to get you pricing.  We are typically in shop Monday-Friday 8 AM – 5 PM (EST) and are happy to talk to you about any questions you may have.  And as always if you email us and don’t see a response in a timely manner please check or spam/junk folder as the attachments we include to help you with your order can confuse some email filters.

New Nano Shade video on YouTube

Posted on: February 26, 2019 at 2:57 pm, in by Greg Kupka

Roger has just finished a quick informational video about our new Nano Shades.  You can find it here:

Hear Roger on the AutoTalk radio show tonight @ 7 PM EST! – Now with Archived MP3 of the broadcast

Posted on: February 12, 2019 at 3:08 pm, in by Greg Kupka

Roger will be interviewed this evening by radio host Joe Rossman at 7pm eastern. Joe was so impressed with his Magne Shade he asked for an interview.  Tune in at 7:00

If you aren’t in their radio listening area you can hear it on the stations website: http://wintradio.com/

You may know Joe Rossman as “The Motor Doctor”. He’s been a popular Cleveland radio host for more than 20 years. He is the host of the AutoTalk radio show heard on WINT 1330 AM, 101.5 FM Tuesday evenings, 7:00 – 8:00 PM.

 

You can listen to the show on the stations website or listen here!

Upcoming Events

  • 12-17 January

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    Florida State Fairgrounds
    Tampa, FL

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