Learn How to Change Your RV’s Tires
Knowing how to change your own tires is an essential life skill. It means you’re less likely to get stuck at the side of the road waiting for assistance. You can solve your own vehicle problems in the event of a flat tire. This goes for your RV, too. You should know how to change your RV tires before you go out on your first trip, and make sure you always carry a spare with you.
Let’s look at some tips to help you learn how to change your RV’s tires if you’re new to RV maintenance.
Everything you need for changing an RV tire
Changing a tire on your RV is basically the same as changing a tire on a regular vehicle, it just might be a little more difficult due to the larger size of the vehicle and its tires. So, if you already know how to change a vehicle’s tires, learning how to change your RV’s tires shouldn’t be too much of a challenge.
It’s important that you pack all the tools you need before setting off on a road trip, just in case you get a flat on your journey. These include:
- An RV spare tire
- RV jacks (at least two)
- An RV leveler
- A lug wrench or a tire wrench
Note that some of the tools you’ll need are different from the ones you usually use on your car. RV jacks and levelers have a greater load capacity to be able to lift and support the weight of the vehicle.
How to change your RV’s tires
Make sure you’re parked in a safe place before attempting to change your RV’s tires. If you’re changing a tire in the driveway before setting off or while you’re parked at the campsite, then this shouldn’t be a problem. But if you get a flat tire while driving, then pull up safely to the side of the road to ensure you are out of the way of other vehicles.
Next, the process is pretty much as straightforward as changing a tire on your car. Use either the RV jacks or an RV leveler to raise the motorhome off the ground. Make sure it is lifted enough for the RV’s tires to spin freely. Next, remove the lug nuts from the affected tire using the tire wrench, remove the flat tire, and replace it with the spare tire. Then, just fit and tighten the lug nuts to secure the spare tire, then lower the vehicle back to the ground.← back to news