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Correct Method For Adjusting Tire Pressure On Long Road Trips

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I just finished a 1100 mile trip towing my 35’ 5th wheel RV. My trip started in Palm Desert Ca. Departure tire pressure was 80 psi max tire rating cold the temp was 100 degrees. I traveled to Bodega Bay where the temp was 65 max during the day. When I returned home 1 week later temp was 55, I checked the tire pressure beforehand and it was 70 psi all 4 tires. I brought tires up to 80 psi and departed, arriving back in Palm Desert that afternoon where temp was 110. TPMS showed tire pressures 95 to 98, and tire temp 117 to 122. When I put my rig up the following morning after sitting for 12 hrs. Tire pressure was 95 air temp 94. I raise the tires off the ground on trailer legs after which I reduced the tire pressure to 75 prior to installing my tire covers. Should I have done anything different to protect my tires.

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TPMS systems, such as TST TPMS for RVs - Color Display - Signal Booster - 4 Tire Sensors # TST-507-RV-4-C, are usually very accurate in determining the tire pressure in your 5th wheel trailer. The correct way to set tire pressure is when the tires are cold before towing. It is normal for road heat to increase tire pressure and that is usually not a cause for concern so you wouldn't need to adjust after driving. However, if you are going from cold climates to extremely hot climates like you mentioned, then you will want to stop and allow the tires to cool down and adjust the pressures accordingly since the higher ambient temperatures will cause higher pressures.

It sounds like you did the right thing by frequently checking your tires. Just make sure you check and adjust them when driving on long trips through various climates as mentioned above.

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