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How to Prevent Dry Rot in Tires Recreational vehicles owners overlook the tires for the most part of their maintenance concerns. The very fact alone that we know what tires are made of should make us realize that they will degrade in time. The rubber loses its flexibility and becomes brittle when the chemicals and oils in the rubber start to evaporate. If you have a dry tire then this means that the chemical bonds have broken down. When this happens the rubber in the tire fades from black to dull gray and small hairline cracks on the surface of the tire’s sidewalls and tread begin to show. When the vehicle is driven long distance, the heat will cause the rubber to expand and the tires will break apart while driving. You can ruin your well planned vacation with this. This is why the tire industry has set the standard for tire replacement at a maximum of ten years. There are some tire companies that suggest that it is best to change your tires every six years because rubber degradation can cause a serious accident and compromise your personal safety. Dry rot is because by lack of use, low inflation in tires, and storage near excessive heat. Tires of motor homes, classic and vintage cars, trucks and jeeps are the most to experience dry rot because of infrequent use. A recent survey has estimated that classic and vintage car owners rarely drive their prized possessions more than once a month. Trailer tires like those in camper travel trailers, fifth wheel trailers, boat trailers or eve horse trailers are very likely to experience dry rot. In addition to your daily transportation vehicle, there are thousands of tire bearing recreational vehicles that also have dry rot issues that seem to occur more frequently than on the more often used daily vehicles. Some trailer owners already experience dry rot after only two years of ownership and it has caused alarm to these owners.
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It is not only inactivity that can cause dry rot but it can also be caused by low tire pressure and exposure to excessive heat. You risk your safety with tires that are not properly inflated because they wear out easily. These problems can be avoided by examining the tire pressure regularly using an inexpensive tire gauge and using your vehicle often.
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Check you tire exterior and it can tell you much about your tire. Another factor that can cause dry rot or tire sidewall cracking is its exposure to the sun. If your vehicle is stored on a black asphalt or any petroleum based products or other heat absorbing surface that naturally attracts UV rays, then your tires will deteriorate quickly. If your tires are exposed too much to the sun then it can speed up the effects of dry rot upon it.