Owning any sort of home requires a lot of maintenance and upkeep. However, owning a mobile home comes with its own set of responsibilities and requirements. You may not initially think to give these responsibilities much consideration, but performing the upkeep on your mobile home is just as vital as tending to your house. Instead of a fixed foundation, a mobile home rests on wheels, and like anything else with wheels, the tires must be regularly checked and properly maintained. Here are a few simple tips to help you understand what you should do in order to keep your mobile home’s tires in tip-top condition.
Although your mobile home might be your primary residence, when it comes to maintaining the wheels, you have to think of it as a car. According to KA RV Repair, because your vehicle is a significant investment, you want to keep it in working order. Therefore, you must make sure that your tires not only remain inflated but that they are properly rotated periodically. If you’re planning on moving your mobile home to a new location that’s farther away, be sure to check that everything is working properly before you embark on a long road trip. You don’t want to run into any big problems on the road that could cost you both time and money.
If you have no intention of moving your mobile home at any time soon, it may be a good idea to simply remove the tires altogether and allow your vehicle to rest on blocks. That is because allowing the tires to remain in place will require lots of maintenance in order to keep them from deflating. Depending on the type of soil you are on, your tires could even begin sinking into the ground. Because of this, blocks are a great way to protect your tires from unstable ground.
Eventually, of course, mobile home tires will need to be replaced. This is true even if you do all the proper maintenance and routine checks. While some brands may outlast others, the life span of your tires can be greatly affected by external conditions, drastic changes in temperature, for example. If you move to a very hot climate, your tire pressure will be higher, and the reverse is true for a much colder climate. Therefore, whenever there is a drastic change in the temperature, you should check your tire pressure and adjust it accordingly. According to Schnipper Law, even if the tread seems fine, the average maximum amount of time a tire should be driven on is about 10 years. In hotter climates such as Texas, tires can have a lifespan of only about five years because the summer heat can shorten their longevity dramatically.
Properly maintaining the tires on your mobile home is essential if you want to keep them in optimal condition. Remember that even if you are checking the pressure and rotating your tires regularly, drastic dips or spikes in temperature will greatly affect them. Keep this fact in mind if you move to a new climate.