We have heard a lot of talk about the use of compressed air versus nitrogen in tires for vehicles. But we want to know if this can translate to RV tires and in fact, yes it can. But before you run out and fill your tires up with nitrogen here are the differences between the two so you can make an informed decision.
Let’s get started with what’s the majority of us RVers have our tires filled with, compressed air. The main difference between compressed air and nitrogen is that compressed air contains moisture, which is not a good thing, but isn’t horrible either. They say that the moisture can cause damage to the wheel and deteriorate the tires over time by oxidation. However, the process to do damage would take a long time. Maybe long enough though that you might even need to replace your tires for wear before interior deterioration would happen. But an argument that nitrogen users would like to make is that the damaging effects are still happening and could be a cause for tire failure.
It has been argued that nitrogen filled tires maintain tire pressure more than compress air. Tire pressure loss is a process called permeation. This happens more often when the tire is filled with smaller molecules which happens to be compressed air. Nitrogen has much larger molecules. Regardless of what you fill your tires with, I highly recommend that you check your tire pressure before each time you hit the road in your RV Texas! Depending on how often you truly like to check to your tires will help determine what you want to fill your tires with.
When you are out on the open road driving along in your RV, it is said that nitrogen-filled tires run cooler, make your ride smoother and may increase the life of your tires 30% or more in comparison to tires inflated with compressed air. The tires on airplanes are filled with nitrogen as well as NASCAR get a smoother ride too.
Filling tires with compressed air is fusually ree, easy and convenient as most every gas station offers this type of fill-up. On the nitrogen side, it will cost you and it is not as readily available. Should you need to fill up your tire in a pich, compressed air wins hands down.
It is also noted that some believe that nitrogen can also help raise your fuel economy. This may be due to the fact you just may be checking tires pressure more often, or that less air is escaping the tire and wheel.
Do a lot of research to find out if nitrogen or compress air is right for you. But bottom line, to avoid tire failure check the pressure on your tires frequently as underinflated tires are one of the leading causes of accidents.
If you are a RVer that uses nitrogen in your tires, we would love to hear why or why don’t you love it! Post your comment below and for a chat just stop by any ExplorUSA RV Supercenter today!