What's Hot? What

Discussion in 'Tow Vehicles, Hitch & Towing' started by JayGoCamper, Jul 6, 2019.

  1. JayGoCamper

    JayGoCamper Member

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    From reading here, I have learned that it is wise to use an IR thermometer to check the temperature of the tires and wheel hubs during stops along the way. I can do that, but what is the "alert" temperature? And what should I do if I reach it?
     
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    The answer is complex. Ambient temperature, road temperature, rim temperature all play a part in tire temperature.
    A rule of thumb might be around 125°F. If they are too hot to touch check air pressure and slow down. Check the hub temperature while you are at it.
     
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    nineoaks2004 Every meal is a picnic and every Day is a holiday

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    I check mine before leaving, then on the road
    I compare the wheel temps.On all wheels If there is a large discrepancy then I have a good idea
    which one /s could be a problem
     
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    Same as above. I touch all the hubs everytime I stop. If they are warm, all is good. Hot, then I need to look further into the cause.
     
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    Sjm9911 Well-Known Member

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    I do the same by touch. Mine dont run hot, but they are warm. Not very scientific, but so far so good. Every stop i check them and look over the pup. Additionally when i leave a rest area, i do a walk around in case someone undoes one of my roof buckles. It adds time to the drive , but less if i can prevent a worse problem.
     
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    Good to get out and stretch your legs. At our halfway stop, I'll circle the PUP and TV a few times to get the blood moving.
     
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    Same. Touch hubs and tires at EVERY stop. If they are beyond warm, you have a problem.
     
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    Thanks, all. It's good to know that warm is okay. I will definitely touch the hubs, and do the walk around to check latches, lights and safety chains. I had my tow bar put on today, so tomorrow I get to do driveway practice, pulling forward and backing up. I'm so freakin' excited!
     
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