AKRON (June 14, 2002) — Goodyear has launched a Web site aimed at answering tire-related questions of recreational vehicle owners.
The site, www.goodyear.com/rv, addresses concerns and issues unique to the selection, purchase and maintenance of motor home and other RV tires.
“Tires are a complex and technical component on recreation vehicles,” said Dave Beasley, director of marketing for Goodyear's Commercial Systems group. “We want to share our expertise to help make life a little easier and safer for RV owners.”
The site allows visitors to search for tire information by vehicle type or tire name. Features and benefits of each tire are provided, which Goodyear says makes it easier for RV owners to determine the best tire, based on the size and application of their RV.
Also on the site is information about tire maintenance, including factors affecting tire wear, tips on maintaining and storing RV tires, and advice on determining proper inflation pressure for various load conditions.
“The size and special features of many motor coaches and motor homes distinguish them from other vehicles and make tire inflation and loading a much more challenging concern,” Mr. Beasley said. “Operators must address the uneven weight distribution that results from slideouts, auxiliary fuel tanks, hot tubs, nonstandard storage compartments, as well as other options and customizations.”
The site encourages owners to have their RVs professionally weighed while fully loaded, and provides loading and inflation charts to help consumers properly inflate tires to manage uneven weight distribution. Goodyear advises against the common practice of lowering RV tire pressure in search of a smoother ride.
Goodyear also announced that throughout the RV show and rally season its representatives will attend local and regional events as exhibitors and workshop presenters.
“Meeting RV enthusiasts is the best way to understand their concerns and to address their needs and requirements,” Mr. Beasley said.