As a new Jayco Hawk owner it is a pretty daunting task knowing the ins and outs of buying a camper trailer from the start, let alone having to learn how to set it up and all the rest of the little things that go along with it, this bought me to subject of the right tyre pressure for the Jayco Hawk and also for our Mazda CX9 we tow it with.
Now every journey begins with the start point.
We have the camper trailer, we got the insurance, we have had the tow ball fitted, also the electrics installed with the electronic braking too, we decided where we were going for our first camping trip and booked it, I have learnt how to put the camper trailer up and made notes (although haven’t actually done it at the point of looking for tyre pressures), and lastly other than hooking it up to the car and driving it, I needed to find out what the best tyre pressure is for the Hawk and also the Mazda CX9.
With anything like this and also being generally time poor, I start my research on Google at 11pm the night before we leave.
There are so many different views to read online about different settings for the camper trailer and the car / 4WD towing it too.
Whether you measure the pressure hot or cold, how far you are travelling, is it on road or off road, the list goes on.
Mazda CX9 Tyre Pressure
I’ll start with the Mazda CX9 we have, not the best in class, but still adequate enough to tow the Hawk and be safe.
The tyre pressure for the Mazda CX9 on the placard inside the driver’s door says 33 psi for each tyre.
I think 33 is pretty low and also it depends on the type of driving you are doing etc. too.
I couldn’t find any tyre pressure settings for Mazda on the Mazda website at all.
There was plenty of other information, but when typing in “Tyre Pressure” into the site search box it kept on coming back with no information.
Looking around at the forum information about tyre pressures, and there is plenty of it, I settled with 38 psi on the front and 40 psi for the back tyres which was quite a bit higher than what they were set at.
Jayco Hawk Camper Trailer Tyre Pressure
Now the Jayco Hawk camper trailer tyre pressure was next, again, when I type in “Tyre Pressure” or “ Tyre Pressure for Hawk” into the search on the website there was no information available.
It must be a liability issue with cars and camper trailer / caravans to not list the optimal tyre pressures due to so many varied views and also circumstances?
So again I resorted to reading information in the forums about tyre pressure for the Hawk.
We aren’t going full off road by any means on our first camping trip away, and for that matter our car probably isn’t the right type to be attempting off road camping at all.
The ideal tyre pressure I settled on was 40 psi for the Jayco Hawk.
These tyre pressures sat in the middle of what everyone was saying online and also gives me a start point to check wear as well as how the driving is and feels.
Now I’m not an expert to say the least, but one thing I did learn is that I’ll have to keep an eye on wear and tear on the camper trailer tyres no matter what the pressure I have them at.
We are planning to take a trip away at least once a month once we get into the groove and also going to any different areas, so I will have to keep learning about the subject and trying a few different things too.
* Update on Tyre Pressure for Camper Trailer
I used the above tyre pressure settings for the car and camper trailer and they felt good.
The handling and the feeling on the road were good.
I could feel a big difference from leaving home with both of them set low, and then getting to the petrol station, pumping them up and the drive out.
So time will tell, I’ll let you know how it goes with the next trips….