The Continental ContiRV20 is a purpose-built tire, designed specifically for ground support vehicles. The ContiRV20 was just introduced in 2009, and it has the ideal characteristics with a perfect balance between comfort, mileage, high-speed capability and a strong durable construction. This is a radial tire that offers a more comfortable ride for your support personnel.
Continental designed the ContiRV20 with a closed shoulder to avoid tread tearing, as well as reinforced sidewall that resists damage. As you know, damage resistance is especially important in the ground support application due to the danger of tread chunking, resulting in FOD that can enter the airfield. The tread compound of the ContiRV20 minimizes rolling resistance for better fuel economy, and still maintains a full grip on airport ground surfaces. The ribbed tread design reduces vibration, which extends both tire and vehicle life.
Proper maintenance of the ant colony ensures their future success, just as proper management of your tires will ensure that you get their maximum life. A superior quality industrial tire for ground support vehicles may have a greater purchase price up front — but if maintained properly, the tire’s total cost of ownership will be less.
Proper management of your tires, just like proper maintenance of the ant colony, is achieved by constant vigilance. Start with ensuring that the tires installed on your equipment are being properly used for the vehicle’s application and load. Regular checks of air pressure cannot be emphasized enough, and are next first line of defense. The tires should be inspected regularly for evidence of irregular tread wear, tread damage, foreign objects, rocks and unusual conditions such as cracking, blistering or swelling.
In summary, our industrious friends the ants will persevere regardless of ground condition, weather and invaders in their never-ending quest to expand their empire. As they never stop moving, neither should your ground support vehicles. With proper tire selection and maintenance, you can keep your vehicles and your operations running smoothly.