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Posted: 06/10/18 07:31pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

How many commercial and agricultural vehicles that are seasonal use do you see with tire covers?

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When we had our first motor Home the tires cracked pretty bad.
Then when we bought our new Motor Home and had to replace the tires at about 5 years due to cracks I got tire covers to fit the bigger tires than the old MH . Put the tire covers on and those tires still look almost new. Because this old Texas sun is hard on any tire that just sits. Those covers were sure a lot cheaper than those new set of tires.





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In Nevada at 5,000 feet using tire covers, pieces of plywood or parking in the shade will extend the life of your tires.

Vehicles that get used all the time believe it or not, pump tire compounds to the surface of the rubber by being driven. Tires that sit for long periods are much more susceptible to UV damage.

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over the years i have seen many tires with side wall cracking, and most of the time its only the outside face, and not the inner side, as far as agricultural tires even if they have major checking in the side walls, how fast are they really going, its a big difference blowing a tire at 65 MPH as apposed to loosing a tire plowing a field. I put tubes in one truck that the tires where leaking so bad through the side walls, but it was only a plow truck to clear the parking lot in the winter, so we really didn't worry about loosing a tire. Steering, tires and brakes are the most important things to keep you in control any one will cause major problems and a scary ride... tire covers do help..

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You average car tire wears out before the UV can do them in. It also helps that the flexing while driving moves the oils to the surface.

The end result is your average car tire is worn out in 3-4 years long before UV damage can take out the side walls.

RV's often sit for months at a time. It's not unusual for a tire to be 6-8yrs old with only a few thousand miles on it and full tread depth. So failure method is aging out which is heavily impacted by UV damage. If you can stop the UV damage, you can increase the life.

I wouldn't bother if only stopping for a night or two but if it's going to be in storage for a month or more, certainly makes sense.


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At work, we have a 1-ton dually that is used as a work-horse to move heavy equipment trailers and generators. It's a 2014 model and only has about 8K miles on it. Obviously, it sits the majority of the time. We just replaced the tires due to weather-checking/sidewall-cracking from sitting int he sunlight. The same brand/model/size tires on a daily-use vehicle are still looking great with nearly 35K miles on them. Sunlight will KILL a set of tires if they don't get used often, as in the case of most RVs. As a result of having to pay out $1,200 for a replacement set of tires on that truck, I bought tire covers for ALL of my trailers and equipment that sit in the sun for longer periods of time.

So yeah, I'd say the covers are worth it. Covers cost between $30-$60/set of 4.....tires, around $400 each.....not to mention reducing the chance of a blowout as a result of cracked sidewalls.....


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OK, OP here, If I follow the consensus that I need to get covers, where is the best place to get them?


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3 dog nights wrote:

OK, OP here, If I follow the consensus that I need to get covers, where is the best place to get them?


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Just kidding.. Tire covers can be most anything, even cardboard if you want. If you are going with the 'look' do a google search and get the best price on them. They're all about the same. A word of caution though---the more expensive ones have batting on the inside to 'protect' the tire. Nice to feel, nice to put on, MICE and RODENTS love the batting for nesting....choose your poison....Dennis


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Executive wrote:

They're all about the same.
The cheaper ones with the thin plastic covering will crack and break quickly.

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Not if you use Tire Cover Covers over them


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