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myredracer

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Posted: 06/11/18 08:18am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Ditto on RVtiresafety.net. Roger has 3 posts on UV & ozone here.


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Posted: 06/11/18 03:57pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Many people park their car outside from the day they buy it till the day they sell it. I've never known anyone to cover automobile tires parked in the sun. If it's ok for your car I suspect it's ok for your camper.

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ADK Camper wrote:

Many people park their car outside from the day they buy it till the day they sell it. I've never known anyone to cover automobile tires parked in the sun. If it's ok for your car I suspect it's ok for your camper.
You might read the posts on UV damage in the above RVtiresafety.net link, which is a blog run by a tire engineer (now retired). Note that ST trailer tires are quite different than passenger car tires and you can't equate performance, life and care between them.

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Posted: 06/11/18 06:24pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The car is probably driven daily which keeps the polymers stirred up in the rubber vs a tire on a trailer may sit for weeks....months in the sun without rolling.
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Sun deteriorates the whole rv not just the tires. Dries out the caulking that can lead to water intrusion. Dries out the graphics so they fade and crack. Turns the paint/fiberglass chalky. Shortens the life of the rubber roof. Dries out tires which can lead to cracks and blowouts. Fades the interior. Makes the plastic brittle and prone to cracking. Diminishes the resale value. The further South you are the worse these effects are.

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colliehauler wrote:

Sun deteriorates the whole rv not just the tires. Dries out the caulking that can lead to water intrusion. Dries out the graphics so they fade and crack. Turns the paint/fiberglass chalky. Shortens the life of the rubber roof. Dries out tires which can lead to cracks and blowouts. Fades the interior. Makes the plastic brittle and prone to cracking. Diminishes the resale value. The further South you are the worse these effects are.


Gee, thanks for that. [emoticon] As I stand back and look at our TT at home, as I have for a few weeks, I keep putting off washing and waxing it. Now I think I won't bother. Resistance is futile and if UV doesn't kill it, water intrusion will anyway. Sigh...

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I feel they do. I just replaced the tires on my trailer. The ones that face the south were cracking pretty good compared to the ones on the north side, very minor cracking. This set I’m going to finally start using the covers I’ve had forever. We will see how they look in a couple years.


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myredracer wrote:

colliehauler wrote:

Sun deteriorates the whole rv not just the tires. Dries out the caulking that can lead to water intrusion. Dries out the graphics so they fade and crack. Turns the paint/fiberglass chalky. Shortens the life of the rubber roof. Dries out tires which can lead to cracks and blowouts. Fades the interior. Makes the plastic brittle and prone to cracking. Diminishes the resale value. The further South you are the worse these effects are.


Gee, thanks for that. [emoticon] As I stand back and look at our TT at home, as I have for a few weeks, I keep putting off washing and waxing it. Now I think I won't bother. Resistance is futile and if UV doesn't kill it, water intrusion will anyway. Sigh...
I guess I'm just a ray of sunshine [emoticon]. As far North as you are the UV effects are not near as severe. Forgot, fades the awning and makes it brittle as well.

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Posted: 06/12/18 06:05pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My opinion is that you should use them. You're not lining anyones pockets by the purchase of 4 quality tire covers.

Also, don't forget the 4x a year roof maintenance - this is paramount!


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On the trailer that's stored all the time, tires sit on 2x8 boards tires covered with doubled blue tarp tired with clothes line. 6 years tires look great. Trailer we use , no covers, tires look great. 2014 .


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