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LOFAT36

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Posted: 07/18/21 10:11am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Tire covers. Yes or no. The reason I ask is 2 tires that get most of the sun are covered and have cracks in the sidewall. The other 2 get very little sun are not covered and are fine. Marty

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I cover all my tires but cracks usually don’t appear to the human eye until long after the tires should have been replaced IMO.


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Posted: 07/18/21 10:23am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We always cover the tires when the 5th wheel is in storage. If I parked somewhere for a month or so, I might cover them, if I had the covers on hand. UV is very hard on rubber.


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We always cover with a white vinyl, fleece lined cover and have never had a problem, BUT - about 12 years ago we had our tires covered too and the tires cracked on the side that got the most sun. They were a different brand so I wonder if that is it?


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Yes when parked at home and I even use them on the door side when it's on the sun side while camping.. The other side has the slide that pretty much blocks any sun when they are out.

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Posted: 07/18/21 11:26am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Always.
For that matter, cover your roof AC shroud and the vent hoods, plastic will become brittle and break from UV.

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Or invest in some 303 Aerospace UV protectant. Spray on all plastic parts and rubber seals. Keep tires clean and sprayed, keep tires off the ground if in storage.


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Thanks all. Marty

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No point in covering tires, what does it accomplish? If you leave your tires uncovered, you will get new tires in 7 to 10 years. If you cover your tires, you will get new tires in 7 to 10 years. You have gained nothing.

You answered your own question with your initial post. Covers did you no good.

Think through the logic of the situation. If you don't use covers, and have dually tires on the back, the outside tires block the sun from hitting the inside tires. Do people end up changing the outside tires more often than the inside? Absolutely not! Yet the inside tires were continuously shielded from the sun. Should have lasted at least another year, don't you think?

Tire manufacturers use a UV protection in the compounding of the rubber. Enough to make the tires last from 7 to 10 years. End of story.


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You can Maintain proper inflation pressure in your tires to avoid cracks

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