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mkenyon2

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Posted: 11/03/21 11:21am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Getting ready to cover the trailer for the winter, and I'm wondering if I should cover my tires. They're not in bad shape.


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Posted: 11/03/21 11:43am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If they get a lot of sun, yeah.

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Posted: 11/03/21 11:50am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Yes

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Posted: 11/03/21 12:31pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If you’re not going to use it until spring, perhaps you should cover them. But first … clean them really well, inflate them to sidewall pressure numbers, and perhaps put something under them so they are not in contact with the ground.


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wildtoad wrote:

perhaps put something under them so they are not in contact with the ground.
What's contact with the ground do?

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Posted: 11/03/21 01:15pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If I stop for more than three days I cover at least the sunny side. For winter, all are covered.


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Posted: 11/03/21 01:56pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

2oldman wrote:

wildtoad wrote:

perhaps put something under them so they are not in contact with the ground.
What's contact with the ground do?


Old wives tales and folklore that tires sitting on bare ground will be damaged or go bad.

Same vein as needing to periodically take your RV around the block to redistrubute the oils in the tires to prevent them from drying out.

Covering the tires is also one of those RV folklures..

To answer the OPs question, cover if it makes you feel better. But in reality, covering has little to zero benefit. Buying premade covers is a waste of money and the onl person that benefits is the sales person.

I have tires on antique vehicles and even a few tractors that are garage queens, very little daylight gets in the garage due to a couple of small windows.. The tires eventually crack and check as they age, you can't stop it, can't slow it down. That is the nature of rubber.

The rubber naturally ages out over time with or without UV exposure and generally with tires on RVs the best thing is to replace them every 6 yrs or if you find checking and cracking.

As far as putting something under the tires, no need, but it is helpful to keep the tires from naturally sinking into the dirt provided the item you put under the tire is much wider than the tires.

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Well said GDE. Bravo!

OP, winter, in PA? I wouldn't even consider it.

Summer in AZ? My answer would be exactly opposite.


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First. I've done some testing on tire covers... And they really don't do much to block the harmful rays of the sun.
Foil will block it (Tin foil aluminum)
Sheet aluminum
quarter inch plywood.
Cut a circle as bit or a bit bigger than the tire
Cover edges with pool noodle type stuff
Then put the tire cover over that

Covers look good. but not many slow down UV light that does the damage.


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Posted: 11/03/21 04:38pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Well it may be “Old wives tale” here is what Goodyear states for storing. You choose what parts you may or may not want to use.

storing your vehicle properly helps protect your tires.

• Keep your vehicle in a cool, dry storage area out of direct sunlight and UV rays.
• Unload your vehicle so that minimum weight is on the tires.
• Inflate your tires to recommended operation pressure plus 25%, but don’t exceed the rim manufacturer’s inflation capacity.
• Thoroughly clean your tires with soap and water before storing them to remove any oils that may have accumulated from the road.
• Move your vehicle at least every three months to help prevent cracking and flat-spotting, but avoid moving it during extremely cold weather.
• Place your vehicle on blocks to remove the weight from the tires. If the vehicle can’t be put on blocks, make sure the storage surface is firm, clean, well-drained and reasonably level.

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