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Old 11-08-2011, 10:49 AM   #1
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Do You Really Need Tire Covers

Was wondering as a new Puma owner, do I really need to purchase tire covers for my travel trailer? I have never covered my vehicle tires over the years, had zero issues with them. All my vehicle tires stay on dirt driveway or yard during summer and winter and in direct sunlight. Tires are tires...right?
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Old 11-08-2011, 10:57 AM   #2
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The suns rays are stronger than years ago, more crap in the air, less wormnanship in the tyres, and of course their 30 some bucks a set.
With all the tire news stories lately - if you don''t use them every week or park them on a 45.93 degree angle it seems they will be destined to explode anyway.
We never needed Tyre Pressure Monitoring systems costing 100$ a tyre before to tell us that the pressure was low by 2 lbs or more either.
All a money grab?
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Old 11-08-2011, 10:59 AM   #3
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I purchased a set of 4 canvas ones off E-bay last month. They have been on the trailer and are black spotted from the bit of rain we got. Not mud or crushed rock goo.

But mold.

Whats better - mold or no covers.
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Old 11-08-2011, 06:34 PM   #4
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You really should replace your RV tires after 3 years anyway, not that they are worn, but they get dry rotted easily, and sidewall deterioration, which in turn can cause a blowout. These camper tires are not very good quality either; as most are chinese made. U.V. light damages them as well, which is what the covers are for, though I really can't see that much of a "protective factor" in the three+ years before replacement. My opinion.....Randy
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You really should replace your RV tires after 3 years anyway, not that they are worn, but they get dry rotted easily, and sidewall deterioration, which in turn can cause a blowout. These camper tires are not very good quality either; as most are chinese made. U.V. light damages them as well, which is what the covers are for, though I really can't see that much of a "protective factor" in the three+ years before replacement. My opinion.....Randy


gee did I "wear" out my welcome with my tires ? 6 years old when I traded it off.
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Seven years is the "accepted" age, at least on motorhomes. When we bought ours in 2010, the tires were the OEM from Ford and dated 10/2000! I guess it was an '01 chassis, but I was a bit surprised that Ford used tires as old as that. Needless to say, they (Goodyears) were replaced (Toyos from Les Schwab) after just one shakedown trip.

I hadn't considered covers to be necessarey in our part of the world because the sun isn't that strong. When someone posted on one of the other forums that CW had a 2-for-1 on pairs of covers, we decided to get them. Haven't put them on yet, but will be doing so in the next couple of weeks when we park the rig in its winter slot. Don't really need one on starboard front, as the rig is only 12" away from the garage wall, whch runs north/south. It will only have sun on it for about 15 minutes a day!
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Old 11-09-2011, 07:02 AM   #7
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How can trailer tires not hold up better than normal vehicle tires to sunlight? Compared to the tires on my truck, my trailer tires have thicker sidewalls and more ply. Can see where over loading can be an issue with wear but still have mixed feelings on the need for expensive covers. Seems to me that a covered tire would be more subject to sun high temp build up from inside which would do as much damage as direct sunlight. Just thinking out loud....
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We purchaed the CW sweet deal as did a lot of other people because the units are backordered into December.
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How can trailer tires not hold up better than normal vehicle tires to sunlight? Compared to the tires on my truck, my trailer tires have thicker sidewalls and more ply. Can see where over loading can be an issue with wear but still have mixed feelings on the need for expensive covers. Seems to me that a covered tire would be more subject to sun high temp build up from inside which would do as much damage as direct sunlight. Just thinking out loud....
It's more about the "rubber" compound/composition than it is about construction.

The sun damage is due to the UV rays breaking down/attacking the rubber, not the heat the tire is exposed to.....
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it also has to do with use . a new car tire that sits for 2 years will dry rot and or crack when sitting in the elements not being used .
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