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Old 12-03-2011, 08:28 AM   #1
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On the ground or off the ground?

For the winter season do you leave your trailer on its wheels or off the ground? I leave mine on some wood boards and cover them with tires covers.
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Old 12-03-2011, 08:54 AM   #2
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Old 12-03-2011, 01:57 PM   #3
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I built up some 8" ramps and have ours off the ground with the tire covers. Hopefully it will keep it out of most of the snow.
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2x10's and covers here.
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Old 12-03-2011, 05:34 PM   #5
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2x10s and tire covers for ours.
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Old 12-04-2011, 11:01 PM   #6
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I don't have to worry about snow so I use one 2 x 10 on each side plus tire covers.
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Old 12-05-2011, 11:51 AM   #7
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Is it necessary to get the tires off the ground? My DH thinks Armor All on the tires is good enough. should we invest in tire covers?
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Old 12-05-2011, 12:28 PM   #8
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Is it necessary to get the tires off the ground? My DH thinks Armor All on the tires is good enough. should we invest in tire covers?
Please tell your husband (and he'll argue with you, cause he'll tell you "he's always done it that way"), not to use regular Armor All on tires. I see the damages from it every week.

Tires have a built-in anti-oxident in the rubber that migrates to the outer surface to form a barrier against ozone and such. When people apply a lot of these tire dressings and such, they are actually removing the anti-oxident barrier....and inadvertently causing what they are trying to prevent. We call this anti-oxident migration, "blooming".

Here is an excerpt from Bridgestones site (and just about all tire manufacturers will say the same thing) about this:

What’s the problem with oxidation?

Oxygen, like UV light, can break down rubber molecules, making rubber brittle, causing cracks, and rapid wear. Oxygen in the air can cause this, and ozone, a special type of oxygen molecule, is especially hard on tires. So, we add antioxidants and antiozonants.

These are special chemical compounds that help prevent those tiny cracks you sometimes see in the sidewalls of tires. And by the way, here’s a tip: Avoid washing tires too much, and especially avoid putting compounds on the sidewalls to make them shine.

The waxes, antioxidants and antiozonants are designed to protect the surface of the tire, and by cleaning them off, you’re removing that protection, causing tires to age prematurely.

Bridgestone Commercial Truck Tires

And here is Dunlops statement:

Can I use sidewall protectants or cleaners on my tires?
No, you should never use protectants, cleaners or dressings on your tire sidewalls. These may degrade rubber and remove the inherent ozone cracking and weather checking resistance put into the rubber by the tire manufacturer.

Use a mild soap solution to clean your sidewalls, white striping or lettering, and rinse off with plain water.

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It's best just to use soap and water to clean your tires off, then let the anti-oxidents in the rubber do their job.
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Old 12-05-2011, 12:51 PM   #9
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Geeze,, good to know.. I've used gallons of tire "protectant" aerosal cleaning agents. It sure makes them tires look good though.
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Bobby, I am 1 of those that use Amour-All on my tires, even though I have read on RV forums in the past that it may not be good for the tires. Thanks for explaining that.

I did stop using that "spray on and watch the dirt disappear while shining your tires" stuff. Many years ago before Armour-All came on the market, brake fluid seemed to be the tire shine of choice......and yes, I was guilty of that, also.

I have always thought that if the tires don't look good, then the car doesn't look good........my bad.
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