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Old 08-06-2012, 12:41 AM   #1
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Tire Covers

Was just wondering, whether to buy a set of tire covers or just use cardboard to cover the tires up when storing the RV.

I read other posts about tire covers but there is nothing about using cardboard cover. Unless UV goes through the cardboard?
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Old 08-06-2012, 06:22 AM   #2
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First make sure the cardboard will completely prevent the suns rays from hitting the tires. Second...can the cardboard become wet? If so, then the cardboard will deteriorate quickly.
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Old 08-06-2012, 07:07 AM   #3
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Black 55 Gallon plastic garbage bags are cheap, take up very little room in the camper and do double duty when you take them off as trash bags.

Put them over each wheel and a strip of Gorilla tape to hold the bag closed at the bottom (and behind the axle). Carefully snip the tape and remove the bag when you are ready to leave.

The white plastic commercial covers become extremely brittle in winter and removing my 6 month old covers in January prior to departure for warmer climates ruined them.
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Black 55 Gallon plastic garbage bags are cheap, take up very little room in the camper and do double duty when you take them off as trash bags.

Put them over each wheel and a strip of Gorilla tape to hold the bag closed at the bottom (and behind the axle). Carefully snip the tape and remove the bag when you are ready to leave.
Might there be an advantage to using white plastic trash bags to keep the tires cooler in the sun? I suppose we could set up an experiment, cover one tire in black and the other white, and take the temperature with an infa-red thermometer to see if there is any significant difference.
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Expense for tire covers is minimal when weighed against the cost of the tires. Trash bags? Come on, they don't have any UV inhibitors so they will fall apart in no time at all. Spent the $$ and protect the tires. Mine last 5 or more years so cost per year is minimal.
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I bought tire covers from Amazon and I really like them. I only use them when we're at home as we never camp for more than a couple of days at a time. When I'm not using them I leave them in the shed so they don't take up any storage space for me.
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Old 08-12-2012, 07:04 PM   #7
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I have the proper tire covers but have seen some people use plywood. If not cut properly they can look like crap.
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Old 08-12-2012, 07:27 PM   #8
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I use the vinyl white covers from Classic. They are good and looks much better than pieces of plywoods. Putting pieces of plywood degrade your trailer and makes other rvrs think negative about your possession. I use the same company cover for my Ac unit for winter season. It is a good idea to use a bungie around the wheels covers to keep them there where it is very windy. They tend to fly away in heavy wind.
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Trash bags? Come on, they don't have any UV inhibitors so they will fall apart in no time at all.
Spent 120 dollars plus 6% sales tax on a set of 4 that lasted exactly 5 months.
When I needed to remove them in January for our trek south; they just fell apart. Not real interested in spending a lot more to learn the same lesson unless someone here has experience with a brand that stays flexible in freezing temperatures.
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Spent 120 dollars plus 6% sales tax on a set of 4 that lasted exactly 5 months.
When I needed to remove them in January for our trek south; they just fell apart. Not real interested in spending a lot more to learn the same lesson unless someone here has experience with a brand that stays flexible in freezing temperatures.
Got a solution Herk, buy some new ones, install them and when the temp gets down to 40, remove the covers and head south. Solves 3 problems; 1)saves covers 2)you don't subject DW and yourself to freezing weather 3)saves garbage bags

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