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Old 01-13-2019, 08:09 AM   #1
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Tire protection when sitting all year

We left our RV at a storage place 30 minutes away last spring. This fall we moved it the 30 miles back to our spot in Port Isabel Texas, just off the Gulf of Texas. We don't intend to move our RV again until April, likely back to the storage place.

So our 5th wheel basically sits idle all year in the hot sun on pavement or dirt. These are brand new tires before our trip from Michigan to Port Isabel last year, but just sitting there in the hot sun concerns me as to their sun degradation.

What do you do to protect your tires? I see a few have tire covers here, not that many, and the place where we store our RV in the summer says he has a barn full of them, as the winds here rip them off in time. Are there tire treatments, that help prolong sedentary tire life?

Thanks in advance for your thoughts!
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Old 01-13-2019, 08:34 AM   #2
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Hello,

Some use tire covers, I find they blow away in the wind. My tires are on wood and I treat them with tire preservative.
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Old 01-13-2019, 09:29 AM   #3
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If ours will be sitting for longer than a month, we cover the tires. Otherwise we treat them with some 303 protectant when it gets washed.
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Old 01-13-2019, 09:53 AM   #4
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We have tires covers but we're able to keep them in place, even in SoCal with our winter Santa Ana winds. We inserted brass grommets into the loose bottom corners and attach a bungee cord through each hole to hold the covers in place. Kind of a PITA to get them attached but certainly better than letting the tires rot from the UV. Having the tires up on wood blocks helps a bit with the installation. You can get a little grommet kit with the tool for only about 4 bucks at Harbor Freight or take the covers to a tent and awning shop and have grommets inserted.

https://m.harborfreight.com/12-in-gr...-pc-63237.html
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Old 01-13-2019, 10:38 AM   #5
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We do nothing our tires sit in the Myrtle Beach sun or at home in Virginia exposed all year. I do replace them every 5 years or if dry rot starts (This is usually not before 5 years).

I have six trailers 16 china trailer tires, six autos/ one ton truck for 40 years cover none of the tires, have had no flats on the road only in the driveway due to screws / deer bones / nails.

I did finally replace one utility trailer tire set that was put on in 1992 (No flats ) last year.


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Old 01-13-2019, 12:46 PM   #6
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We use 303 and tire covers, no problems. Check tire pressure once a month while we are parked.
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Old 01-13-2019, 01:34 PM   #7
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I put barbecue sauce on my tires if my trailer is to sit a while. I figured that the barbecue sauce keeps my chicken from drying out on the grill . It's should do the same for my tires sitting in the sun and heat.
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I put barbecue sauce on my tires if my trailer is to sit a while. I figured that the barbecue sauce keeps my chicken from drying out on the grill . It's should do the same for my tires sitting in the sun and heat.


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Old 01-13-2019, 01:46 PM   #9
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My question to you, what do you do to protect the tires on your vehicles that you drive daily. Answer is nothing, so why are you concerned about tires on a trailer which is exposed to the same weather conditions, blazing sun and freezing temperatures as your daily driver.
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Old 01-13-2019, 02:06 PM   #10
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As said earlier, protect with 303 and tire covers.
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