Originally Posted by Mikebecki
Filling the tires to the maximum pressure is tire pressure something I need to check periodically? Could you please explain covering the tires? Thanks to all for the feedback. It is greatly appreciated.
I dunno if it bears any scientific merit, but a tire carries all of it's weight on the sidewalls - so if it sits all year without moving and has a softer pressure, the the tire flexes a lot more at the bottom where the weight is sitting. I believe this causes the sidewall to deteriorate faster in that one bulgy flexy weight holding area (yes, that's the technical name for it! haha). So I put as much pressure in as the manufacturer suggests so there's very little flex to the sidewall of the tire and in my warped sense of universal balance, I think by placing a tire tread on a softer surface (like another tire tread) rather than the 'hard' board that it will also save the trailer's tire from "squaring" at least a little anyways .
As for checking the pressures regularly, it doesn't hurt. I'm a mechanic and I'm a bit of a tire nut. IMO tires are the most important part of any vehicle - without traction the vehicle is useless. You may accelerate to a decent speed if you drove for about 5 minutes straight, you wouldn't be able steer with any sort of confidence, and you might be able to stop the vehicle... sometime.... eventually. So I'm always checking the tires on my vehicles/trailers etc. and I NEVER skimp out on them.
As for covering the tires, it is also just to protect the sidewall from sun/ weather damage. The sun's UV rays will prematurely deteriorate the rubber in tires. In the transportation trade this is called a "weathered" tire. At least up here it is. The passenger side of my trailer sees a fair bit of sun on my site so I just picked up a couple vinyl tire covers from my dealer (I think they're like $15 each - in Canadian money) and threw them on. They have eyelets on the inside corners so you can strap them on with a bungee cord to prevent them from blowing away in the wind. There are more elaborate (and costly) "double" vinyl covers for tandems and even triples for tri-dems axles and even plastic fully moulded covers too but I have also seen some people just shove a piece of plywood in front of them too. It doesn't have to be anything fancy though, just as long as the tires aren't exposed to the sunlight everyday.