View Poll Results: Are tire covers needed?
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Old 08-02-2016, 03:13 PM   #31
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Tire Covers

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Old 08-02-2016, 03:21 PM   #32
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Got some nifty white ones from our son for Christmas after we bought our motorhome. Use them whenever we have it parked here at home. Never used them before but figure they can't hurt.


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Old 08-02-2016, 03:59 PM   #33
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Tires contain anti-oxidant compounds. These compounds migrate in the tire as they roll down the road moving to the exterior surfaces. It takes a period of time for the compounds to be "used up" which is environmentally dependent - high ozone areas, direct sunlight, high ultra violet light, high temperatures, etc, are bad. Dirty tires will accelerate the process. So most tire manufacturers recommend first cleaning your tires with a mild soap and soft brush before storage and then covering them. If you are parked in a spot for a couple of days up to a couple of weeks, the covers will probably have little impact. the longer you intend to keep your tires, the more value you will get from the covers - when stored for extended periods of time or under harsh conditions.

FWIW, Ford is now recommending replacement of tires on their vehicles when the tire is 6 years old (from my current owners manual):
"In general, tires should be replaced after six years regardless of tread wear."
From Michelin:
"That is why, in addition to regular inspections and inflation pressure maintenance by consumers, it is recommended to have RV/Motorhome tires, including spare tires, inspected regularly by a qualified tire specialist, such as a tire dealer, who will assess the tire’s suitability for continued service. Tires that have been in use for 5 years or more should continue to be inspected by a specialist at least annually."

I would not be surprised to see other vehicle manufacturers and probably tire manufacturers adopting the 6 year recommendation over the next few years.

Many people will respond that they have run the same tires for over 10 years with no problem. I look at that as validating the old statistics bell curve. My take on this is that about 5-6 years of age is the near the beginning of the steep rise in the curve, for every tire that makes it to 10 years - the far end of the curve, another one dies violently in much less.

You need to decided where your cost/risk balance is.
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Old 08-02-2016, 04:11 PM   #34
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After trying something stupid like trying to get to Chaco Canyon, New Mexico from the south end in Grants, I got my new Toyo tires put on in Kingman, Arizona on our trip from Austin Texas to Gold Beach, Oregon in the spring of 2012. I look at them once in a while,,,,but they don't show any cracking,,,,,just tread wear,,,,and it's not an unusual amount. BTW.....don't try to get to Chaco from the south....5 miles down the road,,,,,and I use that term, "road", very loosely,,,,with 15 more to go before we got there,,,my wife said,,,,,,"I'm going to end your life if you don't turn around right NOW!!!". I did,,,but the belts on the tires were already damaged. Go into Chaco from the north end near Farmington if you want to see the Anasazi hub.
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Old 08-02-2016, 04:38 PM   #35
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Yes to tire covers

Motorhome tires are $750 each (give or take).

I cover mine if I'm stopping for even 24 hours. It is cheap insurance and extends the tire's life.
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Old 08-02-2016, 05:03 PM   #36
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x2 on covers but only if your going to sit for more than a couple of weeks.. inexpensive and easy to put on.
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Old 08-02-2016, 05:37 PM   #37
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Yes to tire covers and mirror covers and wiper blade covers
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Old 08-02-2016, 08:58 PM   #38
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Our TT sits next to a garage with the curb side on the eastern, open side. The garage (west) side is always shaded. After a couple of years of sitting in the Nevada sun every day, the sun side tires were totally cracked and trashed, the shaded side looked like new. (Likewise the graphics on the TT.)

After buying new tires to replace perfectly good, low mileage ones, I'm convinced - I'll be putting on tire covers.
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Old 08-02-2016, 09:44 PM   #39
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I have a couple of questions regarding wheel covers. Why does it make any difference if they are driven occasionally or parked for a long time? If continual exposure is a problem why don't we have a problem with our tires on our tow vehicles and daily drivers? Just asking.
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Old 08-02-2016, 10:24 PM   #40
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Originally Posted by dmchapman View Post
I have a couple of questions regarding wheel covers. Why does it make any difference if they are driven occasionally or parked for a long time? If continual exposure is a problem why don't we have a problem with our tires on our tow vehicles and daily drivers? Just asking.
I think one reason is your daily drivers are better tires.

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