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Old 08-21-2016, 05:01 PM   #71
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Yes called Michelin
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Old 08-21-2016, 05:12 PM   #72
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Well, they WERE made in Canada.

I wouldn't slam the USA like that.
Sorry, I was trying to be funny (a little poke at the China bomb people) , but my phone doesn't do emoticons.
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Old 08-22-2016, 05:33 AM   #73
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Had tires covers and my michelins still dry rooted 16000 miles 2 years old?Attachment 118017
Tire looks as if it had been parked in the dirt,,,
Does that make a difference,,, when in storage ???
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Old 08-22-2016, 07:28 AM   #74
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Yes just came home from campground . Lots of rain
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Old 08-22-2016, 07:56 AM   #75
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Yes just came home from campground . Lots of rain
Lot of rain in many places !!!
I only ask because most believe we should not store our tires on dirt !!!
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Old 08-22-2016, 11:51 AM   #76
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Wolverine,,,,dirt will hurt.
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Old 08-23-2016, 12:24 AM   #77
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I was skeptical of the value to using tire covers but never ruled out that they were beneficial. After reading some recent posts on the subject I finally decided I would rather have them and not need them than need them and not have them. Once I received the covers I was curious about temps so I did a little experiment...I covered one tire only and took a bunch of temp readings.


Ambient temp was 66, one side of trailer had been in direct sunlight for 3-4 hours

uncovered tire in direct sunlight was 86 by the TPMS and 122 by the infrared thermometer

covered tire in direct sunlight was 79 by the TPMS and 98 by the infrared thermometer

shaded tires on the other side of the trailer were 64 by the TPMS and 68 by the infrared thermometer


I cant say if covers are going to make the tires last longer, but I can say that the covers keep them a whole lot cooler.


The two things that I find interesting are that the uncovered tires surface was nearly double the ambient temperature at the time, and that the TPMS readings (TST 507) were as much as 36 degrees lower than the surface temp.
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Old 08-23-2016, 08:12 AM   #78
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Cooler has got to be better !!!
Very good Info !!!
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I was skeptical of the value to using tire covers but never ruled out that they were beneficial. After reading some recent posts on the subject I finally decided I would rather have them and not need them than need them and not have them. Once I received the covers I was curious about temps so I did a little experiment...I covered one tire only and took a bunch of temp readings.


Ambient temp was 66, one side of trailer had been in direct sunlight for 3-4 hours

uncovered tire in direct sunlight was 86 by the TPMS and 122 by the infrared thermometer

covered tire in direct sunlight was 79 by the TPMS and 98 by the infrared thermometer

shaded tires on the other side of the trailer were 64 by the TPMS and 68 by the infrared thermometer


I cant say if covers are going to make the tires last longer, but I can say that the covers keep them a whole lot cooler.


The two things that I find interesting are that the uncovered tires surface was nearly double the ambient temperature at the time, and that the TPMS readings (TST 507) were as much as 36 degrees lower than the surface temp.

I think it's the UV rays that's the bigger issue.
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I think it's the UV rays that's the bigger issue.

In any case what's it hurt to throw on some $40 covers! Peace of mind. It also might be a good idea to store your trailer on some pressure treated lumber or patio stones. Keep them out of the damp ground. In my storage area I park on some 2x8 boards. The trailer settles those boards almost flush with the ground. If I was on the ground I'm sure those tires would sink a few inches.


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