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Old 03-17-2014, 10:32 PM   #1
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Tire covers

Are they necessary? What do they do/prevent? We are now full timers and parked on a concrete slab. We do plan on running the TT from Houston, tx down to Florida at least once a year. Will the covers provide a longer life for the tires?
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Old 03-17-2014, 10:53 PM   #2
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I bought my trailer used in 2012, the tread on the tires were perfect and even though the tires were older tires (6yrs) they still looked new. I park on a gravel spot on my property. When I went to pull the trailer to the driveway to get it ready for the next season, I noticed incredible amounts of dryrot on the sidewalls.

In my case, I was going to replace the tires anyway but, I was amazed at the amount of dryrot that showed up just over the winter and being exposed to sunlight. My neighbor had the same issue.

We both invested in covers. I was told that they keep the UV rays down and hence prolong the life of the tires. I figured, since I made the investment in new tires, I'd make the small investment in tire covers.

Others might have more long term experience but, for me so far it was worth it to me.
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Old 03-17-2014, 10:54 PM   #3
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I cover my tires to protect from UV rays and keep the tires on plastic levelers while parked long term on asphalt/concrete etc. The following is from a Airstream forum with a direct response form a Bridgestone rep.


"Thank you for contacting Bridgestone and allowing us to assist you.

First of all, regarding the effects of storage:

A cool, dry, sealed garage is your best condition for storage, however, it is realized that this is not often an available option. Concrete is not the tire enemy some people think it is.

We would recommend the following steps in storing a vehicle:

1. Make sure the floor / ground surface is free of any petroleum product contamination (Oil, grease, fuel, etc.) since petroleum products will attack rubber and can cause significant damage to compound characteristics.

2. Thoroughly clean your tires with soap and water.

3. Place a barrier such as plastic, cardboard, or plywood between the tires and the ground surface.

4. Cover your tires to block out direct sunlight and ultra violet rays.

5. Do not store the vehicle in close proximity to steam pipes, electrical generators or animal manure since these accelerate oxidation of the rubber.

6. Make sure your tires are fully inflated with air.

7. When the vehicle is ready to go back into service, inspect the tires for excessive cracking in both the sidewall and tread area and check all tire air pressures. Tires will normally lose about 2 PSI per month so you should expect to find the pressures lower than when you put the vehicle into storage. Re-inflate the tires to the correct air pressure before operation.

Now, about the effects of time:

Yes, rubber compound does slowly change over time, becoming "harder" as it ages. But unless we are talking years, this would be virtually undetectable. However; the most likely effect of storage will be:

1. Flat spotting of the tires from taking a 'set' while sitting in one position for an extended length of time. This 'set' may work itself out of the tires after being put back into operation, but not always. This, of course, would result in a vibration.

2. Tires have waxes and oils specially formulated to protect against ozone damage built into their rubber compounds. When the tire rotates and flexes, these waxes and oils are forced to the tire's surface and are thus able to protect the tire. When a tire is stationary, these waxes and oils are not coming to the surface and thus the tire is at greater risk of ozone damage.

3. Several days of non-use at a time is not nearly as detrimental to tires as long storage periods. The tires would still be operated often enough to avoid excessive 'set' and the waxes and oils are being forced to the tire's surface often enough to provide adequate protection against ozone.

Best regards, Tire Doctor"
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Old 03-17-2014, 11:00 PM   #4
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Wow, thank you for that enlightening read. I will mst definitely invest in some tire cover, RIGHT NOW lmao.
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Old 03-17-2014, 11:12 PM   #5
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I picked mine up at Wally World for a pretty reasonable price in their RV section. It's convenient if you don't have anything else around you.
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Old 03-18-2014, 01:24 AM   #6
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I cover the CC's tires if the sun's gonna shine on them. The truck tires too. AZ sun is pretty strong.
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Old 03-18-2014, 04:45 AM   #7
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I cover the CC's tires if the sun's gonna shine on them. The truck tires too. AZ sun is pretty strong.
Just keep driving it then you don't have worry. it will keep them tires like new. How many cars do you see with covered tires. That's because people use them. I have never seen a tire crack (a good) brand before it was really time to replace them anyway. I always thought people used those so dogs don't pee on there tire....
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I always thought people used those so dogs don't pee on there tire....
Naw, that's what BB guns and Mean 'ol Cats are for
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Old 03-18-2014, 04:51 PM   #9
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They are used to prevent UV damage to the tires.
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Old 03-18-2014, 04:56 PM   #10
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I've always stored our campers on a concrete slab and covered the tires during non-use...I highly recommend it!
Also...don't use tire shine on the tires either, just another opportunity for rubber aging/cracking prematurely )
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