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Old 08-03-2016, 02:59 AM   #41
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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.
I ve be been told that driving keeps the oils and uv protectant messaged through tires allowing for flex
The sun is brutal. Sitting in one position vs moving about changes the amount and intensity of sun striking surfaces. Tires subjected to variations in conditions
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Old 08-03-2016, 05:28 AM   #42
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So I had an older gentleman that hangs out at the local country store ask me about my MH and he says I really need to get Tire Covers or my tires will dry rot ....

Yes or No ... do I really need theM?
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Old 08-03-2016, 09:04 AM   #43
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I think one reason is your daily drivers are better tires.
NO. The difference is that your daily drivers are driven daily. Antioxidants in the tire compounds migrate because of the flexing induced while driving. If you park a car for extended periods, the car tires will incur the same problems.
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Old 08-03-2016, 09:27 AM   #44
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NO. The difference is that your daily drivers are driven daily. Antioxidants in the tire compounds migrate because of the flexing induced while driving. If you park a car for extended periods, the car tires will incur the same problems.
So you think your TT tires are of equivalent (or maybe better) quality as your daily drivers tires?? Hmmmm.
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Old 08-03-2016, 09:54 AM   #45
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NO. The difference is that your daily drivers are driven daily. Antioxidants in the tire compounds migrate because of the flexing induced while driving. If you park a car for extended periods, the car tires will incur the same problems.
My experience- bought a boat on a trailer with ST tires in 1988. Severe cracks within 5 years. Not knowledgeable wrt trailer vs car tires. Replaced with car tires. No notable cracking in 15 years. Same usage.
A while ago someone posted a comment on this forum - something like ST tires will crack "while you are looking at them" - close to my experience. LT tires seem like car tires rather than like ST tires in that regard.
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Old 08-03-2016, 09:56 AM   #46
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So you think your TT tires are of equivalent (or maybe better) quality as your daily drivers tires?? Hmmmm.
Exactly! Mine are LTs for both pickup and trailer. I still think tire covers are like the nitrogen filled tires gimmick. Something for us to buy to make us feel better but don't provide a whole lot of utility for the few years the tires are actually on the rig. So use 'em or don't, probably doesn't make much difference
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Old 08-03-2016, 11:56 AM   #47
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Even though the tires are on the rv when you buy it, doesn't mean they're good quality. When we bought our new Windjammer, we took it to Colorado from Texas,,,,900 miles and I found bubbles on the sidewalls. I called FR and told them they should be ashamed of what they put on their new units. He agreed,,,,,,off record,,,,,and gave me $300 allowance,,,,,an actual check,,,towards the purchase of new tires of a different brand. So don't tell me that they're good simply because they came on our TT.
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Old 08-03-2016, 12:07 PM   #48
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Never ever used them but then again I have only been doing this for forty seven years.
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Well then that makes you an expert on the subject! Yes you need wheel covers to keep UV off the tires. Do any internet search on the subject and you will see it's a no brainer.
I'm not even going past the first page on this and read all the other responses.....

If UV is so detrimental on the tires, why don't we cover our car and TV tires every time we stop? Aren't they just as important? I've got one vehicle that sits for days, if not weeks, at a time. Should I cover those tires? Spray some ArmorAll or some other UV dressing on the tires when you wash your RV - forget the covers. Unless you like the looks of the covers.
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Old 08-03-2016, 12:13 PM   #49
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I'm not even going past the first page on this and read all the other responses.....

If UV is so detrimental on the tires, why don't we cover our car and TV tires every time we stop? Aren't they just as important? I've got one vehicle that sits for days, if not weeks, at a time. Should I cover those tires? Spray some ArmorAll or some other UV dressing on the tires when you wash your RV - forget the covers. Unless you like the looks of the covers.
Most of those tire dressings are essentially snake oil. Some petroleum product to increase shine, and they do very little to help protect the tires. Covers are the best way to protect them. And if I had a vehicle that I cared very much about that was parked in the sun all the time, you bet I would cover it and the tires to protect it from the sun.
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Most of those tire dressings are essentially snake oil. Some petroleum product to increase shine, and they do very little to help protect the tires. Covers are the best way to protect them. And if I had a vehicle that I cared very much about that was parked in the sun all the time, you bet I would cover it and the tires to protect it from the sun.
I guess we'll agree to disagree on this subject.
All the residents of the SW who live in extreme heat and sun don't cover car/truck tires. If the UV is that bad for the tires, I suspect more people in that area would be covering theirs.
Just my $0.02
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Old 08-03-2016, 03:12 PM   #51
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So you think your TT tires are of equivalent (or maybe better) quality as your daily drivers tires?? Hmmmm.
No, just saying the TV and TT tires will both have similar oxidation/cracking issues if the vehicle remains stationary for extended periods of time. People I know who have cars that are stored for extended periods go thru the same pre-storage routine. Clean the tires properly, properly inflate them, put plywood or something else underneath if on concrete, cover them from sun exposure, etc. At one point, I had an old car parked in my garage for a few years, the tires were in awful shape when I sold the car, though there was still lot of tread life.

Assuming that we are talking about the same manufacturer for TV and TT tires, I don't know that I would say either is "better". They are designed for different requirements. As always, anything man made will have variations in quality from one item to another.

I have no quibble about different manufacturers having different levels of quality. Though even highly regarded manufacturers can be suspect - I was involved in the Ford - Firestone tire fiasco. I make no claim on why they had the roll over issues.

YMMV
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Old 08-03-2016, 03:34 PM   #52
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The proof of the need for tire covers for me was a few years ago. I bought a new boat and it is always parked in the summer in the same spot. One side gets direct sun and the other is almost always in the shade. After 4 years of the tires not being covered, the one that was exposed to more sun, had sidewall cracks and the one on the shady side didn't have a single sign of cracking. That was all I needed to see. The boat and motorhome now have all the tires covered when parked in my driveway.
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Lots of great responses .... thanks .... a set are on my Christmas list!
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Old 08-03-2016, 08:15 PM   #54
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Looks like tire covers is going to join the great debate list (diesel vs gas, air vs nitrogen, bike racks, etc. etc.)

I'll break out the popcorn next time I see tire covers!
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Yup.. time to put this puppy to bed.. I'm a Diesel, Nitrogen, Tire Cover , not hating just saying.. kind of guy..


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Looks like tire covers is going to join the great debate list (diesel vs gas, air vs nitrogen, bike racks, etc. etc.)

I'll break out the popcorn next time I see tire covers!


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Before we close this book,,, I am wondering if the guys that do not believe in using tire protectant,,, may be do not believe in using a rubber protectant on slid rubbers ???
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I spray the slide rubbers with silicone two or three times a year and they've always been nice to me.
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Old 08-04-2016, 09:43 AM   #59
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Looks like over 76% of polled RVer's think tire covers are the way to go.
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Old 08-04-2016, 10:00 AM   #60
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Like I said earlier......once you have a tire "event",,,,you'll take every single precaution there is to prevent it from happening again. Thank God my $5153 in damages didn't cause any injuries.
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