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Old 08-04-2016, 10:05 AM   #61
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"tireman" had an interesting example in his blog regarding tire life and covers. Would like to know if there is data that backs his example but sounded like finite analysis.

www.rvtiresafety.com/search/label/tire%20life
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Old 08-05-2016, 06:20 AM   #62
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For me it is tire Black & Covers,,, what do I have to loose,,, besides if the tires are not Black & shiny the RV - Car or Truck do not look clean to me !!!
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Old 08-16-2016, 04:25 PM   #63
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A school bus driver advised me to go to the bus garage and see if they had any older bus seat covers they didn't want. Got 4 for my tires for free. They had replaced the "damaged ones" from the busses with new ones. Not as nice looking as store bought ones but they do the job and at no cost.
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Old 08-17-2016, 05:59 AM   #64
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A school bus driver advised me to go to the bus garage and see if they had any older bus seat covers they didn't want. Got 4 for my tires for free. They had replaced the "damaged ones" from the busses with new ones. Not as nice looking as store bought ones but they do the job and at no cost.
Price sounds right !!!
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Old 08-17-2016, 06:24 AM   #65
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303 Aerospace Protectant is the best (IMO) UV tire protection product on the market.

I use it on the car, truck, and camper tires. Since the truck and car get used all year, the protectant is all I use, but the campers tires only rotate when moving during trips so they get covers when not actually moving.

Tire movement rotates fresh internal rubber lubricants to the surface to keep the rubber supple. Ultraviolet light breaks down that surface lubricant making the tire surface dry out and crack when finally rotated.

Silicone spray may make a tire look good, but the UV rays go right through. You just get shiny cracked tires.
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Had tires covers and my michelins still dry rooted 16000 miles 2 years old?Click image for larger version

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Old 08-21-2016, 04:22 PM   #67
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Well, they WERE made in Canada. Were they really 2 years old? Did you check the dates on the tires?
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[QUOTE=rockfordroo;1296215]Well, they WERE made in Canada.

I wouldn't slam the USA like that.
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Old 08-21-2016, 04:28 PM   #69
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Well, they WERE made in Canada. Were they really 2 years old? Did you check the dates on the tires?
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Well, they WERE made in Canada. Were they really 2 years old? Did you check the dates on the tires?
Especially with ST tires, you MUST check the manufacture date on the sidewall BEFORE you have the tire shop mount them. They are normally stocked by most tire stores, but have an exremely low turnover rate.

Your "new" tires could be 2-3 YEARS old up in the hot loft before they get rolled down to be installed. They may look great, but the abuse and long storage will show up sooner or later.

The 4 numbers in the mold reflect the week and year of manufacture.

This Marathon ST radial was made in the 25th week of 2010 (2510)
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Yes called Michelin
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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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Yes just came home from campground . Lots of rain
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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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Wolverine,,,,dirt will hurt.
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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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Old 08-23-2016, 09:28 AM   #79
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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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