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Old 08-22-2019, 02:46 PM   #1
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Tire care - outside parking

I was rolling the coach up on plywood squares to get the tire off the blacktop where I store my coach. I thought I was being tricky until today when noticed the plywood was very wet and the surrounding blacktop dry from a rain we had several days ago. Now knowing that moister and sunlight (the tires are covered) are not desirable for storage, I wonder if I throw away the plywood and simply park on the blacktop ?
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Old 08-22-2019, 03:12 PM   #2
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Why do you feel it necessary to "get the tires off the blacktop?" Are you concerned about the tires or the blacktop?

My coach sits on blacktop frequently and I don't worry about either the surface or the tires.

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Old 08-22-2019, 03:16 PM   #3
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Hi jbikes1,
You have the right idea. Consider putting thin pieces of plastic under each tire. Storing the tires on an inert material is best for them.
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Iím not sure about the results of parking on blacktop, but I do know that parking on concrete is not a good idea. It can leave black marks the appear to be vulcanized into the concrete are impossible to remove short of etching them out with muriatic acid which really messes up the smooth concrete surface.
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Hi jbikes1,
You have the right idea. Consider putting thin pieces of plastic under each tire. Storing the tires on an inert material is best for them.

I started with a rubber mat on top of the plywood. took the rubber off thinking that the rubber trapped the water. As it turns out the water is wicked up from the ground is trapped in the plywood. You seem to feel i should maybe go back to just the rubber mat?
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I started with a rubber mat on top of the plywood. took the rubber off thinking that the rubber trapped the water. As it turns out the water is wicked up from the ground is trapped in the plywood. You seem to feel i should maybe go back to just the rubber mat?
Yea...I bought rubber matts that are designed for a horse barn. I drilled 1 inch holes through them so water could not collect. In my case, it keeps them off the gravel pad I have at home...

Lots of thoughts out there on how to store parked RVs ...
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Unsealed concrete can create moisture. Also make sure to check tire pressure before storing so flat spots don't occur. Storing for 3m or so isn't going to hurt tires.
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Yea...I bought rubber matts that are designed for a horse barn. I drilled 1 inch holes through them so water could not collect. In my case, it keeps them off the gravel pad I have at home...

Lots of thoughts out there on how to store parked RVs ...
Can you post a picture so I can get an idea on the spacing of the holes and what these matte's look like?
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Can you post a picture so I can get an idea on the spacing of the holes and what these matte's look like?
I can go out tomorrow and take some pics, but I purchased them from a local Tractor Supply store near us. See the link below for the 4x6 that I used for the back wheels (with tag axle). They also sell a 4x3 which I used for the front wheels.

I then just used a 1 inch drill bit and randomly drilled holes where the tires sit as they had left impressions in the matts and started collecting water - which is why I drilled holes. Since then, no more water. My RV is under a RV garage, but rain can still blow underneath.

https://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/pr...?cm_vc=-10005#

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I also park mine on rubber mats at my house when not being used. Someone gave me a roll of rubber, same as the horse mat, but not as thick. Previously, I used old truck mud flaps. Two for the rear duals and cut one in half for the front tires.

This topic gets crazy on the other forums, over the need to use something or not use something. I park on cement, which absorbs water (simple test, place a cinder block in a puddle of water, it will soon absorb that water half way up the block). I place the rubber down so the moisture is not wicked out of my tires. I also cover them to protect the rims and the tires from sun and weather.

Many don't believe that protecting the tires are necessary as they have protection built into them against UV and water. Different opinions.....I like to protect mine.
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Hi jbikes1,
My suggestion was to let the tires rest on an inert material. Rubber does not meet this criteria. This is why is suggested plastic sheets to let the tires rest on.
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I have plywood pieces onto which I have attached some cheap, thin plastic cutting sheets from WM.
I use these and tire covers when parking time will exceed ~ 1 week. Also use 303 several times per year.
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