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Old 05-15-2015, 10:42 AM   #1
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Cover tires or not.

I'm sure this subject has been beat to death but. I just bought new tires. My coach gets sun on one side all day. I covered the tires with one of those tire applications that makes them shinny but not sure if that is enough. Should I get some of those uv tire covers for them?
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Michelin says to cover them so I do. Michelin says not to use tire dressing products so I don't.
You can download an RV Tire Guide from their web site.
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We are parked in AZ for 6 months where the driver's side is in full sun; therefore, I use the white covers over those tires but not the passenger side. A couple of years ago, I didn't and the reflection from the mag wheels and the sun melted the plastic top hat hub covers. The past two years no problem with the covers installed. Even though the same side is in the sun the other 6 months, I don't use the covers. I have found that I age out tires before they wear out.
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The sun is the tire's enemy and covers are cheap - so yes.
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Old 05-15-2015, 10:53 AM   #5
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Unless if you are going to keep your coach garaged, you will want to protect it from the sun's UV rays.

The tires are the most obvious things where you can see damage occur, but windshield wipers, all exterior paint, all window shades, all non-painted fiberglass gelcote, your roof, marker light lens covers, porch light lens cover, headlights, and all the plastic things on the roof are quickly decaying in the sun, (many of those items will fail much sooner than when the time comes to buy new tires).

Motorhome tires need to be replaced far sooner than they will completely degrade due to sun exposure alone. Without covers your tires will develop small hairline cracks which are normal and only cosmetic, however they will look dry, discolored, and old. If cosmetic appearance is important to you, yes, get some tire covers.
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Old 05-15-2015, 12:14 PM   #6
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these are very simple to use and do a great job.

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these are very simple to use and do a great job.
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I like it. How do those panels affix to your RV?
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Our 03 Phaeton was 8 years old when we replaced it. I never covered the tires and they still looked good. They were exposed to some AZ sunshine in the winter and under a RV port in the summer. I don't know how much covers will help, but it can't hurt, so I have a set for our current coach.
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Where did you find those?
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I like it. How do those panels affix to your RV?
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Where did you find those?
I had a canvas shop make them up from window shade material.
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Thanks for the comments folks. Guess I better get some covers.
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Mentor, you can be mine. Great idea. How did you attach the snap to the chassis?

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If we are going to be in one location more than overnight, and the forecast calls for sunshine, I cover the tires!
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