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Old 07-25-2013, 01:18 PM   #1
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Storage question

We are storing the MH in So Carolina. We are parked next to metal buildings on blacktop/asphalt. We do not have tire covers. We are new to this, and I know opinions are mixed on covering tires. However, given where we are storing it I would appreciate your thoughts on whether we should buy covers. We could buy them, ship them and the guy running the storage place would put them on for us if we asked him to. I wish we could have found affordable storage with a roof cover, but ours is parked in the weather, on blacktop. We didn't see the storage place before we got there, and really had no other place to park it and we were literally dropping it off on our way out of town. Currently, we are a 7 hour drive away and won't go back there until Nov. Thanks for your opinions.
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Old 07-25-2013, 01:27 PM   #2
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I'd cover the tires, and run the RV up on plywood, plastic or something to get the tires off the black top.
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We store our MH with tire covers on the side the sun shines on. The other side has a fence next to it so no direct sun there. Parking on some wood or plastic makes sense to prevent moisture issues.
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Thanks for both replies! I think the guy that owns the storage place might put on covers, but don't think he'd buy wood and pull it up on it. Great suggestions! What type of plastic could I buy?
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Thanks for both replies! I think the guy that owns the storage place might put on covers, but don't think he'd buy wood and pull it up on it. Great suggestions! What type of plastic could I buy?
My understanding on putting the tires up on wood or plastic is because concrete and asphalt can draw oils out of your tire, at least the parts in contact with the surface. We used cut up rubber shop mats on our Winnebago when it was stored on concrete. We don't use anything under our wheels now because...well...they get used a lot more.

I'm still thinking about wheel covers. I really didn't like to mess with them and now I need larger covers and more of them. I'm really hoping to get to a rally and have the covers that snap on the wheel wells installed. At least that is what I think I want now.
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Old 07-25-2013, 02:08 PM   #6
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Any thin plastic would do if it's flexible. I would use something along the lines of a crazy carpet like kids use to slid down snowy hills. Look around in some stores and I'm sure you could find something.
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Mine's been stored outside it's whole life. Whenever it's not going to be used in the next 3-4 weeks I use wheel covers and run it up on plywood.
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Ineresting factoid.. Many of the tire covers do not do a whole lot of good.

Now.. A sheet of plywood, cut and trimmed to fit in the wheel well and completly block the sun.. That might work.
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... Many of the tire covers do not do a whole lot of good...
My GY RV tire manual says I don't need to cover them. However, any cover will reduce the ultraviolet rays and over all damage the sun will cause, so I use them.
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Can't you just put sunscreen on them. Seriously though, if you drive all day, isn't the sun getting to them anyway? I know I came in the middle of this discussion, or, wouldn't it be just a s easy to cut out 4 pieces of tarp and throw them over?
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One summer day, as I was putting 303 UV protectant on my tires, the top of my bald head was getting hot. I ran my protectant covered hand over the top of my head and instantly, the heat was gone. On a 110-115 day, I have measured the side walls of my tire at 160+ s in the sun. You be the judge. Do you want your tires to bake? I use white covers on my MH and trailer tires during my summer off-season.
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