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Old 10-27-2015, 09:09 PM   #29
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From Michelins RV Tire Guide:
Unless the RV owner is a full-time RV-er, the vehicle probably spends some time in long-term storage. But what the RV owner probably didn’t know is that rubber tires age when not being used. So, if the owner must store the RV, a cool, dry, sealed garage is the best bet. Also, some storage surfaces can cause tires to age faster.
That’s why Michelin recommends placing a barrier (cardboard, plastic or plywood) between the tire and the storage surface.
Here are some other steps the RV owner can take to help reduce the aging effects from long-term storage:
1) Thoroughly clean tires with soap and water before placing into storage.
2) Cover tires to block direct sunlight and ultraviolet rays.
3) Store out of a high ozone area.
Note: When a vehicle is stored, tires should be inflated to the inflation pressure indicated on the sidewall.
Before removing the vehicle from long-term storage, thoroughly inspect each tire – this includes sidewalls, tread area, and pressure. If the tires have lost pressure, be sure to inflate them to the correct pressure before driving.

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Old 10-27-2015, 09:30 PM   #30
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I saw that posted earlier. I was just wondering how wood or plastic or cardboard slows down the aging of the tire? Just trying to understand the "Why" of what we do.

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Old 10-27-2015, 09:36 PM   #31
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Yeah, I'd also like a definition of "some storage surfaces". Until I get one, I'll continue to park on a bed of hand-fluffed unicorn down, sprinkled with pixie dust. After all, why take chances?
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Old 10-27-2015, 09:44 PM   #32
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My thinking is that some surfaces like cement can perhaps draw moisture out of the tire? Just my guess. I just put brand new tires on my coach this summer. I will do whatever I need to do to protect that investment.
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Old 10-27-2015, 10:34 PM   #33
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Tire Care-What's best to park on?

Roger Marbles is a retired tire safety and testing engineer. He maintains a well respected blog at RVTireSafety.com, and frequents several forum sites as Tireman9.

Regarding long term parking or storage, he writes:
"If you are not parking on a concrete floor or pad it is suggested you not park on asphalt as the oils in the tar can attack the tread rubber. It is also suggested that you not park on dirt or sand as the moisture can migrate into the tire and possibly cause corrosion of the steel.

I have some pressure treated board that are large enough to completely support the contact footprint."

He also highly recommends covered tires.

So apparently clean concrete is fine, and a wood pad also (as long as it can stay dry), but asphalt and open ground are not, for different reasons. I'm assuming that oily, greasy concrete would be bad for the same reason as asphalt.

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Old 10-27-2015, 11:00 PM   #34
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My coach will be parked outside on an asphalt pad. I was thinking of wood but it may get wet so perhaps I'd be better off using rubber or plastic pads. Maybe get one of those 4x8 sheets of rubber at the farm store and cut it up.
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Old 10-28-2015, 01:13 AM   #35
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I park with my passenger side tires on wood for the last eight years so as to level the RV.

Had a blow out on the passenger inside dual a year or so ago.

I don't think it makes a hoot.
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Old 10-28-2015, 01:28 AM   #36
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Just my 2 cents. We purchased our 40' DP last year and secured a covered parking space at an excellent storage facility 15 minutes from our home. Our space does a pretty good job of covering our MH for most of the day. The entire area is paved with asphalt. Each time I go up there and notice that someone has moved their vehicle, I see dark blotches or patches where their vehicle's tires had been. Some of these patches are incredibly dark and very thick....no question that particular vehicle had sat idle for some time. It appears to me that these "marks" are the result of tires losing part of themselves to the asphalt....and that just can't be a good thing.

Like many, our coach is now stored for the Winter. It sits atop 2 sets of heavy duty plastic jack pads, with the tires covered by 4 quality tire covers....all purchased on sale from Campers World at reasonalbe prices. Since we get snow here, the pads also keep the tires well above the snow melt and ice that follows.

What really amazes me are the scores - and I mean scores - of rv's of all varieties (including many VERY expensive Class A's) parked in this storage area with uncovered tires sitting right on that asphalt....and some of these vehicles don't look like they have moved in the 10 months I've been there. No doubt some of these owners will get into their 6 year-old MH's with original tires (that have sat on that asphalt for 9 months) and head out on a 500 mile trip at freeway speeds....and never give it a thought. And we are on the road with these clowns. Sigh....

I dunno'. It just makes sense to me to take very good care of those 6 black round things that we trust to stay together at 70 mph on a 95 degree day. Right??
Just out of curiosity are your tires rated for 70mph or 65 mph ?

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