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Old 02-17-2013, 10:04 AM   #29
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Can anyone tell us why in our travels in life we only see "tire covers" on RV'S ? I have never seen tire covers on anything else. Is it just a RV thing? Todays 20" tires on auto's are getting really expensive, does anyone cover them when not in use outside? When I replaced the Michelin's on my Coach w/29,000 miles on them 9 years old visual appearance was great, no rot or cracks, replaced due to age. No covers here. I guess another subject that is personal preferance.

A couple of thoughts as to why RV tires are covered vs. auto/truck tires:

RVs are not used on a regular basis and sit for extended periods of time which may or may not be exposed to direct sunlight. Also, autos are typically parked under cover - not all certainly, but many thus protection from harmful sun's rays. Autos are used on a regular basis, thus using tires that must be replaced on a more frequent basis - usually not 7+ yrs.

I agree with tires getting expensive. I just replaced the 4tires on my ZO6 Corvette last week - big $$$$. Wife is responsible for wearing out rear tires - she disagrees, however.

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Old 02-17-2013, 10:09 AM   #30
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Driving a car/truck also helps distribute the oil in tires.
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I use them for the six months we're home. On the road I keep 303 generously applied.
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Another thing with UV protectant is Black Magic Pro Shine Protectant. I'm sure it is a lot cheaper than 303. It says to "not use on 2-wheel bicycles and motor cycles and to wipe off excess from tire treads to prevent slinging-off that could permanently stain some surfaces." I use it on my tires and dash-board.
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We always put on tire covers if we're staying for more than one night and the tires will be in direct sunlight.

I love the designer tire covers from Camping World. The colors go very well with our MH. Just be sure to order them for the size tires you have.

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Absolutely, we use a set of tire covers my wife made out of marine vinyl. They look great and keep the sun off the tires.
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Old 02-17-2013, 06:32 PM   #34
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I don't use them currently, but do plan on getting a pair.

What really makes me smile, is seeing an RV parked on an east/west orientation, with both the north, and the south facing tires covered. Or, even better, covered when they are protected by the shade of a slide-out.
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My Goodyear manual says it's not necessary, that RV tires are treated with a special additive to protect them from the sun. Having said that, I cover them if staying more than a few nights.
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i don't see the harm in covering them. If I am staying at least two nights I cover mine.
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The added benefit is that you keep your wheels looking nice. When it rains, you won't get crap kicked up all over your wheels.
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I own a roofing company and install EPDM roofs all the time. The rubber is made by Firestone and has what's called "carbon black" which gives it the black color. This is mixed in with the rubber to give it UV protection. I asked one of the chemical engineers from Firestone how long would the EPDM itself last on a roof. He told me 60 years minimum.

We do huge warehouses that have no shade whatsoever and the rubber is exposed to all the elements plus UV. So I don't think rubber tires are going to be hurt all that much from several years of sunlight.

I suspect that the main reason for tire covers is looks. Maybe someone at some time thought it would protect the tires. They just really don't need protecting. They really do look good though.
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Can anyone tell us why in our travels in life we only see "tire covers" on RV'S ? I have never seen tire covers on anything else. Is it just a RV thing? Todays 20" tires on auto's are getting really expensive, does anyone cover them when not in use outside? When I replaced the Michelin's on my Coach w/29,000 miles on them 9 years old visual appearance was great, no rot or cracks, replaced due to age. No covers here. I guess another subject that is personal preferance.
IMHO in most instances other than RV's, the tires wear out before they age out, whereas in most RV cases, they will age out before wearing out.
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I own a roofing company and install EPDM roofs all the time. The rubber is made by Firestone and has what's called "carbon black" which gives it the black color. This is mixed in with the rubber to give it UV protection. I asked one of the chemical engineers from Firestone how long would the EPDM itself last on a roof. He told me 60 years minimum.

We do huge warehouses that have no shade whatsoever and the rubber is exposed to all the elements plus UV. So I don't think rubber tires are going to be hurt all that much from several years of sunlight.

I suspect that the main reason for tire covers is looks. Maybe someone at some time thought it would protect the tires. They just really don't need protecting. They really do look good though.
Do you have a reference about there being "carbon black" in EPDM roofing?
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Sun is the culprit!!
Ozone is an even bigger culprit, especially if stored inside around arc welding.
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If you are in the 5 to 7 year replace them, rich $$$ group. No need to cover them.

If you want them to last from 8 to 10 years, for a lower cost $$$ per year, then cover them.
Never covered mine and they easily went eight years.
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