Go Back   iRV2 Forums > MOTORHOME FORUMS > Class A Motorhome Discussions
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
Reply
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on iRV2
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 03-11-2014, 09:59 AM   #1
Senior Member
 
CJ7ole's Avatar
 
Winnebago Owners Club
Ford Super Duty Owner
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 968
Tire covers, are they really neeeded?

How well do tire covers really protect your tires? Isn't it the ozone that rots tires? If so, how will covering them with anything short of saran wrap help them? If it is direct sunlight, how many hours per day does the sun really hit them hard? Nobody puts tire covers on their car and plenty of cars go 7 years on a set of tires (ok, low mileage drivers anyway). My rig has never had them and at the 7 year tire age, I don't see any rotting issues. Personally I think it is something thought up by someone trying to sell another gadget to an unsuspecting newbie RV owner. Maybe I am trolling a bit here, but what are your thoughts? And can we be objective, not just justifying why we did or did not spend money on them. Any factual info from the tire manufacturers?
__________________

__________________
Ole and Anne Anderson, Highland, Michigan
'02 Adventurer 32V, Ford F-53, ours since 4/08,Goodyears, Konis, SeeLevel, CHF
'84 CJ-7 , 5.3 Chevy, 3" lift, 33's, Detroit Locker, Fiberglas tub, winch, hi-lift
CJ7ole is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 03-11-2014, 10:08 AM   #2
Senior Member
 
al2ride's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Posts: 1,278
You are like me. Most people hear something and go do it without finding out if it's true. I had the same question when it comes to putting something under your tires while parked on concrete. Couldn't get a solid answer. Glad you brought this up because I'm sitting on the fence on getting some tire covers. I've heard ozone is what damages rubber in which case you can't do anything about it, and I've also heard it's UV that will damage them.
__________________

__________________
USAF Veteran
2014 Forest River Georgetown 351DS
2014 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon Toad
al2ride is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-11-2014, 10:15 AM   #3
Senior Member
 
Lincolnboy2's Avatar


 
Texas Boomers Club
Fleetwood Owners Club
Solo Rvers Club
Ford Super Duty Owner
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Grand Prairie, TX (DFW)
Posts: 3,536
Well, I understand the position for sure, and agree with what you are saying, CJ7.

I did order mine and paid about 30.00 for the set of 4 covers, which is peanuts when it comes to protecting the tires IMHO.

While my tires (Michelin XRV) do have UV resistance built in to the manufacturing process, I still keep them covered while the coach is stored at home.

Here in North Texas, I get a good 8-10 hours daily of direct sun exposure and do believe the sun adds to rotting tire syndrome.

I think that folks that do not have to use them are traveling in their coaches more than I do. I try to get the coach out and 'exercise' the tires once every 60 days, but through the winter months, I haven't had it out since the beginning of November.

While traveling, regularly using the tires, I'm not concerned about covering them.

I think each situation is unique, but for me, I keep them covered while 'docked' at home.

To each his own, if you've had no issues in 7 years, obviously you don't need to worry about them. I have friends that don't use them either, but they also put their tires on rubber 'mats' to keep them off the concrete. My coach is on a river rock driveway while in storage, which keeps the concrete from leaching the tires as well.

http://www.wisegeek.com/what-are-tire-covers.htm

http://www.backroadtravelers.com/rvmaintenance.html

From Goodyear's website:
Quote:
storing your vehicle properly helps protect your tires.
• Keep your vehicle in a cool, dry storage area out of direct sunlight and UV rays.
• Unload your vehicle so that minimum weight is on the tires.
• Inflate your tires to recommended operation pressure plus 25%, but don’t exceed the rim
manufacturer’s inflation capacity.
• Thoroughly clean your tires with soap and water before storing them to remove any oils that may have
accumulated from the road.
• Move your vehicle at least every three months to help prevent cracking and flat-spotting,
but avoid moving it during extremely cold weather.
• Place your vehicle on blocks to remove the weight from the tires. If the vehicle can’t be put on blocks,
make sure the storage surface is firm, clean, well-drained and reasonably level.
From Michelin RV Tires:

Quote:
LONG TERM STORAGE OF RV TIRES
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
.

Hope this helps!
__________________
Kent - '03 Fleetwood Storm Ford F-53 V-10
With Susie (Lhasa); Angie (Shorkie) Ferbie (ShihTzu)
In Memoriam: Katie, Spencer and Zoey
Lincolnboy2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-11-2014, 10:25 AM   #4
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: somewhere in the west
Posts: 1,168
My thoughts are that ANYTHING left in the sun long term will degrade.

Ed
__________________
Ed-Sommers is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-11-2014, 10:29 AM   #5
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Northern Virginia
Posts: 112
I do not use them but I run my coach miles every month. In fact the only time they are exposed is camping or running. In the garage I do not cover them and on the road I do not but running about 30K miles or so a year keeps the tires properly conditioned.
__________________
42' Foretravel U320

24' Bornfree
John S. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-11-2014, 10:30 AM   #6
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Posts: 323
I have seen tire under a MH (spare) disintegrate never ever exposed to the sun ,leads me to agree with the OP - its ozone not UV.
That said UV takes everything part sooner or later ,so I try to at least keep my tires in the shade as much as possible.
In storage parked 2' apart I don't give it a second thought.
__________________
2005 volvo 670 12 speed auto shift
singled, hensley trailer saver smart car "on deck"
Newmar 34 rsks Torrey Pine
hone eagle is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-11-2014, 10:36 AM   #7
Rkh
Registered User
 
Rkh's Avatar
 
Ford Super Duty Owner
Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 1,063
I'm stored in doors now, but since UV hurts rubber, and new Michelins are expensive, I cover them if I'm gonna sit in the Florida sun for two months. If it's a manufactured problem by the RV supply industry, at least it's a cheap one.
__________________
Rkh is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-11-2014, 10:51 AM   #8
Member
 
Pilgrimfarms's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Saskatchewan
Posts: 94
We used to see lots of problems with plastic and rubber belts, tires, hoses, etc. on farm equipment stored outdoors. After building indoor storage for everything those problems went away as well as the faded paint. Tires are just parked on the ground or concrete, but getting out of the sun added life to the point where they wear out instead of rotting. FWIW.
HW
__________________
1996 Monaco Signature 45
Cummins N14 - 500hp
Pilgrimfarms is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-11-2014, 11:17 AM   #9
Senior Member
 
Arizona's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Posts: 350
A tire guy told me a long time ago that the tires dry rot on the inside as well as the outside. I don't know about that but I've lived in southern Az my whole life and found that frequent use of the rv or boat trailer will cause the oils in the rubber to lube the whole tire. I've never used any tire covers. Better quality tires use more natural rubber and has more natural oils. I had all six boat trailer tires lose the tread on a trip to lake powell, the tires were 4 years old and the boat was garaged when not in use. Discount tire told me it was dry rot and that in Az they will dry rot in 3.5 years. I don't know about that either.. It was a pontoon houseboat and not heavy at all. I always change all my tires every 5 years.
__________________
Winnebago adventurer 37g, 96 tracker
Arizona is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-11-2014, 11:20 AM   #10
Senior Member
 
CampDaven's Avatar


 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Fulltime, USA
Posts: 14,446
Blog Entries: 1
Get new tires. Cover just the front two. Look at all of them 5 years later.

My tires are large and lots if $. They will all look like your front tires.
__________________
Dave and Nola, RVM1
The Journey is Our Destination!

http://davenola.blogspot.com/
CampDaven is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-11-2014, 11:34 AM   #11
Senior Member
 
Country Coach Owners Club
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Redding
Posts: 3,412
My guess, but I do not know, is that:

If the tires stay stationery for long periods covers would be good if in sunlight.

If the tires roll frequently hence mixing the "rubber juices", they need less or no cover.

That has been my formula, and seems to have worked to about 7 years of age for each set of tires. The rig is stored outdoors, direct sun on the driver side for 8 hrs per day or more in Northern California with no covers. Tires on each side look the same at the 7 year mark this year.
__________________
Dean
1995 CC Magna #5280
C8.3L 300hp Cummins, 31,000lbs
deandec is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-11-2014, 11:34 AM   #12
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Posts: 370
Also on the fence about the benefit of wheel covers, so I bought two and use them on the side mostly exposed to the sun, and only when parked for long periods.
__________________
2003 Itasca Sunrise 32v F53
Okiedoke is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-11-2014, 11:44 AM   #13
Senior Member
 
jim.smithjr's Avatar
 
Monaco Owners Club
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Summer- Lake Diefenbaker, SK; winter- Westbay Marine Village, Victoria, BC
Posts: 211
I wonder if tires rot faster in warmer places, like TX, for instance than they do further north. Our motor home tires look just fine still?
__________________
Jim & Pam Smith, Saskatoon, SK, Canada
2007 Holiday Rambler 40 SKQ, 2012 Ford Explorer XLT
1966 Contl convert., 2009 Harley, 2000 Bayliner 3258
jim.smithjr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-11-2014, 11:47 AM   #14
Senior Member
 
Gocoffeer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 1,137
I bought a set and use them when I park the RV for a few days or longer. They are a pain in the neck to use, store and keep in nice shape...but i think that they do extend the life of a tire.
__________________

__________________
Craig Gosselin
1994 Fleetwood 33H
1995 Fleetwood 30H (parts vehicle)
Gocoffeer is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Tire Covers Bonanza Entegra Owner's Forum 4 02-03-2014 09:28 AM
Checking MH tire pressures with/without removing wheel covers? mikecosgrove Forest River Owners Forum 3 01-22-2014 01:01 PM
Putting on tire covers bandmbrown Class A Motorhome Discussions 17 01-11-2014 10:42 AM
UV protective tire covers lawrence Fleetwood Products Owner's Forum 3 09-14-2013 04:41 AM
Tire Information TeJay Winnebago Industries Owner's Forum 3 08-12-2013 01:26 PM

» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 03:44 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.