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Old 03-12-2012, 09:56 AM   #1
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Tire covers - do you tie yours down?

I just put 3 pairs of ADCO tire covers on my motor home. They are a pretty snug fit, and since they came with the bungee cord ties. Well, took me over 30 minutes to get them on - lying on the ground to fish the cords first one direction, then back, especially the tag/drive pairs.

Recently I went to do the monthly fire up and move the coach routine, and I was thinking that it would take me the better part of an hour to take them off and then put them back on. Without the tie downs it is about a 5 minute operation.

So, given that they are pretty snug to begin with, any one have any experience leaving them off? It gets pretty windy here, but even so I am having a hard time seeing how anything short of a tornado would pull them off, and I think I'd have other concerns if that happened.

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Old 03-12-2012, 10:07 AM   #2
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I find I can "jam" the long end of the cord under the far end of the tire- between the rubber and the concrete, or whatever the RV pad material is made of. Easy to do and undo. I use the "loop" end for this purpose. The "big ball" end pulls the cover taut.

Held good for me all this winter (since mid-November) here in coastal Mississippi, and we have had our share of strong winds.

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Old 03-12-2012, 10:08 AM   #3
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I don't use the bungy cords to keep mine on and I do sometimes have to chase them down when the wind is strong enough and comes from the wrong angle.
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Old 03-12-2012, 10:21 AM   #4
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I have been putting them on for 2 years with out bungees. No problems what so ever. BTW if you own a pusher remember to not dump the air until after you have them on. Ask me how I know. Lol.
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Old 03-12-2012, 10:34 AM   #5
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I did at first, but it was such a PITA, I don't anymore. I bought two with the $50 credit they gave me at the dealer and made another one out of marine UV restraint Naugahyde. It has 2" elastic strap on the top 1/3 that holds it on. I coated all with 303 Protectant.
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Old 03-12-2012, 10:47 AM   #6
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I do not use them, but I am glad that put them in the box, thay are great for other uses!!!!!
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Old 03-12-2012, 11:11 AM   #7
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I use the bungees and know the problem you have. I fish the bungee to the opposite side of the tire then loop the bungee and feed the loop thru the grommet. Tighten the bungee by pulling on the loop and then feed the free end(the one with the ball on the end) of the bungee thru the loop tightening the loop over the free end. It sound complicated but it beats feeding the bungee back around the tire and chasing the cover in high winds. I also use the awning rod to help fish the bungee around the tire. I can put on four tire cover in about 10 minutes.
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Old 03-12-2012, 11:23 AM   #8
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I haven't had to tie mine. They stay on pretty tight and we've been in some pretty gusty wind and their still on.
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Old 03-12-2012, 01:07 PM   #9
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I found them to be a poor design and I bled every time I tried to tie them down. So after screwing with them for a couple of days I returned them. I then made my own for about $16 a piece and they work great.
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Old 03-12-2012, 02:38 PM   #10
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No bungees for me. The covers stay on. Never had a problem.
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Old 03-12-2012, 02:55 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by GaryKD View Post
No bungees for me. The covers stay on. Never had a problem.

X2 GaryKD!!

Plus I hate bending over already with this L-4/L-5 monster in my lumbar spine ready to growl and lash out at the nerve root any time it pleases....
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Old 03-12-2012, 04:37 PM   #12
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No bungees for me. The covers stay on. Never had a problem.
Same here...seems those with problems might have gotten a size too small. Even though mine are snug, when I put them one, I flip the end of the bungee with the ball around to the other side of the tire and secure it...just in case.
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Well, I do not often use the wheel covers but from just before thanksgiving till new years... They are the "Projection screens" for my holiday projectors, This means they need to be tied on so they remain more or less wrinkle free.

Now as it turns out your RV came with a special tool to fish the tie line around behind the tire.. (I'll bet you did not know that it did) even if it did NOT come with wheel covers it came with this special tool.

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I don't use the cord. No problems.

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