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Old 10-11-2015, 11:08 AM   #1
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Tire covers - use or not to use

Hi all, I am considering purchasing tire covers for my Momaco. I have read reviews and articles with both pros and cons for using wheel covers. Who here uses them and who does not?
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Other than a few bucks and storage, what are the "Cons?" We use them for UV protection. Also keeps the wheels and tires cleaner. And we carry two extras in case we lose one. \ken
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Why bother with them? The object is UV protection of the tires. Periodic spraying of the tires and rubber seals of the slides with 303 accomplishes the same thing and you don't have the covers taking up room in your storage.
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Old 10-11-2015, 11:20 AM   #4
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Hi all, I am considering purchasing tire covers for my Momaco. I have read reviews and articles with both pros and cons for using wheel covers. Who here uses them and who does not?
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If I am parked outside for more than a day or two, they are installed. I also treat the tires with Aerospace 303 at least a couple times per year.
UV is one of the biggest killers of RV Tires. It pays to look after them.
I have a set of Curtains that snap on around the wheel well. They were custom made with my Windshield Sunscreen.
There are comments that the slip on covers cause the tires to overheat but I'm not sure this is fact so much as someone's opinion. Personally I think any cover will do the job.
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Old 10-11-2015, 12:08 PM   #5
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Hi Frank,

When I'm parked more than 2-3 days, I use my covers. It looks nice (mine match my rig), seems to prevent the stinking dogs from urinating on the tires (which pools in the back dual wheel), and can't hurt with UV protection.
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Old 10-11-2015, 12:59 PM   #6
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The protection wheel covers give very much depends on your Rv'ing style:

If you spend most of your time parked somewhere, wheel covers will give you a great deal of protection against UV damage. On the other hand, if you spend most of your time on the road then the few days here and there you can actually use the wheel covers isn't going to offer much protection in the long run.

If I'm parked more than a day or so, I put them on just because it certainly can't hurt and mine are so easy to install. However, I concur that the best protection would be wheels covers when parked and Aerospace 303 regularly to protect them while parked or driving.
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I don't bother. They seem a peculiarly-US thing, although some Europeans spending the winter in Morocco park their MH, carefully cover the tyres, strip off most of their clothes and lie in the sun all day every day.
Australia they are virtually unknown and discussions of tyre rot and sidewall cracking just don't happen..
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I use them only for long term storage, a few months.
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I just bought some tire covers at CW at a 2 for 1 deal to members. I've already gotten my money's worth for the membership costs, and then some. About $30 for two pair of covers seems prety good to me, even if they provide little benefit. We all know these tires are gonna age out before they run out of tread, but they might as well age as gracefully as possible. I'm not.

After all, the tires are your only connection to the road.
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I use them if parked for three or more days.
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I've been covering my tires for over 10 years, but only when I home. When we come home from a trip, I back the coach into it's parking spot, where the tires sit on rubber mud flaps, and cover all six exposed tires. I then air down the coach and slide foam insulation over the wipers and install mirror covers over my power mirrors. About 10 minutes of prevention.

The California sun can be brutal on motor homes. The major reason I cover the tires is to protect the rims. On my previous coach, the rims only needed a quick touch up on occasion when covered. My wiper blades are in direct sunlight and collect dirt, when they're not covered. Lastly, the mirror covers protect the chrome and keep birds and other critters out of the mechanisms.
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I cover my tires if I am going to be somewhere for more than one night. The more sun I can keep off the tires, the better, is my feeling.
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Wheel covers like the ones that came with my rig look great and are easy on and off.
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I too just bought a set of covers from CW (2 for 1) I will use them while in storage at the house with the 303 spray. A small cost to do all I can to protect the tires for the coach IMO
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