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Old 09-21-2008, 02:06 PM   #1
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Is it really necessary to put boards under my tires when my fiver is not being used?
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Old 09-21-2008, 02:06 PM   #2
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Is it really necessary to put boards under my tires when my fiver is not being used?
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Old 09-21-2008, 04:48 PM   #3
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I've parked my TT without anything under the tires lots of times for a month or more and keep it in underground in a limestone mine from November to April. I've never noticed any problems. The only time I ever put anything under the tires is to help level it.

Don't tell me I've been doing the wrong thing all these years.
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Old 09-21-2008, 05:04 PM   #4
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It depends on what you're parking on and for how long.

Since you titled your post "long term parking," I'm assuming your RV is going to be parked in one place for months at a time. If it's on concrete or blacktop, I'd certainly put something under the tires. It doesn't necessarily have to be boards...it could be plastic. But you want a barrier between the tires and the concrete or blacktop so that the concrete or blacktop doesn't leach the oils out of the tires.
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Old 10-23-2008, 04:09 PM   #5
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I would definitely put something down if you are parking on dirt too. Besides, it keeps the boards from being hijacked for other "temporary" uses that seem to never be that "temporary". Also gives me a place to put tie critter repellant.
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What is your definition of "long term"? Axle manufacturers (Dexter) recommend supporting the wheels off the ground when sitting for months. This is to allow rotating the wheels periodically to keep the bearings coated with grease; otherwise the grease migrates slowly to the bottom, allowing the top-side roller bearings to rust. Tire manufacturers recommend the same practice, to avoid "sidewall fatigue" in one spot. They also recommend inflating to 10psi over sidewall maximum if you leave weight on the tires. If a tire develops sidewall cracks while sitting, they are almost always in the sidewall bulge first.
I agree that something should be used to avoid contact with earth if you leave weight on your tires.
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