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Old 08-25-2009, 05:43 PM   #1
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Sun Block product for Tires ; does it work good ?

Ive seen this at Camping World. Does it really work to prevent dry rot and sun damage of tires ? Thanks., David.
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Old 08-25-2009, 06:44 PM   #2
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Best I can think of is tire covers. For about $25 a pair it is little cost with great return. Even if I only get 1 more year it is so worth it. At about $500 a tire my six goes $3,000!

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Old 08-26-2009, 07:01 AM   #3
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You might want to look at a product called 303 Aerospace Protectorant
http://http://www.303products.com/sh...protectant.cfm
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Id like to go with a product like 303 versus covers cause i have 4 vehicles and 303 can be used on ALL rubber things like CV boots and weatherstripping. 303 looks pretty good and i find whatever is suggested for marine use, is very good for RV use ... I see West Marine carrys it so ill pop in there and get me some today. In fact, after ive applied it, ill report back and tell you what i think. Thanks.
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I understand that some folks use it on their rubber and fiberglass roof's, their awnings, and like you said, their tires and weatherstripping.

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I haven't seen the "sun block" but as long as it doesn't have petroleum products it shouldn't cause any harm. 303 is the only thing I know of that I would use on my tires, if I wanted to spray/wipe something on them. (I do use 303 for other things.) My choice on the MH is tire covers -- I think they were $30 a pair for my 22.5" tires when I bought them six years ago. I wonder how much I would have spent on 303 or other products to put on my tires in the past 6 years?? I recently replaced the 7 yr old tires and they had no weather checking/cracks at all, so the covers certainly did their job!!
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Winnebago sells a product in their store that is for the rubber seals on your slideouts -- it does not contain petrolium distelates (can't spell that word) and on the can it says that it is good for tires also.
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Notice that nobody answered the question "does it work?". Obviously a number of people here have faith that doing something to block the sun from the tires is desirable, but I have never seen any credible evidence that is so. Modern tires contain UV blockers in the rubber itself, as well as ingredients designed to inhibit oxidation and other sources of deterioration. If you exercise the tires reasonably often (drive around), these chemicals will do their job and you probably don't need anything else. Just my $0.02...

So many variables go into tire wear and failure that it is all but impossible to make any accurate comparisons from anecdotal reports about tires that failed (or did not fail) in some number of years.

303 and other rubber protectants probably can't hurt and neither do covers, so if you want to err on the safe side you can certainly use them.
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I strongly support AFChap's post The only product I'll use on my tires is the "303" Aerospace Protectant. Also use it on our slide out seals.
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Tire covers and periodic application of 303...
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Don't let the use of covers and sprays give you a false sense of security. They still need replacement in the 7 year range. Mine look brand new (always covered when at rest), but, I know I will be replacing them in the not-to-distant future.
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I haven't seen the "sun block" but as long as it doesn't have petroleum products it shouldn't cause any harm. 303 is the only thing I know of that I would use on my tires, if I wanted to spray/wipe something on them. (I do use 303 for other things.) My choice on the MH is tire covers -- I think they were $30 a pair for my 22.5" tires when I bought them six years ago. I wonder how much I would have spent on 303 or other products to put on my tires in the past 6 years?? I recently replaced the 7 yr old tires and they had no weather checking/cracks at all, so the covers certainly did their job!!
I'm just wondering if the 22.5 tire covers attach like the 16" tire covers. If not, how do they attach? Thanks
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wondering if the 22.5 tire covers attach like the 16" tire covers
Probably the same? ...my 22.5" covers have a bungee type cord around the bottom. BUT ... they fit tight enough on the tires that I have not used the bungee cord in several years other than to secure the rolled covers when they are stored. I have been in all kinds of wind all over the country, and never had one come loose.
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I live in the Northeast and have had some pretty windy winter storms. Just the fitted top part of the cover hugging the tire seems to work. I make sure it is snug, but I don't bungee the bottom. Dale is right though. After the six or seven year mark, you need to have your tires professionally inspected. The tire may look good , but I want to have someone look at those sidewalls. Have a front and a dually taken off the rim and checked out. Great insurance. Of course having a TPMS is a must with any age tire.
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