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Old 01-11-2011, 01:38 PM   #1
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Tire Guard / Wheel Cover bungee system

Hi Everybody,
I'm looking for a little help. Maybe I'm just doing it wrong but I find using the bungee cord system that came with my Ultra Tyre Guard (ADCO / Camping World) covers to be a real hassle. Putting the covers on is simple enough but using the "exclusive ADCO bungee ball securing system" that holds the cover to the tire is difficult at best. I have to lay down under the coach, and fish around behind the tire TWICE. Once to pull the cord through the opposite side hole and a second time to send it back the other way to put the loop over the ball. There must be a better way! Any ideas?
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Here's the technique

You're doing it all wrong. What you need to do is secure the bungee across the back "before" you install it. [I'll show you how at the bottom]

Once you have the cord securely fixed to both eyelets...place cover over the top of tire and slide it down "over" the tire. {like putting on your socks...} Fold bottom edge of fabric vertically [like a hemed edge] so that it does not touch the ground. I usually allow 2" clearance for rain splatter and insect barrier.

Finished....and no backbreaking crawling.



**to get cord thru both eyelets do this. pull it thru one hole and snug the "Ball" tight to the grommet. Now one side is done.

Next, feed the opposite looped end thru the opposite grommet. Pull it thru as far as possible.

Now pull the whole cover thru the oversized loop of cord. Snug-the-cord to the second grommet. Done
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mine came with those bungee cords also. Never bothered with them. Have been in 60 mph winds and tire guards have stayed in place. (minor hurrican)
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You're doing it all wrong. What you need to do is secure the bungee across the back "before" you install it. [I'll show you how at the bottom]

Once you have the cord securely fixed to both eyelets...place cover over the top of tire and slide it down "over" the tire. {like putting on your socks...} Fold bottom edge of fabric vertically [like a hemed edge] so that it does not touch the ground. I usually allow 2" clearance for rain splatter and insect barrier.

Finished....and no backbreaking crawling.



**to get cord thru both eyelets do this. pull it thru one hole and snug the "Ball" tight to the grommet. Now one side is done.

Next, feed the opposite looped end thru the opposite grommet. Pull it thru as far as possible.

Now pull the whole cover thru the oversized loop of cord. Snug-the-cord to the second grommet. Done
Hi 62 Morgan,
Wouldn't that put the bungee above all the suspension components on the wheel? Does that work? Hey, I'm willing to give it a try but I thought the bungee went around the bottom of the tire.
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These are the best covers I've ever used,easy on and off,strong and durable.

Covered Wagon Wheel Cover Tire Covers 36"-39" White - eBay (item 260614109718 end time Jan-29-11 13:32:17 PST)
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mine came with those bungee cords also. Never bothered with them. Have been in 60 mph winds and tire guards have stayed in place. (minor hurrican)
x2 - I threw my cords away.
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I bought large fishing weights and tie-wrapped them to each grommet. I put the covers over the tire and flip the weights behind the tire. Holds them in the winds, keeps them from flapping and are very easy to install.
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Yes, Randy...that's the idea! Give it a try & you will see.

Bungee is to provide "tension" across-the-backface. Over the axle or under the axle makes no difference.By slipping it "Over" the tire you negate having to "Fish"-the-cord around the bottom of tire by whatever means.

The covers are approx. 5" too tall for 22.5" tires overall height.
If you throw out the bungee and use nothing, you have no way to adjust the bottom edge to keep it clear of the ground. As mentioned, I leave 2" clearance from pavement to keep ants and rainwater off the fabric's felt backface.
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I bought large fishing weights and tie-wrapped them to each grommet. I put the covers over the tire and flip the weights behind the tire. Holds them in the winds, keeps them from flapping and are very easy to install.
Doh!!!

I did something similar, but, more difficult to fabricate. I zip tied several links of chain to each of the grommets. Serves the same purpose as your fishing weights.

Before I installed the weights, I only used the tire covers once...much too difficult. Now, it's so easy to put them on.

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Thanks for the ideas everybody. I'll try the bungee over the axle approach (thanks 62Morgan) and, if that isn't satisfactory, the weighted corner approach (thanks Jim S and 777 Driver).
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I tied a length of sash cord to one grommet and tied a S hook on the other end of the cord. I put the cover on the tire. Then I reach my awning rod behind the tire, position the S hook in the rod loop, and pull the cord behind the tire to the open grommet and hook the S hook. Could also work with a regular short bungee, but I didn't have any at the time.
However, I am lazy and might try 62Morgan's technique.
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I'm not as sophisticated (sp) as you guys, and not as wealthy. I went to Home Depot and bought a roll of material similar to the aluminm sunshade material. I cut a length to fit the tandem wheels of my TT. I use 2 bungee cords with the end taped to gether to strech in front of the material. I hook one end of the bungee cord to each spring shackel and adjust the height of the material under the bungee. Works great to shade the tires and when not in use rolls up for storage.
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x2 - I threw my cords away.
Times 3 - Never have needed them. You would have to be in a hurricane before the would serve any purpose, and even then, I'm not sure my covers would come off!
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mine came with those bungee cords also. Never bothered with them. Have been in 60 mph winds and tire guards have stayed in place. (minor hurrican)
X4. Never used the cords and been in alot of windy weather.
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