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Old 03-07-2011, 09:03 AM   #29
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3 reasons why I use.
1- Can't hurt
2- Gives me something to do.
3- The time it takes helps me drink one less toddy.
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Thanks everybody for your comments and advice

All your comments have been most helpful and interesting. Thank you all for your advice and sharing your experience. I now know what to do with my trailer wheels.
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Old 03-08-2011, 10:48 AM   #31
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"Cover" should be "Protect" as in use a shield outside the tire proper. Unless you have a source of ozone close, a close cover will encourage heating and "hot" is what really hurts tires. As Tireman noted aging is a function of temperature; he's being generous as I've found by test that 16 deg. F is the magic number for doubling or halving the aging rate (and convinced the gov. we can use it for elastomers in critical applications).
Given that fact; we should all stay in Canada, or air condition our tires ~:-)>
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Old 03-08-2011, 11:36 AM   #32
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I feel is for show. Make the outside of the RV look better. If that the case for UV let put cover on our car while is park, LOL
You are correct. If you drive your car 3 to 10 times a week and put on 12,000 - 18,000 mi/year then you are using your RV tires like you would use your car tires so don't need the extra protection.
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Old 03-20-2011, 03:13 PM   #33
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Michelin RV Tips
LONG TERM STORAGE AND RV TIRES
Unless youíre a full-time RV-er, your vehicle probably spends some time in long-term storage. But what you probably didnít know is that rubber tires age when not being used.

So, if you must store your RV, a cool, dry, sealed garage is your best bet. Also, some storage surfaces can cause tires to age faster. Thatís why Michelin recommends placing a barrier (cardboard, plastic or plywood) between your tire and the storage surface.

Here are some other steps you can take to help reduce the aging effects from long-term storage:
1) Thoroughly clean tires with soap and water before placing into storage.
2) Cover tires to block direct sunlight and ultraviolet rays.
3) Store out of a high ozone area.
Note: When a vehicle is stored, tires should be inflated to the inflation pressure indicated on the sidewall.
Before removing your vehicle from long-term storage, thoroughly inspect each tire ó this includes sidewalls, tread area, and air pressure. If your tires have lost air, be sure to inflate them to the correct pressure before driving.
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Old 03-20-2011, 05:55 PM   #34
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Michelin RV Tips
LONG TERM STORAGE AND RV TIRES
Unless youíre a full-time RV-er, your vehicle probably spends some time in long-term storage. But what you probably didnít know is that rubber tires age when not being used.

So, if you must store your RV, a cool, dry, sealed garage is your best bet. Also, some storage surfaces can cause tires to age faster. Thatís why Michelin recommends placing a barrier (cardboard, plastic or plywood) between your tire and the storage surface.

Here are some other steps you can take to help reduce the aging effects from long-term storage:
1) Thoroughly clean tires with soap and water before placing into storage.
2) Cover tires to block direct sunlight and ultraviolet rays.
3) Store out of a high ozone area.
Note: When a vehicle is stored, tires should be inflated to the inflation pressure indicated on the sidewall.
Before removing your vehicle from long-term storage, thoroughly inspect each tire ó this includes sidewalls, tread area, and air pressure. If your tires have lost air, be sure to inflate them to the correct pressure before driving.
Could you give me the Michelin URL where you got this information?

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Old 03-21-2011, 06:05 PM   #35
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Michelin Tire care article from their website.

http://www.michelinrvtires.com/asset...ireArticle.pdf
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In the Phoenix area on a travel trailer I used to own, I found the unused 5yr old spare tire which was bumper mounted with a vinyl cover filled with just as many dry cracks and the four tires mounted on the axels with out any cover. On the 5er I own now, the spare is mounted underneith the trailer. This tire has not suffered the same type of sun damage after 5 yrs. I wonder if it is the UV or sun rays that cause the damage or the outside temp? The spare under the insulated trailer is sure to be a much cooler location than the spare mounted on the rear bumper with a cover.
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Old 03-24-2011, 12:32 AM   #37
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I put covers on at home but never while traveling. They really help keep the tire and wheel clean.
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I use them when in storage and when I will be parked for three days or longer -- may not do anything but, I believe in keeping them out of the sun if I can. Can't hurt.
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