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Old 01-17-2006, 04:01 PM   #1
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Was wondering what others put under tires when parked for extended periods of time. Do you use something when parked directly on ground or concrete ? I was thinking of buying some of those plastic cutting boards which would be light weight and easy to stack.
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Was wondering what others put under tires when parked for extended periods of time. Do you use something when parked directly on ground or concrete ? I was thinking of buying some of those plastic cutting boards which would be light weight and easy to stack.
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Old 01-17-2006, 04:13 PM   #3
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I use "landing strips" from http://www.rangerdesign.com. They are around $40 for a set of 4 for a motorhome with rear duals. You can probably come up with something cheaper, though cutting boards may be kind of pricey in a large enough size to fit under truck sized duals.

We use $5 cutting boards for jack pads to help prevent leaving jack prints in pavement, and to discourage the jacks from sinking into dirt or gravel. They bend without breaking, and regain their flat shape after use. Without them, we often found the jack feet covered with large chunks of gravel (dangerous to fellow travelers on the highway) or dirt.
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We don't use anything when parked - up to about 2 months without any movement at all. I personally don't feel any such action is required to get 6 years of life out of the tires - and they won't last 7 years no matter what I do.

Just my opinion - others will disagree.
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I have never used anything under my tires and I've been rving since 1973. And, never had a flat tire or a tire problem.

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Old 01-17-2006, 08:39 PM   #6
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I have been using bricks under all 6 wheels of my 2002 Winnie Adventurer. Seems to work OK. I use wooden blocks under the jacks when needed, otherwise nothing under jacks.
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Never have used anything under tires. I do cover tires though.
Use wood blocks under jacks. Have had zero problems with tires.

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In you're just interested in supporting tires, bricks will be fine as long as you insure there is enough to fully support the entire contact surface of all tires.

If you're interested in a vapor barrier to prevent the parking surface from leaching moisture out of the tires, bricks won't help much at all.

I've read a lot about the "need" for vapor barriers, and tire mfg recommendations to use something. I suspect a bigger concern for most RV owners will be leaving the rig sitting for long periods of time. If you use it at regularly, that will help keep the tires flexible. That, and covering the tires to protect them from UV deterioration, would be the two primary things you can do to help the tires serve you dependably 5-7 years. Using a vapor barrier, especially if parked on concrete, is defense #3 for me, and no where close to being as important as the first two.
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I use plastic mats that the kids use for sliding down hills. Here's a link to the Wacky Mat that I use.
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Canuck, I clicked on your link, but when I did search for Wacky mat it gave me no results
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Sorry about that. Try searching on Wacky Carpet, which is the actual name. The link should take you directly to the page containing this item. If not, drop me an email and I'll send you a picture of the item.
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I park mine on 3/4" 4' x 8' plywood sheets at home mainly to protect the ashphalt and reduce the tire PSI. In the south at my site I use those flexible cutting boards, again mainly to protect the decorative concrete finish that is coated with an appoxi finish. I guess both act as a semi barrier at least the plywood keeps the tires higher than the drive surface.
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Well I guess that really wasn't the answers I was looking for. I have read several posts in other forums that say giving your tires a barrier extends the life of them. Thanks for all your posts. Think I will try the flexible cutting board idea.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Well I guess that really wasn't the answers I was looking for. I have read several posts in other forums that say giving your tires a barrier extends the life of them. Thanks for all your posts. Think I will try the flexible cutting board idea. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

RV tires are good for 5 or 6 years. How many more years do you want to extend your tire life???
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