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View Poll Results: Do you put covers on your tires?
I always cover my tires 65 45.14%
I sometimes cover my tires 43 29.86%
I have covers but don't use them 5 3.47%
I don't have any covers for my tires 31 21.53%
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Old 10-20-2011, 02:23 PM   #43
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I have an 04 and replaced my tires last year with only 13,000 mi. Tread was like new, but from info on this forum, I decided it was for safety's sake. Feel better when on the highway.
I can gamble with a lot when your on the road, but tires ain't one of them. Get on YouTube and search motorhome accidents. It ain't pretty!
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Old 10-21-2011, 03:29 PM   #44
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What's all this gambling talk about. If you don't use tire covers or 303 protectant you are gambling? Come on folks, there is not one shred of evidence that proves covers or any tire protectant will provide protection against a tire failure within the normal tire life time. I would guess that low pressure is the major cause of tire failures.

I'm not suggesting you don't use covers or protectant of some kind. If it gives you comfort, them by all means do so. What i am suggesting is, these measures will not do what a lot of folks think.

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Old 10-22-2011, 06:45 PM   #45
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Well excUUUUUse me!!! Sorry to have voiced an opinion!
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Old 10-22-2011, 07:04 PM   #46
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What's all this gambling talk about. If you don't use tire covers or 303 protectant you are gambling? Come on folks, there is not one shred of evidence that proves covers or any tire protectant will provide protection against a tire failure within the normal tire life time. I would guess that low pressure is the major cause of tire failures.

I'm not suggesting you don't use covers or protectant of some kind. If it gives you comfort, them by all means do so. What i am suggesting is, these measures will not do what a lot of folks think.

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I assume that you have done some extensive testing that you would be willing to share.
In 40 years of RVing I have had one blowout, never replaced tires before ten years, and I always used covers prior to 1993 when I started to use 303.
Did the covers or 303 help? I realy don't know but it's cheap and easy to do. Im still in the testing stage !!
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Old 10-22-2011, 07:32 PM   #47
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There is not one shred of evidence that proves covers or any tire protectant will provide protection against a tire failure within the normal tire life time.Jim E
Whether you cover or protect your Michelin tires or not, they will crack.
That's a fact Jack.
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Old 10-22-2011, 11:41 PM   #48
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Whether you cover or protect your Michelin tires or not, they will crack.
That's a fact Jack.
Agreed...but WHEN they will eventually crack will depend on how well they are maintained... and I believe that covering them up is just part of maintenance (certainly proper air pressure is also a factor). IMHO

Just look at anything that's exposed to the elements. For example the paint on my house is about 6 years old. The south side is faded and worn compared to the north side. Could this possibly be from UV rays...hmmm.
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If spending more than two nights, I cover the tires.
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I assume that you have done some extensive testing that you would be willing to share.
In 40 years of RVing I have had one blowout, never replaced tires before ten years, and I always used covers prior to 1993 when I started to use 303.
Did the covers or 303 help? I realy don't know but it's cheap and easy to do. Im still in the testing stage !!
No, I have not done extensive testing, in fact I have not done any testing. I'm just saying there is no unbiased proof that covers or 303 will will extend tire life. Just because someone has used them for x number of years with no failures doesn't mean it was because they were using them. As I said, i have never used them and have had no failures due to UV damage.

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Great! Now I can't use that to get out of walking the dog. Thanks a lot.
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Paint on my house is 15 years old and still looking very, very good. Excellent as a matter of fact. And trust me, we are in the Texas sun and it is hot.

Now, with that said, I received my RV Shades tire well covers. You can go to their web site and see what the offer. I could have had them made somewhere else, but hey, these have been around for awhile. I'm expecting that they will absorb 90% of the UV rays. I will not put them on when the unit is in storage, I'm in a covered storage area - not much sunshine. But they sure are going to look good when we get to a CG.

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No, I have not done extensive testing, in fact I have not done any testing. I'm just saying there is no unbiased proof that covers or 303 will will extend tire life. Just because someone has used them for x number of years with no failures doesn't mean it was because they were using them. As I said, i have never used them and have had no failures due to UV damage.
If you want proof of the suns power try lying in the sun without UV protection.
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If you want proof of the suns power try lying in the sun without UV protection.
The subject is about the need for tire covers and 303 protectant, not the power of UV on human skin. Ever hear of applying 303 protectant to your body instead of a sun screen?

This question is directed to all 303 protectant users. If your are a believer in 303 protectant claims, under what conditions and how often do you apply it to your tires?

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The subject is about the need for tire covers and 303 protectant, not the power of UV on human skin. Ever hear of applying 303 protectant to your body instead of a sun screen?

This question is directed to all 303 protectant users. If your are a believer in 303 protectant claims, under what conditions and how often do you apply it to your tires?
Actually the Ops subject was the need for tire covers to protect the rubber from harmful UV rays. No mention of 303. The sun can cause your tires and skin to crack.
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This question is directed to all 303 protectant users.
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When I had a boat, the threads on the cover would rot every year. I sprayed 303 on the threads once a year and the only threads that rotted, were where I missed. I know it's not a tire. I'm just saying that 303 does work for UV protection. I should try it on the top of my head.
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