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Old 04-21-2015, 07:48 AM   #15
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Gary RVRoamer and DeanDec...I do not follow...are you saying that since your wheel covers are kept in the back of your shop that you never use them?

Of do you use them all the time?
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Ours is in the driveway with shade but covers on.

Keeps territory marks off of the tires...
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Gary RVRoamer and DeanDec...I do not follow...are you saying that since your wheel covers are kept in the back of your shop that you never use them?

Of do you use them all the time?
Do not use, that is why they are in great shape.
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Old 04-21-2015, 04:31 PM   #18
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Gary RVRoamer and DeanDec...I do not follow...are you saying that since your wheel covers are kept in the back of your shop that you never use them?
Yeap. I bought mine when we spent a summer in a campground that irrigated with hard groundwater that spotted the heck out of everything it dried on. Kept the fancy wheels clean and saved me hours of polishing. Since then, have not had the covers on at all, in Florida sun, Maine rain, you name it.

IMO the need for additional UV protection is vastly overblown, but you should do what you think is best.
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Old 04-23-2015, 09:28 PM   #19
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Ah so...I am in CO and the sun is pretty intense...I have the covers and will cover the tires just for that little added protection.

I met a gentleman who works for a very large tire company here in Denver. He said two things I found interesting:

1. It is always a good idea to cover the tires if for nothing else, extra protection from the UV rays.

2. The "change your tires every seven years" is the most misleading scam on RV owners he has ever seen. As long as the tires are "staying in shape" as in no major cracking, wear, etc. he states that tire pressure and alignment dictate when you need tires (aside from wearing out).

This from a guy who sells tires...usually the tire guys are trying to sell tires to you as often as possible.

Just sayin'...
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Any suggestions on which covers to buy. We live in AZ and the covers on our TT didn't last one summer. Unfortunately, I can't remember the brand. We just bought a new Class A and I want to protect them from the AZ sun.
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The "change your tires every seven years" is the most misleading scam on RV owners he has ever seen.
He is consistent with most tires companies, but they all have that little caveat about being "in shape". Michelin even states it in writing in their RV guide, i.e. "professionally inspect every year after age 5". Problem is, can the average RV owner judge that well enough, and how much are you willing to risk it? Cause a failing tire can do a lot of body damage to an RV and really ruin your vacation trip as well. Replacing ties at or about 7 years is preventive maintenance and risk reduction. They might last 10 years, but odds are they will not. You decide.
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Reminds me of our visit to Morocco where a lot of the European Snowbirders end up to escape the snow and ice back home.

They pull up, jump out, and immediately put the covers on the tyres.

Then they get the sun lounges out of the boot, strip off nearly all their clothes and lie down in the strong sun for the next three months.

This bloke near Los Algodones had the tyres covered too

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David, I cover the tires any time I will be stopped for more than one night!
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Any place when over 2 weeks.
The G670's are now 10 years old this month and no cracks.
Be sure to watch the video on how to maintain control with a blowout. You're pushing the limit as you can't always see the cracks.
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I cover them whenever we are going to be in one place for more than a couple of days. I also use Aerospace 303 protectant on them as an extra protection. Its rated SPF 40.

Tire covers also keep rain from splashing dirt up onto the wheels.

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