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Old 10-31-2014, 11:53 PM   #43
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So the original poster probably got more than they wanted from this. And the bottom line seems to be that some like them and some don't. Both feel better with their choice. Hopefully that answers the OP's needs!

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Old 11-01-2014, 08:01 AM   #44
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Yep, tire covers are worth every penny and then some. My first coach was in 1978. I've been using them since then. I replace tires at the 10 year time out recommended by Michelin. I also keep the tires clean and dressed with my favorite tire dressing.

An additional benefit is the aluminum wheels stay pristine.
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I'll add my 2 cents on this one. A rolling tire will last longer than a sitting one. One thing to consider is that tire covers don't :breath: due to the fabric used. This means any moisture that becomes trapped stays where it is, not just on the tires, but also your braking system. If I were parked for an extended period, I would make shields out of plywood, protect the rubber, and circulate the air. (How many people do you see cover their auto tires?)
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Wow! Didn't think this would generate all this response! Thanks to all!!! From what I can gather, it would appear if tires sit for fairly extended periods in the lower 48, particularly in the southern tier, covers are the prudent way to go!
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I think when people compare tires on their cars to tires on an RV they miss the point of what causes tires to go bad. Driving a car every day or every other day, exercises the oil and compounds in the tire and keeps it from deteriorating. An RV tire, even though it has protective compounds, doesn't get the usage to keep those compounds as active as they should be.

It's only common sense......no matter what you place out in the elements (rain, sun snow wind) an item that is covered (protected) will outlast anything that isn't. Even stainless steel will show some deterioration when left uncovered vs covered.
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I think when people compare tires on their cars to tires on an RV they miss the point of what causes tires to go bad. Driving a car every day or every other day, exercises the oil and compounds in the tire and keeps it from deteriorating. An RV tire, even though it has protective compounds, doesn't get the usage to keep those compounds as active as they should be.

It's only common sense......no matter what you place out in the elements (rain, sun snow wind) an item that is covered (protected) will outlast anything that isn't. Even stainless steel will show some deterioration when left uncovered vs covered.
In addition to Don's comment, all tire covers are not equal.
The slip on covers using elastic to give them a snug fit do not breath as well as the ones that snap on the wheel well and are made of sunshade material. These of course allow air movement around the tire while blocking UV which is what kills RV Tires when sitting.
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Wow! Didn't think this would generate all this response! Thanks to all!!! From what I can gather, it would appear if tires sit for fairly extended periods in the lower 48, particularly in the southern tier, covers are the prudent way to go!
Yes I think you mostly have it. There are those who like the covers in certain situations. Yes, conversations can get lengthy. I'm on other forums that are totally different topics and they seem to all do that a bit

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I'll add my 2 cents on this one. A rolling tire will last longer than a sitting one. One thing to consider is that tire covers don't :breath: due to the fabric used. This means any moisture that becomes trapped stays where it is, not just on the tires, but also your braking system. If I were parked for an extended period, I would make shields out of plywood, protect the rubber, and circulate the air. (How many people do you see cover their auto tires?)
Canvas tire covers are what I use and it is a breathable fabric. Arcrilic or vinyl are really bad for tires. Plus many park want you to keep your area and rig nice looking and clean. Plywood is not very nice looking and you make get static from the park manager about using it. I also use tire dressing to keep my tires looking shiny and new. It has an ultraviolet UV protectant which protects tires from dry wrought. Works very well.
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If you're south of the Mason-Dixon line, maybe they're worth it. Up here in the Great Pacific Northwet (not a typo), I doubt they are. We bought a set when CW had them on special at a 75% discount, but I've only put them on about 4 times.

We don't have enough solar radiation here to worry about, plus the front tires are shaded by our house and next door.

It would take 6 hours a day sunbathing for 4 months of the year for s person to get within 20% of the exposure likely to cause a problem. We only bought the tire guards because they were 75% off at CW!
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I agree with all the pro tire cover comments plus it also gives my Chihuahua another place to pee.
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