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Old 09-03-2010, 08:28 PM   #1
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Tire protection when storing

Do you store your rig on dirt and if so do you put something under the tires.
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Old 09-04-2010, 09:49 AM   #2
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Ours is stored on a concrete driveway but if I did store it on dirt, I would put a piece of plywood under the tires.
Hope this helps.
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Old 09-04-2010, 03:26 PM   #3
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Yes I do and no I don't. My "dirt" is basically sand, pretty innocuous stuff.

I don't use tire covers either.
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You are going to find a variance in opinions on this. Here are some things to consider:
Petroleum based surfaces (Asphalt) can damage tires if parked in one spot for a very long time (Don't know the length of time).
Concrete surfaces are okay. However, one must consider the surroundings. In the storage unit I'm in, open bay, the MH next door had an Oil/transmission leak. It could have but did not run in my direction. Had it done so, it could have damaged the tires. So questions arise as to whether to run the coach up on boards, or some impervious membrane that is elevated off the surface.

If you search on "storing rv tires" without the quotes you will get a plethora of information.
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I have White Calichi SP? rock (common in N. Texas) inside my 30- x 36-foot "Galvanized Tunnel" and have seen no indication of a problem over three years use.
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Here in Az. the sun does way more damage than what the tire is setting on.
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my outdoor parking area is gravel mixed with weeds. I'll use tire covers, and crank the jacks all the way up to take most of the load of the tires. Then I'll grease the jack tubes so they don't rust over the winter, and yes I'll clean the grease off before I retract the jacks in the spring.
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Yes & Yes

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Do you store your rig on dirt and if so do you put something under the tires.
Yes, the coach is parked on dirt under a metal canopy cover. And, yes, the tires sit on plywood pads.

I take the plywood with me when traveling to use under the jacks if we set up on a soft or tender surface. They also come in handy if some coarse leveling is needed prior to putting the jacks down.

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I park also on sand , laying plywood under each tire to help protect the tire and also added is a UV tire cover. if I was on a cement drive way I would jack it up some to get the tires of the drive way to prevent flat spots on the tire.
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. All tire manufacturers recommend rotating loaded tires 1/3 turn every 30 days of non-movement to eliminate flat spots. I use wood 2x10 construction scraps under our 5er tires if we are not moving for a week or longer. This helps keep the tires from settling into the dirt or sand too. Water has a detrimental effect on tires over a prolonged period. Keep them on something solid that will keep them away from water or soil.
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I found some good covers at a very good price,and free shipping.

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3/4" plywood.
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Is that bad on the jacks?
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Is that bad on the jacks?
I don't think you were asking me this, probably JimM68 about raising the jacks fully. I'll let him answer.
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