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Old 11-01-2005, 03:09 PM   #1
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With winter coming and the RV getting less use, I was thinking about the implications of the tires when the RV is sitting for periods of time. What maintanance should be done for short term and long term lay ups?
I can move it real easily but, it's not always on the priority list of things to do. I'm just afraid of getting flat spots in the tires and/or weakening the sidewalls.

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Old 11-01-2005, 03:09 PM   #2
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With winter coming and the RV getting less use, I was thinking about the implications of the tires when the RV is sitting for periods of time. What maintanance should be done for short term and long term lay ups?
I can move it real easily but, it's not always on the priority list of things to do. I'm just afraid of getting flat spots in the tires and/or weakening the sidewalls.

Thanks,

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Old 11-02-2005, 07:38 AM   #3
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If you have HWH Jacks, they have told us to raise the coach with the jacks up to where the "bulge" of the tire is reduced. This is to save pressure on the tire and bearings. We have done this for several years with good luck.

Another item is the surface area where one parks. Many recomend putting metal or plastic under the tires to isolate the tires from moisture coming up through the surface.

Keep the batteries charged and watered.
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Old 11-02-2005, 08:16 AM   #4
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It would be very important to completely cover the tires.

We also cover our airconditioners, as if we get high winds and rain, some water can get in.
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Old 11-02-2005, 04:14 PM   #5
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I would park with the tires up on some form of block or something to raise them so that water will drain away from them. Tire covers are also a very good idea. The more completely the tires are covered the better as both sunshine and ozone will have a negitive impact on your tires. It is also important to keep the tires properly inflated as going flat is very hard on the tire sidewalls. If you have leveling jacks it is also wise to use them to remove 20% or so of the weight from the tires and suspension.
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Old 11-02-2005, 06:02 PM   #6
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I don't cover my tires because I think the vinyl covers can trap mosture and cause brake and other problems. I have never had an RV tire problem in my 32 years of rving. I don't think any tire manufacture recommends placing covers on their tires. I know Michelin doesn't.

I also spend the winter in FL and don't see anyone that puts blocks under their tires to keep mositure off them. Isn't parked for camping for 6 months the same as parked for storage for 6 months??
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