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Old 08-16-2013, 02:54 PM   #1
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RV wheel covers?

What's the deal? I mean I get that they protect the wheels, but how necessary are they really? We plan on taking our Scamp out at least once a month, so not letting her sit real long at the storage space. Any advice would be appreciated! Thanks!
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Old 08-16-2013, 03:03 PM   #2
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I vote for necessary!

Take a minute to cover them and use a barrier between the tire and whatever you park it on. The last thing you need is a tire failure due to the breakdown of the rubber.
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What do you recommend as a barrier between the tire and pavement? We're new to this - thanks!
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What's the deal? I mean I get that they protect the wheels, but how necessary are they really? We plan on taking our Scamp out at least once a month, so not letting her sit real long at the storage space. Any advice would be appreciated! Thanks!
Those who embrace the "Logan's Run" approach to tire replacement certainly could not present a rationale for tire covers.
I don't even have a tire cover on my spare, but I must acknowledge that tire covers could reduce UV,weather, and soil exposure while stored.
Also, they could (I suppose) provide shelter for pests and vermin.
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When the egg is in it's nest the tires are shaded and no direct sun light reaches them. The trailer is sitting under shelter on well drained gravel. I don't think it can get any better. We're off using the trailer 4 to 5 months out the year and replace the tires every 5 to 6 years. I don't think I can really justify tire covers.
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Old 08-16-2013, 03:23 PM   #6
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What do you recommend as a barrier between the tire and pavement? We're new to this - thanks!
Depends on what type of surface you are parking on? We parked on a concrete slab (our driveway) in full sun.

A small piece of plywood...or the level blocks..looks like legos!
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Why would plywood be gentler on the tire than concrete? Is this a convolution of "don't store your battery on concrete"?
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concrete is better than dirt, wood is better than concrete, up in the air, covered is best, but that is improbable
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Any science behind this progression of desirable surfaces, Jim? I do use tire covers to block UV radiation and I paint new trailer tires with that lamp black sunblocker for its alleged benefits in blocking UV. I also wear belts and suspenders and shirt garters and blousing rubbers and rub my rabbit's foot daily. I don't remove weight from the tires out of season but have been known to throw the racing jack under there and rotate them one at a time to a fresh area unsullied by contact with whatever negatives are found underfoot, or undertire in fact. I'd roll the trailer a bit forward and back but the skijump driveway won't allow without hitching up.

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Everything I read about rubber, you look at the auto's in museums, they have protection from the cement floor that has some chemical not good for rubber.
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The chemicals in concrete adversely affect the rubber compounds in the tires, and can cause them to deteriorate more rapidly.

The UV rays will damage the sidewalls.

Being proactive instead of reactive may save your life or another motorists if you have a tire failure. Of course it's personal preference......but knowing the consequences may make your decision easier.
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Being proactive instead of reactive may save your life or another motorists if you have a tire failure. Of course it's personal preference......but knowing the consequences may make your decision easier.
I like the way you think. Camping is dangerous!
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Everything I read about rubber, you look at the auto's in museums, they have protection from the cement floor that has some chemical not good for rubber.
since those floors are almost always sealed or painted or both, do you suppose they may be protecting the floor from tire marks?
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Seems pretty trivial to slip a couple of pieces of plywood on the outside of the tire. Heck one can even get fancy drill a couple of holes and bungee that sucker in place.

Same with tossing a piece of wood down under the tires and hitch jack. Might be doing some good, or no good, not doing any harm... unless I trip on it.

However if you cover your spare with a white vinyl tire cover you should first wrap the tire in kitchen plastic wrap, dry cleaning bag, or even tin foil (save the tin foil hat comments for the political forums if you please!) If you don't put something between the black rubber and the white vinyl cover in about 6 months or so the vinyl will be stained brown.

Those of us with torsion axles can make a valid arguement for getting some weight off the tires to reduce the compression on the axle torsion rubber.
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