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Old 02-21-2006, 10:38 AM   #1
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Hi,

We need a new spare tire cover for the Casita as well as for our horse trailer. I was wondering if anyone found a particular brand or type that holds up well, and fits/ties down really well so that it doesn't fly off easily. The one on the Casita was on there when we bought it and we haven't had any problem with it coming off - but it is on the back and probably suffers less wear and tear than the one on the horse trailer which is side mounted. Can't seem to keep a tire cover for long on the side mount. I've looked on some of the camping web sites, etc. but can't really tell much by looking so thought I would ask in case someone knew of a particular brand or type that has worked well.

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Old 02-21-2006, 10:45 AM   #2
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I won't comment on brand, but if weight is not an issue on the horse trailer consider putting a hard cover on.

Since nearly all the other type of covers are vinyl they'll all be affected by weather especially UVs. A protectant with UV protection should extend the life of the cover.
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Old 02-21-2006, 12:56 PM   #3
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Consider spending a pleasant afternoon at the local wrecking yard. Head for the area where they stash the pick-ups and vans. Conversion vans almost always were equipped with fancy stainless steel spare tire covers that would do a Scamp, Casita, horse trailer or whatever proud. The price would likely be a pittance compared to what they charge up-town.

Would your Scamp be satisfied with anything less?
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Old 02-21-2006, 03:54 PM   #4
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Why isn't there a Fiberglass RV tire cover?
Huh?
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Old 02-21-2006, 04:11 PM   #5
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Why isn't there a Fiberglass RV tire cover?
Huh?
Good Question.

I guess I just havenít put any time and effort into it.

My question is:

Is there enough interest and at what price point?

The last time I did it, there were a bunch of sizes and everyone wanted theirís customized with club numbers and RV names. Then shipping cost became an issue. Lastly, I had to charge tax to Californians.

I researched it, got wholesale pricing, and made about 70 (give or take) tire covers. The blank tire covers cost about $13 list price. I can get them in small quantities for about $9. Shipping cost about $7 to $10 ground. Printing depents on how many colors and what technique. Anywhere from $15 to $25 would be my guess for a budget.

Just some thoughts.
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Old 02-21-2006, 04:27 PM   #6
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I didn't think it would be such a hassle, I do vaguely remember now you had them before.
I was thinking generic MLFRV cover with website on it. No fancies allowed.
I'll shut up and go back to sleep now.
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Old 02-21-2006, 04:47 PM   #7
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Along with going to a junkyard and finding a riggid cover,there is an outfit that sells fiberglass covers, I just have not found them yet. My Bigfoot has a fiberglass cover and I have been looking for one for my boat trailer.The one from Bigfoot is too small.
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David, like this?

Customized Hard Spare Tire Cover
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Old 02-21-2006, 05:04 PM   #9
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Truck on down to your local Suzuki dealership, like I did, and score yourself a color matched fiberglass cover for well under a hunnert dollarz!
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Old 02-22-2006, 01:49 AM   #10
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How about these?

http://www.youdesignit.biz/designer2/step1.php
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Old 02-22-2006, 06:27 AM   #11
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Roberta,
My original spare tire cover lasted about four years but was getting hard and had tuned yellow. I ordered one from pplmotorhomes.com, as an afterthought, when placing an order for some other needed parts. That cover has outlasted the original and should make it another year or two. If you want to match your Casita, order the cover in Polar White. Colonial White looks yellow compared to the Casita finish. The quality of spare tire covers is not something that I gave much thought. I just wanted one that was a good fit and these are. They are on sale now for less that $15. Why spend more?
http://www.pplmotorhomes.com/parts/rv-cove...tire-covers.htm
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Old 03-12-2006, 11:27 AM   #12
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Donna,
You never cease to amaze me! You know where ALL the bodies are buried!
Keep up the good work.

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Old 03-13-2006, 03:19 PM   #13
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SEVERE STICKER SHOCK.....
I just rechecked the price of hard sided spare tire covers at our Suzuki dealership. I still have my old bill from about a year an a half ago. I almost wet my BVDs when the couner dood says "Just a little under $200"

Thats Canuck bucks though, NOR 'Muricun, eh!!
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For $200 bucks, I go the wrecking yard route. We have a couple of "You Pull It" yards that allow you to remove items and if you can hand carry the part out by yourself, it's only $25 for each piece. Would definitely worth looking into
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