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Old 04-23-2015, 03:24 PM   #11
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Ah, rubber bands. when I was 16 I had 4 paper routes that I delivered by car. It was one of the first motor routes in my county. I was given bags and bags of rubber bands to wrap the papers in.

I'm 51 now (you do the math but I think that's slightly over 5 years). I still have 2 bags of those rubber bands. They stay closed up in a drawer and they are perfectly fine. We use them for all sorts of stuff.

So much for the theory that they will degrade in a drawer when protected from the elements.

As I said above I cover more to protect the wheels from the elements and premature rusting than any other reason. $30 for 2 sets of covers. Most people spend more than that on a meal out.
Those rubber bands will not meet spec. But I will not argue the point. Just don't use them on anything important.
Its not my opinion it's just science.
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Old 04-23-2015, 05:34 PM   #12
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Our kids got us wheel covers as a gift and we use them when we are wintering in AZ. Partly for the sun aspect, but also for appearance (don't you dare say that is a typical response from a woman. )

When we are all set up with our patio, awning, lights, chairs, etc, the wheel covers help with the clean appearance. When we are doing real camping we don't use them.

So far we haven't kept an RV long enough to replace tires. Sigh. We keep upgrading, but we have sworn that the 2016 we have on order will have to last ten years!
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Old 04-23-2015, 06:10 PM   #13
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Tire covers .. GOOD IDEA.. on your daily driver the tires get exercised on a regular basis.. on your RV they sit for long periods of time.. The daily use makes the oils in the tires move and keeps the rubber "fresher" Uncovered the RV tires are prone to weather cracking and at that point need to be replaced.. On my 1st RV that happened in under 1 year..
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Old 04-23-2015, 07:07 PM   #14
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I had a trailer we stored at Myrtle Beach for about 5 years. Went to tow it home and both the tires that were facing the sun blew within 100 miles. I fulltime now and I usually wear 'em out before the 5 year mark, but I think if I ever store it again i'll at least lean a piece of plywood against the sunny side.
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Old 04-23-2015, 10:25 PM   #15
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Tires need to be worn out (as in cars and trucks) or timed out (as in trailers) before the natural degrading process catches up with you.
Well then I guess you could compare tires to hookers! LMAO!
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Old 04-24-2015, 05:16 AM   #16
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I have one on my spare that's mounted on the back bumper. It has the UF gator on it.

Good enough reason for me to keep the tire covered.
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Well then I guess you could compare tires to hookers! LMAO!
Geezzzzz.....roflmao !!! Now my fear is to see them coming 4 at once...
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I cover only when stored for the winter. When I am using it the slides are always out and they shade the tires. I leave the slides out at home all the time.
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Those rubber bands will not meet spec. But I will not argue the point. Just don't use them on anything important.
Its not my opinion it's just science.
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Spec? Seriously? We're talking about rubber bands. And as I said, they are still very serviceable and very reliable. So much for what scientists claim. Yes, it's science. I love science and physics, so I've been more surprised by this than you are. I would have thought them to be useless 20 years ago.
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Old 04-24-2015, 11:47 AM   #20
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We have tire covers for all 4 tires and we do crawl under the unit to install them when we are going to be in one location for an extended period- As stated by another, the tires seem to stay "fresh" when the unit is towed frequently- There are a LOT of different chemicals used in the makeup of a tire- Driving the unit gives these chemicals an opportunity to interact with other components to stay "fresh" Keeping the sun and our no longer pristine atmosphere from direct contact is a good thing- JMHO- DD
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