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Old 04-23-2015, 06:51 AM   #1
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Tire covers needed or not

Please explain the logic behind the tire covers.

My truck tires are never covers and they last. The sun beat them like the one on a TT.

I've read they last mainly because I use my truck everyday, I keep them moving.

So, if the sun have no or little effect on my truck tires, why it would be different on my TT ?

Following the logic behind the reason why my truck tires last, am I wrong to think that what is damaging the TT trailer is more the fact that they are not moving a lot compared to the truck?

On top of that , peoples are saying that they cover their tires mainly when the TT is parked for a long period of time...but....they dont cover them when they are camping or travelling a lot ....but hey, the sun beat them camping or not for the same amount of time ....

If so IMHO tire covers offer little if any protection at all, furthermore we read that the tires are dead or almost dead around 7 years...so...

I need your input guys, from the pro covers and from against covers, do you really thing that you add life to your tires with covers , if so by how much ?


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Old 04-23-2015, 09:46 AM   #2
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I'm neither for or against tire covers. I cover one side only while it is stored for 8 months of the year straight. I cover the side that the sun beats against. The otherside is shaded the whole time. I imagine that the sun will dry out and possibly crack a none moving tire over time.

A rotating tire will bend and flex and warm up and remain flexible / pliable. A standing tire will not.

Whether it works or not, I have no idea. But the small cost of tire covers I'm on the side of, better safe than sorry.
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Old 04-23-2015, 10:28 AM   #3
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I cover my tires during off season storage but not during the camping season. I don't know if really helps or not, I do it mainly to prevent the wheels from rusting. I have gotten full life out of my tires, 6 years. As said above, they aren't expensive.
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Old 04-23-2015, 10:31 AM   #4
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Around here they keep the dogs and cats from peeing on the rims......
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Old 04-23-2015, 12:14 PM   #5
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Very good logic in the OP. Tire covers = less money in your bank account.

Trailer tires need to be changed based upon build date. For me that's 3 years for others as much as 5 but I think that's out there close to the limit.
Truck tires are doing way less work than a trailer tire given it's load range to actual load under use. RV manufacturers spec tires that are borderline rated for the task and this is considering the tires new condition. The derating curve on trailer tires is based upon time and not use or miles.
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Old 04-23-2015, 12:39 PM   #6
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Typically you don't need to cover your truck tires becasue you will wear them out before the sun can rot them. On a TT, most tires are replaced with what appear to be good tread life remaining, but they have lived their useful life based on age. Sun exposure excelerates the aging.

I replaced trailer tires at 5 years from MFG date regardless of what the tread looks like. however I still cover them, i just don't want to deal with blowouts that affect our trips.
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Old 04-23-2015, 01:09 PM   #7
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I do not cover my tires, but I do have indoor storage in the winter to protect from the sun. I have also heard that the covers add another path for mice to use to get into your trailer..
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Take a new rubber band and stretch it to what you consider max limit and then put it in a drawer in your house out of the sun for 5 years. Now try that stretch thing again.....pop! goes the band. I am sure everyone has encountered a bag of old rubber bands.

Rubber is a natural product and begins to degrade by time as soon as it's processed into a product.

Ozone is equal to UV when it comes to degrading rubber. All you need to degrade rubber is air.

I did cover my tires until I did some research and then I stopped doing it.

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.

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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.
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We wont reach a consensus ! :-)
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