Motorhome wheel Covers

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  1. blade1889

    blade1889 Read Only Funster

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    Hi Where can I but a couple of wheel covers for when I'm on site?
    The ones that protect the rubber from the sun.
     
  2. Geo

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    Ask Lindy-C (Stateside Tuning) via Pm Im sure she has them from about 16" and up
    HERE use send a message button:thumb:
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    For European vans you'll find these are a lot cheaper than those :Smile:
     
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    I was in Riversway yesterday and had a look at those wheel covers they seem OK.
     
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    Sorry Jim I had assumed he wanted quality ones:RollEyes:
    Bin liners are free:thumb:
     
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    We have pay for our bin liners and they probably cost more than the Riversway wheel covers:BigGrin:
     
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    Wheel covers may not be your complete answer Blade.

    They'll keep the UV out but,
    but they'll be hot inside evaporating the oils that keep the rubber soft.
    They are also quite bulky.

    Any way you can hang "curtains" to keep the UV out whilst allowing airflow to keep the tyres cool?
     
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    Save £££'s on wheel covers.....

    Why? Your tyres will last at least 5 years without covers, by which time they need to be replaced anyway. You won't stop the cracking that ageing gives (you could try Oil of Ulay, on you not the tyres) so go and spend it on good booze or women/men or petrol, or holidays or kids or dogs or hobbies or ME!!! :Rofl1:

    ATB
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    Depends how far south he ventures Dave, and for how long.
    And for how long the tyres sits in one place in the sun.

    Incidentally, 5 years is the sell-by time.
    Tyres should be good for a few years after that.
    When you buy "new" tyres, it's worth checking when they were made.

    Loaded tyres that remain unrotated for any period of time are more at risk because one bit of the sidewall carries the load for a long time time.
    If it's in the sun, that bit of sidewall can deteriorate very rapidly.
     
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    These might be worth a try. Welcome to Van Comfort

    Keep meaning to go and check them out but haven't found the time yet.

    Gill
     
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    This is a manufacture date, not "sell by" Many experts advise that a 5 or 6 year old tyres on a motorhome should be replaced irrespective of how they look.

    Some dealers will sell you New tyres that are 5 years old but there is no such thing. They start deteriorating immediately even out of the light, so you are being sold 5 year old tyres that have almost no life left, even if they have all the tread.
     
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    Thanks Jim
    Thats what I thought too. And if you're in a MH surely you're going to keep it moving anyway? My reasoning was due to my van having only done about 30K, had little or no wear after 7 years, but the walls were sh..ged!! My mother-in-laws had the same, and hers were covered with these covers all the time. And they weren't the lightweight ones either.
    ATB
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  13. 45eEver

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    Jim, I can't understand what you mean by '. . . this is a manufacture date . . . '
    I wrote of a sell by time.

    The manufacture date is printed on the sidewall, in code.
    Sell by time is manufacture date plus 5 years.

    I think the experts you have been talking to have a vested interest in selling tyres.
    A layman recently explained the problem with M/H and caravan tyres to me.
    I'm not sure he was technically accurate, but he had got the general idea.
    He explain that, when tyres are parked, the oil in them flows to the bottom of the tyre.
    This leaves the other parts short of oil, so they wear out quickly.
    you should drive your motorhome round every week to solve the problem.

    As I said, not technically accurate, but his heart was in the ight please.
    Every genuine expert I've asked 'gets kinda shifty and says nix-nix' when I try to tie him down.
    ROSPA, punt for 10 years.
    But total tyre experts they ain't.
    Total safety specialists they are.

    ROSPA state publically: -

    'Tyre Aging [​IMG]Rubber compounds used in tyres contain anti-oxidising chemicals that help to slow down the natural aging process of untreated rubber.

    However, tyres do deteriorate with age, which increases the risk of tyre failure, and there are many ways in which this can be spotted:

    • Cracking/crazing on the side wall of the tyre, caused by its flexing
    • Distortion of tyre tread
    • Deformation of the carcass of the tyre
    There will also be a deterioration of the ride quality caused by vibrations through the tyre.

    This may signify the tyre’s performance has been affected by age and should be investigated as soon as possible.

    All tyres that display signs of aging should be removed and not put to further use.
    Tyres that have been in storage should not be placed into use if they are over 6 years old, from their date of manufacture.

    When a tyre has been in use, the effects of aging are lessened to a degree, but such tyres should be replaced after 10 years.

    The effects of aging can be brought about prematurely in several conditions.

    Tyres fitted as spare wheels or used on caravans and trailers may age prematurely.

    If tyres on caravans or trailers are not in regular use, then they should be inspected before every journey.

    Tyres used predominantly in coastal areas will age at a greater rate due to the saline conditions, and several cleaning products may also harm the chemicals in the rubber.

    In most circumstances tread depth can be used as a suitable indication of when tyres should be replaced - as tyre treads generally wear out before their age effects their performance.

    However, the age of a tyre will affect its safety and increase the risk of failure, and you should inspect tyres for the signs of aging regularly.'


    Road Safety : Advice and Information : Motor Vehicles : Tyres Information Sheet
     
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    Here's what Michelin have to say on the subject of tyre life,

    'The life expectancy of tyres is impossible to predict.

    Tyres are made from many different materials and types of rubber which are blended differently depending on the designed use of the tyre.

    There are many effects that will affect the life of the tyre such as temperature, maintenance, conditions of storage and use, load, speed, pressure as well as driving style.

    These will have a great effect on the legth of service life you can expect from your tyres.

    This is why we ask you to pay particular attention to the exterior condition of your tyres, to the regular checking of pressure and to look for anything abnormal in the way that your vehicle drives such as increased vibration, noise or 'pulling' of the vehicle to one side or the other.

    These effects could reveal the need to replace your tyres.

    The most important of these regular inspections is checking your tyre pressures. I
    t is recommended that all your tyres, including the spare, trailer tyres, caravans and motorhomes, are inspected by a tyre professional regularly to ensure that they achieve their maximum service life.

    After 5 years or more in service, your tyres should be throughly inspected at least once per year and iIf the need arises follow the recommendations of the vehicle manufacturer in regards of replacing the original equipment tyres.

    As a precaution, if your tyres have not been replaced after 10 years of service life from the date of manufacture*, it is recommended that you replace your tyres with new ones if the tyres have not already reached their legal limit of wear.




    * See our page on 'how to read a tyre'. '
     
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    If you can get past the American accents and drama, this is an interesting video.:Smile:

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3mu2jMJedLw"]YouTube - Age of Tires / Edad de las gomas[/ame]
     
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    You can buy them in the States, on line, for about £22 per pair. I've just returned with two pairs in my suitcase and would confirm they're cheap (as in price), not cheap (as in quality) and not bulky. Here's a link, but if you Google TIRE covers - RV (note the Yankee Doodle spelling) you'll hit on several sites. I think 2nd class postage is cheap; allow about £10 and there you go. BTW, I looked at those German silver screen things someone posted a link to and IMO they look terrible! :Cool:
     
  17. 45eEver

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    It's a good video that one Jim.
    I've listened to it several times before.

    The car in which the driver was killed was based in Pensylvania.
    The southern boundary is a smidgen south Madrid.
    Newtown, where he lived, isn't that far from the sea and is about on a level with Madrid.

    So there you have all the ingredients for tyre ageing.
    High summer temps, lots of UV around, and the possibility that it was exposed to sea air.
    Further, the van was a works hack, perhaps with a selection of drivers.
    Each one relying on the other guy checking tyre pressures, etc.

    The tyre failed because the tread came off, according to the report.
    Did you find anywhere that the cops related age to the tyres failure?
    Incorrect pressure is a common reason for losing tread.
    If you watch the side of the main roads, especially motorway, you will see rings of treads from lorries.
    Typically, one of the twin wheel tyres punctures.
    Slowly loses pressure.
    The tyre overheats.
    The tread comes off.
    It's rarely age related on commercials.
    Downtime, callouts, associated delays on delivery times, extra pay and expenses for the driver cost.
    In the unlikely event that there tyres last into even middle age, replacing them is cheap insurance.

    Hence the need to check tyre pressures regularly.
    I keep meaning to treat myself to those fancy valve caps.
    But then again, I never trust them.

    The story made nice copy for the media though, and carries a lot useful info about manuf. date marking and the discreet codes they use.

    I think it's high time they put a proper date on tyres in large letters.
    What do you reckon Jim?
     
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