tyres & sunlight protection

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  1. Scattycat

    Scattycat Funster

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    I know some folks are going to say, "Doh! Stupid question"

    But why do folks worry so much about covering up their MH's tyres when the same folks don't worry about covering their car tyres in the same way when the car's not in use. The sun 'can' be quite hot in the UK, or so I've been told :RollEyes:

    If the car's not in their garage do they cover the car tyres when they leave to go on holiday in their van's?

    Even when the vehicle is moving the sun is still going to be shinning on the tyres and probably any heat dissipated by the air passing over the moving tyre is going to be replaced by the pure effect of friction as it travels over the tarmac.

    Yeah, okay, I'm feeling bored, but none the less, 'Why do folks feel the need to cover their tyres when parked in the sun and is it really worth it?'

    So, who does and who doesn't and if you do 'why'?
     
  2. Snowbird

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    I always cover the van tyres for the simple reason that motorhome tyres rarely wear out but deteriorate first. If you spend long periods of time as I do in the sun then the sun will definitely eat your tyres. Car tyres tend to wear out long before the sun gets chance to eat them.
     
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    dave . thats why its a motor home . i think you need a static . ha ha .
    travel is the key not race and park for ages . keep them wheels turning . :RollEyes:
     
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    Now I know your havin a larf. The bus has had 2 oil services in less than 10 months.
     
  5. Rapide561

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    Tyres

    Hi

    We cover up when stood overseas, using an old bed sheet and a couple of bull dog clips.

    Russell
     
  6. busby

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    Always cover van tyres when abroad but never thought about my cycles. In three years the rubber gaiters on my front suspension completely degraded and one inner tube appeared through the side wall of a tyre. The power of the sun. I cover cycles up now. BUSBY.:BigGrin:
     
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    i never cover mine up .apart from covers on spares so they look nice . i find i usually wear a set of tyres out in about 5-6 years and although i winter in the sun .i hardly ever have a problem . think theres more to worry about than sun on tyres .
     
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    I inherited a set of tyre covers with the RV but I've never used them.

    I should really with tyres costing over £300 each. :Eeek:
     
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    Try getting ones that are NOT gold plated then. £300, I'd want a set for that! and change.
     
  10. Reallyretired

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    I've never covered my tyres. My philosophy is that a motorhome should always be ready to roll in a few minutes. Tyre covers, windbreaks*, awnings (apart from roll out for shade) are definitely out.


    *SWMBO says I need no artificial aids to break wind anyway.:Laughing:
     
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    Your having a laugh, sun in the uk lol
     
  12. davejen

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    Its not the heat of the sun that harms tyres, but the UV rays that cause them to deteriorate, cracking the sidewalls before you have worn the tread away.
    Cheers, Dave:thumb:
     
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    Raising this thread from the dead - can anyone reccomend some good tyre covers for UV protection. Recently bought some Kampa ones which are complete rubbish and don't stay on the tyres. The left hand side of the van faces south all the time it's on the drive with no shade whatsoever.

    Have searched the Internet and all the good ones seem to be in USA or cost a small fortune.
     
  14. Stephen & Jeannie

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    I don't :Doh: but I do "cork" my wipers !!:Cool::Cool::Cool:
     
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    two pieces of painted plywood would do the same job cheaply and last longer than the all singing all dancing vinyl or fabric ones. just cut to fit wheel arch and paint to protect from weather and improve the appearance
     
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    Get yer knees brown !!

    You need to get out more ! Like during the last week or so and into next week !:Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
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    ??? I know how to cork a bottle of wine but......wipers?
     
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    I was thinking that today. Just a painted board would be best, easy to put in place and less tempting to any one with a mind to pinch. I can see Colin's job list is getting very long for this weekend, what with the fridge fans (all purchased and ready for him) the reversing camera he knows his fitting and now cutting ply to the right shape for the wheels. Poor chap :Rofl1:
     
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    32c this afternoon round here!!!!!
    Cheers, Dave:drink::drink:
     
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    All i know is that i used to leave my cycles out in the sun in Spain. Within two seasons an innertube came through the sidewall of one tyre and the gaiters on the front suspension disintergrated. Must have been the sun. BUSBY:BigGrin:
     
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