Tyre Covers Needed?

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  1. Gin Palace

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    :smiley: Our 1st european trip in a MH soon to France Spain and Portugal with some long stays at certain sites. How important are tyre covers and should I buy some for all wheels?
     
  2. Caerus

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    Good question. Why no answers?
     
  3. FJmike

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    When I worked in a M/H dealership we often saw tyre cracking when inspecting trade ins, frequently it was the inside tyre wall that had perished so couldn't possibly be caused by sun light. So perhaps covers are a waste of money?
     
  4. Martin OSullivan

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    6 new tyres for me tody due to cracked walls on the outside, no cracks on the inside so must be caused by sunlight. 4 of the tires were dated year 2000 so well past their expiry lifespan of 7 years or so.
     
  5. Lenny HB

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    If you are going to be parked up for a couple of months take the van out for a good run every 2-3 weeks will help keep the tyres supple as well as doing the mechanics a bit of good.
    Tyres suffer more from lack of use than sunlight.
     
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  6. Armytwowheels

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    Two new tyres for us tomorrow, due to being worn out!!
     
  7. JJ

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    Never ever, ever, ever, used tyre covers.

    No one in our Portuguese gang uses tyre covers.

    Only time I have seen tyre covers here are on some motorhomes.

    But NEVER follow me... do what you think is best.

    JJ :cool:
     
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  8. Allanm

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    If you are worried about UV light affecting your tyres, then you can buy tyre dressing with UV blocking, but, most of the deterioration of tyres starts from the inside and not from the outside!
    Air under pressure, when tyres are inflated, contains lots of water and oxygen, plus other chemicals, including ozone.
    There is a theory that the presence of these chemicals, especially water, inside the tyre cause oxidation to occur, which speeds up the deterioration of the tyre from the inside, and this oxidation process speeds up when the temperature of the air inside the tyre rises.
    The answer may not be to cover the tyres but to inflate them with nitrogen, which reduces oxidation, holds pressure better ( less risk of tyres heating up due to under inflation) and tyres tend to run cooler, so no extra heat from over inflation.
    Nitrogen is best used in new tyres and could extend the life of low mileage tyres by as much as 30 or 40%.
    Probably.......
    Allan
     
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    After having 2 blow outs from tyres that looked just fine but the rubber had perished I always use my tyre covers. Its better to get a full set as if you only have one side and end up on a north/south facing pitch your going to be moving them around twice a day.
     
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    Even planes don't use them and think how important and expensive their tyres are.
     
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    yes, well worth using, but no need to buy anything, pop into the local shop and get some cardboard boxes, cut out the size and use that or black bin liners..

    anything in fact that is free .. we like free :D
     
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    Aircraft tyres are inflated with Nitrogen, not only for it's purity, but it is inert and therefore safer.
     
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    @Gin Palace Debs and I are on our maiden trip around France, Spain and Portugal at the moment. We shall keep an eye out for you and say hello if we can. I have started a blog in here with costing sand sites so far if you are interested. Incidentally we have no tyre covers, but saw a few people from The AutocruiseClub Club with big tartan heavy duty shopping bags, side cut out as tyre covers, good, cheap option I thought!!
    http://www.motorhomefun.co.uk/forum/xfa-blogs/bobndebs-mckay.32420/
    Cheers
     
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    image.jpg This I,s the type I mean. !! (y)
     
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    Crikey I am sure I could fashion a set for every Funster from my wife's enormous collection of "bags for life". We've got Tesco, Sainsbury's, Asda, Waitrose, Coop etc, etc, etc.

    My car boot is full of them. Her car boot is full of them, the van is full of them, the house is full of them.:doh:
     
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    But how much time do the tyres spend outside exposed to the elements? Very little. How often are they changed? Very often.
     
  19. Gin Palace

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    Thanks everyone! (y)
     
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    Thanks for the link! Will be following you soon :hi:
     
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