What Do Tire Covers Accomplish?
We are new AS-er's with about a year's experience towing and camping with our 27' AS Intl Serenity and an F150 Platinum 6.2L V8. Delighted with the trailer and the truck and eagerly awaiting the spring -- here in N Va., temps too cold to risk frozen plumbing, so the trailer's winterized and parked securely at a local RV storage yard.
My question for the forum is -- we are careful with trailer tires -- frequent pressure and lug nut checks, bearing and brake checks. I have seen tire covers used in 2 instances. First, where RV's are long-term parked in multi-month, multi-year position; and second, all the time, by overnighters and short-stayers. I expect tires to wear and wear out more frequently, and plan to replace before they're seriously worn -- on the order of every 2-3 years or more frequently. What do I gain (other than satisfying my mild compulsive instincts for trailer perfection) by covering the tires during winter storage? I would feel differently if I didn't plan very frequent use (2-3 trips/month) between March and November of each year. Tires get longest life from care and routine use, and suffer most from long-term outdoor exposure. I know the covers are pretty inexpensive, but are they overkill? Opinions pls. cb