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Old 06-09-2015, 08:05 PM   #15
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Thanks.

So I'll try to describe the Rube plan. I gave up on the snaps idea - just hate the idea of drilling holes in the Tin Goat.

So - I'm imagining a rectangular vinyl fabric with a weighted pole on top that would be draped over the top of the tires and drop down to the axles while the rest of the fabric comes back over the tops of the tires and hangs down to the ground.

To keep them attached and not bothered by wind, I'm thinking one of the following:

A) make them long enough so you drive over the vinyl bottom part then roll up the vinyl from the bottom to the top and place the weighted rod over the tops of the tires, or,

B) have a bungee attached to each end of the pole that attaches to a grommet on the sides of the vinyl covering the tires, or

C) another weighted pole sewn across the bottom part of the vinyl cover.

Of course - the tandem you shared in the link seems pretty darn simple 😃
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Old 06-09-2015, 08:30 PM   #16
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Sounds like a project just for the heck of it. I do silly things like that all the time. I usually end up spending twice as much as the store bought version plus all the time involved. My time is cheap these days so no issue there.
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Old 06-15-2015, 08:25 AM   #17
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This "backing" can contribute to tread separations.

Would you please clarify by what you meant here? What backing? The stuff on the back of the tire covers? If that's what you meant, would you please expand on how it hurts the tire?

I ask because we just had two blowouts in one day, and I had put our covers on for a few weeks over the winter.
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Old 06-15-2015, 09:12 AM   #18
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Harbor Freight has their white canvas tire covers bargain priced ... they work well for us.
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Old 06-16-2015, 08:03 AM   #19
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Spray on "UV" protectant does nothing to prevent the tires from cooking in the sun.

This "backing" can contribute to tread separations.

Sorry I intended to say the baking as in cooking in the heat trapped by solid black covers.
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Would you please clarify by what you meant here? What backing? The stuff on the back of the tire covers? If that's what you meant, would you please expand on how it hurts the tire?

I ask because we just had two blowouts in one day, and I had put our covers on for a few weeks over the winter.
Backing baking answered above.

RE "Blowouts" This term is commonly used to describe a tire that is actually a sidewal flex failure from running low pressure. It only takes a few miles for this to happen. Examples below


Close examination will usually find some melted body ply cord

which is physical evidence of the tire having been operated significantly under-inflated at highway speed.
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Old 06-16-2015, 08:37 AM   #21
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Here is a picture of a 1989 Avion that had the snap-on covers for the triple-axle 34VB. You could easily modify the design to have the snaps in the wheel well area rather than on the skin of the trailer. They could be weighted easily.

Our 1987 Avion 34W has evidence of prior wheel /tire skirts and an entire tropic room. I plan on getting some fabric, probably from Zip Dee, to make new wheel/tire covers. I also know of a local tent/awning business that would probably also be a good source.

On our silver trailers, the snaps are barely noticeable, at least mine are. They are installed along the rivet line above the wheel wells and blend in with the rivet line.
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Old 06-16-2015, 09:00 AM   #22
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Snap on tire covers are comon on white box trailers. At least down here in my neck of the woods. I use the double covers, easy on and off.
Mike, where do you store yours? We have double on one side, singles on the other. They seem to collect spiders and other creatures. I used to put them in the SUV but now I fold the covers and put them in the propane cover box.

You probably have a pickup so maybe not an issue for you.
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Old 06-16-2015, 09:31 AM   #23
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Mike, where do you store yours? We have double on one side, singles on the other. They seem to collect spiders and other creatures. I used to put them in the SUV but now I fold the covers and put them in the propane cover box.

You probably have a pickup so maybe not an issue for you.

Parked in my front yard with one side on the drive way. So far no issues with bugs. I keep the area around the trailer sprayed down with bug killer and cut short. I do have a neighbors cat that likes to snooze on top of the wheels. And nope I no longer have a pick up. Currently driving and towing with a 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland 4WD with 5.7 Hemi. After removing I always give the covers a good shake, roll up and usually tuck them down behind the seats in the Jeep.
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Old 06-16-2015, 12:02 PM   #24
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Parked in my front yard with one side on the drive way. So far no issues with bugs. I keep the area around the trailer sprayed down with bug killer and cut short. I do have a neighbors cat that likes to snooze on top of the wheels. And nope I no longer have a pick up. Currently driving and towing with a 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland 4WD with 5.7 Hemi. After removing I always give the covers a good shake, roll up and usually tuck them down behind the seats in the Jeep.
My covers are not so clean as to tuck them anywhere but hosed off, brushed off, dried and stuffed in a bag for future use. Fortunately the AS is walking distance from my house but the parking is on a pavers track with grass edges, oh well. The things we have to put up with no rent, walking distance to the house and with water and electricity, WOW!

BTW, my tire covers come FREE with the SOB cover for our last RV.
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Old 06-16-2015, 12:40 PM   #25
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I went with the patio screening that is used for window covers & such on RVs. It comes in 70% and 90% light transmission, I went with 90%. It snaps on my plastic fender skirts (EB only), comes with the fabric looped at the bottom edge so any kind of weight could be inserted. Looks a lot like the pix of the skirted classic posted early this thread.
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Old 06-16-2015, 02:43 PM   #26
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My boat uses an aluminum track attached to the boat and welting stitched onto the canvas to hold up the canvas curtain for the cabin. The track is about 6' long and shaped to fit the cabin contour. The welting on the canvas is the same length. When I want to hang the canvas, I just slide the canvas welting into the track. It goes in very easily. A few snaps on each side keep it in place.

You can buy the track and welting online. Curtain, Canvas & Upholstery: 1 1 4 x 1 2 Canvas Upholstery Track Welting @ tacomarine.comI think you could attach the track to the wheel well trim using the existing screws that hold it in place, then, with the welting stitched onto some Sunbrella-type fabric cut and finished to fit, slide it into the track. A couple of snaps inside the wheel well would hold it in place. You could also stitch some lead weights into the bottom of the fabric to keep it from flapping in the wind.

This would save you from drilling any new holes with the exception of a couple inside the wheel well for the snaps.
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Old 06-16-2015, 02:54 PM   #27
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Why do we use tire covers on our trailers and not on our cars?

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Old 06-16-2015, 05:51 PM   #28
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Dang, TinShack - that could work too! So many options! Thanks!
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