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Old 06-16-2015, 06:18 PM   #29
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What TinShack is describing sounds like rails that are on my '62 Tradewind. I think these rails are factory installed, and I've never been 100% sure what they were for. But tire covers are really the only thing that makes sense.

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Old 06-16-2015, 06:46 PM   #30
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What TinShack is describing sounds like rails that are on my '62 Tradewind. I think these rails are factory installed, and I've never been 100% sure what they were for. But tire covers are really the only thing that makes sense.

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Yes, that is like the track I'm referring to. The newer Airstreams have a trim piece that is screwed on inside the wheel well, so rather than rivet it to the side, I was thinking it may be better to utilize the screw holes that are already there. For you Thalweg, since you already have the track, making the covers with the welting would be all you need.
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Old 06-17-2015, 09:22 AM   #31
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Why do we use tire covers on our trailers and not on our cars?

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Variety of reasons.

Most car tires get replaced at 4 to 5 years
Many cars spend a good portion of their lives in garage
Car tires have a 15% to 25% margin on load so they have less structural damage done when driving (remember over half of all RVs have one or more tire in an overload situation)
All cars since 2002 come with TPMS so the driver is alerted to a loss of air. I bet that fewer than 10% of RVs have TPMS
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Old 06-20-2015, 06:48 PM   #32
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Why do we use tire covers on our trailers and not on our cars?

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Car tires don't usually age out - usually you've put enough miles on them that they need to be replaced simply due to wear before they age out (5 or 6 years). But, people like me that have vehicles we don't drive as often do have to watch the tire age. I just replaced a set that were 7 or 8 years old on my car (I probably got away with fudging the date a bit because I keep it in a garage and use the car often enough to keep them from dry rotting - but, at least one of them was bad, giving me vibrations at highway speed, so it probably wasn't going to be long before I had a blowout or something).
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