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Old 08-03-2013, 11:43 AM   #15
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The tire covers are basically on from December to April. They are white. I am not really worried about heat. The covers are a little tough to put on and take off for me. I have a hard time getting on the ground to fasten them behind the tire. When I took them off in April I got into a fire ant bed.
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Old 08-04-2013, 09:56 AM   #16
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Sorry to hear bout the fire ants. The covers I have are "Classic" brand. A Google search - classic accessories rv tire covers - will find hundreds of stores that carry the brand with prices as low as $20 a pr.

The top "hooks" over the tire with some elastic sewn in on the back side so I have no straps to ties or hooks to mess with. I'm 68 and don't have to get on my knees to slip then on or take them off. Reviewers say "50 out of 52reviewers would recommend this product to a friend."

I use the covers whenever I am parked for more than a day and the sun is out.

Never had a cover come off in 5 years of use. "Snow White" is the color of choice.

Someone saying they don't care about heat seems to tell me they also don't care about air pressure, load or speed.

Heat is the #1 killer of tires. Be it short term "Blowout" from run low flex or a tread detachment due to long term overloading and or excess speed. But that's their decision. I am only offering my expert opinion as a tire engineer with 40 years experience, but what do I know?
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Old 08-05-2013, 09:00 AM   #17
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I just don't think heat is a consideration when storing between December and April.
There is no way there can be as much heat built up under the tire covers in winter as traveling in summer.
The tires won't last very long in any circumstances. I replaced the tires on my previous trailer after 3 years. Somehow I don't believe heat buildup in storage had much to do with that.
My tire covers have a bungee cord with a loop on one side of the bottom and a bungee cord with a ball on the other end at the bottom. The idea is to get on the ground, reach under the axle, get the loop and the ball and insert the ball into the loop to securely fasten the tire covers. maybe i should get another type of tire cover that just attaches over the top of the tire with elastic. Problem with that is the elastic seems to wear out in 2-3 years.
Dogs hiking their legs on my aluminum wheels is a way bigger consideration for me than heat buildup. Rank acid dog pee will eat up a wheel.
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Old 08-05-2013, 10:06 AM   #18
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I only use them to keep dogs from hiking a leg on my wheels.
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Old 08-05-2013, 11:46 AM   #19
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Our tire covers have something at the bottom that hooks around the back. I just put them on and leave them unhooked. They've never blown away.

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Old 08-05-2013, 01:28 PM   #20
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My trailer is stored in an open storage lot with no large trailers on either side of it. It faces directly south meaning the sun if fully on one side in the morning and the other in the afternoon. My tires (Michelins) cost me about $150 each and I have 6 of them. Tire covers for all 6 tires cost less than $100, a relatively small amount of money to protect a much costlier investment. Penny-wise and pound foolish would seem to apply here. Mine, btw, are white and they are on my trailer all the time it is stored.
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Old 08-05-2013, 01:47 PM   #21
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I have the Goodyear Marathons. Threads on Airforums has caused me not to trust these tires. I will only cover them when the trailer is sitting still from December to April.
I might try just setting them over the tire without hooking the bungee.
I could set a brick or block on the bungee for peace of mind that the covers won't blow away.
Installing/removing on cold wet ground or in fire ants is for the birds.
It is miserable for me due to gout/bursitis/arthritis.
I still maintain that dogs hiking a leg is a bigger consideration for me than heat/sunlight.
The covers were much easier to install on our previous sob trailer because it ha much more ground clearance.
I wouldn't even have the covers except that the dealer gave them to me (along with many other things) because I was about to walk away from the deal.
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Old 08-05-2013, 01:50 PM   #22
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Since our trailer is under a huge roof, dwarfed by huge motorhomes on both sides and the wheels are nearly in the center of the building roof area, the tires see receive only indirect light. Their biggest natural enemy is the warmth generated by 119 degree days. I do have four white covers for extended stops on the road. I hope these existing covers will also work on the new 16" tires when the new trailer gets here.
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Old 08-05-2013, 02:19 PM   #23
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We are in our Airstream six months a year, so use longer covers that go over two wheels at the same time, tandem covers. They have a grommet at the bottom of each end so I run a bungee across the bottom back side of the tires and it pulls the whole thing taunt. The tandem covers probably ventilate better than the single covers. I don't like the look of white covers, so I use black to coordinate with the black banana wrap of the trailer.

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Old 08-05-2013, 04:03 PM   #24
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I had white covers but they are harder to keep clean so now I am back to black ones. We have limited exposure to direct sun on the tires so heat is not a big concern of mine. I am not so sure that black would get that much hotter than the white ones. ( White does reflect more heat and black does absorb more heat.) Wolf146
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Old 08-05-2013, 06:29 PM   #25
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I had white covers but they are harder to keep clean so now I am back to black ones. We have limited exposure to direct sun on the tires so heat is not a big concern of mine. I am not so sure that black would get that much hotter than the white ones. ( White does reflect more heat and black does absorb more heat.) Wolf146
Read post 14.

Sun exposure may be less in NJ than the southwest, but it still makes a difference. A lot of radiant energy goes through cloudsóthat's been proven by comparing the output of solar panels in cloudy vs. sunny places, so it does matter.

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Old 08-05-2013, 06:42 PM   #26
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I had white covers but they are harder to keep clean so now I am back to black ones. We have limited exposure to direct sun on the tires so heat is not a big concern of mine. I am not so sure that black would get that much hotter than the white ones. ( White does reflect more heat and black does absorb more heat.) Wolf146
I suggest you review the measured temperatures in my blog post.
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I did read that and I wondered what tests you did to get those temperature differences ie. time of day, did you measure both tire temps at the same time while one tire was under a white cover and one under a black cover length of time measured etc Just wondering. The numbers seemed extreme. wolf146
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Old 08-06-2013, 09:01 AM   #28
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Had white ones that really got grungy. Decided to go the cheap route, 1/2" Styrofoam 3 yrs. using and still looks new. I cut it so it fits under the wheel well, glued some ends on and put a small angle on the inside end pieces so they go on easy.
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