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Old 09-08-2008, 04:08 PM   #1
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I want to buy tire/wheel covers for the tires on my Airstream. The two road side tires always face the western sun and the two curb side are always in the shade when parked at home. When we use the storage lot, they are both in the sun about equal.

Camping World currently has the single and double axle tire covers on sale and I plan on buying a set. They come in white or black. I am thinking black would show dirt the least and would look better with the gray awning (we have awnings on both sides) when installed while parked with the awning deployed in campgrounds. What do you guys think would look the best with the Airstream?
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Old 09-08-2008, 04:20 PM   #2
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i bought three sets at northern tool.
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Old 09-08-2008, 04:44 PM   #3
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We have a set of white covers ( four singles). The white looks cleaner when it is clean, and doesn't hold heat like the black ones would.
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Old 09-08-2008, 07:44 PM   #4
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I want to buy tire/wheel covers for the tires on my Airstream. The two road side tires always face the western sun and the two curb side are always in the shade when parked at home.
They come in white or black. I am thinking black would show dirt the least and would look better with the gray awning (we have awnings on both sides) when installed while parked with the awning deployed in campgrounds. What do you guys think would look the best with the Airstream?
White reflects sunlight, black absorbs... You want tire covers to be functional, not fashionable.
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Old 09-08-2008, 08:58 PM   #5
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We use the white covers, less heat build-up. They clean up pretty good with Westley's White Wall cleaner. Not too expensive and have held up well over four seasons. Will probably replace with the dual set so the Bal's can be used directly on the tires.
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Old 09-08-2008, 09:15 PM   #6
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You want tire covers to be functional, not fashionable.
Uh...you mean looking good isn't the most important thing?

I didn't think heat was really a factor. I thought the important thing was to block UV rays.

One other quick question, is there anything weird about the spacing of the dual axles on Airstreams? Would the important thing be the size of the diameter of the tires or would the correct size of the tires fit the spacing of the axles? Or does it take both measurements to fit correctly.
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Old 09-08-2008, 09:35 PM   #7
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I don't know exactly how effective they are but we bought our set at HARBOR FREIGHT on sale for about $9.00 they are heavy like burlap/white with a wire that fits on the back edge of the tire. There are 4 individual covers and they fit any size tire/axle spacing doesn't matter.
Our barn is full and we needed something to keep the sun off the left side tires in the morning.
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Old 09-09-2008, 02:00 AM   #9
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(Mrs.) "Towdaddy" here has had wheel covers made for their Airstream from the gray awning fabric and has someone in Michigan who made her a custom pattern for slip on fitted covers and the dark color keeps them from looking dirty and it looks quite nice and the workmanship is great. I will search for a picture. Originally made for the 2 axles for their bunkhouse she has added two more covers for their new 34 footer and prefers the dark color.
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I use white cloth ones that I got from e-bay. $22 for a set of 4. I have them on my TV and all my trailers. It's the UV rays that concerns me the most and just about anything that covers the tires works.

As far as the heat goes, if black traps the heat, it willl never trap the amount of heat I get from the asphault in late July on the interstate around here. Pick what ever color you wish.

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We also have the ones from Harbor Freight and they seem to hold up well. If you don't have a Harbor Freight in your area you can find the same item on Ebay. There are several sets of them listed on a regular basis.
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I use white ones and also treat the tires from time to time.

I did get a black widow nest inside one of the covers this summer. Be aware when you remove them after they have sat for a while.
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Old 09-09-2008, 08:28 AM   #13
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You'll want to definitely block the UV with anything that covers the tire rubber during long term storage. While Aesthetics are important with our beautiful Airstreams, functionality (is that a word ) should be of prime importance I would think.
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Function is the prime concern form me, but both the white or black with do the same job. I guess the two thinks that I am concerned with are 1) fit and 2) aesthetics. I am leaning toward the black. I will have to check with the wife before I make the final, final decision.

Does any body have photos of theirs installed regardless of the color? Thanks.
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