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Old 10-24-2012, 06:35 PM   #1
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spare tire protection or not.

The spare tire on our 2000 Bambi is mounted on a swing down frame just behind the hitch.
The previous owner had the spare tire covered with a vinyl elastic cover with the open side facing down. I'm not sure it protects the steel wheel since it is exposed to the salt spray and gravel any way. If I reverse the cover and enclose the bottom I am concerned that I will just trap moisture inside the cover and make conditions worse for the rim.
I would welcome any thoughts on covering or not.

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Old 10-24-2012, 06:59 PM   #2
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I thought tire covers were in use to protect the tire from UV and sunlight. Don't think that's a problem under the body.

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Old 10-24-2012, 07:33 PM   #3
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Never have seen a spare covered in an underbelly rack. I doubt there's a need to cover it ... You're right, though ... with the open side up it woud trap moisture ... probably not a good thing.
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Old 10-31-2012, 06:43 PM   #4
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Thanks for your input. I was leaning away from the cover and it makes me more confident that you agree.
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Old 10-31-2012, 07:07 PM   #5
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I know you've already decided, but I'll add that I wouldn't bother. Our spare, under there a year now, still looks new without a cover. (Unfortunately I keep having reasons to pull it out, so I know what condition it's in.) It's protected from sunlight under there.
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