Originally Posted by aeriqua
Do we need tire covers? Do they prolong tire life? Is white or black better? Is there a better source or model than Camping World?
In Phoenix, my answer as to need is yes. In SF I would say may be. The amount of sun there isn't as great as here. You do get a fair share of clouds and fog. They will prolong the life of the tire as to UV (heat and sun) damage.
I prefer white. It does not absorb the heat. And black will block the UV just as well.
Better source? Do you mean cheaper? Faster to obtain? Or ???? I bought mine from an ebay seller. They have held up well for the 2nd summer.
For what it's worth, my tow vehicle (the van listed below) got new tires on Feb 2002. And I have clocked 19,000 in that time frame. I had two tire failures last month on my van. Both tires had failed due to the exposure of the sun. The remaining two were getting there. So I replaced all 4 tires. (My spare is on the outside and has always had a cover. Both black and white. It's still in good shape.) Those tires were never covered and had 10/32 tread left. The new tires for my TV are getting covers.