Anyone who owns an RV knows those giant RV tires are expensive. So why not cover them up? It’s worth the investment to purchase RV tire covers to protect those tires. RV tire covers save you money in the end by ensuring the tires last longer. Tires get a lot of wear, and covering them up when you’re not in travel mode significantly extends their life.
There are several ways in which RV tire covers protect your tires. The first is by shielding against direct sunlight and exposure to harmful ultraviolet rays. UV rays negatively affect the flexibility of the rubber compounds in RV tires.
You won’t necessarily see the damage from UV rays, which makes it even more dangerous.
The rubber compounds in the tires break down from UV exposure. The sidewalls are susceptible to UV ray damage that can weaken them over time. RV tire covers can decrease the effects of UV rays by keeping them protected. No one wants “sun baked tires”.
RV tire covers also help protect against the harsh weather and cold temperatures. Tire covers will eliminate premature cracking on your RV tire sidewalls.
Types of Tire Covers
- RV tire covers come in single or double axle sizes. You can purchase a shield style, which covers just the front side of the tire, or a bag style which covers the entire tire.The shield style covers the front of the tire and allows for air circulation. The bag fits snuggly, while still allowing air to circulate.
- RV tire covers come in both black and white. Both colors reduce UV exposure. Many people choose black because it hides any dirt that builds up on the covers. Black tire covers do heat up more than the white tire covers, and should be avoided if you spent a lot of time in areas with excessive temperatures.
- How do you measure for RV tire covers? Look for the tire code on the sidewall of the RV tire. Use that number to match to the tire covers. If you can’t find the tire code, simply measure the tire from tread to tread across the rim.
Do They Work?
One experiment using RV Tire covers demonstrates the following:
Tire in shade: 85.1 degrees
Tire in full sun: 107.9 degrees
With white cover in sun: 98.6 degrees
Black tire in sun: 136.1 degrees
This experiment clearly shows that RV tire covers do provide protection from the sun. The rate of damage to sun and heat exposure doubles for each 16 degrees F increase in temperature. Once the damage is done it can not be reversed.
All RV owners we should replace their RV tires approximately every 7 years, and sometimes sooner. Covering up with RV tire covers may extend the life of those tires. Why risk it? Protect those tires by covering them up.