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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 11-04-2013, 00:21 Thread Starter
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Tyres in the Sun

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This is our first trip into Europe, and I had priced up the sun covers for the tyres, and for what they are they seem very expensive.

I had a brainwave. Whilst in Portugal I was told about the abundance of Chinese shops and that they sell everything from safety pins to battleships.

I visited one and noticed the difference sizes of what can only be described as tartan laundry bags. I had measured the diameter of the tyres and found a bag to fit them. I cut along the top and cut a flap out of the back. They fit the tyres perfectly and at only 1 Euro 60 cents each and damn good bargain


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I cut along the top and cut a flap out of the back. They fit the tyres perfectly and at only 1 Euro 60 cents each and damn good bargain


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Interesting idea but why did you have to 'cut along the top'; surely cutting a flap out of the back for the axle would allow the bag to be fitted? And how do you secure them against wind.
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They have a zip on the top so i cut that out for ease then bungee tie round it to protect from wind

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Will post piccies in a few days as I have taken them off now as we leave for France tomorrow and are doing a couple of France Passion places before we hit a proper site. I will put them on then post a couple of piccies

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We live in Spain and have never used covers on our MH even in 40C. Tyres look as good as new 2 years on.
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Its a well known fact sunlight however weak CAN shorten the life of rubber compounds.

2 of the covers I use are very badly faded in only 3 months, so what would it have done to the tyres ?

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Its a well known fact sunlight however weak CAN shorten the life of rubber compounds.

2 of the covers I use are very badly faded in only 3 months, so what would it have done to the tyres ?

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There's a reason why car tires always come in black, though few stop to consider why. In order to protect against the effect of sunlight on cross-linking rubber polymers, tire rubber is infused with a protective material known as carbon black, also referred to by those in the auto industry as a "competitive absorber." The purpose of the carbon black is to absorb sunlight on the surface of the tire, and deflect it from the inner polymers of the tire.

This does not last for ever and I fully understand your need for your covers, but as the tyre should be replaced long before the degradation of carbon black in rubber tires and becomes gray and crack as they age.

I would hope to have covered loads of miles before this happens........ hence my personal belief they are not needed.
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And as my mother used to say

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound or cure especially as it only cost 6 euros 40

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And as my mother used to say

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound or cure especially as it only cost 6 euros 40

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Great!......but Tartan?!!!

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