Best RV Tire Covers for Your Home on Wheels
There is nothing worse than having a blowout with your rig as you’re going down the road at 50 MPH. After that you look for the best RV tire covers to protect your wheels.
Our first year of traveling, we had a blowout. We weren’t using any tire protectors yet. Although we were very mindful to always check the air pressure when getting on the road, we weren’t doing anything to protect the actual tires from heat or sun.
It wasn’t just a little blowout.
Our rear passenger tire blew with a force that ruptured part of our step and lower kitchen cabinet. It was so bad that it blew a hole in the lower compartment and items that were in the compartment fell out on the road until we came to a safe stop.
Luckily no one was back there when it happened and we were able to safely come to a stop to get it all fixed.
Since then we use tire covers to protect the wheels from UV rays and heat damage.
RV Tire Cover Size Chart
Best RV Tire Covers
Unlike RV covers, the tire covers for RV seem to be easier to manage and it helps keep your tires out of the direct sunlight and other elements.
Tires are manufactured with UV protectant layers, but that protectant seems to come to the surface of the tire while it’s in motion. Harsh chemicals and solvents can also remove this layer.
If you are going to be parked somewhere longer than a few days, it doesn’t hurt to use the tire covers to keep them protected while you are enjoying your stay.
As much as the UV can harm the tires, the heat from the sun can cause even more damage.
A full time RV’er did a study on with heat on tires in direct sunlight vs the heat under white covers and concluded that the uncovered tires can age 4X faster than the ones protected under rv tires covers.
You can watch his discussion from a live webcast.
How to Measure for TV Tire Covers
The easiest way to find out which tire covers will work for your RV is to find the tire size and match it against the manufacturer’s chart.
For instance, you’ll see some numbers like this on your tire:
You’re interested in the number after the 50R. That indicates that the tire is 17″ diameter and you can safely get tire covers that will fit this diameter.
RV Tire Cover Benefits
If you keep your tires protected from the elements of heat and sun, then you can get several years worth of use out of them.
One of the main benefits of the RV tire covers is that they reduce the overall heat that is penetrating the tires.
For this to really work you want to make sure that you’re using the white covers and not getting any of the gray or black covers. Yes, some of them look good, but they’re attracting just as much heat for your rig as just having the tires exposed to the sun.
Features of RV Tire Covers
Most covers come with an elastic top. That’s what our ADCO’s have which makes the first few times of putting them on more difficult. The elastic is very new and hasn’t stretched enough to go over the tires.
Some like the CAMCO version also have a drawstring at the bottom so you can pull it tight. This comes in handy if you are in a windy area. Drawing it tight over the tires will help keep the cover on without blowing away
The wheel covers are made of durable vinyl that makes them easy to care for and clean. They are waterproof, which is great for the rainy seasons and the backing is usually a softer material.
How to Install Your Covers
We use our tire covers any time we’re staying something for a week or longer.
Admittedly, the first time we used them, they are stiff and it takes a little work to get them on the tires.
After the third time putting on the covers, I got the installation down to less than 10 minutes for all of them. Since we have a Class C, we have 4 to put on all 4 main tires. If you have a Class A then you’ll need a pair of doubles in the back and a pair of single tire covers in the front to protect yours.
Here’s a quick video to show you how quickly you can put them on your tires.
DIY RV Tire Covers
If you’re feeling handy you can watch this video on how to make your own tire covers. The materials needed are pretty simple:
- Sewing Machine
- Couple of Afternoons to complete the project
We hope this article covered all the questions you might have about RV tire covers.