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You need to treat the rubber with 303 Protectant or a similar product, to keep it from drying out.


You need to cover the exposed tires during storage to prevent long term UV damage.


John Davies


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I'd have to agree with John.  Protect the tires both ways. We do.


Even so, they only have a five year life. At best.



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Also if parked on asphalt for long term, the tires should be on a piece of wood or plastic. Something that the constantly out gassing asphalt solvent can’t readily pass through. The solvent will accelerate the tire deterioration. I believe that trailer tires have some sort of protectant against this as well as some UV protectant as well. Correct me if this is incorrect.

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I understand the covers, but do you spray you regular vehicle tires with the UV stuff too? Also, I know I've always read that trailer tires, that being ST tires as used in mass produced low quality trailers and Airstreams until a couple years ago, came with the 5 year rule/recommendation, the Oliver tires being "real" LT truck tires, is it believed to still apply, again is this something you adhere to with your normal driving vehicles too?


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Although it just one more thing to store and keep up with - Covers stop almost all the harmful effects of the Sun - I need to either make some - or purchase- As for  the protectant - not sure its worth the  effort- perhaps.  I hope I have a different problem - excessive tire mileage- wear them out before the Sun can do its damage!

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When on the road I use nothing other than the UV coating (333) that I apply before I leave home.  However, while in storage (outdoors) and covered with a canvas cover on the main body of the Ollie, I again use the UV 333 let it sit overnight, then cover each wheel with one of those commercial covers and then place a 1/2 sheet of plywood over the two wheels on each side.  Perhaps a bit anal, but, the covers were given to me and the plywood was also free.  At least when it is time to take Twist on the road again the tires and wheels really don't need very much cleaning.





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