how to make RV tire covers

How To Make RV Tire Covers: DIY Tips For Your RV

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Covering your RV tires may extend the life of your tires, so why expose them in the sunlight, why risk it?

Most RVers know that those sturdy tires are expensive, so why not cover them up? Tires age and bald with time and travel. RV tire covers protect your tires and help them to last longer. Purchasing RV tire covers is worth the investment, but how would you like a DIY tire cover worthy of your time.

In this article, we’ll teach you how to make RV tire covers. I will also share with you the importance of covering your tires and protecting them from the sunlight.

Things you need to make an RV tire cover

How do you measure the area of RV tire covers? First, let’s look at the code on the sidewall of your RV tire. You can use that number to match the tire covers, or you can measure the tire from tread to tread across the rim.

Your tire cover fabric should be UV resistant and able to fit loosely to provide maximum protection. A good airflow from inside the cover is something you also need to consider. Vinyl fabric is an ideal cover for RV tires.

Here are some tools and material you will need to make an RV tire cover

  • Sailcloth or waterproof fabric 
  • Polyester nylon thread 
  • Black hook (2”) 
  • Strong nylon loop 
  • Acrylic bias binding 
  • Tape measure 
  • Scratch awl 
  • Edge Hot-knife 
  • Yardstick
  • Scissors

Now that we have everything to make an RV tire cover let’s go on the next section and make a DIY tire cover. 

How to make RV tire covers

  • Measure the diameter of each tire. You can use the tape measure to get the width and the circumference of the tire.
  • You can lay down the fabrics over a surface and point the awl through the hole of the yardstick to mark your center. 
  • Draw two circles on the fabric representing the size of the tire. 
  • Use the yardstick to make a one-inch line from the bottom of each circle. 
  • Cut the flat line using the hot-knife. 
  • Use the scissors to cut a hub hole and a slit leading to the back panel of the fabric.
  • Allow some space on the back panel before sewing it. 
  • You need to measure at least ½ inch for seams and hems. 
  • Bind the hub hole and slit of the fabric 
  • Assemble the panels you cut into one tire cover. 
  • Sew the panels inside out before adding the nylon loop and the Velcro tape. 
  • Unfold the fabric panel facing the outer layer of the cover. 
  • Do the same procedure for the next three tires. 

The fabric may seem a bit hard to feed in the sewing machine, so take time to stitch it up. With patience and handy craft, you have created a DIY tire cover for your RV tires.

Importance of tire covers

The most efficient way to reduce sun exposure to your RV tires is by providing a tire cover. As we mentioned earlier, these covers extend the lifespan of the tire as you travel and park your RV. There are key factors you need to know for you to understand the importance of tire covers.

  • Reduces the heat penetration within the tire is one primary purpose of an RV tire cover. Exposing the tires to heat for too long can cause wear and tear to your RV tires.  
  • Protects the tire from harsh elements and weather conditions, which often result in bald tires. Bald tires can cause loose driving if not checked and replaced. 
  • Offers UV ray protection that generates cracks and rubber chips which degrades the capacity of the tires. A thick tire provides durability and reliability to roadworthiness. 
  • Prevent the risk of dry rotting by maintaining the quality of your tire as you hit the road often and camp. 
  • Shield from road snow and flakes when your RV is in park mode, especially if its winter season. 
  • Covers can keep your tires in good condition after a long journey. It may seem unnoticed, but after hitting the road and putting your RV in rest, your tire will slowly deplete its grade.  
  • Prevents you from buying a new tire. You don’t want to spend much money trying to replace your tires, especially if it becomes frequent. 

It’s imperative to replace your RV tires every seven or eight years, depending on how frequently you use your RV. All RV owners should check the quality of their RV tires before and after making a trip. Covering your RV tire may help extend the lifespan of those tires. 

Conclusion

Remember that your RV and tires require protection and maintenance, so it's essential to check them regularly. Not all RV owners have money to spend on tire covers, so it will be helpful to know how to make RV tire covers. With the support of these tire covers, you can expect that your tires last longer. Also, not only can you take care of your tires by making a DIY tire cover, but you also prevent your tires from depleting or drying.

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