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01-20-2016, 05:26 AM
I have read that it is smart to move your RV every now and then if it sits in your driveway for a long period. Does anyone have any knowledge of how long it is practical let your RV sit in one position without moving it?

01-20-2016, 05:50 AM
This is from Goodyear:
"Move the vehicle at least every three months to prevent ozone cracking in the tire bulge area, as well as “flat-spotting” from the prolonged strain of sidewall and tread deflection"

Source: http://www.goodyearrvtires.com/tire-storage.aspx

They also state "Usage per year - more frequent usage will result in longer life" AND "Vehicle storage practices (6 months loaded with little or no rotation is not good!)" This is from Goodyear's RV tire replacement guide. Here's the link if you'd like to take a look.


01-20-2016, 11:22 AM
A retired Goodyear Engineer at an Escapee Boot Camp also said it's a good idea to put a plastic placemat under the tires if you park for long periods on concrete. He said those black marks you notice when you move the vehicle is a chemical in concrete that leaches the anti-aging stuff out of the tires.

01-20-2016, 01:32 PM
Tredit the company that furnishes the tires and wheels to the Keystone and other manufacturers for their units. They were asked this question at one of the Fall Rallies and they said it would be best to move them every so often or jack the unit up and turn the tires some to eliminate possible flat spots in the tire. As DQDick stated it is best to put some thing under the tires also to stop the leaching of the chemicals in the rubber from going into the concrete if parked on concrete. I've purchased garden stepping stones made out of recycled rubber from Menards but I've seen them in other stores also and I put one of these under each wheel when parking for any amount of time on concrete. My storage building has a concrete floor so they are under our unit whenever parked there also. If I park somewhere that the tires are hit by the suns rays for any extended time I also cover the tires with tire covers to protect them from UV rays too!

01-20-2016, 03:17 PM
My rig is on blacktop. But I wonder what they meant by 'every so often'. Sounds vague to me.

01-21-2016, 02:34 AM
They've probably never done any research to find out for sure. After all selling you more tires sooner isn't a bad thing for them. I'd try to move the rig once a month like I do my truck when we're not using it. On the other hand, if you have level-up, there may not be enough weight on your tires to matter.

01-21-2016, 05:05 AM
Half buried in snow- what would I use to move it?

01-21-2016, 07:58 AM
we have never done that but are usually not in one place all that long. We do keep the tires off the ground with those plastic blocks.

01-21-2016, 01:52 PM
I run my tires up on plywood.

01-21-2016, 04:19 PM
I don't really think it has anything to do with tires. This is probably a rumor started by an old RVer that has to do with the health of the RVer that starts to deteriorate when they sit too long. The common RVer needs to be rolling to maintain a healthy disposition, and if not, they start to die inside.:D

01-22-2016, 01:37 AM
Good point Bob and Becky...we'll be rolling toward Florida in about six weeks!

01-22-2016, 08:35 AM
I always put my tires on wood blocks no matter what it is parked on.

01-22-2016, 08:48 AM

quote:Originally posted by Justme44

I always put my tires on wood blocks no matter what it is parked on.

01-22-2016, 09:07 AM
From my Michelin RV Tire manual:

"Some storage surfaces can cause tires to age faster. That's why Michelin recommends placing a barrier (cardboard, plastic or plywood) between the tire and the storage surface."

01-22-2016, 09:11 AM

02-17-2016, 10:19 AM
I purchased some black HDPE from a plastic shop, 10" x 16" and place that under the tires now. I have 1/2" thick but it was also used for other jobs so the thickness. 1/4 thick would be enough. It's tough enough and the black is sun protection. The natural or white will break down although it will take several years. Then the covers go over the tires if the rig is going to sit for more than two or three days.

I was using plywood but found it was rotting under the tire so questioned the suitability.

02-17-2016, 10:37 AM
I am afraid to report that we don't do anything special but park our rig for whatever time until we get a chance to hook on and roll again. But that is just us.

02-19-2016, 02:40 AM
At the Quartzsite Arizona RV show in January, I purchased 4 trailer legs. You can check them out at www.trailerlegs.com. They work GREAT! You place one at each end of the axle near the springs (4 total) and back your trailer up, or if you like, you can turn the trailer legs around and pull it forward. When you do this, it lifts the trailer up and each tire is approximately on inch off the ground. I was reluctant to try it on our brand new 2016 Montana 3910fb but I did it and it works GREAT! Check them out at WWW.TRAILERLEGS.COM. ---Chip

02-19-2016, 02:49 AM
We do just as Darmar does. Rig sits on gravel from Thanksgiving through Easter at it's mini-storage home and is not moved until it is time to hit the road again. Speaking of which, that time needs to get here soon, cabin fever has set in and DW and I are itching to go somewhere that can be anywhere besides the S&B.