RV Tire Tip: Don’t Overdress

    RV tire tip

    RV tire tip — don’t overdress.

    I was tired of the overspray from my tire dressing getting onto my tow vehicle’s freshly cleaned rims, so I devised the following solution.

    Get a piece of cardboard approximately 30-36 inches square. Measure the diameter of the rim on the tow vehicle. Using a piece of string tied to a pencil (a DIY compass), halve the measured diameter to make a radius, hold one end of the string in the center of the diameter and draw a circle that is the same size as the rims.

    Use a utility knife to cut out the circle. Affix a scrap of wood to the cardboard cutout to act as a handle. If the center of the rim extends beyond the surface of the tire, cut the appropriate size hole in the cover for clearance.

    Now you can spray away with no worries. You can also use the leftover piece of cardboard to cover the ground around the spraying area.

    Phil Rambikur, Kaysville, Utah

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    1. Anonymous

      You do realize that most tire manufactures don’t recommend the use of tire dressing, due to the fact they can lead to a breakdown of the rubber compounds of the tires.

    2. Anonymous

      After cutting out the circle, you are left with cardboard with a big hole in it. How much ground will you protect with this? Besides, shiny tires don’t make your RV run any better.

    3. Anonymous

      Something new also would be nice.

    4. Anonymous

      Would love to know the age of the individual who sent this in – we learned how to do this in grade school – BEFORE THE AGE OF DIGITAL (smile) – – thanks for taking the time – education 101

    5. Anonymous

      There are easy ways to get around this as well. Use a sponge to apply the dressing. I own an auto repair shop and several companies make purpose-designed sponges for this that allow you to grab the sponge and avoid getting messy hands. Spray the dressing (or dip the sponge in it depending what you’re using) and you will just be coating what you touch. Beware some dressings like Armor-All and such can damage certain paints if left splashed on there. Keep this sponge ONLY for your tire dressing needs. They are available well under 5$.

      • Anonymous

        I think we should be nice to anyone that sends in a suggestion regardless of whether you already know about it. Smart remarks are not necessary in this club or any club, and by the way there are some good quality tire dressings that do not damage the tires, they just cost more money.

    6. Anonymous

      good idea

    7. Anonymous

      As long as you don’t use anything containing petroleum distillates you will be fine. We use 303 which is kind of expensive, but so are the new tires. This helps keep the tires from cracking. Petroleum products do the opposite. (This is according to the RV veterans on RV net and our own experience.)