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Old 07-27-2016, 11:36 PM   #11
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I had 7+ year old tires on my last bus that I had down to about 30% tread left when I parked it in the Mohave desert for a year then went out on the road again.

It took me about 200 miles to blow 2 inside duals. I limped into the nearest truck tire shop and spent $2k+ on six new Yokohama's.

I completed the trip putting about 1800 miles on the tires. I then parked the bus in the desert. I drove it about 20 miles once a month to try and keep it in shape. After about 4 years the tires were SHOT. Less than 4000 miles on them and the sidewalls had cracks that I could stick a penny in and it would stay.

IMHO: Don't store your bus at the gates of Hell (Bullhead Arizona) and keep your tires covered when stored. Most of all... Drive it!
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Old 07-28-2016, 02:02 AM   #12
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Giving the vehicle a good detail before parking it for any extended length of time helP's too.

Little bit of tyre black puts something sacrificial on the want to keep rubber.
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Old 07-28-2016, 11:53 AM   #13
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Tire covers are great, but you should also use a good tire/rubber protectant. I use "Ice 2" . Just spray it on a clean dry tire and walk away. Don't use Bleach White to clean tires. That stuff dries the oils out of rubber.
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Old 07-28-2016, 12:30 PM   #14
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you can use UV protectant on tires too... i have used 303 aerospace protectant on tires for classic cars parked outside.. it will last through a few rains if you arent driving the bus... im not sure if any of the longer-lasting tire specific products do UV protection or not...

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