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weekendcamper24

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Posted: 01/07/12 08:55pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have notice several trailers with hard/plastic covers around the spare, seems much better than the vinyl ones which need replacing every few years, anyone know where they can be purchased?

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I've had two vans with those hard covers. A PITA for sure. To preserve the soft cover, I use Krylon Fusion paint. It's been on for 4 years and there is no cracking or peeling.

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Here is one place. Google "continental spare tire cover" to find many others.
I have one and have not found it to be any problem at all.
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Can't help you on the hard cover but I have found that my soft covers last longer if I put a plastic garbage bag over the tire before installing the cover. The plastic bag protects the cover from the oils in the tire and makes it slide off and on easier.


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Just something to consider -
I may be the only one this has ever happened to, but my previous trailer came with a solid spare cover. While washing the trailer one day, I removed the cover to find that someone had replaced my brand-new, never on the ground spare with a blown out tire on a bent rim!


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Hi All.

Well, here is my take on it. We have a Honda CR-V XE. Yje OEM Cover is a Soft Cover, wiht the work HONDA on it. I called Honda's Parts Department and talked to a very nice gent. WOW, is all I can really say. I couldn't believe how much they wanted for that Soft Cover with the work HONDA on it. Boy, are they ever proud of that cover. I almost fainted when I asked how much a Hard Cover would be. Talk about Sticker Shock. Again, I think a Pure Gold Hard Cover would have been cheaper. Even the site listed above for a Hard Cover is unreasonable. I went to E-Bay, and bought a really, very well make Felt-Like Linned Soft Cover for only $20 dollars. Its been on for a couple of years now, and is showing no Fadding or signs of aging what so ever. All I ever do to it, is wash it and put some 303 on it, and to this day it still looks Brand New. I think this Soft Cover for $20 Dollars will last us for many years. We do keep the Honda CR-V XE garaged when ever it is not used. Even so, for $20 Dollars, I'll just buy another one if needed. Why waste good Money. We had a Hard Cover on a Rav4 we use to have. The heat from the sun ended up dry-rotting the Brand New Spare Tire. No more Hard Covers for us anyways. Good Luck. Happy Travels. Dan & Jilll


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Thanks everyone!

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my suggestion would be to hit the bone yards and find one for a conversion van, paint it to match and enjoy. who cares if they are a pain, the object is to leave it on as far as i know.


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bobcouch wrote:

Just something to consider -
I may be the only one this has ever happened to, but my previous trailer came with a solid spare cover. While washing the trailer one day, I removed the cover to find that someone had replaced my brand-new, never on the ground spare with a blown out tire on a bent rim!


Before I bought my trailer, I used to backpack a lot. My wife and I went on a overnight trip and when we came out of the woods, someone had taken one of my tires off my car and placed their flat tire under my axle to hold my car up. I was not happy that day.

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