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Posted: 03/02/12 01:11pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I did a search for this on the forum and came up empty.
Rather then search via Google, I was hoping to get some real world feedback from the good people at this site.

Fairly recently I purchased a new set of Maxxis tires for my trailer. Great tires! When I purchased them I asked the manager of the tire store if he had any advice to maximize the longevity of trailer tires, since they tend to sit idle more than they roll. He had over 30 years in the tire business and is well trusted in our area. He said that he applies a thin coating of Vaseline on all of his trailer tires and keeps them covered when in storage. He said that the Vaseline tends to make the tires last longer by protecting them from harmful environmental effects ( drying and cracking). It seems to make some sense.

Has anyone else found this to be true?


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Vaseline is petroleum jelly. Tire manufactuers will tell you NOT to use a petroleum based product as it will react negatively over time with the tire. If you want to apply something that will help the tires, spray Aerospace 303 on them and cover them when parked.


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There are a lot of approved tire care products. Here is a reference for one line.

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I would agree with o/p. Anything that is petroleum based is generally a no/no for rubber.

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What he told you will do exactly the opposite (according to a retired Goodyear engineer). Oil based products will react negatively with the chemicals they put in the tires to retard the aging process as will parking the tires on concrete without putting something like a plastic placemat under them. On the other hand it's good advice from his point of view since he wants to sell you new tires as quickly as possible.


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Posted: 03/02/12 01:53pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

X2. No on the Vaseline. You do not put petroleum products on petroleum based products as you do not put silicone products on silicone based products.

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Posted: 03/02/12 02:26pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Can't understand why we RV'ers want to make RVing so complicated.
Certainly Vaseline is good for babies bottoms...not for tires.

If you feel compelled to "dress" them up, maybe occasionally use 303 Protectant.

* This post was edited 03/02/12 02:46pm by downtheroad *


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Posted: 03/02/12 02:34pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I use 303 & tire covers on my tires. They are (original) 04 Tacoma USA tires LT 235-85-16 on my Keystone Challenger and still are in good shape. I have no cracks in them but yes they are due to be changed out this year. I have had very good luck with this method. I live in the high desert in ca. so they do see their share of extreme weather.


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Posted: 03/02/12 03:02pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

just like the others said, he told you something that will have a direct OPPOSITE effect than intended. And he has been in the tire biz 30 years?? Scary.

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Posted: 03/02/12 03:06pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Maybe a practical joke? Anyway, covering is a good start.


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