How to Make Tire Covers for a Trailer or RV
The sturdy tires used on boat trailers and RVs need different care than the tires on your car. Since these tires spend a lot of time stationary outdoors, they become susceptible to damage from the sun’s harsh UV rays. Protect your tires from the sun with fabric tire covers. Tire covers are easy to make and will make a big difference in the longevity of your tires.
The style of wheel cover we make in the video protects the tire from all sides. To keep the covers securely in place, even on a windy day, the covers secure around the axle with a hook and loop flap. To protect the very bottom of your tires, place a piece of plywood between the tire and the pavement.
When selecting a fabric to use for your tire covers, look for something with excellent UV resistance to provide maximum protection. We used a Sunbrella® Marine Grade Fabric for the best weather protection. Since the cover fits loosely at the bottom, the tire will get good airflow. This means your fabric doesn't necessarily have to be breathable, so you could also use a vinyl fabric.
In this video you will learn how to pattern your fabric, create the hook and loop flaps and assemble your tire covers.
- Patterning Fabric – 0:18 min.
- Sewing Hems – 3:11 min.
- Creating Hook and Loop Flap – 4:04 min.
- Assembling Panels – 12:39 min.
- Materials List - 12:13 min.
- Marine Exterior Fabric (we used Sunbrella® Jockey Red #4603-0000)
- V-92 Polyester Thread
- 2” Black Hook (#100255) and Loop (#100256)
- 1" Sunbrella® Bias Binding
- Tape Measure #102986
- Scratch Awl #2354
- Sailrite® Edge Hotknife #103800
- 1" Swing-Away Straight Binder #100103
- Sewing Machine
Do you cover the tires on your boat trailer or RV? Have you ever made custom covers? Share your experiences, thoughts and advice with us in the comments!