For the most part, there aren’t many ways to personalize an RV. Yes, you can add personal touches through how you decorate the inside but not much otherwise. One way people add a personal statement is by what they carry with them and set up outside their RV once they are parked. It was something I noticed early and, in fact, my very first photo essay was on outside RV décor. But there is another way RVs make an RV their own. By the spare tire covers they choose.

I pay attention and have enjoyed many. It never occurred to me until now as I write this that I should have been taking photos of all of them in my travels. But, alas, I only photographed the ones I particularly liked.

Aside from the ones below, I’d say other popular tire covers include some version of the America flag. But I don’t have any photos of those.

Directional Tire Covers

Many tire covers, signs and RVers logos incorporate some version of a compass. It makes sense.

RV tire cover with mountains, trees and a compass.
Here was one of my favorites. You can see by how cracked the cover is that it has been well traveled.

Camping and RV Life

There are lots of ways loving camping and RV life are expressed.

The other one I’ve seen, and there are lots of RV signs people put outside their rig with the same sentiment, says, “Home Is Where You Park It.” Not sure how I didn’t end up with a photo of ones of those but I didn’t.

RV tire cover with mountains, trees and an RV that reads Life is Better at the Campsite.
Of course it is.
RV tire cover with mountains, trees and an RV that reads Happy Camper.
A super popular sentiment.

Most Popular of the Spare Tire Covers

There is nothing scientific about this but of all the spare tire covers I’ve seen on the road, the most popular one seems to be the well-known quote that says, “Not all who wander are lost.” I’ve seen lots of versions with various graphics and included three in this post. Something about it so perfectly captures the heart of the RVer.

RV tire cover with mountains, an arrow and a compass that reads Not All Who Wander Are Lost.
RV tire cover with mountains and a compass that reads Not All Who Wander Are Lost.
Notice the compass?

Where Does It Come From?

If you have ever wondered about that famous quote, I did a little digging. Now, you might already know this. I’ll admit, I did not because I haven’t read the book. “Not all those who wander are lost” is a quote from the first stanza of a poem in The Fellowship of the Ring, the first part of The Lord of the Rings.

All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

J.R.R. Tolkien

Just for Fun

Okay, this may be more about the RVers hobby than RVing. I read this as a drinking tire cover. You know, It’s 5:00 somewhere. But as I was uploading the image, I realized that the car is a dune buggy with a surfboard and what it actually says is that it is five foot o’clock somewhere, which may be a reference to surfing five foot waves. So the question is: typo or surfing tire cover?

Either way, it is a fun one.

RV tire cover with beach scene, dolphin and an RV that reads It's 5 O'Clock Somewhere.
It also includes my favorite kind of chair.

To Dream

This one was on the RV parked in front of mine at the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta in 2019. It has nothing to do with traveling or RVing and yet, it has turned out to be one of my favorites. Such a positive lovely message. What is the saying? If you can dream it, you can be it? I think that is the message here. So, we are limited only by what we can imagine. It is, indeed, true.

Black tire cover with the word I Can Only Imagine.
What a great message to see every day as I left Quill to head to watch the miracle of hundred of balloons take to the sky.

Not Exactly One of the Spare Tire Covers

But even so, I’m including it here. It was put on the back side of an RV and I loved it.

The back of an RV with the words, "It's Never Too Late to Live Happily Ever After."
It never is!!

Did you personalize your RV with a chosen spare tire cover? If so, share what yours says or, if not, what kind of cover would you get if you were in the market for one?

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