Choosing the right caravan tyre can get your holiday off to the right start.
While caravans’ tyres do not need to perform heavy braking or cornering like a car does, they do have to bear a much greater load. It is essential that the tyres are well maintained and inspected on a regular basis.
A caravan will generally have a much lower mileage usage than a car as they are generally only being used for trips during the holiday periods. Whilst only covering short trips and usage during holiday periods, it will take some time for the caravan tyre to reach the minimum legal requirement. That being said it is essential to inspect your tyre before each trip for wear and effects from the elements.
Caravans can be left standing for long periods of time in the elements and the tyres become susceptible to flat spots which can lead to a weakening and a puncture. It is advisable to cover the tyres during the standing period or stand the caravan on a jack. It is important to note that tyres deteriorate with age and whilst sitting for long periods, they will still require regular inspection and replacement where necessary.
Our tyre specialists at Premier Tyres and Autocare Ltd, Lathom recommend replacing your caravan tyres every 5 years and never use a tyre that is older than 7 years.
Which tyre should I choose for my caravan?
Selecting the tyre with the correct specification is extremely important and ensuring tyres, using the same construction type (radial or cross-ply), on the same axle is essential to safety. The tyres should be of equal size and load index. It should be a tyre of the same speed rating and with identical wheels. Tyre pressures across all the tyres should always be equal.
The same applies for the spare caravan tyre.
It is advisable when going on winter tours to also consider replacing your caravan tyres with winter tyres. This will improve your safety on the road.
Premier Tyres and Autocare Ltd, Lathom stock a range of Caravan tyres to suits any budget and our tyre specialists are here to help you make the right choice.