Getting your caravan or motorhome ready for a long journey is an important step for your enjoyment and safety.
What could be worse than planning every detail of your touring holiday or long weekend – only to spend several hours on the roadside due to a caravan tyre failure?
Getting your caravan tyres replaced doesn’t have to be difficult, if you need new tyres, avoid the hassle of towing your mobile home to a garage or dealership by using the mobile tyre fitting service from a company such as Kwik Fit.
This is an example of the damage that can be caused when a tyre bursts at speed. This customer was lucky as the tyre was not on the same side as the fridge so the only damage was to the floor and wheel box.
Caravan Tyre Ageing
Regardless of use or mileage, all tyres have a lifespan. Even a caravan tyre never driven on will deteriorate over time. Natural ageing of the composite materials that form tyres occur from day one and it is widely recommended that caravan tyres should be replaced at 5 years old. To help you, new tyres have a date mark stamped on them to show the week and month of manufacture.
It is not always possible to determine how long the tyre has physically been fitted to the wheel on the caravan. As a general rule of thumb if you are in any doubt as to the age or condition of the tyre, don’t take the risk.
Tyron safety bands are a simple yet effective solution working against the dangers and inconvenience of punctured, blown-out and under inflated caravan tyres.
Tyron safety bands are attached to the wheel whilst the new tyre is being fitted and provide a short run flat capability, enabling you to drive to a place of safety without the flat tyre coming off or away from the wheel.
A Tyron safety band holds the tyre beads in place which also helps to prevent your wheel from impacting the road surface, causing even more costly damage.
Checking your caravan tyres
You can check how old your caravan tyre or tyres are yourself. The information you need is found on the sidewall and denoted by four numbers printed in a window. For example:
In this example, the manufacture date code is 1413 – where 14 denotes the week of manufacture and 13 represents the year, meaning this tyre was made in the 14th week of 2013.
If your tyres are printed with only a 3-digit number, it means your tyres were manufactured before 2000 and should be replaced asap. If your tyres are older than 5 years old, you should consider replacing them.
This is information is provided by Kwik Fit.
Liberty Caravan Services
73 Beaumont Rise