Finding out the age of your caravan or motorhome tyres is important because even if the vehicle has not covered a lot of touring miles and the tyres do not look worn they will still have deteriorated.
Like all tyres they will deteriorate with age and can become distorted, especially if they are under-inflated. For this reason tyre safety groups, caravan organisations and insurance companies recommend that caravan and motorhome tyres should be replaced before they reach five-years-old.
Finding out how old your caravan or motorhome tyres are is simple, but you may need help deciphering the DOT code, so this is what you have to do:
1. Find the date of manufacture on the sidewall of all motorhome tyres as part of the DOT (U.S. Department of Transport) code found close to the wheel rim. An example code is DOT A87C DEF 0102, the final set of four numbers is the date code.
2. This four digit code shows the calendar week and the year of manufacture e.g. 0102 is week one of 2002.
3. There are a small number of tyres that may not have a DOT code, in these cases the date of manufacture will still be shown elsewhere on the tyre, for instance if you see a separate group of letters and numbers such as 4202 this is the 42nd week of 2002.
Tyres are the only part of the caravan or motorhome which are in contact with the road surface. Safety in acceleration, braking, steering and cornering all rely on the tyres’ relatively small contact area with the road surface.
With such an crucial role, it is imperative that your tyres are properly maintained and regular checks are carried out. With proper care and attention your tyres will help to ensure you arrive safely at your holiday destination, without disruption and with minimal cost.
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Our mobile fitting service is an added bonus, because it means owners do not have to manoeuvre their vehicles into cramped tyre depots.
Denna Bowman, Head Office