Summer is on its way and these days, the “staycations” have attracted a new generation of caravanners, many with young children, who are buying second-hand tourers to make their holiday budgets stretch a bit further.
If you are thinking of buying a second hand caravan or motorhome, The Caravan Club has put together a great leaflet detailing everything your need to know about caravan tyres and wheels, including what to look for before purchasing a vehicle.
You are unlikely to know the history of a secondhand vehicle, at least in terms of issues such as how much care the previous owner took of the caravan tyres. Therefore, the leaflet advises potential buyers to ‘assume the worst, and look for signs of abuse and wear and tear”.
It adds: “Some people prefer to take no chances and factor in the cost of replacing all the tyres on a secondhand purchase as a matter of course, and this is worth considering. It is good practice to assume the previous owner may have set the tyre pressures incorrectly, so expect to check what the optimum should be and adjust to it.
“You may not get a handbook with a secondhand caravan, so it may be necessary to work out what the optimum should be from the weight of the caravan and the size of the tyres fitted. Check that any spare wheel and tyre included with the caravan is appropriate, in terms of specification and condition.”
Caravan tyres which are damaged or worn to the legal minimum tread depth must be replaced immediately, which should be factored into the cost of buying the vehicle.
Most importantly, it is imperative to check the age of the caravan tyres. Even if visually good, and if the caravan has seen careful use over modest mileage, you may still need to replace the caravan tyres due to their age alone.
Tyre safety organisations and motoring groups recommend replacing caravan tyres when they are five-years-old and that they should never be used when they are more than seven-years-old.
The leaflet concludes that it is not the that case that all caravan tyres over these ages will rapidly fail, however it adds that the statistical likelihood of a problem occurring increases noticeably with age.
And given the disruption to your holiday that the failure of your caravan tyres could cause – not to mention the safety risks – it is strongly recommended that you follow this guidance.
To find out how to check the age of caravan tyres check out the etyres guide to deciphering the DOT code.
etyres supply and fit a wide range of competitively priced caravan tyres. Vehicle owners can have their new caravan tyres fitted at their home or storage site, so they do not have the hassle of taking their caravan to a tyre depot.
etyres also supply and fit Tyron bands to caravan tyres.
Denna Bowman, Head Office