Most caravan tyres rarely clock up enough mileage to wear the tread down to below the legal minimum limit of 1.6mm.
This is due to infrequent use and low mileage. However, that does not mean you only have to think about changing a caravan tyre once in a blue moon.
Most caravan organisations and motoring safety organisations recommend changing a caravan tyre when it is about five-years-old – some even suggest three years.
Changing a caravan tyre for this reason is not a waste of money – it is a safety precaution that could save yours and other lives, because old tyres are often prone to blow outs.
So, if you have had your vehicle for more than three years and you can see the tyres have still got plenty of tread, the next step is to see how old they are before deciding if you need to think about changing a caravan tyre.
To check the year each of your tyres was manufacturers, look for the DOT code. It will look like ‘DOT A57C DEF 598’ or ‘DOT A87C DEF 0204’ – the first code’s last 3 digits signify a caravan tyre manufactured in May 1998 and the second code’s last 4 digits signify that the caravan tyre was manufactured in the second week of 2004.
Not all tyres have the DOT code, however you should be able to find a separate group of digits such as ‘3805’ which signifies the tyre was manufactured in the 38th week of 2005.
If your dates signify any of the tyres are older than five years changing that caravan tyre as soon as possible is highly recommended.
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Denna Bowman, Head Office