With the summer off to such a brilliant start weather-wise, caravan and motorhome owners countrywide must be champing at the bit to get out on to the roads and start enjoying the holiday season.
Whether you are planning a Stay-cation or driving abroad for a glorious getaway, the beauty of owning one of these great vehicles is that it offers you total control over your well-earned time off. You can decide exactly where you want to be, when you get up and even what sort of view you can wake up to. Plus you can take your time getting to your destination with no worries about missing flights, check-in queues or transport worker strikes!
But this level of freedom means you have to take responsibility for the safety of your vehicle. In particular the condition of your caravan tyres and motorhome tyres should be a priority.
How old are your caravan and motorhome tyres
The chances are your caravan tyres or motorhome tyres will need replacing long before the tread has worn down to the legal minimum limit of 1.6mm.
There are several reasons for this. Firstly, while motoring and safety experts recommend replacing car tyres after 10 years, even if they still have plenty of tread, they recommend swapping caravan tyres and motorhome tyres when they are more than five years old.
This is because although caravans and motorhomes do relatively low annual mileage, there are several other factors which can lead to the deterioration of the tyres they are rolling on and compromise their performance on the road.
It is important to note that the age of your tyre is deemed by the date it was manufactured, not when it was fitted to your vehicle. For this reason, it is imperative to check the DOT code to establish how old your tyre is.
What causes caravan tyres and motorhome tyres to deteriorate
All tyres deteriorate when exposed to sunlight and atmosphere. So while your caravan or motorhome has been parked up on the drive or in a storage site for months on end, the tyres will succumb to harmful elements.
Finally, if your vehicle remains in one position for months on end, it is likely its tyres will develop bald spots. Furthermore, as with cars, even if just one small area of your tyre is below the minimum legal tread depth of 1.6mm, that renders the whole tyre illegal.
The penalty for driving on illegal tyres is three points on your licence and a fine of up to £2,500. If you have four illegal tyres that can add up to £10,000 fine and a driving ban under the points totting up system. However, the fines and points pale into significance when compared to the increased risk of being involved in an accident or collision due to damaged or unsafe tyres.
etyres mobile service is a perfect fit for caravan and motorhome owners
So if you are getting your vehicle summer-ready and want your travels to go without a hitch, check your tyres. If you spot a problem contact etyres immediately. Leisure vehicle owners more than most can benefit from the convenience of our mobile fitting service. It means you don’t have to find time driving to a garage or manoeuvring into a cramped tyre depot bay. Instead we come to you, whether your vehicle is at your home, storage unit or on a camping site.
We also supply and fit Tyron safety bands. These safety devices are becoming increasingly popular with caravan and motorhome owners. To find out the benefits they offer click here.
Denna Bowman, Head Office