Caravan and motorhome owners must be looking forward to spring and the chance to get their vehicles out of hibernation for the first trip of the year.
But with a couple of months still to go, it is important to make sure proper steps are being taken to ensure that caravan tyres and motorhome tyres are holding up in storage conditions.
Importance of motorhome and caravan tyre care
Tyres do not react well to standing around on the same piece of tread for long periods and if caravans and motorhomes are left immobile for months on end, it increases the likelihood of tyre sidewall deterioration. Yet, ensuring motorhome and caravan tyres are well protected will help extend their life, maintain optimum performance and avoid any preventable problems during the first outing of the year.
Ideally, before the vehicles were put into hibernation for the winter period, every motorhome and caravan tyre was inspected for signs of damage and thoroughly cleaned with water to remove any traces of chemicals and petrol, which could cause the rubber to perish.
Some vehicles may have also been jacked up and raised off the ground to release the pressure on the motorhome or caravan tyres.
However, if this was not possible, it is highly advisable to rotate the wheels every six to eight weeks so the weight of the vehicle is not resting permanently on the same part of the tyre. This will help to prevent flat spots developing and can be achieved by manoeuvring the vehicle or jacking it up to rotate the wheels.
Another precaution to protect the tyres during winter is to keep them covered in order to sheild the rubber from harmful UV rays. Make sure they remain covered, but avoid using plastic bags, which may cause condensation in the hub.
Getting motorhome and caravan tyres road-trip ready
For the more hardy caravan and motorhome home owners, who can’t wait for spring to roll round and want to kick their touring season off early, it is also vital to carry out a thorough inspection of their tyres before hitting the roads.
The first thing to check is the general condition of the motorhome and caravan tyres. Signs of warping, bulging, cracking or objects embedded in the rubber could all lead to dangerous and costly blow outs while on the road.
Next check the pressure. If the vehicle has stood unused over the winter it may be that its tyres have become under-inflated. Under-inflation is dangerous as it reduces grip and increases braking distance.
The pressure needs to be checked and matched with the vehicle manufacturers recommendation, which can be found in the owners handbook. The pressure must be taken when the tyres are cold. Tyres warm up when driving, increasing the pressure by up to 15% and this will give an inaccurate reading.
It is also imperative to know the age of caravan or motorhome tyres, because this is often the main cause for requiring a replacement. Safety and industry experts recommend motorhome and caravan tyres are replaced when they are more than five-years-old, irrespective of how much tread remains. Read the etyres DOT code guide to decipher the age of any tyre.
Added safety with Tyron bands
Finally, leisure vehicle owners are increasingly opting to fit Tyron safety bands to their caravans and motorhomes. These wheel safety bands are proven to reduce the risk of accident or damage following tyre deflation and allow the driver to remain in control in the event of a blow out.
etyres supply and fit Tyron bands and can also fit new tyres to wheels already equipped with the safety devices.