When choosing the right replacement tyre for your caravan, it is important to have all the relevant information to hand so that you can make the right choice.
It is as simple and straightforward as ordering tyres for your car; however, there is one slight anomaly which you need to be aware of.
Missing digits in caravan tyre size?
The issue arises when it comes to identifying the size of the replacement caravan tyre required. Again, as with ordering car tyres, the best way forward is to either check what the vehicle manufacturer recommends, which you will find in the owner’s manual. Alternatively, you can check the size of the current tyres fitted to your vehicle and order a replacement. You will find the tyre size embossed on the sidewall of the tyre. As with a car, the format will resemble this sequence:
175/70 R14 88T
However, in some cases, there can be a slight difference between the sequence of digits and letters found on a car tyre compared to those on a caravan tyre. For example, on a caravan tyre you might be presented with:
175 R14 88T
What is missing is the two-digit profile size:
175/– R14 88T
If this is the case, either in your handbook or on the sidewall of the tyre, don’t panic! There is a simple solution to this seeming problem. Whenever the profile is not given it simply means the standard default rating is applied. And this number is 80. It’s that straightforward.
It is very common for caravan owners to be thrown by this. However, as independent tyre experts, who specialise in caravan and motorhome tyres, all etyres fitters and customer service staff are more than happy to answer all tyre-related questions and clarify any confusion.
Why the load rating is also important when ordering caravan tyres
Finally, another very crucial consideration when ordering caravan tyres is that the load rating (also referred to as the load index) must always be sufficient to carry the maximum weight of the vehicle. This rating is denoted by the last two numbers in the sequence (eg 88). The specification is set by the caravan manufacturer and will again be found in the vehicle handbook.
Replacement tyres fitted to a caravan must also have a suitable speed index rating. This is the last letter in the sequence (eg T).
Denna Bowman, Head Office