A tyre blow-out can be a catastrophic event, especially if you are travelling at speed with your caravan trailing behind you. Any tyre failure in these circumstances can lead to instability and imbalance – the safety and financial implications of this do not bear thinking about.
This is where the thread detaches from the casing of the tyre, which can result in a tyre with a flailing thread devouring the side of your bodywork. This can lead to huge repair bills, or worse still, a serious accident.
Why would delamination occur? Well, this can be due to age, standing and poor pressure maintenance.
Here, we will look at the precautions you can take to reduce the chances of a disaster:
Motorhome tyres also have thicker walls and are designed for heavy loads, so can often operate at higher pressures. Overall, dedicated motorhome tyres offer better value for money, last longer, and provide a superior driving experience.
Where do you find the age of the tyres? This is is marked on one of the side walls. If you are lucky, it will be facing you, but could also be on the inside wall of the tyre. It will show the week and year in numbers, e.g. (08 07) would signify the tyre was manufactured in the 8th week of 2007.
Tyres for dmotorhomes and caravans require higher tyre pressures than cars, due to their weight. This is especially true of motorhomes, which can sometimes be over 3,000kg. Don’t make the mistake of assuming your caravan or motorhome requires the same tyre pressure as your car.
Adjust pressure in line with the vehicle manufacturers’ recommendations, considering any additional load. Usually the correct pressures can be found in the vehicle handbook, the plate on the driver’s door sill, or the fuel filler cap.
If you can’t obtain any information regarding the correct tyre pressures, contact your vehicle manufacturer.
As well as the safety implications of travelling on an insufficient tread, the fine for each tyre is £2,500, and three points on your licence.
Again, stressing the importance of using the correct tyres: a tyre with a lower load index than the caravan or motorhome manufacturer’s specifications can easily become overloaded.