Video: Make a PACT for caravan tyre and wheel safety!

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  1. Bernard Porritt says:

    I always do these checks before setting off, both going away and returning.

    One thing that has happened to me was I had two new tyres fitted by by a well known car tyre fitting company, only when I came to replace them I found that they had fitted the wrong load speck for my caravan they were under rated, which could have been a problem if I had an accident I am sure the insurance company would not have paid out.
    I was unaware that it was up to me to know what tyres should be fitted, I trusted the professionals how wrong I was.
    Let this be a warning to everybody do your home work and trust no one!

  2. Paul Upshaw says:

    Hi All,

    I have been caravaning since 2012 and have always checked the tyre pressure/torque prior to travelling and returning. This gives me piece of mind as once you get on the busier roads especially motorways the damage caused by a puncture or wheel coming loose doesn’t bare thinking about, I think the information in this clip is extremely useful.

  3. Peter Rimmer says:

    Very interesting and informative article, having lost a wheel, I only know too well the consequences of such an action; it is very frightening and extremely dangerous. I always check the torque each time I travel. I’m surprised at the number of caravaners who neither check the wheels or nose weight when leaving a site, this type of article is really helpful to all road users.

  4. Grahame Bradford says:

    Thank you Liz. I will do that. I know that for £50 or so I could have a new tyre fitted but as a retired MOT tester, if the tyre was fitted to a vehicle that was presented for a test, it would be a “pass” because none of the “fail” criteria was evident, although perhaps an advisory based on the age of the tyre would be appropriate.

  5. Edward Kearney says:

    Have enjoyed reading P.A.C.T. And the comments. I will check my tyres now and change them if necessary.

  6. Grahame Bradford says:

    Good article, thanks.
    I bought my 2005 Lunar Ariva second hand from the original owner three years ago. It was still on its original tyres so I immediately had them replaced. So far I haven’t replaced the spare because I know it has never been on the van and always stored in either a shed or garage out of the sun. I can see no evidence of any form of degradation. So my question is, what is the “shelf life” of a tyre that has never been used or exposed to the elements?

    • Liz @ Caravan Guard says:

      That’s a great question Grahame. The British Tyre Manufacturers’ Association say consumers should check tyres regularly for any sign of ageing, such as cracking / crazing of the tyre sidewall and or tread distortion and that vehicle manufacturers may recommend a specific age at which a tyre should be replaced. I would suggest that you seek advice from a specialist tyre fitter and ask them to examine the tyre for you.

  7. Chris Murphy says:

    In 2001, I had a puncture in a caravan tyre having just left a dual carriageway in the Dordogne region of France at the end of a 170 mile journey. We were on a road where I could actually see the campsite which was our destination for a holiday and I dread to think of what might have happened if this occurred on the dual carriageway!!
    The caravan tyres were in their fifth season and so, following this incident I made it my policy to change them after four season’s use. I learnt that caravan tyre safety should be a priority meaning that the expense of new tyres is a sensible option.

  8. John Branagan says:

    I had a tyre which deflated on an overnight stop ,on way home from Cornwall,so had two new tyres fitted at what I thought was reputable company ,before continuing journey home,about six months later,caravan at home,surprised to see one tyre flat one half inflated,on checking
    The valves were perished,,so Please make sure that tyre technicians,fit new valves every time new tyres are fitted,

  9. Mervyn Stannard says:

    very good article for what time it takes I check my torque settings before every j ourney

  10. michael gillard says:

    Hi my only argument with this is as an x MOT tester I’ve seen tyres on cars 10/12 years old low mileage cracked but no cores etc showing and you cant fell it, but a caravan is advised to change the tyres.
    As a car is able to do 70 mph i think the advice should apply, or MOT caravans and stop all the arguments, and insurance saying we a not paying your tyres are above the required date to change that’s why you had a blowout .

    • Liz @ Caravan Guard says:

      Hi Michael, it’s difficult to compare car tyres with caravan tyres as they’re often stored in different ways and undergo different stresses. For example, caravans are often stored outside in the full sun for weeks or months without their wheels being turned. Changing your caravan tyres after five years is an accepted guide across the industry.
      In terms of paying out for tyre blow out claims, here at Caravan Guard it’s unlikely we wouldn’t pay out on a claim based on the age of the tyre.

  11. Keith Helliwell says:

    As well as the potential damage and cost, confidence in towing takes a beating.

  12. John Blizard says:

    Great safety on caravan wheels on tyres Good information P A C T hope people listen

  13. Stephen Warlow says:

    Don’t forget the condition of the tyre valves. I once had a 3 year old bailey owned from new and serviced by Bailey appointed workshops,I checked tyre pressures before leaving home after about 3 miles noticed it was not towing correct L/H tyre pressure was down, on inspection tyre valve had perished with cracks and leaking. R/Hand and spare tyre valves were also cracked .

  14. tony cartwright says:

    the five year tyre rule has now been changed to seven. NCCC

    • Liz @ Caravan Guard says:

      Thanks Tony, it’s not a five year rule it’s simply a recommendation to change your tyres from five years of manufacture. They should only ever be used for a maximum of seven years.

  15. Robert Spence says:

    Excellent article on tyre safety.
    Keep these routine maintenance notices coming…They are invaluable.

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