13/03/2019
Share this story Share on Facebook icon Share on Twitter icon Share on Pinterest icon Share on Google Plus icon Share on Linked In icon Share via Email icon

3 things to check on your caravan tyres before you hit the road

2c32e966-7d10-400c-aac5-ab9897227f01

Chances are you're about to take your caravan out of storage for the new season. You'll be looking around your van to see how your van has dealt with a winter of inactivity.

One vital but often overlooked component of your caravan to check is its tyres. TyreSafe urges caravan owners to review the state of their tyres before towing it for the first time after you take it out of storage.

TyreSafe's chairman, Stuart Jackson, said:

"The excitement of bringing a favourite vehicle or holiday home out of storage should not obscure the urgent need to make sure that the vehicle is roadworthy. Tyres need to be checked regularly and bringing them out of storage should prompt a thorough series of visual checks especially the tyres' condition and air pressures."

Checking your caravan's tyres is easy when you follow these three steps:

Step 1 — Look

Look at your tyres and inspect them for any noticeable 'lumps, bumps and cuts' on them. Tyres can crack, especially on the walls. Often tyres can crack when you've not used them for a while.

On close inspection, you can often see any foreign objects stuck in the tread. See if you can remove them with a blunt tool. It's not just old tyres you need to check. New tyres are just as prone to damage and weathering.

Potholes can cause more damage than you realise, and a thorough check to see if you damaged your tyres in the previous season will save you time and stress at a later date.

Step 2 — Tread

Once you've done your general visual check, you need to look at the tread left on your tyres. If the tread on your tyres is too low, they risk being illegal, which might get you into trouble with the police.

The minimum legal tread depth for cars, trailers, motorhomes and caravans is a 1.6 mm depth across 3/4 of the tyre's width and its circumference.

How you can you tell?

One approach is to use a tread depth gauge. A simple version costs less than £2. It will tell you the depth of your tread quickly and easily.

Alternatively, TyreSafe suggests using a 20p coin. Insert into the tyre's tread on its edge. If you can see the coin's outer rim anywhere in the tyre's tread, it means it's too low.

Step 3 — Pressure

All tyres lose pressure after a while, and your caravan tyres are no exception. It's important to inflate your tyres on your car and your caravan to the right pressures.

For your car, check in the owner's manual, the plate on the vehicle or the filler cap to find the right pressures. For your caravan, check the manufacturer's manuals that came with it. If you can't see them, look on the TyreSafe website here. You can also use their website to find the right tyre pressures for your car.

Another useful gadget for checking your tyre pressures during the season is a tyre pressure management system (TPMS).

Michelin tyre pressure management system

Connect a set of sensors to the tyres on your car and caravan, and you can check your pressures as you tow. Michelin has a TPMS which allows you to monitor your tyre pressure on up to eight tyres for Michelin tyre pressure management system. The central system costs around £80.

Now you know what you need to check and what to look for on your caravan's tyres, you can prepare yourself for the new season confident that your journeys will be safer and more enjoyable.

Back to "Practical Advice" Category

13/03/2019 Share this story   Share on Facebook icon Share on Twitter icon Share on Pinterest icon Share on Google Plus icon Share on Linked In icon Share via Email icon

Recent Updates

If you’re a caravan novice, fine-tune your knowledge with this jargon buster guide to ABS, GRP, MIRO and other common terms ...


Do you really need a motor mover for pitching your caravan?

Caravan magazine's DIY expert answers your questions on security, dented worktops, electric cars and more


Beginner’s guide to caravan awnings

Awnings are a great way of adding extra space to your caravan when on site. Here's everything you need to ...


Cooking in your caravan

Warmer months ahead make cooking outdoors a real joy – these recipes will become new favourites ...


Other Articles

In part four of the series, Lee Davey and his son, Charlie, tackle the floor of their vintage Bailey Maru ...


Caravan advice: how to prevent and deal with damp

Learn how to stop damp taking hold in your caravan ...


Buying new v used – caravan pros and cons

Should you buy a new caravan, or would a used model be better? We weigh up the advantages of each ...


Get your caravan set for summer

Jim Blackstock looks at how to get your caravan out of storage and ready for the first trip of the year ...