Now that the summer holidays are nearly here, caravan owners are starting to think of taking to the roads. Because caravans tend to be infrequently used, it can be easy to lose track of when your caravan tyres were last changed – and there is more to caravan tyres than meets the eye. Did you realise that caravan tyres must be replaced at least every five years?
Do I need to change my caravan tyres?
Checking the tyres on your car is pretty straightforward. You wait until the tread wears down and replace them. Usually, they’ll be picked up on your annual service if they are approaching the limit. Caravan tyres are different. Because they do not cover as many miles, they are changed less frequently, and they can need replacing well before the tread begins to wear down.
Because you cannot always easily determine how long the tyre has been fitted on your caravan – particularly if you buy a used caravan – we recommend replacing them for peace of mind. Replacing your caravan tyres is not difficult and a specialist tyre fitting company like Car Clinic MOT Centre Ellesmere Port can take care of it while you wait.
How to check the age of your caravan tyres
No matter how much you have used them or the mileage that has been covered, all rubber tyres have a limited lifespan. Even if you have never used a tyre on the road, it deteriorates over time. The ageing process starts on the very day of manufacture. Experts recommend that caravan tyres are replaced at least every five years. Modern tyres have a date mark stamped on them to show you the week and month of their manufacture.
The information is on the sidewall of the tyre. It consists of four numbers within in a window. The first two digits represent the week the tyre was made; the last two show the year. For example, 0414 would mean the tyre was made in the fourth week of 2014. If your tyres have a three-digit number, they date back to before 2000 and definitely need replacing.