RV tyres need replacing!
According to e-tyres, the chances are your caravan tyres or motorhome tyres will need replacing long before the tread has worn down to the legal minimum limit of 1.6mm across the central three quarters and around the entire circumference.
There are several reasons for this. Firstly, while motoring and safety experts recommend replacing car tyres after 10 years, even if they still have plenty of tread, they recommend swapping caravan tyres and motorhome tyres when they are more than five years old.
This is because although caravans and motorhomes do relatively low annual mileage, there are several other factors which can lead to the deterioration of the tyres they are rolling on and compromise their performance on the road.
A very important point to bear in mind is that the age of your tyre starts from when it was manufactured, not when it was fitted to your vehicle. For this reason, it is imperative to check the DOT code to establish how old your tyre is.
This and other key information, along with advice and guidance on maintaining your tyres, can be found on our dedicated etyres caravan tyres and motorhome tyres pages.
Also, all tyres deteriorate when exposed to sunlight and atmosphere. So while your caravan or motorhome has been parked up on the drive or in a storage site for months on end, they will succumb to harmful elements.
Finally, if your vehicle remains in one position for months on end, it is likely its tyres will develop bald spots. Furthermore, as with cars, even if just one small area of your tyre is below the minimum legal tread depth of 1.6mm, that renders the whole tyre illegal.
The penalty for driving on illegal tyres is three points on your licence and a fine of up to £2,500 – and that is per tyre! However, the fines and points pale into significance when compared to the increased risk of being involved in an accident or collision due to damaged or unsafe tyres.