Unused tyres can degrade

With schools breaking up and a long Easter weekend break on the horizon, caravan and motorhome owners should check their tyres as soon as possible if they are planning on taking a road trip.

While tyre safety is important for all vehicles, caravan tyres and those fitted to motorhomes and trailers which might have been left to stand outside over the winter and are not used that often, are especially at risk from rubber degradation.

And unlike with cars or vans, the major issue for leisure vehicle owners isn’t necessarily the tread, it is the age of the tyre itself. In fact it is so sensitive that safety groups and caravan experts recommend that tyres fitted to these vehicles be changed every five years, even if they look to be in perfect condition.

This is because exposure to the elements and harmful UV rays over long periods of time can make these tyres more susceptible to damage, which will affect their resilience and flexibility. Problems, such as cracking and a drop in pressure, can lead to a terrifying high speed blow-out.

Owners can find out how old their tyres are by locating and deciphering the DOT code, which looks something like this: DOT A87C DEF 0814 and is displayed on all tyres.

The key figures are the last four, because they indicate the calendar week and year in which the tyre was manufactured. Therefore, the above tyre was manufactured in the eighth week of 2014.

In addition to this hazard, tyres left standing dormant for a number of months, as caravan and motorhome tyres typically are, will be more prone to carcass deformation. If the tyre has become misshapen there is a good chance the tyre will pose a serious danger to road safety and may need to be replaced.

etyres operate a mobile tyre fitting service, which is a perfect fit for caravan and motorhome owners who do not want the hassle of driving their vehicle to a garage and manoeuvring into a cramped bay. etyres can fit new tyres, repair punctures or install Tyron safety bands on vehicles parked outside the owners home, at a storage site or even stranded in a holiday park.