- Mar 14, 2005
Like OC, the headline answer is yes.Very good advice. At present it is suggested that caravan tyres are replaced every 5 - 8 years regardless of condition. This is understandable as most new caravans seem to be fitted with the cheapest budget tyre. Would the same guidelines on age apply if you had premium tyres fitted?
But the advice is a bit confusing, becasue it gives a range (i.e 5 to 8years).
With the exception of tracking misalignment or faulty brakes or damage, Very few if anyone claims to have actually worn the tread of caravan down and out, so the vast majority of caravan tyres are not worn out by usage when they are changed.
So what is the criteria that makes one tyre need to be changed at 5y and another at 8y - regardless of condition? Surely if it needs changing regardless of condition there should be a fixed age at which all tyres are changed!
The problem is the advice is incomplete. There are plenty of articles about car tyres where the advice seems to be that subject to the tread depth being greater than the legal minimum a car tyre should be checked at least annually for damage or other contraindications, but always changed if it reaches 10 years old.
I do not know why the caravan industry yet again has chosen to suggest a non standard approach when arguably car's are treated far more harshly than caravans. Yet another caravanning tradition that defies logic.