Continental Camper (CP) Tyres. The dogs B*ll*cks

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  1. PhilandMena

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    Over the moon with these tyres. Had them fitted when Motorhome was purchased as new 4.1/2 years ago. Done 28,500 miles and the minimum tread left on the front tyres is 5 mm and 7 mm on the rear.
    These will get me through another trip down to Maroc and a few thousand more miles before replacing the front ones upon return.
    Brilliant tyres, never let me down (touch wood)
    Incidently, anyone know how much tread is on a brand new camper tyres (8.mm ?)

    Safe Travels
     
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    Yes, our van has had Continental camper tyres fitted from new 5 years ago. We've covered 28,000 miles without incident so far.

    I sometimes wonder if they make the ride a bit harsh - I keep the tyre pressures right down to those recommended by Continental, for my weight - but I'm prepared to put up with that because they've proved so reliable to date. Especially, as my van didn't have a spare and, unfortunately, there isn't really anywhere to put one.

    The tyres have obviously worn somewhat, but I haven't checked the precise depth recently - they look OK for the moment. The van is in for a Fiat service next month and I know they measure and report on all the treads each year.

    Is it still as difficult as ever to get replacement camper tyres in the right size? Oh, and I think I read somewhere that Continental have introduced a new model of tyre to replace the previous campers, but I'm not sure of the details?

    Mike
     
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    Yes, there still relatively easy to get just do a google search. Black Circles are offering Michelin camper tyres (CP) for £112.00 fitted. This is a good price. I have found a local tyre fitter who will do the Continental at £109. per tyre.
    Not aware that Continental have introduced a newer Camper tyre but aware Michelin have improved the tread on theirs.
     
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    Still should be replaced after 5 years regardless of mileage or remaining tread.

    UV damage isnt always seen.
     
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    If it helps anyone looking for tyres, you may know we run on winters all-year.

    One of our Sprinters had Michelin alpin fitted 10mm tread new at 27,000 miles. It is now almost 80,000 miles and rear is 3mm tread and front 4mm. They are all getting replaced due to age.

    Superb tyres available in 8 or 10 ply in many sizes.

    We have some 235/65/16 8 ply and 10 ply
     
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    Yes! aware of this. I wonder if it falls into the same argument as food use by dates LOL. So, one day before 5 years they are OK and one day after they are not ?
    I suspect the answer is annual tyre inspections by a competent person. I get mine checked twice a year, second one a month before my overwintering destination departure.
     
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    Interesting thing here about winter tyres - they recommend using them all year round if swapping between summer and winter tyres is impractical. In other words, when you need new tyres - get winter ones. Assuming you use your MH in winter and don't park it up of course! It would make economic sense too, as with the average mileage MHs do having two sets of tyres means they would need replacing on age long before they were worn out.
    http://www.continental-tyres.co.uk/.../van-tyres/winter-tyres/why-winter-tyres.html
     
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    New camping tyres have 9-100mm tread depth.

    I still have one Continental camper 215 x 70 x15 for sale one year old 8mm tread depth.
     
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    Bloody hell....four inches of tread, i bet they wobble a bit.

    :LOL:
     
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    even my truck tyres arent that deep. mind given the choice i wouldnt buy the 9mm ones if i could buy 100mm ones . hee hee . fink it may be a smelling pistake .
    i fit chinese tyres they work and seem ok. maxmiler gt 215/75r16c 116/114 m&s seem good grip ,not noisey .fuel efficiency class c wet grip class c external noise value 72
    and only 75 quid each fitted .
    had them on just over a year and very pleased with them .
     
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    Phil,
    Phil, I always have my tyres inspected before the Winter trip. It didn't prevent this happening on a Spanish motorway on the way home from Maroc. tyres were 5 years old at the time.
    It certainly went with a bang!

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    Oh and they were Continental Camping tyres! :whistle:
     
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    I had four Vanco Winter 2 tyres fitted last Autumn and will use them all-year round. Very pleased with them so far - they replaced standard Vanco 2 tyres which had done 5 years and two of which suffered punctures last September in Italy / France
     
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    We have Continental Vanco tyres fitted. I did experiment with tyre pressures, thinking 5.5 bar at the back was a bit high so dropped them down to 5, then 4.5.
    Then I bought a set of Tyrepal tyre pressure monitors. They also monitor the temperature. You'd be amazed how hot the tyres ran when the pressures were below the recommended amount!
    All pressures are now back to what they should be.
    Talking about tyre deterioration, most tyres deteriorate from the inside, generally due to moisture inside the tyre and lack of use, so damage can't be seen. UV light actually causes very little damage
     
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    I have Continental Vanco's also, Couldn't believe it when I seen 80 psi( 5.5 bar ) marked on the tyre. Feel more re-assured by your experiment with temps now....cheers(y)
     
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    I presume you are referring to Conti Vanco Camper (CP) tyres at that high pressure? The 5.5 bar marking indicates the maximum pressure that the tyre should be inflated to - not the specific in-service pressure for the load being carried. If you want to get it spot on, download the Conti data book from the link below then find your tyre in the table at the end of the 'Van Tyres' section. Scan across and you will see the pressure that Conti recommend for each axle loading. I don't have CP tyres - I have standard Conti C (Vanco Winter2) and have followed the same process. I have also checked the settings I use with Continental's Technical Dept. Of course you will need to know the actual axle loading from a weigh bridge but that only needs to be done once when you have a full load, then you can set your pressures to carry that load without over-inflating which can lead to a harsher ride and premature wear in the centre of the tyre.
    http://www.continental-tyres.co.uk/www/tyres_uk_en/general/tech_services_uk/library_reference.html
     
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    Jesus! Was that a front tyre and were you speeding again !
     
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    The only pressure written on my Continental tyres is the maximum pressure, which is 83 psi. Continental produce a leaflet which you can use to get the recommended pressure for your tyres based on the axle load. I took my 'van to the local weighbridge and from the axle weights worked out my tyres (225/75 R 16 C 120/121) should be run at 3.25 bar (47 psi). Compared to what I had been running them at (5.0 bar) I was staggered by this but I let out masses of air to get them down to this pressure then did 3,000 miles in Spain this year without mishap - and I did get out and feel the tyres at first because I still wasn't convinced, but I am now. You have to trust the tyre manufacturer to know what pressure their tyres should be at. The big upside for me is the ride is lot better now.

    The Continental brochure is attached. It is a bit of a struggle to read and understand but it pays to persevere. You can find my tyres on pages 24 and 25 of the brochure about a third of the way down the table. On the right hand side, page 25 the line for me is against 121 as the 'van has single tyres.

    Recommended pressures for other manufacturers are different - I seem to recall Michelin say 80 psi in all circumstances!

    Edit: JeanLuc beat me to it!
     

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    Continental Vanco 10 215/75 R16 116R. They have little emblem for both a van and motorhome on them. Max psi is 80. I have them at 75 psi all round. Thanks for the link(y)
     
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    At 75 psi your axle limit is 2,500 kg. Of course, axle loading front and rear are probably different so this is why you need to take the vehicle to a weighbridge. :) But if you are running them at the correct pressure it means you have a 5.0t MH with the weight evenly balanced fore and aft.
     
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