Tyres

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  1. maison

    maison Funster

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    I need to replace two tyres on my Motorhome.

    I have read in Magazines that I should only use "Camper" tyres as Motorhomes are usually run close to Maximum Weight, but that these can suffer from supply problems. (My tyres are currently Michelin Camper).

    Does everyone follow this advice or are people running on "ordinary" commercial vehicle tyres?

    Are "Camper" tyres difficult to obtain?

    Can anyone recommend a tyre dealer in South East Wales?

    Grateful for any advice available out there !

    I could not find a previous thread on this but, if one exists, please point me in the right direction and forgive my ignorance.
    :Confused:
     
  2. Phill D

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    depends where in South Wales, but Sardis rd tyres in pontypridd do camper tyres. had no problem getting conti vanco through them.
     
  3. GJH

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    Our Autoquest still had its original tyres when we bought it so when I replaced them I bought the same brand (Goodyear I think, from memory).

    The Burstner has Michelin Camping tyres on the back but another brand (can't remember which) on the front. The dealer put the front ones on because the tread was low on the existing ones (which were not camping tyres).
     
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    I use Michelin Camper tyres never had a problem getting them I just use the local tyre depot and they get them in within a couple of days. :thumb:
     
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    And the difference is?????:Smile:
     
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    I changed a couple of years to Vredenstein Comtracs after a recommendation from another member who knows a lot more about tyres than I ever will.

    They run at lower pressures than Michelins, softer on the ride and seem to steer with a little more precision. Apparently greatly favoured by German andDutch motorhomers.

    Have a look at Oponeo and Reifen websites, prices are excellent and usually received within a week.

    Mike
     
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    No idea just commenting on availability :Smile:
     
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    I was wondering the same.
    Surely, as MHs are generally van based, normal van tyres are up to the job?

    What, if any, is different about "camper" tyres?
     
  9. maison

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    Camper Tyres

    According to MH Press "Camper" tyres are manufactured specifically for motorhomes as they are rarely run at much below maximum weight and, therefore, the tyres tend to be used at higher inflation pressures. MH's also spend a lot of time parked and standing on the one part of the tyre.

    "Ordinary" van tyres offer a compromise between the vehicle being light/ empty and full/heavy so run at lower pressures. This probably explains why the ride can sometimes feel harsh if the MH is not fully loaded.

    I don't understand why it should make such a difference but a MH Magazine article made it sound like a safety issue to swap "Camper" for ordinary tyres.
     
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    Look in the 'downloads' section of 'Fun' and you should find a pdf leaflet from 'Tyre safe' telling you all about the technical aspects of tyres, loading and inflation pressures.
    CP (camper) tyres have a stiffer side wall then standard van tyres to accommodate long periods of inactivity (by the motorhome, not the driver).
    I have had standard Continental van tyres on mine for over 6 years without problems.
    Be aware that CP tyres normally run at higher pressures than standard van tyres and if you are inflating to above 4.5 bar / 65 PSI, they should be fitted with metal stemmed valves designed for higher pressures. Standard valves are rated only up to 65 PSI.
     
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    Michelin Agilis XC Camping Tyres are what we have always used

    They usually have to be ordered in but all reputable tyre companies should be able to get these for you within 24 hours.

    Do shop around as prices for new tyres do vary

    hope that is helpful
     
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