Winter Tyres

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  1. irnbru

    irnbru Funster Life Member

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    If you use your MH in winter do you use winter tyres or just use the same ones all round? Something to do with the grip on snow?

    What actually is the technical difference and would it justify the cost to change the tyres in winter. We dont "plan" to be in heavy snow.
     
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    Winter tyres are made from a type of rubber which stays softer at low temperatures. This gives more grip. They are not essential but a "nice to have".
     
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    If you are not leaving Scotland they are perfect for all year use!

    Summer..........what Summer? :rolleyes:
     
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    The video below is worth a watch.
    Personally, I wouldn't bother with winter tyres on the motorhome in the UK

     
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  5. Gellyneck

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    Never fitted winter tyres on mh or car. Even drove daily around your area on standard tyres during the horrendous winter of 4 \ 5 years ago.
    Probably me just being old but drivers nowadays, in general, don't seem to have the understanding of how to drive to the conditions.:(
     
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    I use Continintal Vanco All Season tyres.
     
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    As do I.
     
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  8. Chockswahay

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    C'mon, that's a bit like saying 'smoking is safe because you know people who have smoked all their lives and it never did them any harm' :eek:
     
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    Maybe if you tried them you would appreciate the difference, I have(y).

    Martin
     
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    Yes the rubber compound is different but also the cutting of the tread, all the small cuts in the main blocks are called sipes and it is these that give a snow tyre the extra "edge" literally as its these edges that do the work.

    co_vancofourseason_pdptrd.jpg Continental Vanco Fourseasons

    Continental Vanco-Camper.jpg Continental Vanco Camper

    images.jpg Michelin Agilis Camper

    Editors-Choice.jpg And finally a "winter tyre" the only visible difference are the extra cuts or sipes.

    Martin
     
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    I'm having a chuckle here Sandra ..
    I remember a chat we had once ,I happened to mention I was putting the winter shoes on the van..
    I hope you can remember your response to me..
    I'll say no more :xgrin:.
    Andy.
     
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    That's not right. Winter tyres provide more grip in wintery conditions and on mud. Understanding how to drive to the conditions is another issue.
     
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    Another option if it's just a case of getting you out of the cap if you loose you drive because of some snow is to carry some snow socks or whatever they are called...
    Not the same as winter tyres but I carried these around before I did get the winter tyres.. They did the job on a couple of occasions but it is a faff on..
    Ta Andy.
    20151211_094448.jpg
     
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    Given that most motorhomes don't wear out their tyres before they need changing due to age I would be much more interested in how Winter tyres perform during 'average' Summer conditions. If they grip and handle as well as Summer tyres do, but wear out considerably more quickly, they might be a viable alternative for all-year use. Otherwise, despite the improvement in cold, wet, or snowy conditions their use on a MH, which often requires virtually unworn tyres to be changed, is a an expensive nonsense.
     
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    When I was working I used to have a set of winter tyres for both cars and I think they did help - obviously if you were going too fast and hit ice you would slide but regaining control was much quicker. I also found that the two sets of tyres which we changed winter / summer lasted longer than two sets of tyres that were used continuously until replacement was needed.

    We have the conti camper tyres on Buffy as that is what she came with.
     
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    We use winter tyres all year round no problem in the summer with handling or wear.
    Great in the snow and as skiers we do drive in the snow at high altitude every year.
    Michelin is our choice but loads of different makes also pretty good on mud or wet grass.
     
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    On the car they wore out faster than normal tyres and were noisier. Grip and handle was the same :)
     
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    Don't understand how you reached that conclusion?
     
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    Have done and my opinion is that not worth the extra expense.
     
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    @Gellyneck your post suggested that winter tyres are of no real value, sorry if I have read it wrong :unsure: I believe they are useful safety devices (I don't have them)
     
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