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Old 26-03-2013, 09:48   #1 (permalink)
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Borrowed from Caravan Gaurd

Maybe of use to new comers and oldies alike

Maintaining your Motorhome Tyres – The Facts
In 2012, Caravan Guard saw a huge increase in motorhome insurance claims for tyre related incidents – up 38% on the previous year!

These claims cost an average of 12,333 each and no doubt caused many motorhome owners some inconvenience too.



The majority of these claims were as a result of tyre blowouts whilst travelling. Although a damaged tyre may not seem like an expensive item to replace, it’s the damage that occurs after the blowout due to loss of control and collisions with other vehicles or stationary objects that significantly increases the claims cost.

I’m sure all our readers will agree, it’s much better to to keep our motorhome tyres maintained and check them regularly than put ourselves at risk, so here’s our motorhome tyre maintenance checklist for you to use before each journey.



Check your tyre tread depth! – The legal tread depth for a tyre in the UK is 1.6mm across 3/4 of the tyre’s surface, however, you should be aware that the less tread you have, the less grip you will have and this will affect your stopping distances and ability to control the vehicle.

Check for signs of ageing – if you only use your motorhome a few times a year, it’s unlikely that you’ll need to change your tyres due to tread wear. However, even a tyre with plenty of tread can still deteriorate, with cracks appearing in the sidewalls and the rubber becoming perished. Any signs of ageing are an indication that the tyre should be replaced as any weak spots will leave the tyre vulnerable to a blowout. If you’ve bought a second-hand motorhome, check the age of the tyres HERE

Check your pressure – Tyre pressures should be checked regularly – preferably every week if the motorhome is used often – and always when the tyres are cold. Warm tyres will not give an accurate reading. Ensure the pressures in your front and rear tyres comply with your vehicle manufacturer’s recommendations as having under or over inflated tyres can cause issues with your steering and even braking.

Consider pressure monitoring systems - Such as Jim supplies HERE, Do nt be fooled into buying cheaper use once and throw away types.
When fitted to your motor home, these monitoring systems will alert your to any loss of pressure in your tyre's whilst you are travelling. Armed with this information, you are able to find a safe place to pull over and address any issues. It will also give you peace of mind on longer journeys.
Many motorhome owners will only use their motorhome for holidays a few times a year, so it’s easy to think that the tyres will rarely need replacing or checking. However, just like a vehicle you use everyday, tyres can become damaged and be subject to deterioration. So, to avoid being in our motorhome claims statistics next year
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Well said, and timely too as some will be dusting off their MHs in the hope of some better weather.
My tyres have loads of tread but are 6 years old, and I will be replacing them in the next week or so. This will hopefully allow me to get a pre-puncture sealant put in at Peterborough.

I know the tyre fitters don't like it, but I think its a useful aid, especially when, like my van, there is no spare. It also ensures no loss of pressure in normal use as it seals the tyre to the wheel rim. I have not had to add any air for a year or more. (I have Jim's pressure monitors fitted)
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Well said, and timely too as some will be dusting off their MHs in the hope of some better weather.
My tyres have loads of tread but are 6 years old, and I will be replacing them in the next week or so. This will hopefully allow me to get a pre-puncture sealant put in at Peterborough.

I know the tyre fitters don't like it, but I think its a useful aid, especially when, like my van, there is no spare. It also ensures no loss of pressure in normal use as it seals the tyre to the wheel rim. I have not had to add any air for a year or more. (I have Jim's pressure monitors fitted)
Been a few posts lately about new tyres, I'm due for a change soon, have you decided what you're going for?

Oh and just playing devil's advocate for a minute, I can see the sense of the monitors but they will only give a visual check on inspection but no warning when in motion. So it's a dilemna how much you pay for something even this cheap from Maplin which could get nicked.
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excellent thread George,but as usual i suspect it will fall on deaf ears for many
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excellent thread George,but as usual i suspect it will fall on deaf ears for many
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Been a few posts lately about new tyres, I'm due for a change soon, have you decided what you're going for?

Oh and just playing devil's advocate for a minute, I can see the sense of the monitors but they will only give a visual check on inspection but no warning when in motion. So it's a dilemna how much you pay for something even this cheap from Maplin which could get nicked.
These sensors wouldnt be good for MH's though as only work up to 50 psi.Am i right in saying this as i know my pressures should be around 65 psi.
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These sensors wouldnt be good for MH's though as only work up to 50 psi.Am i right in saying this as i know my pressures should be around 65 psi.
You are not right
The cheaper versions are as you say limited in what they can be used on and are generally once used cant be re used on a second other vehicle these sold by Jim however can be re set and the long life batterys can be changed too

some blurb from the web site

This version is designed especially for heavy vehicles that have a recommended tyre pressure of 60 170 psi (4.0 11.0 Bar) This Tyre Pressure LED operates the same but will start flashing for an 8 psi (0.6 Bar) pressure drop.

Click the link HERE to read it all

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You are not right
The cheaper versions are as you say limited in what they can be used on and are generally once used cant be re used on a second other vehicle these sold by Jim however can be re set and the long life batterys can be changed too

some blurb from the web site

This version is designed especially for heavy vehicles that have a recommended tyre pressure of 60 170 psi (4.0 11.0 Bar) This Tyre Pressure LED operates the same but will start flashing for an 8 psi (0.6 Bar) pressure drop.

Click the link HERE to read it all

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Im talking of the ones on the maplin link on rolfarris's earlier post ?
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