tyres and cam belt (1 Viewer)

Aug 11, 2016
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Just about to start motor homing again after 4 years been stood on the drive
Had new cambelt and tyre fitted 5 years ago do you think i will have need to replace
them again done about 200mile
 
Dec 6, 2011
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I would be inclined to change the cam belt and at the least give the tyres a good look over or get them inspected for cracking or flat spots.
Edit: check what dates are on the tyres.
 
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Oct 29, 2021
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I would be inclined to change the cam belt and at the least give the tyres a good look over or get them inspected for cracking or flat spots.
Edit: check what dates are on the tyres.
Dont forget , they will only be flat on the bottom.šŸ˜‰šŸ˜‰šŸ˜‰šŸ˜‰

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Jul 14, 2022
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Just about to start motor homing again after 4 years been stood on the drive
Had new cambelt and tyre fitted 5 years ago do you think i will have need to replace
them again done about 200mile
Hi
Can't say on Cambelt but certainly on the tyres, hugely so.
Comm tyres need to be changed 5-6 years, regardless
What dates are on your tyres? Usually 4 digit number, first 2 being the week number and latter 2 being the year (apologies if you do know this already)
We found black circle to be excellent (3rd party) and it cost us circa Ā£160 per tyre for some continental vanco campervan/mh tyres, fully fitted
 
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Mar 22, 2023
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Just about to start motor homing again after 4 years been stood on the drive
Had new cambelt and tyre fitted 5 years ago do you think i will have need to replace
them again done about 200mile
The cam belt discussion is done to death in a lot of motoring forums, personally and speaking from experience with expensive Italian motorcycles, there will be nothing wrong with that cam belt if you change it, you will struggle to tell which one is which. In fact in the case of the motorcycle I sold the close to zero use cam belts on Ebay as S/H and someone bought them (there were two belts as it is a V twin).

Tyres are more difficult and will depend on storage conditions etc, I can tell you that it is no fun getting a blowout when driving a motorhome.

Cam belt depends on your view on insurance, tyres I would probably change them if there is the slightest suspicion.
 
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Apr 3, 2019
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Can't say on Cambelt but certainly on the tyres, hugely so.
Comm tyres need to be changed 5-6 years, regardless
Can you post up a link from tyre manufacturer/ trade body to support your statement please?
 
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Apr 14, 2008
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I asked continental when i required confirmation about tyre pressures about when to change our continental camping tyres and was told at 10 years, not sure what other makes require.
My current 2012 Bailey 745 which i purchased a month ago still had the original Michelin camper tyres and one of them was dated 2011 with no cracks in them. New tyres fitted within 48 hours with the reduced price on van
 
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Feb 14, 2021
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Officially Fiat says cam belts should be replaced every 5 years regardless of use. 4 years if used heavily. - that's on modern engines. Not sure on the age of yours or what the policy was then. My Renault Megane says every 6 years. It's pretty much policy on all cars/vans to replace in 5/6 years -regardless of miles.

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Lenny HB

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Oct 18, 2007
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Defintaly replace the cambelt and if its been stood for 4 years without being taken out for a good run every few weeks I would replace the tyres as well.
Also if its been stood all that time I would replace all the brake pads they tend to crumble with age.
 
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Jan 27, 2018
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Tyres are easier to deal with in that you can read dates asses wall condition, use for 3 months and assess again. The cam belt is a totaly different question always how lucky do you feel? 5 years i typical manufacturers advice. 4 years old do i trust it for a year, personaly no, i would change the belt now and assess the tyres now 3 and 6 month intervals. But ive had a belt go in age and milage.
 
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5 years i typical manufacturers advice.
Those belts don't really know how old they are, manufacturers have a very vested interest in protecting their dealer/service networks.

I know this will not be a popular view around here, but I would suggest that there have been more other engine problems caused by needless cam belt changes than problems saved.

Then factor in that if the MH is an A class that access is really awful and that the average skill level of mechanics is dropping by the year and some people will understand my reticence for excessive changing of cam belts.

Regarding motorhomes, I have been lucky in that two out of three motorhomes that I have owned have had cam chains rather than belts.
 
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Jan 27, 2018
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Having been on the receiving end of a failed belt within age and mileage i am of a different opinion. On other engines i had comments that "the belt looks new but tensioner and pullies wouldn't have lasted a fortnight."
The other thing i would definitely change is the oil and filter (if it had been started at least once)
Yet more work for no reason, or a concidered view on reported conditions.
 
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Having been on the receiving end of a failed belt within age and mileage i am of a different opinion.
Very unlucky, and I understand that colours your opinion, maybe I am just a lucky chap !! Or maybe it had not been changed well in the past?

I have probably driven something close to 3/4 million miles (certainly well over 1/2) and I have only once had to be recovered from roadside due to breakdowns.

I do agree about frequent oil changes but again don't always comply myself.
 
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