Because motorhomes generally clock up less mileage than most cars, many motorhome owners believe that their tyres are in good condition, as they may have only used their motorhomes for a few weeks over the course of the year.
Most people would naturally assess the condition of their tyres based on tread depth, but due to motorhome weights when empty and tyres being left in one position, often for longer periods and unprotected from weather extremes motorhome tyres degrade faster than tyres in regular use, and are at risk of developing deformities such as cracks and bulges.
Organisations such as the Caravan Club recommend that tyres for leisure vehicles, including motorhomes, are replaced at the very least between five and seven years regardless of visual condition. To keep your tyres in tip top condition, especially if parked outdoors for long periods, cover your tyres to protect from direct sun and sea air. Better again, if left stationary for longer periods, jack up your motorhome to keep the pressure off the tyres and minimise tyre degradation.
To ensure your safety, we recommend the following tyre safety checklist.
- Regularly check tyre condition and pressure in line with manufacturer’s recommendations when tyres are cold. Don’t forget the spare.
- Look for deformities, cracks in side walls, bulges, lumps, cuts, impact damage and embedded material.
- Inspect the tyre tread dept. Even though the legal depth is 1.6 mm of tread over 75% of the tread width right around the tyre, motorhomes organisation recommend replacing tyres with a tread depth of 3mm to ensure grip in wet conditions.
- Ensure you drive according to the correct speed limit for both the vehicle and the tyres fitted.