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  1. We use our 2012 Sorento KX3 car to tow a 2013 Swift Challenger 480SE caravan. The car currently has 22in low profile tyres. We have only taken our caravan out twice so far. We need to change alloys due to damage but do we stick with low profile? Are low profile tyres better for towing a caravan or not? Any advice you can give will really help. Thank you
  2. I know this topic has been covered before but, having looked, the posts don't help me with my two questions below. I have been a proud owner of a Bailey Senator Arizona single axle for 20 years - great van; shame about the tyres. I have lost count on the number that have failed whilst towing despite meticulous storage, pressure maintenance, loading, towing etc etc. The good news is that the stability of the outfit is superb; the first I knew of the last blowout at 60 mph on the Plymouth bypass was when someone flashed me and I saw smoke in the wing mirrors. However, I have done some resea
  3. Wheel Covers for your Bailey Caravan It’s nearly time for the season to start. Caravans will soon be wheeled out of storage, cleaned, polished and ready to go. You’ll be finding your locks, dusting off the awning and figuring out what new things you might need. We’re here to tell you the one thing you’ll definitely need – Bailey wheel covers. Whether you’re looking to protect your tyres from the elements or you’re fed up of a draughty awning, the humble wheel cover is one of the best caravan accessories that you can buy and is sure to become an essential. But with so many types
  4. Hi I am a new member and also new to caravanning. I would like to hear the members thoughts on the following issue that I have: I purchased a 2008 Avondale Avocet from a dealer two months ago. So far I am pleased with the caravan and the dealers response to fixing any issues that I have encountered. However, after reading some of the blogs on this forum I decided to check the dates on my tyres, even though the treads and condition are good. To my dismay I found that they are all older than eight years. To my knowledge there is no law that says that you are not allowed to drive around with tyr
  5. Hi fellow tower's, the present wife and I need to replace the tyres on our 2014 CADIZ , and here is the problem, we live in S,W, FRANCE . so have any of you great and in the know people have any good ideas ( THAT DON'T INCLUDE COMING BACK TO THE U.K. ) I would be so exited to read them Thanks in advance TEECEE
  6. I have an automatic rear wheel drive Jaguar XF which I use for towing. 18" wheels with 245 45R 18 100Y Goodyear tyres. Awful in the snow despite all the gizmos you can apply to the various drive modes! So much so that I avoid using the car in the snow because in general being retired, I don't need to. However similar issues on camsites with grass/mud and even in these cases when attempting minimal slopes. I have heard on this forum with a post about their use on an SUV and it is confirmed by a local tyre supplier that Michelin Crossclimate are very good. I guess the key factor for improve
  7. So we're off to France (Le Grand Bornand) skiing in February this year. Pulling a twin axle Sprite Quattro Fb with a Kia Sorrento. Do I need to get winter tyres or not? Part of me thinks I won't need them for more than 9 tenths of the journey. Are they worth it? And what happens when I come home, do I need to take them off again. ?
  8. On retirement last year I bought a new Lunar Clubman SR, my first caravan. I used it a number of times last year the furthest trip being to the Loire valley in France. My tow car is a BMW 520D which I bought specifically to tow this caravan - it receives good reviews as a tow car, as well as being a comfortable saloon car for long journeys . All went well in my first year of caravanning. However now I've hit a problem. If I exceed 50MPH the caravan & car combo begins to sway. This happened for the first time last week when overtaking a lorry on a dual carriageway. Frightening,
  9. Good afternoon kind people. Please be gently as this question I fear is going to make me sound a trifle dull. We have a second hand caravan (Castleton HL Romer 2d 1991) the tyres are also circa '91 and need changing. So. .....As there appears to be no jack in the kit is it possible raise the caravan using the retractable legs to raise the wheels high enough to remove. Many thanks. Mark
  10. The tyres on my Gobur Carousel 10/2 are almost out of date (still ok tread wise) but having problems getting tyres for a Caravan. Are they the same as car tyres or not. Phoned our local kwik fit who said they cant fir them as they are for a caravan, same reply from local national tyres depot. Any help advise etc. would be of value. Jim Moyes
  11. Hello this is my first post and tried to add this to a post by Pebble but could not add it, hence new post. I have a Bailey Madrid caravan made in 2011, I got it serviced recently and one point that the service man made was that the tyres required changing. The tyres date of manufacture was 2010. The tyres are marked 195/70 R15C and I was told the C referred to commercial tyres. Now there are no cracks on the side walls and the tyres look in good condition. The caravan service technician is a very thorough guy and I have faith in his abilities but cannot find this information on the
  12. I have just replaced the 4 Michelin tyres on my 2013 Unicorn Barcelona. The date on them was 3512 so not quite 5 years old, but i found cracking in the edge tread so decided to replace them all. Went on the Web to BlackCircle that I normally use and ordered Goodyear to the same spec. . and had them fitted at ATS on my way to Alresford. When we got there I checked the Torque and even though I watched the fitter tighten them correctly, four of the bolts tightened up slightly. So worth checking. Tyre pressures were supposed to be 35psi two of them were 32psi. I then checked the date stam
  13. Is it worth getting caravan wheels balanced. A lot of people seem to say it's unneccesary on a caravan, but is this just because there's no obvious benefit unlike balanced wheels on a car which avoids the shoogle at the steering wheel. I would have thought that it may reduce the strain on components. What do others think.
  14. Those of us who have been at this caravan towing lark a while will know that a change of tyres can affect the way a tug copes with the van. The right tyre can make a world of difference to the feel and stability of a rig, so I thought a review of my new set may be of interest. Our tug Sorento Kx2 2010. was ready for a new set of boots so after a lot of research and price matching I settled on 4 of these. Goodyear 235/65/r17 Wrangler HP all weather. (they are XL rated as well) (check out the price from ASDA on line) The car is used for normal motoring. Plus about 5 k towing
  15. I need to replace my van tyres in the spring so I am planning ahead and trying to understand the tyre spec. Bailey's booklet for my van says 185R14C R14LI104N Tyres fitted (original) are 185 R14C 104/102N I think I need 185 R14C 104N and I assume the tyre width is a std 80 as the tyre spec says nothing. C is commercial and 104 is the load rating. But what is the N on the end and why are the actual tyres marked 104/102? Any advice would be welcome.
  16. So since getting the van I've always carefully inspected the tyres but never really been able to find their age. However after some friends going to Cornwall had a nightmare journey (set off from Manchester and got no more than 100 miles and had a "blow out" on a S/A van, needing recovery & 3 new tyres. I guess from age and condition) I decided to just change them. So called in a a local tyre depot today, tyres in stock at £55 each. looked at one of those on the van and I can find absolutely no sign of the expected age markings so suspect they are much older than I thought. Good
  17. Hi any advice out there please. looking to replace all four tyres on my TA. the manufacturer date of the tyres is week 40, 2010, however at a recent service i was told there was side wall cracking of two of the tyres. the tyre sizes are 185/70R14 88T now ideally i would like to increase the load capacity. but i cannot find any premium tyres above 88. can any one help thanks
  18. Towing with a Kia Sorento, I recently changed my back tyres and put 2 new Yokohama Geolandar ATS on. Towing is now a complete nightmare with the van swaying as you pass (or be passed) by large vehicles, Its not unsafe but but a constant awareness of twitching that I never had with the original Hankook tyres or a pair of Federal tyres that are now on the front. I got the Geolandar tyres due to living in a remote location down muddy track etc but think that the sidewall's are too soft and the chunky tread pattern has too much give in it, Think I may have to dig deep and put 4 new road tyres on
  19. Think I may have made a mistake with fitting Michelin primacy 3 tyres to the rear of my merc. They are to load spec etc, and the reason for changing brand was to try to get a few more miles out of the set instead of the 11k out of the continentals that were on there from new. Issue is that the car no longer feels stable and I'm having to put in steering corrections in all the time (even when solo), which I didn't get with the conti's. Added to this is a bit more wandering at the back when towing. Now I know the merc is very particular ref loading on the axle when towing, but when we towed
  20. I own a car with no spare tyre ( by design). I have been fortunate in that I have never had a puncture whilst travelling. Looking for any recommendations for company to call on in this eventuality. Had experience of sealants for tyres in my motorcycling days and would prefer not to use this method unless in dire emergency. I am a green flag member, would it be cheaper to have vehicle removed to a tyre fitter rather than call a tyre fitter out to the puncture.
  21. Being relatively new to caravanning, I'd like some advice on new tyres please. Having read about keeping a close watch on tyre condition and age, I need to replace the tyres on our 2008 Lunar Ariva - these are 185/65 R14 6PR 93/91N. Have done my homework on the markings, what's puzzling is that the websites of the usual suppliers of car tyres only give the option of a load rating of 86 - not surprising, as there are normally four wheels on a car! Do the likes of Kwikfit, ATS etc supply suitable tyres or will I have to go to a caravan service depot - not an issue in itself, it's just that the
  22. As the topic title says. Would you fit budget tyres on your tow car?? My Galaxy needs new front tyres. Looking around the tyres as fitted (goodyear) are about £140 each. Budget tyres are coming out at £60. The wallet is saying go budget, but is there really any difference in day to day performance between tyres when towing. With previous non tow cars I have fitted budget tyres and not noticed any difference. Maybe I've just answered my own question :-/
  23. Hi folks, My car is needing new tyres, starting to crack on the sidewalls which is a shame because there is loads of tread. Bought the car last year so they have not done a lot of milage just degrading in the sun. So the question is do i go for all terrain tyres (its a 4x4 bm x3 btw) thinking of towing out of fields or do i just go for the regular tyres with extra load. Not a lot of difference in price really just if you were in my shoes. . Thanks
  24. For the next couple of weeks til I can afford new ones
  25. This year I splashed out and got myself a nice shiney Merc E class estate to tug my caravan. Love it. I read the manual from cover to cover. .....well almost. But I did discover that the tyres fitted to my car are Goodyear Efficientgrip make. I have been told that these are not recommended for use in temperatures below 4C. As our winters get a good deal below that for a few months, should I consider changing them to winter tyres for the Winter or is this precaution uneccessary?
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