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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 research and have come up with a possible solution. I am running on the original spec 185R 13C and I've found the availability of these is getting a bit tricky. Also, the best I can find have a load rating of 100 so maxing out at 800 kg. The max permis. weight of the laden van is 1456 kg so 728 kg per tyre. Allowing for loading to 90% of max means that the tyres should only carry 720 kg. So it's all a bit tight! My idea is to convert to 14 rims and keep the overall diameter of the wheel/tyre the same. The current dia of the set up is 626 mm but going for 14" rims with 185 75 R14 gives a diameter of 633 mm. The change in profile down from 80 to 75 shouldn't be a problem. Thus the radius is only increased by 3.5 mm and the wheel box will allow for that easily. Something like Firestone Van Hawk 2 are rated at 850 kg so I get a bit of daylight between actual and maximum load per tyre. The questions - 1. Current rims are 5J whilst most 14" caravan alloy come at 5.5J. I am thinking that the difference is minimal. The offset will be practically the same and again existing clearance looks like it can accommodate the minimal increase in tyre width. It might even very slightly reduce the diameter which would not be a problem. 2. There are plenty of 14" caravan alloys available but not many by Bailey. I am guessing that that's not really important; it's the size that matter. Have I missed anything here. Sorry that my first post is so long but hopefully there's someone out there who can give me some good advice.
  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 of covers out there, which one is best? There are ones with sucker attachments, ones with clips and ones where you even need to drill into your van to install them. But do not fret Bailey owners! You can rest in the knowledge that there’s an easier solution… Why should I get a wheel cover? 1.Protect your tyres Wheel covers will shield covers from the weather. UV rays can cause your tyre to weaken and deteriorate over time. The cover works as a barrier between those rays and your tyre, making sure that it lasts longer. Wheel covers can also keep your alloys clean from dirt and dust when the van is stored or when it’s sat on a site. 2. Eliminate draughts in your awning There is nothing worse than a cold breeze sneaking underneath your van and into your awning. It can ruin your comfort and prevent any wet clothes or shoes from drying. A wheel cover can be paired with a draught skirt, by using a figure 8, to create a wall at the bottom of your van that keeps these annoying draughts out. I own a Bailey but which cover do I need? Bailey caravans are designed with an extrusion that runs over the wheel arch – yes your Bailey does have one, we promise! This acts like a tiny awning rail, allowing you to simply thread the beading on the wheel arch cover through the extrusion. Then attach the fabric of the cover to the beading with a zip, securing the cover to the van quickly and securely. Below are the types of covers available: Pre-2019 Bailey Caravans and all twin axles We have 5 different types of wheel cover, all made to fit the specific wheel arches that are used in Bailey vans. For selected vans made before 2019, you have two options: Lightweight – use for storing your van, short trips, when wheel is covered by an awning, when awning is used for storage only Heavy Duty – use for longer trips, when wheel is exposed to sun, when awning is used for sleeping or lounging Post-2020 Bailey Single Axle Caravans We have the NEW wheel cover, specifically designed for new Bailey single wheel arches. This cover is made with an attractive and hard-wearing fabric and finished with an elegant, glow-in-the-dark Bailey logo. Below are the models that you can currently purchase covers for: Single Axle Unicorn III, Pegasus IV, Pegasus GT70 - Lightweight, Heavy Duty Pursuit II & Unicorn IV (pre-2019 model only) - Lightweight, Heavy Duty Unicorn IV/Black (post-2018), Pegasus Grande, Alicanto Grande, Phoenix - Premium Twin Axle Unicorn III, Pegasus IV, Pegasus GT70 - Heavy Duty Pursuit II & Unicorn IV/Black, Pegasus Grande, Alicanto Grande, Phoenix - Heavy Duty Don't forget to add your figure of 8 channel strip too so that you can connect your wheel cover to your draught skirt!
  4. 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
  5. 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 improved grip on snow or mud is the tread pattern. The goodyear are designed with the standard deep grooves around the circumference of the tyre and more minimal lateral grooving. Suspect given the high speed rating that this is also to reduce tyre noise at speed? Does anyone have any alternatives to the Crossclimate tyres for me to consider before having to take a second mortgage out before changing the tyres?!!!
  6. 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. ?
  7. 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, but I was able to bring everything under control by simply taking my foot of the accellorator. The previous evening I had spent some time checking that everything was ready for my journey. Car & caravan tyre pressures were checked and adjusted (car rear tyre pressures were increased in line with BMW's recommendation for laden weight). Caravan noseweight was adjusted to be no more that 90kg, the recommended maximum for a 5 series BMW. To accommodate this max noseweight I stowed any heavy items over the caravan axle. There were no heavy items stowed in the upper cupboards and practically nothing stowed in the rear bedroom of the van. When hitched up, the Alko ATC light on the hitch shone green indicating that it was correctly activated. So I was completely surprised when the caravan started swaying the following morning. What caused it to sway on this journey when I had been paricularly careful about the loading and noseweight of the caravan? Last year I usually towed at 55MPH on motorways and autoroutes and ocassionally 60MPH when passing lorries, without problem. I had never had a hint of sway on any of my previous excursions towing the caravan. But now as soon as I exceed 50MPH I can feel the car & caravan combo begin to sway. When I first checked the noseweight last week it weighed 120kgs so it's likely that throughout last year I exceeded the recommended noseweight for my BMW by 30kg. Perhaps I should increase my noseweight again? One other factor is that I changed the car's rear tyres a few months ago. The previous tyres fitted to the rear were Goodyears, as are the ones currently fitted to the front, due also to be changed within the next few months. My tyre store, who I've used a number of years and has a good reputation, recommended Lassa Driveway tyres, provided I wasn't concerned that they were not run flat tyres. My brother suggests this could be the problem as the Goodyear run flats have reinforced sidewalls. However when I check the Lassa Driveways I find that the sidewall is stamped Extra Load which means that they too have reinforced sidewalls. I've carried out extensive internet searches to get to the bottom of this snaking problem and found two interesting bits of information. 1. An Australian site states "Many caravaneers (dangerously) increase the tow vehicle’s front tyre pressure as well as (correctly) the rear. Doing so seriously reduces straight line stability. It assists to reduce front tyre pressure by about 35 kPa (5 psi)." 2. A UK caravanning site states "XL rated tyres only carry their load rating when inflated to 41psi. If inflated to 26-30psi like regular tyres their load rating is vastly reduced. Many XL tyres fail due to under inflation so if you have them fitted keep an eye on the pressure."
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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 net. Now my tow vehicle is a 2009 LD Defender 110 which passes its MOT and the tyres do not seem to have any use by date. The service guy said this is a new regulation and it was recommended that tyres marked C were changed every 5 years. I will say he was not going to make any money from this. Has anyone got any experience of this and does the date effect my insurance?
  11. 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 stamp and was shocked to find two of them were 0116 ie over 18 months old. The other two were 5016 so both over 6 months old. i contacted BlackCircle and they said they were new under the trade rules. They stated the five year 'rule' for caravans was 5 years from fitting!! Not happy but not getting anywhere with them.
  12. 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.
  13. 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 a year. Plus some off road work in Sussex clay/grass and it has to pull our van out of many a CL etc. We also live in an area that can have quite heavy snow. So all in all I needed a jack of all trades. Early days but so far I'm well pleased compared to the Original Khumo - they wore well but were noisy / crashy/ not so good in the clag Ride is much better with less crashing over pot holes/joins. Tyre noise also quieter. Steering response better and they have balanced with minimal weights (always a good sign). How do they feel towing ? Have I made a good choice ? No idea yet but will be giving them a good test with the van on the back soon. They performed admirably on another vehicle in the past so fingers crossed. Off road with or without the van also too soon to say. Will update when tested on these points.
  14. 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.
  15. 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 job as we're heading down to Cornwall ourselves in a few weeks
  16. 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
  17. 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 probably going for Hankooks as I know they gave a stable tow. Has anyone else had similar problems with off road (all terrain) tyres? I think that safety in towing outweighs my off road capabilty by a mile. A slight conundrum in the equation is that I have changed my van (to Eccles SE Quarts) and then changed the tyres during the time I dropped off the old van and picking up the new van, but its the same size and weight as the old and I achieve a good 90 kg noseweight and all is loaded correctly so am not thinking I have a problem with the Van.
  18. 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 back from Cornwall we just couldn't get it stable, and even had a brown trouser moment, which in years of towing we've never had. My dilemma is surrounding our upcoming trip to France. Do I try to stick it out on the michelin's and accept the unsettled nature of the car (even when towing), or bite the bullet and go back to the conti's, which came on the car (£300 to change both). I know its a lot of money to change, when only swapped 6-8wks ago (2500 miles), but I've lost a bit of faith in the handling tbh, and the last thing I'd like to happen is something sinister happen when in France. Any suggestions/comments gratefully received
  19. 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.
  20. 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 dealer I've used previously to supply a complete spare wheel is a sixty mile round trip compared to just up the road for Kwikfit! Thanks.
  21. 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 :-/
  22. 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
  23. For the next couple of weeks til I can afford new ones
  24. 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?
  25. Hi guys, I'm a bit confused about tyre pressure (yes, the Jeep Commander user manual says something but my car had new tyres which are different). I have Roadstone Roadian AT II (P245/65R17 105s) M+S tyres and I've been reading about what all those codes are. The tyre wall also states Max Load 925kg and At 300kPa [44 P. S. I.] Max. Press. So, what would be the 'right' pressure when driving solo? (2 adults and 2 kids) and also, should I increase the pressure when towing? all of them or just the rear tyres? Thanks!
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