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Tyre age of course - not mine!

 

Just having my 4th annual (approved) caravan service at home.

The technician has informed me that the tyres will be 5 years old on August and may need replacing because of age.

A search of this forum suggests 7 years is the norm?

Anyway, he says the reason he is informing me is because he recently became aware that another client had an insurance claim rejected by an assessor because the tyre was over 5 years old (I didn't ask for details).

I will be contacting my insurance company soon as mine is up for renewal next week and feed back what they have to say if appropriate.

Just wondered if anyone else has been made aware of this "rule'.

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Caravan tyre age is a contentious issue - low annual mileage suggests tyres become due for replacement because of age rather than wearing out. Some sources suggest 5 years, others 7 as the age at which they should be replaced. The other matter for possible debate is whether age is calculated from date of manufacture or first use!

My service technician stated age should be calculated from date of manufacturer as established from the date code on the tyre (tyres age whether in use or stored). He suggested (provided there is no other deterioration) to use a 7 year replacement period or 5 if a condition of one's insurance. I wouldn't be purchasing tyres from him so he had no incentive for promoting replacement.

Old tyres may look ok but have probably deteriorated with reduced performance and greater potential for failure. They are an important safety consideration so not something one should skimp on.

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When I was young we had a blowout in the caravan we had at the time. If I'm remembering correctly we only became aware of it when passing traffic flagged us down, it felt little different from inside the tow car.

 

Thankfully that was an old caravan without any fancy plastic wheel arches which tend to get torn to shreds in modern caravans when they have a blowout. So after the police escorted us down to a layby we had to go on a tyre hunt and were moving again an hour later. The biggest damage was to my mum's shepherds pie which landed on the floor.

 

I'd be careful with caravan tyres, particularly on a twin axle as it's even less likely you'd notice a problem. Even on a single axle it's probably too late by the time you realise something is wrong.

 

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I should have checked my insurance website first!

From their customer support area.  Looks like regular checks and 5-7 year replacement.

Not compulsory, just "wise".

 

*Check your caravan tyres regularly: You should periodically check for any cuts or cracks to the surface and any lumps which indicate the surface has weakened, to the extent that air is pushing the inside out. Any weakening of the tyre walls is particularly dangerous. Remove any stones that may be lodged in the tread.

*Replace ageing tyres: With caravan and motorhome tyres, it’s wise to consider renewal when they are somewhere between five and seven years old – even when there may be plenty of tread left on them. Ultra-violet radiation and atmospheric ozone have an ageing effect on tyres, which can make a sudden failure more of a possibility.

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7 years seems reasonable but I think it also depends on whether the van is left with the tyres in full sunlight or not.  Not with  present unit but a smaller trailer with mini wheels and tyres the tyre  that was left in the full sun when parked up at home was  showing signs of age on the side wall when the other looked brand new.

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Both the main clubs offer advice on tyres. From memory, they advocate 5 years recommended, with 7 years maximum age, from date of manufacture. 
 

49 minutes ago, ChertseyMike said:

I'd be careful with caravan tyres, particularly on a twin axle as it's even less likely you'd notice a problem.

Having a TPMS such as Tyrepal will alert you to problems, usually before it’s got to failure point. Many insurance companies also offer discounts for using such systems 

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I stick to 5 years max on a van...including spare

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This is one of my trailer tyres, now eight years old (not used it for a couple of years now) and is parked in direct sunlight. The other side is in the shade and is like new:

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I replaced at 5 years my 70% worn VW tyres - were badly degraded & had cracking sidewalls, replaced my as new previous Swift tyres at 3 years as cracked and various bulging eggs mainly inner sidewalls.

My long-standing tow car tends to just wear them out before 5 years is up.

Guess it all depends on how lucky your feeling. 

Given general wear & tear feel 5 years use is about right but some folk seem to want run their tyres until completely knackered & threadbare. 

M

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I work on the basis that tyres deteriorate from the moment they see daylight for the first time, but sometimes deteriorate on caravans rapidly, and even in the first year they are sometimes already showing cracks. As the tyre ages, the decay can become more rapid, so after regular inspections for the first 5 years (I give mine a thorough close examination, including the inside walls before every long distance trip),  I start to plan replacement before they are 7 years old going by the date code. I never buy budget tyres.

Ern

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Replaced the Michelin tyres on my caravan this year at 8 years old, absolutely no sign of degrading at all, Michelin recommend changing at 10 years, very reluctantly changed mine at 8 years for peace of mind 

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Back in July 2013 I bought a brand new 2012 model year van that was actually built in October 2011. So it was actually 21 months old. At its first annual service both tyres were found to have developed deep cracks in the bottom of the treads. That was 33 months after the van was built and 12 months after I bought it. 

 

Although tyres are generally not covered by warranty the manufacturers were good enough to cough up for a new pair.

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2 hours ago, mjohns4 said:

Replaced the Michelin tyres on my caravan this year at 8 years old, absolutely no sign of degrading at all, Michelin recommend changing at 10 years, very reluctantly changed mine at 8 years for peace of mind 

Just changed mine at 10.5 years old and inspected them afterwards and no sign of wear even inside the carcass. Still happy I changed them for peace of mind 

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One reason for changing before any wear shows is that the plasticisers in the rubber formula need relatively constant movement for the rubber to remain supple. If tyres stand still for long periods of time and many caravan tyres do just that, the rubber goes brittle and can fail catastrophically with little or no advance warning or symptoms. 

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I work from date of manufacture on the tyre, remember when buying a brand new caravan they can be a couple of years old before starting to use.

I changed at 7 years old for peace of mind but took them to my tyre supplier at 5 years old annually for inspection.

 

 

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I would say that after five years they need to be checked, but should last longer. Before we were aware of this advice we had one caravan for ten years and never changed the tyres or had any problem. On a subsequent one though they were found to be cracking after six years and needed replacing, so you need to check them carefully whatever their age.  

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The CMC recommend changing at 5 years if the tyres are run at high pressure (65psi) or 7 if low pressure.

Biggest problem is getting new tyres with a recent date - last month I ordered 2 new ones from Halfords mobile, the first 2 I rejected as they were mid 2020 manufactured. The fitter actually went back to his warehouse for the second visit having discovered that they had loaded the same 2 tyres on his van. He managed to get some that were 6 months old so I accepted them.

Some years ago I purchased a new Fleetwood caravan and after about the second or third trip out I found the washroom sink cupboard full of muddy water, the wheel arch cover had worn through, after some investigation it was discovered that the banding on the tyre had failed and when it got hot it expanded to almost double its depth (height) - 2 new heavy duty tyres were swiftly provided, only problem was they made the caravan much heavier for Mrs M to push so I had to buy a motormover!

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