Trailer and Caravan Tyres
How to choose, use and maintain your wheels
Choosing the best tyres for your trailer or caravan may seem like a no-brainer, but there’s a bit more to understand than you might think.
Contrary to popular belief, the tyres on your tow-behind work quite differently to those on regular car tyres. They’re designed to support the weight of your caravan or the load in your trailer and to keep you, the driver, and others on the road as safe as possible.
If you’re not sure what you should be looking for when it comes to trailer tyres or wheels for your caravan, keep reading.
In this article, we’re diving into how to choose, use and best maintain your tyres.
What are trailer or caravan tyres?
Trailer tyres and caravan tyres are wheels specially designed to support excess weight and to maximise safety on the road when you’re towing.
To reduce swerving, these tyres can’t be steered and are unable to brake.
There are different types of tyres depending on the weight you are planning to tow and the terrain you are planning to drive across.
The wrong tyre can increase fuel consumption, your chances of a blowout, and the risk of vehicle instability.
You may not realise it, but the choice you make when it comes to your caravan or trailer tyres is a crucial safety consideration.
If in doubt, your local tyre shop can help you identify the most appropriate tyre.
The most important thing to consider when it comes to trailer tyres is the load rating. This rating must be appropriate for the size and weight of your trailer.
Fitting the wrong rims or tyres can lead to serious damage to your trailer. It also puts you and others on the road at higher risk of an accident.
Are trailer tyres different to car tyres?
Cars and trailers use different types of tyres. This is because they have completely different functions.
Car tyres are designed with comfort and traction in mind. This allows your car to increase speed, brake and turn corners.
Trailer tyres are designed with cargo and stability in mind.
This means that your trailer tyres are not suitable for your car and vice versa.
If you’re planning a trip away and getting ready to dust off your caravan, it’s a wise idea to check your tyres. Caravan tyres are responsible for carrying extremely heavy loads.
In some cases caravans carry up to 1,500kg per tyre - that’s roughly double the pressure of your average car. This makes it incredibly important that you have the correct tyres fitted.
Can you put car tyres on a caravan?
The excess weight of your caravan means putting car tyres on caravanas is not recommended. To maintain your safety and the safety of others, always ensure proper caravan tyres are fitted.
“The wrong tyre can increase fuel consumption, your chances of a blowout, and the risk of vehicle instability.”
It is important that all caravan/trailer/boat trailer tyres are correctly inflated for the applied load. Under-inflated tyres are at much higher risk of sudden rapid deflation which lead to loss of vehicle control.
How to check your caravan or trailer tyres
You can check your tyres by looking for signs of damage or deterioration and by reading the information on the wheels. If in doubt, always book in with a professional for a complete tyre check. An expert will be able to quickly and easily inspect your trailer or caravan tyres on all aspects of function and safety.
Important Trailer /Caravan Tyre Safety terms
Load Index: A number marked on your tyres that refers to the maximum load they can carry when travelling at maximum speed.
Speed Symbol – The maximum speed a tyre can safely carry at its maximum load.
MTPLM (Maximum Technically Permitted Laden Mass): The maximum authorised weight of a caravan or trailer.
TWI: Tread Wear Indicators – A visual indicator located on the tyre to show you when the tread is worn and the tyre needs to be replaced.
Do I need a spare tyre for my caravan or trailer?
It is highly recommended that you carry a spare tyre for your caravan or trailer as it is unlikely that your car’s spare will be a suitable replacement if you encounter a puncture on the road.
Tips for safe towing
- Always use the correct tyres
- Regularly check your tyres or have a professional check for signs of damage and ensure they are in good condition
- Routinely check and maintain your tyre pressure
- Drive within speed limits
- Avoid quick movements on the road such as sudden overtaking, lane changes or swerving
- Get familiar with the caravan/trailer manufacturer guidelines
“Trailer tyres are not suitable for your car and vice versa. Car tyres are designed for comfort and traction. Trailer tyres are designed for cargo and stability.”
How long do trailer/caravan tyres last?
Generally speaking, trailer and caravan tyres should be replaced every 5 years.
Even if the tyres appear to be in good condition they should be double checked by a professional who will be able to inspect for hidden damage and ensure they are functioning at their best.
When was the last time you had your trailer/caravan tyres checked?
Has it been five years or more?
Don’t take risks on the road, book in with an expert today.
At JAX we stock trailer and caravan tyres in all common sizes from 13” and up, from leading brands including Bridgestone, Goodyear, Hankook and more.
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