Make a PACT for caravan tyre and wheel safety

Make a PACT for caravan tyre and wheel safety

Hi I’m Liz from Caravan Guard insurance. In this video we’re going to ask you to make a pact for tyre and wheel safety. At Caravan Guard each year we see a number of tyre and wheel-related claims,
such as tyre blowouts and wheel detachments. So, looking after your
caravan’s tyres and wheels is probably one of the most important things you can
do to make sure you and other motorists are safe on the road. So, let’s make a
pact for tyre and wheel safety… Four simple checks on your caravans tyres and wheels can prevent a blowout, which can cause significant damage to your tourer, or worse still a serious accident. So, let’s make a PACT. Pressure. Check your caravan tyre pressures regularly ideally before each trip. Under inflated
tyres can cause uneven wear on the shoulders of the tread. Over inflation
causes wear in the middle of the tread pattern. In both cases incorrect tyre
pressures will significantly shorten the lifespan of the tyre. It can also affect
towing stability and could cause a tyre blowout. If you don’t know your tyre
pressures it should be documented in your caravan’s handbook and sometimes on the side of the caravan. If you can’t find the correct tyre pressures, use the TyreSafe website. All you need to know is your tyre size, the load index, and the MTPLM of your caravan. A=Age. Old tyres are prone to blowouts It is a recommendation
that tyres, five years or older should be replaced regardless of their condition. Tyres come with a date of manufacturer stamped on the sidewall. Look for DOT and then four numbers. In this example 2216 is decoded as manufactured
on week 22 of 2016. This example of 3409 means the tyre was manufactured on week 34 of 2009 and therefore should be replaced. C=Condition Caravan tyres do not usually wear out but the condition does deteriorate over time. This is caused by UV damage and standing still for long
periods. So, check the sidewalls for cracks, bulges, or cuts and if you find
any replace the tyre immediately. Check the tread for wear using an approved tread gauge. Check the tread depth in several places of the tyre and look for cracks in the tread
pattern. Again, if you find any replace the tyre immediately. T=Torque Caravan wheel attachments do happen Either from the wheel nuts being too loose or over tightened causing damage to the wheel hub. It’s important to check the
wheel nut torque using a calibrated torque wrench, The correct torque value can be
found in the caravan handbook and sometimes on the side of the caravan. If you can’ find this value contact a local caravan dealership who will have
this information to hand. Check the torque in a star formation and remember to loosen the torque wrench when finished. In all cases don’t forget to check the spare wheel for its tyre pressure, age, and its condition. So, that’s the pact that we’re asking you to make for your caravan’s tyre and wheel safety. And remember, by fitting tyre safety devices such as a tyre pressure monitoring system or Tyron bands you can also make a saving on your
caravan insurance premium. Why not head on over to the Caravan Guard website for more hints and tips and while you’re there why not get a great value quote
for your caravan insurance. Thanks for watching!

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  1. Sound advice there Liz. 😎😎👍🏻. Unfortunately there’s some ignorant people out there that won’t take ur advice 👍🏻😎

  2. Strange that you state tyre pressure as being vital however finding the correct pressure is a near impossibility! At best a lot of research is required, WHY? The caravan manufacturers are almost complacent about it and in many cases give the WRONG advice? I have used the Tyresafe web calculator and the results differ from 'other' so called expert advice formulas? Talk about confusion. Maybe the correct pressure isn't so critical after all?

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