Has anyone considered or bothered to have their van wheels balanced? Also, I would like to consider new tyres as mine are getting on for four years old. I would like to consider a quality replacement instead of the standard ones that sre fitted. Does anyone recommend any. Also these Tygon?? bands, what are your thoughts?
I always have my caravan wheels balanced because I have Tyron Bands fitted. As to now tyres I would suggest a premium brand. I changed my MaxMiler tyres after 18 months because one of the had a split in the tread. I now have Bridgestone R630's fitted which seem much better. I have had Tyron Bands fitted for years on various caravans. There is a view that they are not as needed as they once were because they have changed the rim profile on most newer caravan wheels to that similar to cars where as in the past it was very likely that a tyre would come off an old design caravan wheel because there was nothing to stop the tyre bead from slipping into the well of the rim.
I use commercial van type tyres on my caravan as they offer a slightly higher load margin than conventional car tyres. When I replace them I always have them balanced for no other reason than it makes sense and helps stop uneven wear.
The recommendation that caravan tyres should be replaced after, say, 5 or 6 years whether they have a good depth of tread or not, is sound advice. Some years ago, we bought a used Abbey GT 240 and used it for about three months at the end of the season. When I came to service it the following spring, as I took the wheels off to get at the brakes to clean them out, I saw a glint of something shiny in the tread. "I'll pull that nail out when I put it back on", I thought.
When I examined the tyre before putting it back on, I found that the shiny thing was the internal steel bracing inside the carcass. The tread had split all the way round at the bottom of the grooves. The other tyre was hastily examined and found to be in much the same state. Hasty exit to the tyre emporium! Keeping tyre pressures correct and examining the tread regularly can help avoid a barrel of woe.
On another occasion, I used the company caravan to go to an exhibition about 100 miles away. While trundling up the M6, there was a horrible clunk from the caravan. On stopping to see what was amiss, there was a trail of tyre tread going back about 100 metres. The tyre was a retread and the tread had completely disintegrated. The pressure was correctly set when we left the office so it can only be assumed that the tyres were old or it had suffered a slow puncture which had gone unnoticed. The big problem was that, in coming off, the tread had smashed the wheel arch and the box inside the caravan now had a big gash in it. And it was raining. One very wet caravan. It cost a small fortune to get a new tyre to the caravan on the motorway as you may well imagine. I'm glad the company was paying.
Jeez. Will have to find put best place to go for new tyres. I am now not too keen on pushing a 5th year out of the current tyres. I shed a wheel on a trailer on the M42 which came off clean, dread the though of losing a tyre on the van, I didnt realize that it would do so much damage.
I got my new tyres from e tyres online, they come to you take the wheels off replace them and balance them on site. Well worth it ill use them again.
I have used e-tyres a couple of times and found them very good. They have quite an informative web page on tyres suitable for caravans. They will change tyres on rims with Tyron Bands fitted but they make an extra charge.