Hauling a 'van? Check these top tips

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 TYRE CHECK: Even if your caravan's tyres look to be in a good condition, they still need to replaced if it's more than seven years old. Image: Supplied.


Caravanners will hit the road over the forthcoming holiday period. But before you set off on your holiday, here are some vital safety checks.

A leading independent tyre dealer in the UK, Micheldever/Protyre, is offering a series of tyre safety tips to ensure a trouble-free holiday break that's relevant to South Africans too.


Out of season storage conditions can sometimes have a detrimental effect on motor caravan and trailer caravan tyres, so owners are advised to carry out a series of simple checks to ensure their safety on the road and the safety of their passengers and other road users:

 • Carefully examine tyres to ensure that there are no cuts or bulges and that the sidewalls are sound and not affected by ozone cracking.

By law, tyres must have a minimum of 1.6mm of tread, however, it's recommends that tyres with less than 2.5mm of tread should be considered for replacement.

Owners of trailer caravans with tyres that are over seven years old should have them replaced irrespective of their condition.

Tyre pressures are vital and should be checked and adjusted in accordance with the manufacturer's handbook.

Caravan Club technical manager Martin Spencer said: “Tyre condition is important to ensure that your caravan is safe, legal and reliable.

"Simple checks on these vital components, along with attention to issues like safe loading and sensible speed, help to make sure that you have an enjoyable and trouble free holiday journey.”