Normal life for van tyres

Submitted: Thursday, Aug 31, 2017 at 11:14
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Hi everyone,

How many years life can you expect from your caravan tyres? This is without regard to distanced travelled and terrain type covered. Tyres are on a duel independent suspension. I wonder how long it is before the tyre rubber is not serviceable and tyres should be replaced?

cheers,

Bob.
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Reply By: Been-Everywhereman - Thursday, Aug 31, 2017 at 14:16

Thursday, Aug 31, 2017 at 14:16
Dual axle Expanda with leaf springs and no shockers 25,000kms so far and probably 7,000kms left in them.
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Reply By: Been-Everywhereman - Thursday, Aug 31, 2017 at 14:18

Thursday, Aug 31, 2017 at 14:18
Oops. Discard my stupid idiot answer where I didn't read your most obvious comment about "distance" duh.
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Reply By: catmandoo - Thursday, Aug 31, 2017 at 15:32

Thursday, Aug 31, 2017 at 15:32
Hi Hooks,

I am no expert on this one, but I believe the general "rule of thumb" is that tyres should be replaced every 6 years (unless warranted earlier by distance wear). I had my last set of tyres on my van for 10 years. Note however, that the tyres were checked by a professional each year after 6 years, and the van was under cover when not in use, therefore the tyres were not subject to the elements.

It always pays to check for the obvious signs of instability such as abnormal tread wear and cracking of the side walls. Any of these signs should be addressed asap.

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Reply By: Member - Charlie M (SA) - Thursday, Aug 31, 2017 at 15:36

Thursday, Aug 31, 2017 at 15:36
Hi Bob

On our own caravan we change the tyres over every 5 years spare included. I call it cheap insurance.

We have been in the tyre industry since the early 70s.

Caravan and boat trailers have a lot of issues from the 5 or 6 year mark.
Tyre delamination with sidewall of caravans damaged, bout trailer mudgards damaged.
I tell our customers to change at 5 years.
The main problem is higher pressures and weight, standing in the one position for a time. most times the trouble starts from about the 300km mark on a trip.
Have seen spare tyres fitted and only done about 30kms before they have had trouble as well, having never been on a caravan.
Cheers
Charlie
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Follow Up By: Member -Dodger - Thursday, Aug 31, 2017 at 17:29

Thursday, Aug 31, 2017 at 17:29
Charlie is spot on. Tyres are now a mix of compounds so they do delaminate after time.
I change our van tyres every 5 years even if they look ok. Regardless of k,s travelled.
I used to have a handle on life, but it broke.

Cheers Dodg.

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Reply By: Ron N - Thursday, Aug 31, 2017 at 16:03

Thursday, Aug 31, 2017 at 16:03
Bob, most tyres manufacturers will tell you that 6 years is the period of satisfactory tyre life, and they can't guarantee tyre performance beyond that period.

However, I have tyres that are still providing satisfactory service after more than 20 years - but one has to expect the odd failure in tyres that age, too.

Exposure to UV light is the biggest killer of tyres, it degrades the rubber quality rapidly.
So if you want your tyres on your van to last, cover them up, and keep the sun off them.

Cheers, Ron.
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Reply By: Tony F8 - Thursday, Aug 31, 2017 at 16:30

Thursday, Aug 31, 2017 at 16:30
In Qld, tyre fitters will not re-fit tyres older than 5 years.
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Follow Up By: Member - mark D18 - Thursday, Aug 31, 2017 at 17:26

Thursday, Aug 31, 2017 at 17:26
Tony

5 years on a caravan would be a very sensible time to replace any tyre , (van or car ).
Just hope no one pays any attention to Ron's claim of 20 years .

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Follow Up By: Ron N - Thursday, Aug 31, 2017 at 19:09

Thursday, Aug 31, 2017 at 19:09
If you knew just how old, many of the tyres you're passing on the highways, are, you'd probably stay right off the road, then!

I've seen Michelin tyres on a truck that were 26 yrs old!

Cheers, Ron.
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Follow Up By: Member - David M (SA) - Thursday, Aug 31, 2017 at 20:48

Thursday, Aug 31, 2017 at 20:48
Cheers Ron. I was about to renew mine but as there only 12 years old I might give them a couple more years.
Dave.
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Follow Up By: Member - Charlie M (SA) - Thursday, Aug 31, 2017 at 22:34

Thursday, Aug 31, 2017 at 22:34
Had some in our shop about a month ago, 1 was 26 years old, other 18 years old both delaminated. Damage to van was greater than cost of tyres, older van that was in good condition. The person did not know what they then was going to do to van re cost to repair it. Still had to buy 4 new tyres as one other had a bubble in it, still 1800kms from home.
185R14 LT tyres at about $100 each.
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Reply By: 9900Eagle - Thursday, Aug 31, 2017 at 18:26

Thursday, Aug 31, 2017 at 18:26
Forget the 20 year old tyres, just do what they say, change them between 5 to 7 years and you won't have any failures due to age related problems. Temperature, sun and who made them are the main factors involving calendar tyre life.

Travelled with an old die in the mud truck mate that just used tyres for ever, wether it was wear or age. Hell wasn't that a pain, as he would blow a tyre and then fit one just as old. Argh!
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