do we need to upgrade to a 3 ply tyre to tow a caravan?

Submitted: Monday, Feb 07, 2011 at 19:36
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Hi there,
very confused and getting lots of advice from tyre sellers.

we have a suzuki vitara with Bridgestone HT and have seen on TV that these 2 ply walls should be upgraded when towing a caravan due to the extra weight and pressure (therefore risk of blowouts etc). We are towing our van on a 3 month holiday so want to get it right. Probably not doing too much off road/4WDing due to a pregnant wife but want to minimise risk.

Has anyone any thoughts, recommendations, advice they can offer?

thanks in advance
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Reply By: Notso - Monday, Feb 07, 2011 at 20:00

Monday, Feb 07, 2011 at 20:00
I towed a van all round Aus for 12 months on em, not too much tough 4 WD work.

As long as you aren't overloading them they should be fine, just don't expect them to tackle the rough stuff as they puncture easily.

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Reply By: MEMBER - Darian, SA - Monday, Feb 07, 2011 at 20:31

Monday, Feb 07, 2011 at 20:31
There's plies, ply's and damned ply-lies, but the general thrust of the advice you've seen has merit it seems - if you talk to your chosen tyre dealer, they will probably home in on the load ratings (that and the speed limits etc. are moulded into the tyre wall) - you might be able to get a higher rated tyre in your car's specified tyre options) - a tyre that can carry more, faster, would be more robust in general terms. You can pick out some good info at site's such as this.

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Reply By: Member - Rob D (NSW) - Tuesday, Feb 08, 2011 at 09:40

Tuesday, Feb 08, 2011 at 09:40
See Forum post 'Site Link' posted 6/02/11. This will give you a better understanding of the issues.

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