Updated pressure and load advice issued to caravan owners


4thApr11TyreSafe has issued an update to its popular caravan tyre safety leaflet giving revised axle load and tyre inflation pressure tables for caravan owners.

The update has been issued following technical discussions between the tyre industry and caravan manufacturers in relation to the industry’s ongoing recommendation that the maximum vehicle load should not exceed 90% of the combined tyre load capacity, as indicated by load index.

“With the high levels of stress placed on caravan tyres, it is essential that owners inflate their tyres to the correct pressures, but also make sure they do not overload them,” explains Stuart Jackson, chairman, TyreSafe. “We have been working closely with the caravan industry, who fully support our recommendations, and the revised leaflet now accurately reflects this advice.”

The new leaflet provides simplified and updated load and inflation pressure tables, making it easier for owners to see both the maximum recommended and maximum permissible axle loads for their particular tyre size and specification. By adhering to the maximum recommended load, owners can be safe in the knowledge that they have a minimum 10% safety margin in respect of the tyres’ load index.

As well as downloading a free copy of the caravan tyre safety leaflet, owners can find a host of tips and other useful tyre safety information from TyreSafe’s dedicated caravan tyre safety web pages. The information can be found by visiting www.tyresafe.org/caravantyres.

“As the weather improves and many caravan owners start to use their vehicles more regularly, it’s important for their safety and that of other road users, that they ensure their tyres are in a safe, roadworthy condition,” continues Jackson. “By visiting our website owners can find plenty of advice and information. Of course, if they are unsure of what to look for themselves, their local tyre dealer or workshop should be happy to provide a free tyre safety check.”

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