Can I Put Car Tyres on a Caravan?
Jack Dreyer | Monday 13th December 2021 11:03am
Since the pandemic, staycations have become increasingly popular — as have caravan holidays. As a result, more and more people are experimenting with ways to run their caravans for less, leading to an influx of drivers using their car tyres as an alternative.
But is this safe?
While there is no straightforward answer, this blog will explore the implications of putting car tyres on a caravan as well as provide some tips about the different types of tyres. So, if you’re planning a caravan trip anytime soon, read this article to stay informed.
Generally speaking, you could use high-quality car tyres on a caravan to tow it — but that doesn’t mean you should.
When you buy a caravan new, the tyres it comes with will be specific to the vehicle itself. Although they may be roughly the same size as normal car tyres, it is often the case that the sidewall is reinforced and made stronger to handle the extra weight.
What’s more, since caravans are often stationary for long periods of time, the tyres they come fitted with will reflect this specification in their design too – being stronger and maybe having different grip patterns. When stationary, the tyres of a caravan take a lot of weight in concentrated specific areas, meaning the sidewalls need to be strengthened to prevent a blowout or a rupture.
While sitting stationary for months or even years, caravan tyres are more susceptible to weathering from the elements and rubber corrosion. Would you want to put high-quality car tyres on a caravan just to see them erode over time?
One of the most common reasons why drivers think it’s ok to use caravan and car tyres interchangeably is the axle type.
Many caravans have a twin axle like cars. This is often used as an excuse for drivers to put regular car tyres on caravans, since the load is spread more evenly. Some caravans, on the other hand, only have a single axle and require two tyres which, when considering the heavy weight of the caravan, is too much load to bear for car tyres used to sharing the load among four.
When choosing the right tyre for your caravan, you’ll need to factor in the weight limit. It’s all well and good fitting tyres when your caravan is empty, but imagine the weight difference between it being bought new and the first day of a two-week-long summer holiday with your entire family on board — then it becomes an entirely different story.
You can find the weight limit in your caravan’s documentation. Once located, divide the weight between four (or two) and you have the maximum weight that each tyre can carry. On the sidewall of each tyre should be the maximum weight limit it is capable of carrying, so if you’re beneath that — you’re golden.
Another factor that comes into play when choosing caravan tyres is their width. Make sure you follow the guidance from your caravan manufacturer to ensure you don’t choose tyres that are too wide for the wheel housing or not wide enough to support the weight.
So, if you’re planning to use your car tyres on your caravan, we would recommend otherwise unless in emergency situations when you’ve deciphered the compatibility of your tyres. Usually, though, the weight, width, and sidewall strength are simply not designed for it. Something more similar to van tyres would be more appropriate.
If you are looking for high-quality car tyres, however, Kwik Fit has you covered. Shop our online range of tyres today or, for any questions about your tyres and their specifications, get in touch with the experts at your local Kwik Fit centre. Stay safe out there!
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