Don’t Tyre Yourself Out
Having a caravan is a wonderful thing, we are sure you will agree. Having a touring caravan can offer you so much flexibility in terms of country exploration, pitching sites and the ability to unhitch and explore the area by car - so much so, it is hard to imagine life without a caravan behind you.
At some point in your life as a caravan owner, though, you will face the inevitable: a punctured tyre. And it will happen on a busy motorway, on a bank holiday weekend, in the rain, on the way to your delightful caravan holiday that you have been looking forward to for months.
No needs to stress out, though, Allens Caravans are here to help you with a quick fix guide on how to change your tyre in next to no time at all.
Ultimate How To - for Beginners
Top tip: Practice changing your tyre at home before you get on the road! You'll thank us when you're stuck on the side of a road with high verges and lorries flying past you.
- Pull over. Make sure you are a safe distance away from traffic and the side-verge, depending on which tyre needs changing. Turn your hazards on, and if you have a warning triangle, now is the time to use it.
- Ensure your car's handbrake and your caravan parking brake are both on. Guarantee the caravan won't move by adding wheel chocks, for added safety. Do not unhitch your caravan.
- Grab your tools - jack, wrench and wheel brace. You won't get much done at all without them.
- If weather is bad, or there are lots of heavy lorries passing, using an axle stand will steady the caravan as you work.
- Never use your corner steadies whilst changing a tyre.
- Locate your jack lifting point - this can be found in your caravan handbook. Please note: this can be up to four inches lower when you have a flat tyre. If you are on soft ground, you may need to place a support board underneath, again adjusting the height. Does your caravan need levelling before you start? Use the levelling blocks and boards to make sure the caravan is steady throughout.
- Check your spare wheel is usable - is it inflated to the right pressure?
- Now you are ready to begin. Remove wheel trim/cover and loosen all wheel nuts with the brace. You might need to raise the caravan slightly to do this.
- Jack the caravan up until it is sufficiently clear of the road.
- Remove all nuts.
- Remove wheel, and replace with the spare.
- Replace nuts, tightening as much as necessary.
- Lower caravan.
- Tighten nuts to the correct torque. Any more than this could damage the threads.
- Remove all safety precautions and get back on the road - your caravan holiday awaits your imminent arrival.
It is worth noting that punctures are more likely to happen in the rain, so be sure to get your wheel repaired or replaced as soon as possible.
So, there you have it. The ultimate piece of advice for anyone travelling between caravan sites in the UK - or anywhere in the world, in fact. Just remember: safety first!
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