Car and trailer tyres must have at least 1.6mm of tread over the central 75% of their width for their entire circumference, although a tyre with under 3mm offers little grip in the wet. Tyres must be free from deep cuts and bulges (which indicate they are breaking up) and it is illegal to use cross-ply and radial tyres on the same axle. (Make sure that the tyres you fit to your trailer are of the correct rating.)
Check your trailer tyre pressure
All tyres lose pressure over time whether in use or not so it’s important to check the tyre pressure on your trailer tyres before you take it out for the first time in a while. Flat or low pressure tyres on a trailer are not immediately obvious if the trailer is unloaded as the tyres may still have enough air to support their own weight so check your tyre pressure every time you get the trailer out. Even if your trailer is in regular use, you should check your tyre pressure every few weeks and correct when needed. Under inflated trailer tyres will wear much faster and unevenly if not addressed, especially if you are transporting heavy loads.
Caravan tyre ageing
Regardless of use or mileage, all tyres have a lifespan. Even a caravan tyre never driven on will deteriorate over time. Natural ageing of the composite materials that form tyres occur from day one and it is widely recommended that caravan tyres should be replaced at 5 years old. To help you, new tyres have a date mark stamped on them to show the week and month of manufacture.
Trailer tyres at Fast Fit
At Fast Fit we stock a wide range of trailer tyres for different trailer types. Our centres may not have your specific trailer tyre available on the shelf so we recommend contacting your nearest centre beforehand to let them know your requirements and tyre size. Our team can then order the most suitable tyres for your trailer from our warehouse for fitting at a time that is convenient for you.