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Post by Gatcombeman on Thu Jan 26, 2017 11:19 am

Morning all, wave

My VWT4 Gatcombe is due for some new tyres. I would be interested in what make tyres you are using and recommendations etc. I don't think camper tyres are made in the sizes required for the Gatcombe. All suggestions gratefully received.
Currently  using  195/70/15 104/102 but thinking of changing to 215/65/15  104/102  allthumbz

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Re: New tyres

Post by samleeds on Thu Jan 26, 2017 2:27 pm

ive just changed to 215 70 r15 load rating 107 cost £40

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Re: New tyres

Post by andyiowo on Fri Jan 27, 2017 1:37 pm

Hello , I bought a 03 Gatcombe last summer and the china made tyres were badly perish , so asked dealer to replace as part of purchase . The dealer would only fit the cheap tyres again ,as the last tyres were only four years old I obtained my own via ebay ( Black circles tyres ltd) . being a vehicle technician for over 30 years I went for Continental van tyres of same size and load rating , these worked out not much more than the cheap ones , I think I paid about £50 each and I fitted them myself . These brake and hold the road and brake better than cheap ones and should not perish in five minutes . Try black circles online and they will have a local agent to fit them for you . note changing tyre size changes your van from standard for insurance purposes . Hope that helps Andy
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Post by bousfield on Fri Jan 27, 2017 6:26 pm

I fitted Continental winter tyres for better grip on wet site conditions and cannot find any difference in performance on road the price was very competitive
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Re: New tyres

Post by Bmwdumptruck on Tue Feb 07, 2017 9:43 pm

Continentals for me too when needed.  Hadn't considered winter option though, could look into that too.
 Mines currently on Hankooks, which seems to be a favourite amongst dealers, pretty sure our caravans on them too.


Continental  Contivancontact200's have just about the best ratings of almost any tyre available in the size.
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Post by GrahamSwindley on Tue Feb 28, 2017 8:36 pm

I am delighted with the Continental Motorhome tyres I have just bought.  Expensive but contain additives to prolong life compared to standard tyres.  Handling and ride are great.
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Re: New tyres

Post by Dave 418 on Thu Mar 02, 2017 9:12 am

allthumbz I used Tyres on the Drive. Continental Vanco Motorhome were recomended by them. None of the tyre centres here could match there price and availability . So far they seem a good all round tyre. We have been out every month including over the winter. They seemed a hard ride to start with but compared with the Michelins we had on our other van but a bit less pressure they seem to be better now.

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Post by Greyhound on Thu Mar 02, 2017 9:24 am

Dave 418 wrote:allthumbz I used Tyres on the Drive.

Would you rate these?

I need to get new tyres soon and having someone fit these at home or at the work car park would save a lot of hassle.
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Re: New tyres

Post by Dave 418 on Thu Mar 02, 2017 10:54 am

That was another good point as per there name they fit them to suite you. A lady living near me damaged two tyres making it unable  to get to a tyre centre, both side walls were damaged. Tyres on the Drive were cheaper than a call out from a local tyre company.

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Re: New tyres

Post by Greyhound on Tue Mar 21, 2017 4:29 pm

Dave 418 wrote:allthumbz I used Tyres on the Drive.

Used these at the weekend to get the old rear tyres replaced (healthy tread but perished rubber).

Must admit I was feeling a little cautious about a mobile fitting, but they seemed pretty good and I was impressed that they even had a proper torque wrench to do the wheel nuts up instead of windy gun going up to a random tightness. PSI up to the correct pressure too, would use again.
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Re: New tyres

Post by Jaytee on Tue Mar 21, 2017 7:09 pm

I have used a mobile tyre service a couple of times and both people (sole traders) were very efficient, did a good job and both times cheaper than tyre dealers.

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Re: New tyres

Post by oldfred on Tue Mar 21, 2017 9:38 pm

Hadn't thought about mobile fitters as I have a tyre garage quite near.

Noticed a drop (about 10psi) on return from Scotland and took the van round last week thinking it was a possibly a puncture.

The valves on both rears were leaking and had to be replaced with 2 new high pressure ones. Total cost £20 which seemed reasonable.
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Re: New tyres

Post by roli on Tue Mar 21, 2017 10:51 pm

I have used a mobile company for car and van tyres. They have been competitive on price and have the fitting and balancing equipment in the van

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Re: New tyres

Post by Machloop on Wed Mar 22, 2017 8:55 am

On this question of tires, folks here talk about different brands giving better grip/ride/road holding but in all my years of van driving I've never had complaints of any of these.  Sure I've been bogged down in mud a few times but nothing to do with the tires.  Is anyone really spinning their wheels out there ?
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Re: New tyres

Post by -mojo- on Wed Mar 22, 2017 11:04 am

When it comes to tyres, most of us probably won't ever know, because ~most~ of us are probably old enough and experienced enough to never get anywhere near the limit of adhesion of the tyres on our vans (or any vehicle for that matter).

But... for most of us there will eventually come a time when we need the best we can get. The last two occasions that I can think of were a herd of deer coming out of a forest in Scotland (I had to drive off road to avoid) and a driver that pulled out of a parking space in front of me without looking (I was virtually looking down at her car at 30 MPH when she did it - I could not avoid hitting her car).

I've also had one or two incidents that were purely down to me - tired and misreading the road, and lucky to stay on it.

On that basis, I'm happy to pay more for tyres that will give the best all-round traction/adhesion, hoping that I never need to find out whether they were worth the extra money.
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Post by Jaytee on Wed Mar 22, 2017 12:59 pm

Totally agree Mojo up!

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Re: New tyres

Post by Roger Pratt on Wed Apr 12, 2017 4:37 pm

I use Continental Vanco. Seem as good as any and better than many on test reviews. I can't understand so called "handling or grip problems". If anyone has driving grip problems in a motorhome then they are trying to drive too fast and too hard. If you want to do that get a Golf GTi.
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Re: New tyres

Post by daisy mae on Wed Apr 12, 2017 5:47 pm

I have Viking M&S   mud and snow, I have them on all the year round, excellent on wet grass, these were fitted originally on my van, an Anniversary Clubman, same as a Gatcombe, so I have kept to the same, I ordered from Germany, there were delivered in a day, a local tyre fitter fitted them for me, tyres were £70 each, free delivery, fitting was £10. very pleased with them , will order the same another time when /if needed.

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Re: New tyres

Post by logburner on Thu Apr 13, 2017 11:57 am

Hi Margaret,
Did you stay with the 195-70-R15 size tyres ? As I see that some have gone larger.  scratch head
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Post by daisy mae on Thu Apr 13, 2017 3:27 pm

OOPS!!!!!! Sorry. just been to check, wrong name for tyre, I have the Kleber

These were the originals, 

Kleber Transalp  195/70R 15C   ( 104/102R)   AT 65PSI   8PR


I have back pressure at 64PSI  / Front  55PSI  These tyres were the original ones so stuck with the same, I have never had the wallowing that some say they have,


bought from Mytyres listed on eBay


Sorry about the mix up, had the Vikings on my Volvo Estate not my Auto-sleeper

Hope this is of some help.
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Post by logburner on Thu Apr 13, 2017 10:02 pm

It's me again ! !
Front 55 psi. , and Rear 64 psi. ? Where did you come by your pressures to run at. ?   scratch head
I've run at Front 45 psi , and Rear 50 psi.  Do you find your ride harsh. ?  Or am I just a softy...hugegrins
Or....more worrying, am I running too low...confused3  Whistle1 shrugg
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Post by daisy mae on Thu Apr 13, 2017 10:32 pm

The pressures are on my cab door post and I  have always gone with them, the ride is very comfortable and smooth, not harsh at all, fuel consumption is very good. and with those tyres very stable in all weathers. allthumbz

I personally think yours are too low, but each to his own, you could always try higher pressures and see what you think.? too low pressures isn`t good on the tyres, jmho.
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Post by logburner on Thu Apr 13, 2017 11:43 pm

Yup !   Shall check the cab doorpost.  allthumbz
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Post by ICDC on Thu Apr 20, 2017 5:32 pm

I had continental on our previous m/home it didn't like any motorway worn tyre grooves, threw us all over the place..frightening..changed them and I couldn't believe the difference. No more watching the motorway for grooves thank goodness..!
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Post by logburner on Thu Apr 20, 2017 9:54 pm

daisy mae wrote:The pressures are on my cab door post and I  have always gone with them, the ride is very comfortable and smooth, not harsh at all, fuel consumption is very good. and with those tyres very stable in all weathers. allthumbz

I personally think yours are too low, but each to his own, you could always try higher pressures and see what you think.? too low pressures isn`t good on the tyres, jmho.
It's strange...my cab post pressures are, fully loaded..front 43psi and rear 48psi.....I'm running at 45 & 50 respectively......mine must be a different chassis.
Thought they would be the same as yours.   shrugg
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