Tyre blowouts cause 90% of tyre-related caravan insurance claims

Over 90% of tyre-related caravan insurance claims were due to tyre blowouts according to an article published by CaravanGuard – a leading UK insurer of caravans and motorhomes. The full article gives detailed advice on checking and maintaining caravan tyres. See the full article here. As all new cars sold in Europe will be fitted with tyre pressure monitoring systems from November 2014, the value of TyrePal TPMS is being recognised more and more throughout the caravan and trailer industry. Several insurance companies offer discount on premiums to owners with TyrePal systems fitted. Bailey Caravans have announced that all their series … Continue reading

How to check tyre age

Recent fatalities have highlighted the need to check the age of tyres as well as tread depth. This is particularly true for caravans, motorhomes and low-mileage cars, and in fleets where spare tyres may be unused. There’s no specific date beyond which tyres become unsafe, as it depends on conditions of use and storage, but any tyre more than six years old is getting towards the end of its life even if there’s plenty of tread left. After this time, the rubber compounds are starting break down and become brittle, so it’s well worth looking for any sign of cracks … Continue reading

Insurance discount with TyrePal

  Discount on insurance is available for caravans and motorhomes fitted with TyrePal systems. Recognising that tyre problems are one of the biggest causes of claims, several insurers have evaluated the benefits of TyrePal systems and are offering discounts for vehicles fitted with them. TyrePal earns you 5% discount on your insurance premium from Caravan Guard Club Care Crusader Shield Lifesure … Continue reading

38 wheel system for heavy haulage

TyrePal have announced a new tyre pressure monitoring system for heavy haulage vehicles. The system can help to avoid breakdowns on the road by checking the pressure and temperature of tyres every twelve seconds. Pressures are displayed on a monitor in the cab and alerts are given for any problems such as an under-inflated tyre, or one that is overstressed and in danger of a blowout. It makes it a simple matter to check all the tyres, including the inside tyres of pairs. Pressure sensors simply screw onto each tyre valve and transmit data to a monitor in the cab, … Continue reading

Avoidable breakdown

Following a tyre failure, a fully loaded agricultural trailer destroyed a rear wheel just outside the TyrePal office yesterday. The driver had been unaware of the problem until the tyre was completely destroyed and came off the wheel. Agricultural trailers are particularly susceptible to punctures and blow-outs because of the seasonal nature of their use during the busy harvest period. How was this avoidable? Blowouts are not random occurrences – they always have a cause. Generally an under-inflated or overloaded tyre puts excessive strain on the tyre sidewall, which overheats and then collapses. A TyrePal system gives warning before this … Continue reading

“Vigilance Necessary – a frightening experience”

After having a super weekend with friends near Preston, we were happily towing our little C1 car on the A-frame behind our motorhome. Unknown to us, one of the tyres had blown or punctured on the towed car. The tyre was completely destroyed and came off the rim; it then started to rub against the fuel inlet pipe, causing it to perish. It was brought to our attention by a couple of passing motorists who indicated there was a problem by pointing to the car. We have a rear camera able to be seen from the dashboard – and still had no … Continue reading