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Axle Load and Inflation Pressure Tables

The extraordinary demands placed on tyres fitted to caravans mean that, in the interests of safety, it is prudent to avoid continuous operation at or approaching the tyres’ maximum load capacity. Accordingly, the UK tyre industry strongly recommends that the maximum vehicle load should not exceed 90% of the combined tyre load capacity as indicated by load index. The following tables reflect this recommendation by highlighting in red the axle loads in excess of 90% and up to the maximum permitted for the tyres. (The loads shown assume two tyres per axle).

Remember the ‘Golden Rules’ For safe towing of caravans and trailer tents:

• Fit the correct tyres
• Tyres must be in good condition
• Tyre pressures must be correctly maintained using an accurate tyre pressure gauge
• Do not overload
• Check your tyres regularly for any signs of damage and remove from the tread any potential penetrations such as trapped stones
• Drive the combination at reasonable (‘comfortable’) speeds – within the speed limits
• Rapid manoeuvres must be avoided, e.g. sudden overtaking or lane changing. Good driving practice, with or without a caravan/trailer tent, includes intelligent anticipation of such moves.
• Respect the car and caravan/trailer tent manufacturer’s recommendations at all times.

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