New tyres at just over 40,000 miles.

8 Sep



The Michelin Primacy tyres, whih were fitted at 24,500 miles were almost down to the marker pips and a little wheelspin was creeping in on uphill, wet road starts. Not as bad as the Kumhos at the same wear stage though. They were quiet tyres , once run in and hopefully the AVON 205/45 R17 ZV7 XL replacements will match them. The Michelins did a surprising 15.580 miles. I still have to compare with the previous sets of Kumho and other brands but they do seem to have bettered them for mileage life and certainly quieter May be able to justify the higher price with a little more research. Now feel safe to head off with the caravan in tow whatever the weather throws at us.

I had made a precautionary change of one Michelin for Avon not very long ago due to a slight edge wear issue, believed to have been caused by one of the alloys having a slight “wobble” due to distortion. I can remember heavily kerbing one rim. when distracted whilst parking against a very high and sturdy kerb in Burton-on-Trent. I chose AVON to buy British following the Brexit vote. A habit , I intend to maintain from now on.

Sadly, AVON are owned by the American company Cooper Tyres but they are made in Britain. The same can be said with different owners for many more brands of tyres. Power Utility companies fall into the same category. Difficult to rectify but I believe that this is just another way we are doing wrong. I may start a Blog campaigning for change.





4 Responses to “New tyres at just over 40,000 miles.”

  1. Steve September 8, 2016 at 9:34 pm #

    I used to run the Michelin Primacys but was always disappointed at how quickly they wore – and they weren’t exactly cheap. I tried a bunch of others…. but nothing has come close to the GT Radial Champero FE1s. I’ve been running the extra load version and they are hard wearing, good in the wet & have good economy…. they are also reasonably priced.

    Maybe worth a look for your NV200 if they do them in your size?

    • Dinkum September 8, 2016 at 9:49 pm #

      Cheers Steve, thanks for the info. It is difficult to get round the marketing hype. You cannot beat first hand experience and feedback like yours !

  2. Kerry September 14, 2016 at 9:04 pm #

    Hi there – could you tell me roughly how much it costs to convert an NV200. I have just bought one with a view to converting it when the purse strings allow.

    • Dinkum September 15, 2016 at 3:02 pm #

      Hi Kerry, a lot of people go for a pop top (raising) roof but in my opinion it is not essential if budget is tight. About £3k last time I looked. Drivelodge is a good place to start or try Clearcut Campervans, Bideford. They used to do a bargain conversion. You can do a lot by researching and cherry picking the equipment you want for your version of a campervan. There is a lot of inspirational stuff from contributors to the Blog but it will involve a lot of perusing and cups of tea! Our camper was done for us from scratch from new for about £26k but I reckon you could put a conversion together for £7k to £8k with some DIY skills.Includes the secondhand van. Which you already have.Will try to put together a posting with current cost estimates.

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