More and more people are embracing caravanning. The Caravanning Industry Association (CIVD) recorded almost 235,000 recreational vehicles registered across Europe last year. This was the second-highest registration since 1980. The rising demand for campers also saw more than 160,000 new vehicles hit the road in 2020. This was 20 percent more than what was recorded in 2019.
Camper owners drive both on asphalt and off-road. This is especially, where roads comprise gravel paths and tracks in Mediterranean countries and southern Europe. General Tire’s first all-terrain tire with C Identification is aimed to provide the right solution for recreational activities.
The 235/65 R 16 C all-terrain tire is part of the Grabber AT3 model. It is best suited for any vehicle that fits standard tires including those based on the Mercedes Sprinter or Fiat Ducato. This means that no new wheels and rims will be required to have the tires on a camper van.
General Tire made it for buyers looking for an adventure and those that drive their vans in basic mode, i.e. off-road without a specific RV. The best-selling size at the moment is the 235/65 R 16 C. Its tried-and-tested features meet the specifications of modern pick-up trucks, cross-country vehicles, and SUVs. It’s even well-equipped to handle campers with and without all-wheel drive.
With this General tire, you’re guaranteed to enjoy safe handling characteristics and great off-road performance in all types of weather conditions. When going off-road, it interlocks with the loose surfaces to provide optimal transmission of braking and drive forces. This is thanks to several grip edges embedded in the tread.
The tire’s open tread shoulder provides additional traction in mud and quick self-cleaning. Solid blocks that extend from the shoulder to the sidewall work hand-in-hand with the stacked deflection ribs to maximize protection against lateral damage caused by stones, rocks, and other objects.
The size of the tire is already approved for cars for speeds of up to 105 mph (170 km/h), a load capacity of more than 3,000 pounds (1450 kg) for individual mounting, and almost another 3,000 pounds (1360 kg) for dual fitment. (load indexes 121 and 119 respectively).