I've used 17 inch Continental Vanco Contacts since new. Not cheap to buy but last a long time. About £180 per tyre inc fitting. You get what you pay for, I think. Sports tyres and winter tyres wear more quickly and use more fuel, I think.
Yesterday my Cali had its first service at 11500 miles. The service readout on both front tyres was 7mm tread and 8mm tread on the rears. They are the factory supplied Bridgestone Duravis 215/65R16 tyres.
Today I had them replaced with a set of all-season tyres.
I intend selling the Brigestones. Any help in giving me a valuation on the set of four would be appreciated.
I have had my Cali Berghaus new since Feb 2012. It was supplied with Contisport Contact 3 255/45/R18s. I swapped the tyres front to back at ca 8,000miles and now have a set of evenly worn tyres at 15,000 miles with maybe 1000 miles left or so. I am ca. 0.5-1.0mm off the wear bars. Given what I have read thus far, that seems quite good?
Our Michelin Agillis 51 did 28,000 miles on the Pan-Am route including much wheel spinning (ASR off for best results) over loose rocks and gravel, to say nothing of running at 25PSI over several hundred miles - they still have 3.5/4mm left!
I don't go in for the big brands much as mostly it's just paying for a name. I put some Hifly Super 2000s on the front and they are at least as good as the original tyres for a fraction of the price. They're Chinese and not well known so they're much cheaper. Chinese roads are a lot harder on vans than in Europe so I expect they're up to the job.
Grip-wise they're great and give a very nice ride. Halfords recommended them to me but they can also be found online for not much more than £50 each (before fitting).
Earlier posts amused me by talking about driving a California slowly to protect the environment. At non-motorway speeds with a very heavy vehicle it's braking and the subsequent acceleration which uses the most fuel. Slow drivers can use a lot more than faster drivers if the former are continually braking or driving in a low gear. The minimum speed needed to maintain the highest gear (safely) should be the target. Longer engine life too.
If Cali owners cared that much for the environment they'd ditch their heavy vehicle, take to a tent and travel on their bikes. Let's not kid ourselves we're greening the planet by driving a Cali.
Many thanks. Its the 255/45/R18s a tyre/wheel size that came with the Berghaus variant which seems to limit tyre choice. Can't actually find a Hifly to fit. There seems to be quite a bit less choice with the 255s.
One might think that with all that tyre width, you'd get better wear. Not so, it would seem.
Perhaps I'm just not sufficiently cognisant of the van's weight and driving it too much like a car. Having said that, for pure economy I try to back off a bit and have got 40mpg if I really try. However, my average is 32mpg. Even so, I don't think I'm hammering it!
Bought my 2012 Cali 180SE manual about a year ago with 12,000 on the clock fronts had been put to back. Now with 26,500 on the clock after a well loaded euro trip they need changing 17inch thunder alloys shod with Dunlop sport 01 235x55x17 any one recommending anything else ride can be sharp on poor condition uk roads.
I was advised not to go up to 18 inch rims by the tyre fitter as the van will chew through them in no time. The compound is not as tough as on the commercial tyres.
He was right!
For comparison, the van came with duravis tyres on 16 inch rims and did 18,000 before the fronts needed replacement.
I have got about 13,000 miles out of current tyres which is not bad given that there has been a lot of town driving and maneuvering to get on the drive at home.
(About 3mm at the shoulders and close to the wear bar in the middle so I need to take it easy with free air.)
They are Goodyear Eagle F1 A2 255/45/18.
A bit cheaper than the continentals and they do as well in the reviews.
I wish I had switched them round as the rears hardly look worn at all.