The CARRIER Camper is a further extension of the new CARRIER family of Commercial Vehicle products, joining the CARRIER Summer and CARRIER Winter. The new CARRIER Camper features the same tread design as CARRIER Summer and has improved performance in wet conditions, mileage and label grading over its predecessor. This new product will cover an estimated 80% of the European camper market with a range of 3 sizes.
The CARRIER Camper will replace the existing CHRONO Camper and is available since the second quarter of 2014. As with the CHRONO Camper, the CARRIER Camper is available in the European and African/Middle Eastern markets. The addition of the CARRIER Camper to the CARRIER family further strengthens the overall marketability of this product which now covers a very large share of the Camper and Commercial Vehicle segments.
The key improvements of the CARRIER Camper are the following:
Improvement in wet braking, wet handling and aquaplaning resistance thanks to an all new tread pattern, compound and profile geometry.
Mileage improvement thanks to a complete change of the profile geometry and an all new compound.
It has a class 'C' rolling resistance and scores 'A' in wet grip grading, being a very competitive tyre in the camper market.
EU Tyre Label and Efficiency Classes
The European Union, under CE 1222/2009, has mandated that all tyres manufactured after the date of July 1 2012 for cars and commercial vehicles include standard EU Tyre Labels classifying them by three performance characteristics:fuel efficiency classified from A to G,wet grip classified from A to G, and noise emission in decibels.
Categories of tyres unaffected by this regulation include: retreaded tyres, professional off-road tyres, racing/sports car tyres, as well as certain types of tyres designed to improve traction such as studded tyres, T-type temporary spare tyres, tyres for cars built before 1990, tyres with a maximum allowed speed of 80km/h, tyres for rims with a diameter less or equal to 254 mm or greater or equal to 635 mm.
This label is intended on one hand to promote economic and ecological efficiency in traffic, as well as increase road safety, and on the other hand to help consumers select appropriate tyres by ensuring a certain degree of product transparency.
Nevertheless, the label has been criticized for only showing a very limited number of characteristics. Professionals argue that tyres have many more features that are important and relevant to road safety, including but not limited to aquaplaning properties, driving stability, service life, product properties on wet and dry roads other than wet grip, properties on snow.
Tyre manufacturers suggest that the test results from various institutions and industry magazines should remain a very important source of information for the end consumer, because they focus on and rate a wide variety of tyre properties and features.