VW Eurovan Tires

It seems recently I've been getting an increase in phone calls for tires for the Volkswagen Eurovan. And they all start the same way: "Where can I find tires???"

Well, I'm here to tell you that there is hope. The issue with finding tires for this vehicle is that the tires need to have at least a 102 load range in order to carry the weight of the vehicle. In the O.E. tire size of 225/60R16, this can be very difficult. Check that, IMPOSSIBLE! The bad news is that all of the tires we carried in that size that had a 102 load rating have since been discontinued. The good news is that there's an alternate tire size that you can go with.

By going to a 235/60R16 size tire, you do have one option. It's the Kumho Road Venture APT KL51. This tire has a 104 load range, which is enough to carry the weight. Now, just because it's the only option doesn't mean it's a bad one. The KL51 has been getting good reviews from our customers for quite a while. I often recommend this tire to customers with trucks or bigger SUVs. But the most important thing is it can safely carry the weight of the van. As the saying goes, safety first!


Sunday, November 21, 2010 by frank

My Eurovan Camper has a 16x6 steel wheels. Will the Kumho Road Venture APT KL51 235/60R16 fit this wheel? Thanks
Wednesday, December 8, 2010 by james m. calt

I have a 1999 Eurovan camper by Winnabago and want to know if there are any other tires other then Michelin?
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 by Michael

I have a 2002 Eurovan MV. How does the change in tire size from the recommended 225/60 R16 size to the 235/60 R16 size tire effect vehicle handling? Also, what would the recommended inflation pressure be for this size tire on a 2002 Eurovan MV?
Friday, May 27, 2011 by Tucker

I don't think the size change will have much if any effect on the handling of the vehicle. It's such a small increase in both width and height that it would be difficult to notice. As far as inflation, since it's XL, keep it at 42psi to make sure it carries the weight properly.
Thursday, February 7, 2013 by Jeremy

we are thinking of buying a used 1995 VW Eurovan Camper. Apparently the tire size is 205/65R15 -- smaller than later models. Do you have anything in that size?
Friday, February 8, 2013 by Tucker


We do have a few tires available in that size that meet the load capacity required for that vehicle. Here is a link you can copy and paste to view them:

Sunday, March 3, 2013 by rcpmac

1st. I think that rating applies to the camper version which has a longer wheelbase + the heavy and high poptop.
2nd. it helps (I think) to upgrade to Audi VW 16" wheels.
I run 225/ 60/ R16 on my eurovan GLS and the handling is excellent on load rated 98 goodyear Response Edge (no longer made).
Sunday, January 5, 2014 by Steven

I'm currently running 215X55X16
Michelin. Can I got to 225X50X17 Pirellis?
Thanks, Steven
Tuesday, January 7, 2014 by Grant

Greetings Steve,
May I confirm your YEAR/MAKE/MODEL? I will investigate further. Please email grant@tirerack.com
Thursday, July 24, 2014 by Len

Looking for tires for 2001 Eurovan. Currently running 225/60R16 Michelins.
No longer available.
Thursday, July 24, 2014 by Tucker


Correct, those Michelin tires are no longer available. That's why I recommended the Kumho tire in the above blog post. Scroll back up there, and click on the name of the tire in the post. It will take you to the page that gives you specs and pricing.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015 by Steve

For us costumers that have a year 2000 Vw Eurovan fitted with size 15 inch wheels with 205/65-15. What tires would you recommend?
Thursday, June 25, 2015 by Janey

2002 Eurovan MV We need to replace all 4 tires and are looking for a quiet ride. Please advise
Thursday, June 25, 2015 by Tucker


Here is the link to the tire I talked about above. http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Kumho&tireModel=Road+Venture+APT+KL51&partnum=36HR6KL51OWL&vehicleSearch=false&fromCompare1=yes

Unfortunately, it remains the only option with the proper load capacity.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015 by Sarah Hunter

I was told that the 235/60R16 102 Kumho Road Venture is too big for my 2003 Eurovan. So I put them on, but the 235 is too big (height) and does not allow enough clearance on the wheelwell and my odometer is now wrong. My local Volkswagon dealer told me to go with the 225 and never 235. So is my only option the option is a 225 50R16 104H. What brand would I go with? Help!
Thursday, September 10, 2015 by Tucker


In 225/60R16, there aren't any tires left that meet or exceed the proper load capacity. That's why we recommend the 235/60R16. For most Eurovans, that size works without any rubbing. But if it rubs on yours, unfortunately, I don't have any alternative for you. That vehicle is becoming nearly impossible to find tires for. I'm sorry.

Friday, March 11, 2016 by Alex

For Eurovans with clearance problems, the answer is to adjust the suspension to lift and level the vehicle. This is a good idea in any case, since the suspensions can settle over time and benefit from resetting. This will create room for 16" tires. If you're changing wheels, look for a 16x7 and use 235/60R16. Do a google search and you'll find this solutions.

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