"The tires performed well above my expectations," Mr. Hancock, a former mobile police officer, said. "We did a huge stint of the journey on snow-covered roads, but we had no issues at all. We didn't even need to put the snow chains on. I couldn't fault the tires; they did a brilliant job."
The tires feature 4D Nano Design Technology, which provide traction in all weather conditions. Both feature the M+S stamp and are 3-Peak Mountain Snowflake approved.
The regional RI 151 tire's compound and premium casing have wide solid shoulder ribs that provide rigidity for enhanced road stability, excellent handling and even wear, Falken said. The pattern includes "stone ejectors" that prevent stones from lodging in the tires. The regional Falken BI 851 drive axle tire also has a large contact area and deep profile in the tread pattern with a high number of lateral grooves to deliver excellent traction, the company said.
The converted Iveco truck was purchased from an auction site in Blackpool, England, having been previously used as a mobile police office. Mr. Hancock spent two years converting the motorhome, which now features a solar panel system for 24-hour electricity that runs a fridge and all the lighting. It also has a full-size cooker, wood-burning stove and a bathroom equipped with a shower and toilet. It even boasts a "garage" where Mr. Hancock stores a motorbike.
"It probably took a year to make it livable, but closer to two years to make it really comfortable, working on it during the weekends between my work," Mr. Hancock said. "I've lived in vehicles for 17 years, but this one is now a step above the rest. It was the trip of a lifetime to take it to the Arctic Circle, and its Falken tires helped make that journey a fun, easy and safe one."