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Old 10-15-2010, 10:33 AM   #15
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No spare. Have had one tire failure in 11 years and that was a bad valve, not a bad tire.
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Old 10-15-2010, 10:59 AM   #16
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Back in 2005, shortly after we bought this MH, I bought a spare Michelin tire to match what I am running on. There is a great open space between the frame rails just in front of the trailer hitch, just large enough for an unmounted tire. Using 6" plastic package wrapping material on a spool I double wrapped the tire and hung it from the frame with three nylon cargo straps.

That "insurance" was there, out of sight, out of mind for many miles until last Friday. Tooling along southbound on I-95 just below Richmond Hill, GA I had a side wall blowout on the RR inside tire. CoachNet sent Dorsey's Tire Service from Pooler, GA and we were back on our way.

I wouldn't travel without a spare.

BTW - the tire that blew was new in Feb. '10 and had 8,200 miles. Olin Mott, the Michelin dealer in Tampa, checked out the tire and could find no obvious fault - other than the hole. Michelin agreed to replace it at no charge to me.

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Old 10-15-2010, 07:05 PM   #17
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I also carry an unmounted spare, a bottle jack, and a heavy duty socket ratchet set. If I got a flat it's likely finding a matching RV tire is not going to happen without a long wait. This way the service can come out once and put me back on the road. Additionally if I had to purchase a new tire on the road I'm going to get the raw deal.
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Old 10-15-2010, 07:33 PM   #18
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I understand on the rear the inside rim is steel and the outside aluminum. So which do you carry.
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Old 10-15-2010, 07:38 PM   #19
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I don't carry a spare because I have no place to put it. Coach doesn't have a full pass-thru basement. If I knew anyone able to mount one under the coach I would hire them. Dealerships don't want that kind of job and I can't do it. I guess that I have to plan on being stuck somewhere for several days if I get a flat. I do have emergency roadside service. Joe
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Old 10-15-2010, 08:14 PM   #20
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Nope, no spare. I've been RVing since 1972 including over 100,000 miles of fulltiming and I have never had a flat.
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Old 10-25-2010, 12:52 PM   #21
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Ever try to get cell phone coverage in Nevada? I have Good Sam, but it won't do me any good if I can't call them, so YES, I carry a mounted spare, a 20 ton jack, electric and air impact drivers, compressor and a torque wrench.
Mine came with a spare so like you Rick I loaded up everything I need to change it. I'm a tool nut so I carry more tools than I'll ever need. I like to boondock so I don't ever want to get caught without the right tool to fix what I break.
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Old 10-25-2010, 02:25 PM   #22
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I haven't needed one since I replaced those zipper prone XRV Michelin's with Goodyear. In over 30 plus years of RVing the only 2 flats I ever had was with those XRV tires.

I did carry one until 2 years ago, after it got to be 8 years old and never used.

Now I go naked with ERS plan. If they can't find me a tire right away. I can explore the area in my toad.
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Old 10-26-2010, 08:13 AM   #23
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I'm an expert on RR inner dual blowouts-(Michelins).

Have your coach weighed, front- rear, total and each corner. Go to the Michelin charts and select an air pressure.

My mfg put the Bed room slide out, house batteries, spare mounted tire, generator, and gray water tank in that area. I now run 110 psi rear, 95 psi front -to slightly exceed the Michelin requirements.
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For you folks that have compressor capabilities on board your rig, here is a "must have" item for your tool box. You can just push it on the valve stem squarely, angle it very slightly, and walk away while the tire fills. I couldn't find this item at NAPA, CarQuest, etc when I was looking a while back.

Just set your compressor output pressure to your wheels desired pressure before you hook the chuck onto the valve stem. I have to add Approx. 10 psi above the desired pressure to allow for hose line loss and TST sensor installation pressure loss.



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Can’t count how many truck tires / wheels I’ve changed when I was younger so not overly worried about that. As long as you’re on level ground and jacked just off the road surface they walk off and on not too bad. Course that assumes the flat happens on level ground! Have a torque multiplier so getting nuts off and on not a problem. Carrying a spare tire un-mounted might be a good compromise. Murphy’s law suggests if I have one…I’ll never get a flat but if not…
This is such great info! I'm about to finish the purchase on a 36' Georgetown and it has no spare. So from what I've read, best thing to do is buy one, have it ready JUST IN CAS. And being I've never owned an RV before, if you have the tire - it'll be easier to have someone change it for you and a lot less cost... Do I have it summed up properly? I'm still nervous about signing the final purchase document...
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Old 10-27-2010, 02:37 PM   #26
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RogueLeader, if it is a concern to you & it will give you one less thing to worry about then I would go for it. I personnally do not carry a spare. But when I replace my tires in the next year I will pick out the best one of the 6 & mount it under the rear section of my coach. There is a hanger mounted there for this purpose, aft of the rear axle.
On my dads Journey, we fabricated a mount just forward of his rear axle to carry the spare tire, no wheel. My wife made a case for it out of a heavy canvas. To the best of my knowledge it has been there now for 4 years unused, but ready to be mounted if needed. This all came about when they were stranded in the middle of W VA for 3 days at a truck stop looking for a tire on a holiday weekend. They finally found one & drove thier toad back to Pittsburgh (about 3 hour round trip drive) to retrieve it.
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No spare, Have New Michelins and new tires on Toad. 10,000 mile to Alaska , 2000 miles on Toad. No problems, had good luck, no stone chips. Saw no MH along the way with tire problems, more hitch& tow bars , & spring issues due to speed over the frost heaves.

22.5 tires would take a day to get per campground owners. Had air compresser and checked tires daily.
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Have your coach weighed, front- rear, total and each corner. Go to the Michelin charts and select an air pressure.
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I know what my wheel weights are at all corners. I am running 90 in the front and 100 in the rear - slightly more than the Michelin recommended pressures. My Crossfires give me a visual "OK" indication all the times. I believe this blowout was just one of those things that happen without explanation - tire failure. Michelin gave me no hassle whatsoever.
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