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Old 11-09-2013, 08:24 AM   #15
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I don't have a spare, but I do have two ERS options available to me. One through my insurance company the other through Coach-Net.

One thing that you should carry a spare of is a serpentine belt. It is actually more likely you will experience a broken serpentine belt than a flat tire....

There are many other failures that will require a ERS call over a flat tire.

IMHO, preventative tire care (correct inflation, having a TPMS, routine rotation, and replacing them before they are at risk of failure, and speed control) are far more important than having a spare.

A flat or blow out can happen to anyone. But IMHO, it will never happen to the majority of those that simply take care of doing all preventative care procedures.

Regardless, enjoying the travel with as little worry as possible is what keeps this fun.

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Old 11-09-2013, 08:33 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by bsinmich View Post
My wife can not lift or change the tires on our MH so we have a 22.5" unmounted in one compartment and that could be changed if necessary. That is why w have road service.
Are we to assume that your DW is the mechanic in the family? .

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Old 11-09-2013, 08:38 AM   #17
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When I was a youngster and driving a semi, I changed my own tires on the road. They were pretty heavy then. The 22.5 tires on our MH are way to heavy for me nowadays.

If I have a blowout I call for a Mobil tire truck to rescue me. Only had to do it once in almost twenty years, but it was quite a treat to eat lunch while the young guy in the ditch struggled with the tire.

That said, I do not carry a spare for the MH. No place to store it and too heavy for me. I do carry spares for the toad and tow dolly.
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Old 11-09-2013, 08:38 AM   #18
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I carry a spare cell phone. That gets me all the tire service I have ever needed.
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Old 11-09-2013, 08:44 AM   #19
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I don't carry a spare for a lot of the reasons mentioned. No room cause it takes up valuable space, too heavy, to big of an investment to age from non use. Never had an issue, so I think I can use my roadside assistance and buy a tire when I need to.
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Old 11-09-2013, 08:45 AM   #20
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I carry a mounted spare because my older HR Endeavor had one between the frame rails. Actually, having the spare wheel is more important to me than the tire. Never had to use either but whenever I buy new tires I have the best of the old tires remounted on the spare.
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Old 11-09-2013, 10:20 AM   #21
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I decided to carry a spare after going back and forth on the issue.....Bought a used wheel off Ebay and carry it mounted with a used tire in the rear of the Wrangler I tow.........They are 19.5 so I can still manhandle it into and out of the Jeep.....If I had to , I could change it....But I have road service for that.......

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Old 11-09-2013, 10:21 AM   #22
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We carry an unmounted spare in the rear of the toad (pickup with a cap). We go places where phones and and road service can be a LONG way apart. A flat in Alaska took us 3 days to be changed and repaired. Yes, Coach Net paid for the service call, over $700, but the tire guy had to go about 240 miles to find a tire and get it to me, and another 210 to get home. I was lucky in that there was a tire available, and it didn't have to be flown in. For those depending on a cell phone, there's places up north where there's no service for 100 miles or more.
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Old 11-09-2013, 10:39 AM   #23
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I carry a spare rubber tire, no wheel, only because I can. I tow my garage behind me most of the time and there is just enough room along the side wall at the rear where it is lashed.

I also use Coach-Net for my roadside service. They do the hard work for me.

Luckily, I have never needed the coach tire but it's there if necessary. I have used the trailer spare twice.

The coach tire spare is an out-dated one but it will get me to a place where I can have a new one installed.

I travel through places that would not normally carry my tire size and I don't want to be stranded on the side of a highway any longer than necessary.

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Old 11-09-2013, 10:48 AM   #24
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Well my two cents worth.
I do not carry a spare. No where to put it on the RV (i.e. no compartment large enough to hold a spare, no bumper to mount it an no room under the RV on the frame) an the RV did not come with one to begin with.
So that said these are large heavy tires, with high torque nuts requiring special tools (that I do not carry). Also think inside rear dual...would YOU really want to pull this tire? Most "spares" just sit an age...before their used. So IF I were to need some tire service, on the road, I would rather call a mobile tire service truck. They will have ALL the "stuff" to handle a tire switch out. After all you have a house on wheels...a little wait in the RV for the truck to come should be no big deal.
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Old 11-09-2013, 11:27 AM   #25
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Some folks think that carting a spare equals also being able to change it oneself. And thus since they cannot physically change it or have the tools to do so they do not carry a spare. Not so. ERS does the changing...
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Old 11-09-2013, 11:54 AM   #26
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We do not carry a spare for our MH due to being 22.5 and too heavy to manage. In 2009 we took a trip to Alaska in our previous MH which used 19.5 tires. I did carry a spare 19.5 tire in the back of our toad. We put almost 35,000 miles on the motorhome and never once used the spare. When we sold the MH I gave the spare to the new owner.

As for no phone service in many areas, even with a spare tire or tire and wheel what difference would it make... I won't be able to break loose the 450lbs nuts nor manage getting the tire changed due to the weight so they wouldn't do any good.

For those situations of no phone service, both my wife and I are ham radiio operators and thus I have radio contact from anywhere in the world with someone to make a phone call for me :-)
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Old 11-09-2013, 11:56 AM   #27
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If properly taken care of , the chance of a blowout is rare why would I carry a tire that cost $5-$600 or more that will age out in seven years and be never used ? Even if I do pay a little more for the tire when they bring it Roadside, it's worth it do not have to take up the storage and weight. Commercial roadside service is different then general towing . As a commercial truck driver for the last 25 years I have never had to wait more than a couple hours for roadside service 24 /7 ( but then I've only needed service a view times .. That should tell you something )
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Old 11-09-2013, 12:13 PM   #28
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When I purchased my last trailer, a Wilderness 26H, I also purchased a spare. I kept it under the sofa in the slide, it didn't cause an issue with "usable space", and I traveled at that time with 5 of my 6 daughters, so that's saying something for space! I never used it, but felt better that I had it.
With this camper, Jayco 316rkds, we bought it off the lot, it came with a spare. it's mounted underneath the unit.

I have Good Sam & AAA. I don't tow right now, our camper stays at the camground in storage. But, If I were still towing, I'd buy the spare. as others have said, it's tough enough to get a flat while out on vacay, it's got to be handled just that much better if you already have a spare.

just my $0.02

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