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Old 11-09-2013, 02:18 PM   #29
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For those who think it's too difficult to remove a tire, they need to speak for themselves. I carry a complete set of tire tools, bead breaker, irons, jack, lug wrench and a 600 ft-lb torque wrench. If I have a choice, I'll let Coach Net do the heavy work, but if I cannot get them, or can't get get them in reasonable time I am perfectly able to remove a flat, break it down, mount a new one and put it back on the rig. Sure beats sitting on a road someplace whining about bad luck or depending on other's charity, or good will, or imposing on someone else to do what I should have done. I hope for the best, but plan for the worst. And yes, I also remove the wheels and drums when checking brakes during maintenance cycles. At least I know it's done and done right. I'm 72.
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Old 11-09-2013, 02:32 PM   #30
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We do not carry one. If you have a problem I'm sure your road service provider would ask what the problem is and if you inform them of the situation the service provider would bring one out with them. We were at a truck stop once and that is exactly what happened with a couple parked next to us. They provided the mfr of the tire and size and the tow truck driver brought one out and mounted it rights at the sight.
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Old 11-09-2013, 02:37 PM   #31
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I am 73 years old and still install my own tires. I can't stand the way truck tire people use the air wrench to over torque wheels. At our dealership we kept a drive shaft off a 39 chevy. We slipped this over a 3/4 in. breaker bar to remove wheels that had been installed by truck tire dealers. I have had 5 blowouts on motorhomes since 1974 when I bought my first motorhome. I can change the tire and be own my way in about thirty minutes or less.
I will always change my own tires. (until I hit 100 years old) lol
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Old 11-09-2013, 02:50 PM   #32
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I am 73 years old and still install my own tires. I can't stand the way truck tire people use the air wrench to over torque wheels. At our dealership we kept a drive shaft off a 39 chevy. We slipped this over a 3/4 in. breaker bar to remove wheels that had been installed by truck tire dealers. I have had 5 blowouts on motorhomes since 1974 when I bought my first motorhome. I can change the tire and be own my way in about thirty minutes or less.
I will always change my own tires. (until I hit 100 years old) lol
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Funny my first thought was "what if we have flat". I have spare for the car dolly. I don't know how heavy they are? What about storing on the roof? We have 2004 Fleetwood excursion
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Old 11-09-2013, 03:00 PM   #33
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As all who read this and other solar threads will see there are differing schools of thought on the need to carry a spare. On top mix in that some have more difficulty with the actual physical storage space for the tire. Plus the financial aspects both in up front costs if you do carry vs. possible costs incurred should you not carry.

Boils down to carry a spare or not to carry a spare is a personal decision. A decision best made after good discussions and input such as this thread.
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Old 11-09-2013, 05:47 PM   #34
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I am 73 years old and still install my own tires. I can't stand the way truck tire people use the air wrench to over torque wheels. At our dealership we kept a drive shaft off a 39 chevy. We slipped this over a 3/4 in. breaker bar to remove wheels that had been installed by truck tire dealers. I have had 5 blowouts on motorhomes since 1974 when I bought my first motorhome. I can change the tire and be own my way in about thirty minutes or less. I will always change my own tires. (until I hit 100 years old) lol
Me thinks you may think twice on this if you were in AZ and it was 120 deg in the shade..... LOL
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Old 11-09-2013, 06:09 PM   #35
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We had a blowout on our last motorhome. We did not have a spare. Good Sam had us back on the road with a newly mounted tire in about an hour.

Do you have the ability to torque your 22.5" rim lugs to 600#? How about removing such a monster? Even if you just carry an unmounted tire it will become junk in 7 or less years.

We messed up when the tire blew. We did not know that the insurance co wanted it. If you have a blowout and do insurance claim damage to your rig keep the old tire.

To carry a spare is more appropriate in the smaller sizes than on the big rigs. The exception may be a trip to AK because they are so expensive if you need one.

As fulltimers we need all the room we have for living day to day.

The final choice is yours.

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Old 11-09-2013, 06:29 PM   #36
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I don't carry one and mine are 22.5's. I will probably pay a premium if I need one, but I have no room for one, nor do I want to add another tire to the replacement list. I would think since most big rigs don't carry spares anymore flats do happen, but not very often and I will take the chance. This is why I have road service.
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Old 11-09-2013, 06:34 PM   #37
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I carry a mounted 19.5 under a bed. I did a 4 corner weigh to figure out where to put it.

For the guy earlier on 19.5 torque: I think Ford upped to recommended to 180.
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I did carry a 22.5 in my toad. It was getting to be hard to handle for me. So I didn't take it last year. I see older men still able to handle them. God Bless em.
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Old 11-09-2013, 07:07 PM   #39
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Before a trip to Alaska this past spring I decided to carry a matched tire in the basement for a spare. It would be a lot easier for road service to change this tire if I had to have it changed then trying to buy one.
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Old 11-10-2013, 02:47 PM   #40
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After getting a front flat up above Sacramento then having to pay top dollar for a Chinese reject in a different size on a Holiday I have always carried spare rubber. Soon as I find a rim it will be mounted. @005 Discovery has a rack to carry it in a box. Let road service change it but at least you are off the side of the road quicker
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Our 1987 Rockwood came with a mounted 22" spare tire. It is under the back end of the rig in a carrier that lowers it slowly to the ground. So yes we have a spare.
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Old 11-10-2013, 03:09 PM   #42
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Good question. We took delivery of our 2014 Vista 30T on July 29th. As we were finishing the PDI the tech rounded the corner and opened a side compartment just above the genny and said, "If you had a spare this is where it would be stored." That was the first time not having a spare was mentioned.
Weeks later I mentioned to the dealer that it would have been nice to know that one was not included and that maybe it should be offered as an option.

I also e-mailed WBGO and was told this. "It is not included because of the added weight."

Our tires are 19.5" here is what I will do if we have a flat. Since we have 6 tires it's simple. If we have a rear flat take it off and travel to the next exit and call road service or find a store to replace the tire. It won't hurt to travel some on three tires at a slower speed. If we loose a front tire take off a rear put it on the front and continue. I have a torque wrench that will torque to 150 Ft. Lbs. The 22.5" tires require 450 Ft. Lbs of torque. Very, very few individuals will have a wrench or a torque wrench to R&R those lug nuts. If you have a flat call AAA. Most owners of the coaches with the 22.5" tires have much of a choice.

I did price a used tire and rim from an RV salvage yard in MO and it would cost me $250 for a spare.

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By doing so it will double the weight carried by the one remaining tire. That is far overloaded and will destroy that tire so plan on buying two if you do this.
And I carry a torque multiplier to get the 500 ft lbs required by our lugs. The levelers will easily lift the rig. But I never plan on changing one of the tires anyway.
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