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Old 05-11-2012, 09:28 PM   #1
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Newbie has a basic question

We're looking to buy a new A class gas motorhome. We've be lookng at Thor Hurricanes and Daybreaks. All the units don't have spare tires. I don't think I want to be changing tires if there is a flat but if you have service on the road I think having a spare available is the way to go.

Is it standard practice to not have a spare supplied with a new unit?

What is the best way to go? Is Good neighbor Sam the way to go for on road service?

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Old 05-11-2012, 09:51 PM   #2
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If your tire size is 19.5, you might be able to put an unmounted tire in a compartment...maybe mounted. For the 22.5s, not much hope for us gassers. I have an unmounted tire I saved from a front tire change and haven't been able to find a spot to store it. Been thinking of a piggy-back mount on the Jeep's spare tire. Besides with the torque valves that the lugs require, I won't be changing one. From everything I've read, Coach Net is well respected - and that's what we have. Bob
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If you have room, I'd feel much better with at least an unmounted spare tire. If you are out in the middle of no where and ruin a tire, you may have problems locating a spare to be put on a rim.

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I was able to fit a 22.5 tire in the pass thru rear compartment in my 2008 Southwind 34G, but after carrying it for about 3 years I decided to not carry it anymore because the tire was about 8 years old and I had other things to store in the space.
I'm just hoping that Coach Net can find a service which has tires if I ever need it.
We have had Coach Net for about 10 years and have had great service from on the two occasions we've called.
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I also don't have a spare so I carry an insurance policy that will tow me to a place to have it changed. I understand that the cost of the tire is my responsibility but much of the other cost is covered.
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Old 05-11-2012, 10:38 PM   #6
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Coach net is my spare tire.
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How do they compare to Good Sam?

If you've got a trailer hitch, it's fairly trivial to set something up on the tow hitch via receiver to carry a spare...
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We are Good Sam Members however for the road service we use Coach net have been with them for many years have used them 3 times service was great. in 2001 we bought our first DP and at the time a free 1 year Coach-net subscription was included with the deal and we have been with them ever since. DW looked in to the details of Good Sam road service and she is the one who decided to stay with Coach-net. I have heard nothing negative about the Good Sam plan.
You definately could have a spare tire carrier made for your trailer hitch at your local welding shop though.
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Thanks for the input. Another newbie question. Coach net sounds good but I am not familiar with it. Where can I get info?
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Thanks for the input. Another newbie question. Coach net sounds good but I am not familiar with it. Where can I get info?
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Here: NMC | Roadside Assistance - RV Plans

Whether or not to carry a spare is dependent on your intended travel routes. Going thru Canada and some areas of the west, I wouldn't be without one.

Some people have mounted their unmounted 22.5" tires, with vinyl cover, on the roof. Block and tackle setup, and plastic sheets, to protect the RV during lifting/lowering.
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Whether or not to carry a spare is dependent on your intended travel routes. Going thru Canada and some areas of the west, I wouldn't be without one.

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Ditto on Coachnet and if you search the forum on this topic I'll bet you find that members here prefer them 10:1.

I don't carry a spare because I just don't want to 1) give up the storage space and/or 2) have an unsightly spare tire mounted on my coach or toad.

If I traveled in remote areas a lot I might change my views but for our type of travel Coachnet is our spare.

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We are Good Sam Members however for the road service we use Coach net have been with them for many years have used them 3 times service was great. in 2001 we bought our first DP and at the time a free 1 year Coach-net subscription was included with the deal and we have been with them ever since. DW looked in to the details of Good Sam road service and she is the one who decided to stay with Coach-net. I have heard nothing negative about the Good Sam plan.
You definately could have a spare tire carrier made for your trailer hitch at your local welding shop though.
So if you're with Good Sam, why sign up with coach.net?
Also, my insurance carrier (progressive) has roadside assistance/towing...
We're going to do 2400+ miles in July in a 12 year old coach... Educate me.
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Well, although we are Good Sam Members we have only the basic membership which does not include road side assistance that is a seperate deal.
Although my RV insurance does include road side assistance it is very limited when compared to Coach-Net.
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I dont have a spare but wish I did, just for my own peace of mind. I dont intend to ever change one, that is what roadside assistance is for. I am getting ready to change out tires and plan on keeping the front tires and figuring out some way to carry one unmounted, either in a bay, my tow vehicle or maybe underneath the bed. Lots of folks travel without a spare, me included. Having an unmounted tire could be a big plus if you have flat. You would then have a tire that matched your other tires and the roadside assist folks could change it out. If you do get a spare remember it ages just like the ones on the ground.
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