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Old 10-04-2015, 01:33 PM   #1
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Spare Tire

what are you guys doing for a spare tire? yes or no? what do you need to carry to change one if you do carry one? thanks
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Old 10-04-2015, 01:39 PM   #2
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Cargo space is very precious to me.........I inspect, check pressure before long trips( does not change much from year to year) and have a good roadside assistance and a credit card.
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Old 10-04-2015, 02:48 PM   #3
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No, don't carry one. I use a very common tire size, but I have neither the equipment nor the inclination to change a bus tire roadside. I do, however, have a CoachNet membership.


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Old 10-04-2015, 02:55 PM   #4
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We carry an unmounted tire in the bed of the Dakota toad I'm told our size is not a real common commercial truck tire size so I feel better knowing that in a pinch I at least have a spare to have GS roadside service mount and get us going.
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Old 10-04-2015, 04:57 PM   #5
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seems like a range of ideas. i am very do it yourself but i don't know if i could put a 22.5 inch wheel on or even tighten lugs to 450 ft lbs. some kind of membership seems to be a must because who do you call when you don't know the area, but having a spare for someone else to change is still an idea up in the air. thanks a lot
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Old 10-04-2015, 05:06 PM   #6
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I have a odd size unmounted 22.5 tire, that I carry up on shelve in basement. its out of the way and not used much for other storage.
I used the shelve for a little giant ladder that was never used. shelve is above the frame and below the floor.
I have road service but carry all the tools needed to change a tire.

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Old 10-04-2015, 05:06 PM   #7
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CoachNet and a cell phone.
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Many many threads here on the topic, findable via search. Many folks on either side of the topic, with good reasons from both.
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Old 10-04-2015, 05:41 PM   #10
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I did find a good price on a torque multiplier about $39. plus shipping.
and I carry a 1/4" / inch pound torque wrench. does a great job removing and re torque ing the 450 #. Off the top of my head about 10 foot pounds is needed to torque.
You will also be surprised how easy it to mount rubber on the rim.
I carry plastic air soft pellets to balance 12 oz for the front 14 oz for the rear.

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I have probably put over 200,000 miles on RV's over the past years. Tires were not a problem except with a 5th wheel I had. On the class A (or type A if you prefer) tires didn't blow out - I did have rivering on Goodyear tires but got a lot of miles out of them. A tire problem I had when in Alaska last year was I hit a log while backing near a stump and broke a valve stem. I removed that wheel/tire and took it to a shop for repair. I used my torque multiplier and a 20 ton bottle jack to remove those lug nuts. I don't think I could have gotten the lug nuts loose without that torque multiplier. Those 22 inche tires and rims are very heavy - I had help from a much younger guy. No I don't carry a spare.
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Yep. Cary a spare in the covered bed of the toad. Up to now, it's been unmounted, however, since we just upgraded the wheels on the front, we're now carrying it mounted. I carry the tools to fully break down and remount a tire if I have to. Of course we also carry tools to change a wheel. We travel in places where cell service is non-existent or at best spotty. I also have Coach Net where we can contact them and they can respond in reasonable time.
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I currently don't carry a spare but I am purchasing all the necessary items to change it. I bought a torque multiplier wrench on Amazon for 69.00 and am going to purchase a Roadmaster spare tire carrier that mounts on the rear hitch receiver. Next year I'm going to get new tires for the front and use one of them as a spare. Just need to get a rim for it. Heard lots of stories of people waiting for service on the road.


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I currently don't carry a spare but I am purchasing all the necessary items to change it. I bought a torque multiplier wrench on Amazon for 69.00 and am going to purchase a Roadmaster spare tire carrier that mounts on the rear hitch receiver. Next year I'm going to get new tires for the front and use one of them as a spare. Just need to get a rim for it. Heard lots of stories of people waiting for service on the road.


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Just a word of caution with a cheap multiplier. These things are not the most accurate device and as such you can over torque the lug nuts which is not good.
When you make you calculation of input vs output, go on the Low Side. Then, after a hundred miles or so, stop in to a truck tire shop and get them torqued. Retorque should be done in any case but They will use a 600 Lb/ft wrench that is more accurate.
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