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Old 02-09-2017, 07:39 AM   #57
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Found only two truck tire dealers that can get me same tire & model.
First guy who was contacted first can get me same as above, is 50 miles away @ $650 cost.
Second guy, same tire, is 12 miles away, can have the tire in one week @ $550
Ordered from guy number two!
He will shrink wrap for me even though I will store in basement.
I call it insurance.
If, when, I get a flat, I want the tire swapped out in "Indy 500" tire changeout timeframe to minimize "sitting duck" can't move situation.
Call me paranoid!
Make SURE you see the date code on the tire before he shrink wraps it. Just sayin!
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Old 02-20-2017, 08:46 PM   #58
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My daughter and SIL had a blowout, at night, on 95 in Ga.. Same issue, can't find a spare nor one to match. $800 CASH ONLY, later, got them a tire and on their way the following night. While having to Boondock off of 95 but in no man's land.
I have just spent all day trying to buy a spare and see how difficult it is.
Found only one Michelin TRUCK dealer able to order me one. Next week!
After reading spacenorman's writeup about how the service guy changed the tire on the rim and my Son in Law having the same experience, I will just carry the tire unmounted.
My reasoning is the rim is 80 lbs alone and tire must be over 100 lbs.
My 2016 Newmar basement door width measures 43" wide, which can accommodate the 39" diameter of the tire.
Tire only, will allow easier lift out for me or service guy. NO BRAINER FOR ME!
Thank you all for these posts. Especially you spacenorman!

Hope this late news reply is not too late for others to consider a tire only spare.
We recently purchased a 2016 Newmar Ventana 4037.

After reading, in this forum, previously posted experiences by others who have suffered a flat and not having a spare, their delay trying to obtain a replacement while broken down somewhere. I decided to purchase a single, un-mounted tire which matches my current Michalines, 275x70x22.5.

Aside of being very difficult just finding a Michelin dealer supplying truck tires this size, it's dam near impossible if you add a request the tire be manufactured within the last 12 months!

When I submitted this request to the tire supplier he stated he had access to 120 Michelins in his Virgina warehouse and it would be available within a week to 10 days, here in Jersey.

Went to pick up the tire but before I paid for it, I requested he show me the date of manufacture.

It showed 3215!!

Uhhuuh! 32nd week of 2015. That equates to Aug of 2015 and this being February 2017! I did the math (in my head) and declined the purchase.

The fellow understood, after I explained the fact that RV tires have a life expectancy of 7yrs, give or take. Etc.

So he gave me the number of his warehouse in Va. to call.

I called Va. spoke with the manager. He understood and said he would have his warehouse person look through his inventory of 120 tires for the youngest manufactured date.

Now I worked in a warehouse when I first started working.

When this guy gets the request of him to manhandle through stacks of 110 lb. tires to look for a specific date, what's the odds of me getting back a call of,
Hey mister, we found the big sale of ONE TIRE FOR YOU!!

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The decision to carry a spare or not really depends on what tires you use.

One of the best recommendations I've heard is to call 2/3 places in a few different parts of the country and see if your tires are easily obtainable.

If so then a spare probably isnt necessary, but if you have odd tires that cant be found in a few phone calls, then its definitely worth considering carrying a spare.
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The decision to carry a spare or not really depends on what tires you use.

One of the best recommendations I've heard is to call 2/3 places in a few different parts of the country and see if your tires are easily obtainable.

If so then a spare probably isnt necessary, but if you have odd tires that cant be found in a few phone calls, then its definitely worth considering carrying a spare.
Well, if that is what you want to do. I had a very common tire, just not common in northern Michigan. Perhaps your advice should include the caveat to call where you plan to camp or travel instead of just random places. If I didn't have a spare, it was a 3 day wait.
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