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Old 04-12-2016, 02:48 PM   #1
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Spare tire

I just purchased a 2003 Holiday Rambler 34' and it doesn't have a spare tire,Jack or lug wrench.
I aware they are big a heavy.The Jack is no problem.Lug wrench and spare maybe.
Is this a thing of the past?
How many carry a spare?

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Old 04-12-2016, 02:56 PM   #2
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Haven't had nor needed a spare on a motorhome since we traded our 1988 Type B in on a new Type C in 1997. Have never had a flat nor blowout on a motorhome.

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Old 04-12-2016, 03:00 PM   #3
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Our class A has the spare under the tail, no jack. I do carry a bottle jack and sockets for the lug nuts. Some motorhomes have spares and some do not.
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Old 04-12-2016, 03:04 PM   #4
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There is a lot of previous discussion on this topic, just use SEARCH and "Spare tire".

For your current question, I do carry an unmounted spare, jack, and lug wrench. And, in 37 years of owning four Motorhomes, have had several flats/blowouts but nothing for quite a few years. While the road services will change to a mounted spare at no cost, mine is a halfway compromise since there will be a cost when/if needed to mount this on the rim of a ruined tire. However, I won't have to wait for availability of a suitable replacement, or accept a tire that doesn't match what I have on the other positions.

Stay tuned to hear from those with different opinions (which is certainly OK)

Originally Posted by 41pu View Post
I just purchased a 2003 Holiday Rambler 34' and it doesn't have a spare tire,Jack or lug wrench.
I aware they are big a heavy.The Jack is no problem.Lug wrench and spare maybe.
Is this a thing of the past?
How many carry a spare?
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Old 04-12-2016, 03:10 PM   #5
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My wife and I recently purchased a motorhome. We put 7 new tires on it (including the spare). I like the option of being able to replace a flat without having to rely/wait on anyone. It's not a fun job, but very do-able (at least for us.) I carry a jack, lug wrench and cheater bar needed for proper torque of lug nuts...my coach calls for 450-500 lbs/feet lug nut torque.
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We took a trip to Alaska. After weighing the PRO's and CON's I decided to carry a mounted spare. Still carry it along with the tools to change. Never had a flat so the question is if I didn't carry the spare would I have had a flat?
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Last coach I had with a spare was a 1996. It was also the last one that needed a spare (it had 16" tires). Subsequent rigs with heavy duty 22.5" tires aren't prone to tire issues, at least not enough to justify the cost & weight of a spare tire & wheel (a $1000 item).
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Old 04-13-2016, 04:31 AM   #8
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Originally Posted by 41pu View Post
I just purchased a 2003 Holiday Rambler 34' and it doesn't have a spare tire,Jack or lug wrench.
I aware they are big a heavy.The Jack is no problem.Lug wrench and spare maybe.
Is this a thing of the past?
How many carry a spare?
Had three 22.5 major tire failures in three years, of which Michelin covered tire, but not labor. All the crappy Michelin RV tires (another topic). I carry a spare unmounted tire in basement tray. Forget the tools, you can't break or torque lugs anyway. Roadside service will have the compressor and 1 inch impact wrench. Having spare tire on hand is deference in waiting a day or more to get going and being gouged hundreds of dollars for correct type and load range tire.
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Old 04-13-2016, 06:10 AM   #9
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The newer chassis with 22.2 rims torque at 450lbs or more. Without special equipment you can't change them anyway.
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I am part of the belt and suspenders crowd.

I have Coach-Net, credit cards, cell phone and toad. I also carry a mounted spare tire under the motorhome, along with the tools and “know how” to change the tire.

The spare tire mount was put in by the factory. I carry a bottle jack, torque multiplier, long handle breaker bar and a shovel.

A shovel? The shovel provides the lever I needed to lift the tire onto the wheel studs. I lay the wheel up against the axle, stick the shovel blade under the tire and then press down on the shovel handle to easily lift the wheel that final bit onto the studs.

The hardest part is getting the old tire back up under the motorhome.

BTW, my 19.5" lug nuts have as much torque on them as the 22.5" wheels have. I have broken them free with my torque multiplier and a Milwaukee 2763-20 battery powered 1/2" drive impact wrench (1100 FT-LBS reverse torque). (I like this tool. So, I plug it whenever I can.)
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My Southwind has a mounted spare under the backend. Pain to get it out, but I think it is the original spare and has probably never been out. I'm not the original owner.
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Have a spare under mount in rear. I have 16 inch tires and carry everything needed to change but also have ERS so I can call and have someone else do the work for me.
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If you are physically fairly fit it is not that hard to break loose those studs. The right size socket and breaker bar with an extension of pipe over it will break them loose quite easily. Like said above they are heavy but using a lever they can be manipulated quite easily.
I carry all the necessary tools and a spare and will use it if I am somewhere remote. Otherwise I will call a service truck.
My point is it can be done alot easier than some on here that have never done it will tell you.
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Just bought a MH, FR3 32DS, last week, getting ready to take a quick trip to WI from the panhandle of FL. I've searched spare tires and ready many posts. I got a free year of coach-net with the new MH. I'm at work right now so I can't go look at my rig. I haven't really noticed but will one mounted spare work for any of the tires?

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