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Old 11-02-2011, 02:56 PM   #15
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My thought is it depends on your personal needs. If you travel in remote areas then obviously keep the spare. If you travel in or near populated areas you probably don't need one. Like others I have traveled many miles and not needed one but when we drove to Alaska we carried a spare and didn't need to use it. It was comforting to have it on that trip. We most often do not have a time commitment for our travels so if we were held up a few days while waiting for a tire delivery it wouldn't hurt us to much (except for the high price of having a tire delivered). I hope you never need one but ???

Edit added: It is very unnerving to be broke down along a busy freeway without the "parts" you need to repair your vehicle. You may have to be towed to a safe place and that's another problem.
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Old 11-02-2011, 03:18 PM   #16
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When You go where We go it is wise to carry a Spare. It really is a question of availability or lack of same for Us. As others have stated We keep the other seldom/never used items inside. Winter Tire Chains,Shovel and such fit easily inside an unmounted Tire.
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Old 11-02-2011, 03:21 PM   #17
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I have a fully mounted spare tire in the forward most storage bay. I've alway had a spare tire. An un mounted spare tire does not take up much room. One can use the interior of the tire to store seldom used items.
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Old 11-02-2011, 03:23 PM   #18
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If you wouldn't mind setting along side a four lane thru way for eight hours or more waiting for someone to bring you a tire; By all means, don't carry a spare.
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Old 11-02-2011, 06:31 PM   #19
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Spare Tire

I have a used unmounted spare tire that I carry in the back of my toad (Jeep GC). I am hoping my road service won't have a problem mounting it to the flat tire's rim.
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Old 11-02-2011, 06:44 PM   #20
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As we prepare to go fulltime we are considering what to keep and what to get rid of. One of the items under scrutiny is the unmounted spare tire in the MH storage bay. It appears to be one of the original Goodyear tires that was replaced with Michelins about 3 years ago. It is in good share and could be used in an emergency. The Michelins on the unit should be good for another 3-4 years and we have a tire warranty plan which is good for the next 4 years.

With storage space at a premium I'm wondering how many have real life experience where an unmounted spare was a good idea? Also wondering how many have carried an unmounted spare but never needed it?
To carry an "unmounted" spare tire in a MH boogles my mind. How in the world are you going to mount and then inflate it. To carry a "mounted" spare tire also presents too many problems for me. 40' are larger MHs have hugh tires. Typically 295 R 22.5 or 11/12 R 22.5. This things consume a storage bay and weigh much more than I care to handle. I probably couldn't even put it in the bay or get it out. I opt for a good roadside service plan.

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Old 11-02-2011, 06:47 PM   #21
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I currently do not have one, but when I replace tires I plan on keeping the best of the removals. I had to replace a tire last year due to sidewall separation. I had to wait a week for the Michelin dealer to get it as the 305/70/22.5 is not a usual inventory size. I was not on the road but at home and was surprised by the wait. Don't know how long it would take if I were out in some of the more desolate areas that we visit. I'm sure if I have the tire my road service will mount on the rim.
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"You" don't mount and inflate it, the guy in the road service truck does. He has the tools, muscle, and know-how to do it in just a few minutes.

What he often doesn't have is the correct matching tire.
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Old 11-02-2011, 07:09 PM   #23
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Don't leave home without it and the 3" device to get it mounted. You don't have to be in the boon docks to not find a tire.

We left Wilmington headed to Asheville on I 40 one Sunday. Blew the inside dually about 5:30pm in the summer between Raleigh and Greensboro. Didn't have a spare, called Coachnet, it took them over 5 hours to find a place open that had a tire and would travel to install it. LESSON LEARNED

Next time we were traveling and another tire gave way (different coach). This time I had a spare and we were on our way in less than an hour. AGAIN LESSON LEARNED

My question to you, Do you learn from peoples mistakes or do you have to experience it for your self?
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Don't leave home without it and the 3" device to get it mounted. You don't have to be in the boon docks to not find a tire.

We left Wilmington headed to Asheville on I 40 one Sunday. Blew the inside dually about 5:30pm in the summer between Raleigh and Greensboro. Didn't have a spare, called Coachnet, it took them over 5 hours to find a place open that had a tire and would travel to install it. LESSON LEARNED

Next time we were traveling and another tire gave way (different coach). This time I had a spare and we were on our way in less than an hour. AGAIN LESSON LEARNED

My question to you, Do you learn from peoples mistakes or do you have to experience it for your self?
How did you get the lug nuts loose?

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Hi Pairajays,
I have removed my coach tires. If one is willing to carry the tools necessary, even somebody like me (165 pounds) can do it. I carry:
1. compressor that delivers 150 PSI at the hose
2. a 3/4" impact wrench that will break your wrist if your not ready for it
3. torque wrench
4. cheater bar
5. leverage bar
6. a couple of 3/4" extensions

Doing routine maintenance is when the opportunity comes for me to remove coach tires. When on the road, ERS is the first choice.
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How did you get the lug nuts loose?

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That 3" device. best tool box in the world. It can fix any problem and get you help if you need it.
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That 3" device. best tool box in the world. It can fix any problem and get you help if you need it.
3" device? Oh, you mean a cell phone.

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My whole experience is elsewhere in the class A area but There are two reasons I always carry a spare. 1) I don't feal very safe setting on the side of the interstate, Those people out there drive just like me. Having a spare shortens the time I have to endanger my life on the side of the road. 2) Recently I had tire problems (of my own making ) and blew an outside dual and 50 miles later my spare. ( Its a long story) I called several of the tire criminals and got prices in excess of $800.00 to put a new tire on. I was able to limp off the freeway and get to a campground and called around the next day to find a better deal. Total cost $625.00 installed. Total time 23 hours. I called my tire guy and had get 6 tires for the MH which were installed when I got home. Total cost per tire installed $443.00ea It pays to shop around but you can't when you and your wife are setting on the side of the road. My spare didn't do me any good this time because I let it get too old.
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