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Old 01-01-2016, 09:34 AM   #99
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We keep an unmounted new tire in the coach...seems like the best compromise for us. Having the correct tire is nice for roadside service to mount. I have a spare for the tow dolly and our Kia Soul. Note that I also have added a small trolley jack to make it easy to change a tire on the tow dolly and car. Try changing a tire in the comfort of your driveway before you get under way to make sure your equipment and tools are up to the task.
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Old 01-01-2016, 09:41 AM   #100
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Truckers aren't running around with spares. You can get good, quick road service about anywhere. The best you can do is to be using tires common with the trucking industry so a match is likely available anywhere. Something to check when buying a new set...if you have original Michelins it's a crap shoot and keep your wallet full.
Don't bet the farm on that one. Had a flat on Glennallen, AK and it took 2+ days to get a spare to me and get it changed. Mismatched brand too although dimensions were close. Had a tire problem in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, a very large city, and while a local was changing the tire out for my unmounted spare I asked him about the availability of a spare had it been necessary. He said 3-4 days and a large up-charge for the airfreight and rush handling. This guy handled truck tires as his only business and struck me as a knowledgeable expert.
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Old 01-01-2016, 09:48 AM   #101
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Try changing a tire in the comfort of your driveway before you get under way to make sure your equipment and tools are up to the task.
+1. Last time I changed a flat in a parking lot (on a trailer), the jack I brought wouldn't lift it despite the load only being about 70% of the jack's rating. Fortunately, the tow vehicle's OEM jack worked.
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Old 01-01-2016, 10:38 AM   #102
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I carry a spare to avoid the possible downtime, high expense, and mismatch of a provided tire. Have had two occasions to call roadside assist to swap on my spare. A couple three hours and I was on the road again.
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Old 01-01-2016, 11:45 AM   #103
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spare tire

I read enough.
Going on line to find nearest tire dealer to purchase correct sized spare for our 2013 Allegro 36 la.
Will price out cost of mounted versus unmounted spare.
Will also ask dealer difference of service call cost of mounting on flat tire rim versus just flat change out with my pre-mounted wheel.
Thank you all.
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Old 01-01-2016, 12:41 PM   #104
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My Dutch Star has a bay made for a spare tire. Last year had a blow out on inside rear. Coach-Net had someone there in 45 min. Had me back on road a little over 1 hour. Told me if I didn't have a spare it would have been 6-8 hours.
are we talking about just the tire and no rim or whatever you call it. Just curious.
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If you belong to FMCA, it is a significant savings to buy through their Michelin tire program. That's how I purchased my spare tire.
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Old 01-01-2016, 08:27 PM   #106
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I always carry a mounted spare. My 1997 National Tropi-Cal has a bay on the back of the motor home just for the spare.
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I do. Carried two unmounted spares to Alaska this summer.
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I've had three class As since 2005, logged almost 80K miles. Carried a spare in all of them and had to use them. I am a believer in buying the best possible tires and rotating them at least twice a year including the spare. It's hard enough finding someone in the Boonies to change a tire, much less having to buy one.
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