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Old 09-06-2015, 03:03 PM   #1
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Who carries a spare tire in a class A?

When we purchased our first class a last year, There was a spare tire (not mounted on a wheel) in the basement. Its still there, but as you might expect, room in the basement has shrunk over the past year!

Trying to determine if there is value in having a spare on board? Tires on the MH are two+ years old.

Thoughts?
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Old 09-06-2015, 03:09 PM   #2
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I carry Emergency Roadside Assistance, a credit card and my cell phone. I do not carry a spare because I need the space for my golf clubs and fishing gear.

Here we go, let the flames begin.
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Who carries a spare tire in a class A?

I carry a mounted spare in this coach, and carried an unmounted spare in the previous coach. Also carry a credit card and Coach-Net to install it if need be.

Many threads here regarding pro and cons of carrying a spare tire, with folks on both sides of the opinion.
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Old 09-06-2015, 03:33 PM   #4
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I had to use a road service for the first time in 30+ years of RV'ing recently on the way home from Colorado. If you carry a loose tire for a spare you save only the cost of the tire at the expense of losing storage space plus you will incur the mounting charge, road service call and mileage expense should you need it installed...unless you have a service agreement. We have Good Sam and they will install a spare tire/wheel assembly FREE but we found carrying a spare tire assembly, or even a tire, to be impractical for our use.

The new 22.5 tire cost us $500 +$45 mounting, GSRA picked up the service call & mileage expense and we were back on the road. Amortized over the years it seemed to be a bargain! Individual circumstances, travel habits, etc will determine how much value is there for you. Have fun, be safe, and enjoy your travels!
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Old 09-06-2015, 03:37 PM   #5
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I have been motorhoming since 1974. I have had five blowouts in that time. I would not leave home without a spare. many people say they have a cell phone and would just make a call. I have been out west three times. I have traveled for hours with no cell signal. To me it is worth the peace of mind.
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In 45 years on owning various RV type vehicles, I ha never had a flat. until last month in Branson. Picked up a nail. and called Road Service which is free with my insurance. Cranked down my spare' which turned out to be the original 1998 tire. Replaced the other flat tire, and continued towards home, 190 miles away. Blew out the inside tire on the same side, and drove the remaining 25 miles home. I now have 6 new tires, and have 4 5 year old Goodyears for spares. Spare tires are not needed until you get a flat. With all of the storage available in Motorhomes these days, I'll always carry a spare. After the second flat, I removed the two tires myself, and had them replaced, not wanting to drive on a single rear tire, even with the tag . Eddie Elk.
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We're very new to Class A ownership, having done VW van camping for many years. We carry an unmounted spare in a storage bay, and have both Progressive and Coach Net roadside assistance available. I hope that we never need the spare, but it makes me more comfortable knowing it is there.



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We took a trip to Alaska back in 2009, I looked at the route, distances between towns, no cell service etc. I decided to carry a mounted spare and necessary tools to change. I used hitch extension and small platform type hitch and built a carrier in conjunction with a bike rake. It worked well and naturally we never needed it but I will say we did pass a number of RV's Class A, 5th wheels who had flats.

I have since modified my carrier, I had a heavy duty dog X-Pen carrier that we had used on our Class C. I modified it to carry the spare tire and the pens. It is mounted separate from the coach hitch and it pivots out of the way so I can open engine hatch.
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I have been motorhoming since 1974. I have had five blowouts in that time. I would not leave home without a spare. many people say they have a cell phone and would just make a call. I have been out west three times. I have traveled for hours with no cell signal. To me it is worth the peace of mind.
Five blowouts? Wow,
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I guess it really depends on where you travel. We just returned from Alaska and coming down we had a tire problem in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory that necessitated replacing the tire. Since we always carry an unmounted spare, we contacted Coach Net, they sent a repair specialist and we had the tire swapped out and were back on the road in about 3 hours. When we asked our tire guy, he told us that our 295-80R-22.5 was not to be found in Whitehorse and would probably have taken about 3-4 days to have one shipped in. We'll continue to carry one.
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Old 09-06-2015, 06:27 PM   #11
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When I went through this mental excercise I was completely against carrying a spare. Roadside service would be my ticket. Then someone pointed out my particular tires are not so common, and getting a new one shipped could leave me stuck for days instead of hours. So I have an unmounted spare stuck in the basement hoping it never needs to be used.
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Old 09-06-2015, 06:37 PM   #12
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When I replaced my tires in June 2010, I had to order them and wait a week. I carry an unmounted spare. out here in the west it can be a long ways between stocking dealers. Coach-Net and the CC will still be required. But as an Old Boy Scout, Be Prepared!
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I have one. It's 15 years old. Never been on the ground and will never be, but it's there.
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I wish I had an unmounted spare that I could carry with me. However, when I bought my new tires the service man said the tire place could not put the spare in the storage bay and are not allowed to put it in the coach. So they kept all the used tires. They were 7 years old.

My storage bays are not big enough for a 22.5.

How do you get a 22.5 in your storage bays?
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