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Old 03-28-2016, 12:31 AM   #1
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Carrying a spare tire

I am buying a new DP motorhome and a spare tire will not fit in any of the storage bins. I suppose one could be mounted on the roof although getting it up there would be quite a challenge. If a front tire blew out, I assume I could swap it out with one of the back tires. Do you think it is worthwhile to carry a spare tire?
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Old 03-28-2016, 12:33 AM   #2
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Have had 1 Class A MH and 3 DP's over the last 18 years. During that time I've never had a blowout or even a flat!
I keep good tires (Michelin only) under the rig and check the pressure everyday although now I let the TPMS do that chore.
Would be impossible for us anyway as we had large tires (365/70 front and tag, 315/80's drive axle) so no way to carry those tires even on the roof since we have solar panels up there and no ladder.
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Old 03-28-2016, 02:05 AM   #3
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"RV Vagabond".....If you get a chance, take a look underneath. I know my sister's Itasca Meridian and other Winnebago products built on the Freightliner XC chassis had open frames. My sister was able to get a spare to fit between the frame rails.

I've been RVing for 40 years and never had a flat on the road. I'm finicky and replace tires sooner than most on my vehicles, but I've always carried a spare, including an unmounted spare in my last DP, a Monaco Diplomat........probably why I've never had a flat.

My new coach doesn't have room for a spare, but I have a tag and feel comfortable with making something work using the tag, including placing an odd tire on the tag.
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Search and will find dozens of threads regarding whether to spare or not. Lots of folks on both sides of the answer.
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I carry a spare but tire size is 19". With your 22's there is a lot of weight there, road side assistance would be your best bet. IMO.
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I have the same issue bothering me. I had a Class A few years ago. Had Michlens all the way around. 2 blowouts in 4 years- so they do blow.

Now I always carry a spare (mounted or unmounted). But with our new moho I can find nowhere to store or mount a spare on the rig or on the tow dolly. The Roadmaster set up is a bit too pricey and too much for my need. Just want to have one handy for roadside service when the time comes.

This is a real concern for me having been there. Have lost 3 tires to blowouts total over the past 35 years (2 on the older Class A and one on a TT) so its a real concern.
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Soon after we got our current Class A DP we planned a trip to Alaska. In case of a flat somewhere on the Alcan you could be stranded for days waiting on a tire. If the flat was bad enough you could also ruin the rim. Doing our research I decided to carry a mounted spare (and the tools to change it). At that time I didn't tow a car so I made a spare tire carrier that fit in the rear trailer hitch.

When we did start towing a car I modified the carrier to use with a dual hitch, tow bar in the lower hole and carrier in the top. One issue though was that I had to use and extension to get enough distance behind the coach. Ultimately the dragging causes the weld to fail, luckily if failed in a fuel station.

I since modified the carrier, making a completely separate support that comes off the 2 main frame rails of the chassis. It is completely separate from the hitch and the spare tire rides high enough to allow for towing the vehicle.
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I am buying a new DP motorhome and a spare tire will not fit in any of the storage bins. I suppose one could be mounted on the roof although getting it up there would be quite a challenge. If a front tire blew out, I assume I could swap it out with one of the back tires. Do you think it is worthwhile to carry a spare tire?
I have not had a spare tire for the 9 years I have owned our current rig. Some day it may bite me but for now it is still ok. You will need equipment other than the tire if you want to be self sufficient. Like a torque multiplier for example. Maybe even a spare dude in the bay to help you lift it.
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I am buying a new DP motorhome and a spare tire will not fit in any of the storage bins. I suppose one could be mounted on the roof although getting it up there would be quite a challenge. If a front tire blew out, I assume I could swap it out with one of the back tires. Do you think it is worthwhile to carry a spare tire?
I carry a unmounted spare in my toad. It fits where the 3rd row of seats are when folded down. 195,000 miles and never needed it. I know for sure if I leave it home the first trip I take I'll need it and will end up paying an inflated price for a new one.
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No experience- just what I read on iRV2. We had one in our former Class C, mounted in a compartment on the rear (think 1950s/60s cars), and never had an occasion to take it out.

Spare or no spare is a cost/convenience/space/weight trade-off. If you have a road-service contract (CoachNet, Good Sam, etc.), read it for what they have to say about coverage.

"Dutch Star Don's" suggestion (which is to try and use available empty space) is a great one. If you find yourself looking at the Roadmaster product, here's a link to a Google search for posts on iRV2 with the terms "Roadmaster," "spare" and "carrier" in them.
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Have you tried to lift a 22.5 tire/wheel? There are people who have the tools and strength to that. Remember trucks go everywhere and there are tire services for them. You may not like to equate your tires to a truck, but they are.
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Have ERS on the MH. If a blow out ever happens. The ERS can bring you a tire.
In over 16 years of Full time I have needed to do that one time.
And NO they didn't rip me off on the tire price. Actually it was cheaper then rest of the replacements.

After that I quit buying Michelin tires. And have had no problem since.

If you can find a place to carry a spare if never needed then it will have to be replaced $$$ for age sometime.
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If a front tire blew out, I assume I could swap it out with one of the back tires. Do you think it is worthwhile to carry a spare tire?
As a thought you might be concerned about overloading the rear tire - when you remove one for the front. That said I did remove an outer dually to put on the front many years ago on a 1977 Vogue.
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