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Old 05-10-2015, 08:18 AM   #15
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It seems to me there can be no question that having a spare when needed is going to be a savings in time and perhaps money as well. The question is the value of the space required to carry it, the cost of the tire & wheel itself, and the frequency of use. One could argue, for example, that you are more likely to need a spare battery or spare engine water pump than a spare tire. Or that the money spent on a spare tire is usually watsed, i.e. the tire dies of old age while waiting to be used. Even if you rotate it with the other tires, few RVers will ever get their money's worth from the tread life.

So it's an insurance question, risk vs reward. There is no single right answer to that.

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Old 05-10-2015, 10:44 AM   #16
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Carrying a spare for a travel trailer or 5th wheel is much easier than a Class A MH with 22.5 tires, due to both size and weight, and a place to put it. Also I'm not so sure its worth the expense to have a $600 tire(not including the rim) just sitting in case you may need it. Like everything hindsight is 20-20 and if you ever needed it then it would be worth it. I just don't have a place to store it, that is worth giving up the other things we carry.

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Old 05-10-2015, 10:53 AM   #17
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Nope. Too big. Good Sam's, AAA roadside and CC.

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We are fortunate enough to have room in the trailer for an un-mounted tire .. tho hopefully never need. PO had it stashed in one of the slide outs ... and noted the one time there was an issue they had to wait for 3 days while the service folks found a tire .... that in it self is worth it for us ....
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I'm comfortable changing any of the tires on our Greyhawk so we have a mounted spare and all the tools needed to do the job but if and when I'm not comfortable doing that anymore I'll still either carry a mounted spare or at the very least an unmounted spare to speed up the process (and keep the cost down) for the tire guys.
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Does anyone carry an inflated spare in their toad? That's what I'm thinking we might do. But would like to hear from some folks who actually do that.


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We don't carry a spare.

Funny thing, in over a million miles of CMV driving I never carried a spare and never needed road service for a tire issue. In our first month of MH ownership we needed road service to repair a flat. Fortunately, it was a tag axle tire and we were in an RV park and the tire was repairable. The tire picked up a 3+ inch screw in the center of the tread. Must have happened on the way to the park as we were parked for two days before the tire went flat.
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Spare Tire?

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Any one ever consider carrying an unmounted spare on the roof?
We carried an unmounted, used tire for a couple of trips into Mexico, a few years ago. Had the dealer use forklift to put it on the roof of the coach. He told me he wouldn't be around when it was time to get it back off the roof. No problem, just rolled it over the side and then chased it half a block. Having the spare insured we never needed it.

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Does anyone carry an inflated spare in their toad? That's what I'm thinking we might do. But would like to hear from some folks who actually do that.


I carry the spare for moho in the back of my pickup as it has a lockable camper shell on it.
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Old 05-10-2015, 09:39 PM   #24
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We don't and haven't since 1998. In all that time I've never had a situation where I needed one either.
I should add: The Magna front axle and tag tires are 365/70's and the drive axle has 315/80's so no way can I carry two tires of that size. I do have the tools to remove them though.
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Originally Posted by LakeKerrGuy View Post
Any one ever consider carrying an unmounted spare on the roof?
There are several problems with doing that. First would be the wear on the roof, and securing it . Second would be exposing the tire to sunlight, which degrades tires not operating. Third would be the task of moving the tire up there, and checking air pressure as often as you check the operating tires.
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I had no intention of carrying a spare. I figured I'd pay the piper if and when the time came on the side of the road. Then someone with a coach similar to mine pointed out the tires on my coach were not all that common. I decided to buy an spare and keep it unmounted in the basement.

My guess is you don't really need one.

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