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Old 01-02-2012, 10:44 AM   #1
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I have a '99 Pace Arrow 34N, , when I bought it used the dealer told me that I didn't have a spare.
Yesterday I was playing mechanic and crawled under it, and low and behold I have a spare tire, What now, if I ever need to use it how can I get it down and even if I am sucessful where are the jack and tools?
Anyone know??????
Chances are I will never have to use it, but never can tell.
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Old 01-02-2012, 10:51 AM   #2
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This may be a long shot. Try checking under the driver or passenger seats.
If you can it may be a good plan to have the spare inspected. You wouldn't want to use it and have it fail too.
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Old 01-02-2012, 11:09 AM   #3
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Do check the date on the tire, but I think the better solution is to have your tow service do the job. Often times I forget what my age is and the next thing I am in trouble. Bigger, new rigs do not have spares or tools.

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Old 01-02-2012, 08:03 PM   #4
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Look to see if there is a cable lowering system for the spare, which requires a special crank to operate the winch. If your MH is a gas engine, the jack, handle, and crank for the winch may be under the hatch somewhere. If the spare wheel is bolted in position, I refer you to Grimesy's reply. The spare wheel will weigh around 70#, perhaps more.
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Doubt you will ever find a jack or any other tools. Buying used it is a 99.5%chance the PO took them when he emptied the RV. Go to Harbor Freight and buy yourself a 20 ton hydraulic jack. Then go and buy a socket, extension and breaker bar of the correct size and you will be good to go.
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Old 01-02-2012, 08:49 PM   #6
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I was lucky and found my spare tire release tool in the rear basement storage compartment wedged up against a wiring loom.
The thing I would highly recommend is to check the date code on the spare. Six months ago I was having my tires replaced and had the shop inspect the spare (it looked near new and unused) He found the date code was 13 years old!
I got seven tires instead of six that day.
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Some of the gas rigs had an electric whench to raise and lower the spare, my Rexhall did, some had a crank. The tire tools were a long lever bar and a socket bar ~ 12'' long.
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I have a mounted spare and a cell phone to call road service.
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We had a 1996 Bounder with a spare I had to use twice in 6 years. I carried a ” breaker bar with a pipe extension along with a socket. The motorhome had jacks and with a 4” block of wood under the jack it would lift the wheel off the ground. I would pull out the spare and change it, back on the road in 20 minutes. When I purchased new tires for the coach I always rotated the spare out to a newer one rather than purchase a brand new tire to just sit doing nothing but aging.
Now we have a DP with 22.5 tires and I am not going to be able to change these myself so I will call and wait for road service. I can’t carry a spare of that size and weight.
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Our '02 GT has a spare wheel and tire. It's attached underneath the propane tank compartment with a steel chain and hook. We have 19.5" wheels, but I don't think I'd risk changing a flat myself.

When we bought the rig in 2010, the tires on the road wheels were the original chassis build date '01 Goodyears. I changed all six to Toyos. This winter, I'll be taking a closer look at the spare to decide whether or not to change it also.
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Have you checked the spare's air pressure?
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The best tool to use if you have a spare is a cell phone to call road service. I would never attempt to change a flat tire on my motorhome.
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The best tool to use if you have a spare is a cell phone to call road service. I would never attempt to change a flat tire on my motorhome.
X2 Not worth the extra weight and haste

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X2 Not worth the extra weight and haste

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For sure, cell phone and road service. No way I could get a tire off my MH and back on again.

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