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Old 12-08-2012, 05:40 PM   #1
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Hitch type carriers

We are in the early planning stages for a 2014 trip from St. Louis to Alaska. We will be traveling with BIL - each in our own class A MH. Neither of us have a spare tire, so I was thinking of carrying two tire in a receiver type carrier. The tires would not be mounded on wheels. We both have the 22.5 inch wheels, so the extra tires would fit either MH.

Any thoughts on this approach?
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Old 12-08-2012, 06:03 PM   #2
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I've been to Alaska, although not in a MH, and I tell you on the roads it can be far between buildings let alone someplace who could mount a tire. It would make more sense to me to have the tire(s) mounted and only have to find someone to change the tire if you can't do it yourself.
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While I maybe 'jinking' myself, I have not carried a spare for any of the trips we have made to the 'lower 48' from Alaska. It may not be a good idea not to carry one but......Rather then have it on the reciver hitch, do you have enough room in a compartment?
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I don't have a space in the basement storage for one. That is why I thought maybe I could use the hitch carrier.
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My first thought is ' are you physically able ' to change a MH Tire. If you can ....are you willing to change it in the pouring rain ? Just a thought or two . But all that said I think just having a Tire mounted with you is a big plus. I would feel naked without a spare and the tools to change it.
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We went to Alaska last year. Bought 6 new tires & kept the best old for spare. We just put up on the roof. Too many horror stories of waiting days for a new tire to arrive. You can always find a tire Guy to change out your spare tire. Besides no way you could physically change a 22.5 tire lugnuts - way too much torque.
Just stop at a truck tire place & buy a used tire for " insurance "!!
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We went to Alaska last year. Bought 6 new tires & kept the best old for spare. We just put up on the roof. Too many horror stories of waiting days for a new tire to arrive. You can always find a tire Guy to change out your spare tire. Besides no way you could physically change a 22.5 tire lugnuts - way too much torque.
Just stop at a truck tire place & buy a used tire for " insurance "!!
just for giggles... I used a 24" socket bar to loosen the lugs on my rig. You could carry an extra length of galvanized pipe to add another 3' for leverage.
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My first thought is ' are you physically able ' to change a MH Tire. If you can ....are you willing to change it in the pouring rain ? Just a thought or two . But all that said I think just having a Tire mounted with you is a big plus. I would feel naked without a spare and the tools to change it.
At 66 I'm too old to want to try and wrestle a 200# tire and wheel around.I do have a torque multiplier so I can get the lug nuts off (500 ft lbs). But the rest I'll leave for the younger guys.
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On our Alaska trip last year I made room in a compartment to carry an unmounted spare. If there were a problem, a mobile tire guy could have mounted it on the rim with the flat tire. Luckily we did not require it.
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I would love to have the room in the basement, but it is just not there. We will not start the trip without a spare, my problem is how / where to carry the spare. Having read some of the replies, I am leaning toward one mounted spare and maybe one not mounted on a wheel. Remember the spares are going to be for two MH on the trip.
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