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Old 05-18-2010, 08:28 AM   #1
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Spare Tire

We have not been travelling with a spare for a few years and I was thinking that it would be a good idea to start taking one with us. My question is where do you put it? I haven't seen a "Continental Kit" (does that show my age?) for an RV, so what are the options. My guess is that it goes into the basement. Jockeying a 22.5 inch wheel and tire into the basement area also has to be a trick.
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Old 05-18-2010, 08:45 AM   #2
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Spare Tire

wyntaxman,

We carry our 22.5 spare tire in the basement, but do not have it mounted. If you have a road service they will mount it for you. You could also purchase a plastic ring (liner) to go inside the spare which makes a storage container. I use it for my extra water hoses, 60-ft. 30 amp cord, satellite dish, etc. I don't carry the wheel because of the extra weight, but I've always carried a spare because of the horror stories of people having flats without one.

I don't recall where I bought the plastic liner, but you could check with Camping World or local RV service centers.

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My coach came without a spare but I added one and first major trip, I was glad I did since I had a blow-out. I have a good sized garage under our BR (holds two bikes comfortably) where I put the spare, not mounted to a rim which cuts the weight down. I can lift it into the storage area with some difficulty even though it's a 22.5 tire. Some have fabricated a rack under the frame and some carry one in or on their Toad. Guess it depends on your particular situation and space availability.
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Coach Net can handle Moterhomes without a spare. Good Sam / Camping World Road Service can not. For $99. per year for the Coach net service, your problems are solved and you won't have to lug around a spare.
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We lugged around an unmounted spare for 5 years but recently I took it out of the storage compartment so I could make space for some folding chairs. We have Coachnet so I've convinced myself that most any big truck tire vendor they send out for road service can bring a new tire. However, I realize that you may not easily find a match for the others you have on your coach. Worse case, you get a slightly different tire that can then be used as a spare when you finally replace it with a tire that matches all your other tires.
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And when your out here in the middle of the desert with NO CELL PHONE COVERAGE, good luck getting Coach-Net or any service to help... I carry a mounted spare, compressor with air impact gun, 30" breaker bar and a 20 ton jack.
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And when your out here in the middle of the desert with NO CELL PHONE COVERAGE, good luck getting Coach-Net or any service to help
Amen to that! Also, even with cell coverage, you might end up paying an arm and leg for a tire even if it is available. I once paid almost $400 for a $100 tire for my TT in southern Utah because I was nowhere near any major tire dealers. NO Thanks - I will carry a spare.
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And when your out here in the middle of the desert with NO CELL PHONE COVERAGE, good luck getting Coach-Net or any service to help... I carry a mounted spare, compressor with air impact gun, 30" breaker bar and a 20 ton jack.
Mine came with a spare and I have all the tools to change it. A few months ago I went down a twenty mile dirt road to camp where I wanted to with no cell service. It would be a long wait if I had to get a tire fixed. I don't always tow the jeep.
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Hi wnytaxman,
I carry a fully mounted spare (22.5). The wheel/tire is located in the center of the coach in the most forward basement bay. I have changed two tires on my coach (another long story). I carry all the tools to change a tire. If one used leverage and carries a long bar to help with the leverage, moving a 22.5 tire is do able. I also have ERS. ERS is my first choice. The spare is there for them to install on the coach. Worst case, I can do it, if I need to.
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I also carry an unmounted 22.5 spare that was the best of the ones I had changed out last time. WHY?? Because I don't want to be at the mercy of someone thinking I have no choice but to pay their price. Also, because if it's one of the rear duallys I won't have to worry about size match up.
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