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Old 08-02-2012, 08:57 PM   #1
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Tow Dolly Spare Tire

I was wondering if anyone carries a spare tire for their tow dolly, and if they are needed very often. I just bought one, and hope it is just an extra weight for the next x years. I heard a story from a fellow RVer, and prefer to have one. I figured $95 + shipping for a new tire and wheel was cheap insurance.
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Old 08-02-2012, 09:08 PM   #2
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I don't currently have one, but I think it would be a good idea and investment or as you put it "cheap insurance". Was looking for one locally, but got distracted and did not follow up. I do have a spare for the trailer pictured below. Thanks for the reminder.
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Old 08-02-2012, 09:11 PM   #3
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Have had tow dollies since '97, have yet to have a flat on one.
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Old 08-02-2012, 09:37 PM   #4
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Have had tow dollies since '97, have yet to have a flat on one.

I have owned cars since 1966 and never had a wreck, but I still have insurance...

I do carry a spare for my ACME, it's not a size every tire shop may have.
Bought my spare, but now they come with the dolly.

And make sure you have a lug wrench and jack that will fit...

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Old 08-02-2012, 09:40 PM   #5
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Bought a used tow dolly that turned out to have passenger tires on it instead of trailer tires! Blew a tire in Galax, VA.

Next tow dolly had a spare but never needed it.
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Old 08-02-2012, 09:51 PM   #6
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We have a Mastertow Dolly and I carry a spare and put it in the trunk of our toad rather than mount it on the tongue of the dolly. I had it there originally but it added too much weight for maneuvering the dolly around. Since they are a different size tire I just figure we need to have a spare or we are dead in the water somewhere. And, the tire would be pretty easy to change.

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I have owned cars since 1966 and never had a wreck, but I still have insurance...

I do carry a spare for my ACME, it's not a size every tire shop may have.
Bought my spare, but now they come with the dolly.

And make sure you have a lug wrench and jack that will fit...

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Ditto to what Sequim wrote...spare, lug wrench, and jack for the dolly

And I'll add, I have a spare 'cuz according to Mr. Muphy; "if something bad can happen it will at the worst possible moment"

Since I have the spare, I am assured I will never need it
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To have and never need is puzzling... to need and not have is downright enraging !

I figure as long as I have my ACME Dolly spare I will never need it but by damn you can bet I will have it !!!

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Tires on tow dollies NEVER blow out or go flat....except at night on a busy highway in the rain, 50+ miles from the nearest evidence of civilization. Without fail. I learned that lesson a long time ago when I had little sense....and even less money. I don't know if I have any more sense, but I am happy to say I have just enough money now to have a spare tire mounted on and locked to our MasterTow dolly.

All things considered, that spare tire is very cheap insurance. At night. On a busy highway. In the rain. 50+ miles from civilization. Without fail.
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A friend tells a story about his dolly flat tire. Traveling in Texas, the dolly had a flat tire, he had no spare. Had cell service so called AAA, they came out, winched the dolly onto the flat bed and they followed the tow truck to a tire shop with the wife driving the toad.

They ended up having to wait a day while a spare was located.

At first the AAA guy didn't want to help them, because it wasn't a vehicle. Spares are good.
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I believe Wal Marts sell 14" trailer tire mounted on a five hole rim for about $125, should be good enough for a spare. I need to pick one up myself.

Found a place on the net for trailer parts and fenders, called etrailer.com to order new fenders for mine, half the price of tow masters.
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Old 08-04-2012, 03:20 PM   #12
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$125 at Walmart seemed like a good price, so I took a look. The only one I could find was a bias ply. I have radials on my tow dolly, and have been told not to mix bias and radials.
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When I used a Tow Dolly I carried a spare, and yes it came in handy when the dolly "threw a shoe."
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My spare is an exact match to the dolly tires, that way if I have a flat, I don't
have to be in a panic to find the proper match.
And when I do find a new tire, it will go on the dolly to match my new spare,
and the other tire on dolly will become the spare.
I doubt with the weight on the dolly, that any tire will survive to be repaired,
at least if it went flat while going very fast....

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