I found out from a Fleetwood brochure that this unit has a spare tire compartment... What?? Where?? I called Fleetwood and asked them about it.. Sure enough, there's what you might call a spare tire compartment. It's using the pass-through and placing a spare tire in the middle.
I found out more.... The road services will not replace your tire with a new unless you have a tire for them or you are willing to pay 3 times the price for it while sitting stuck on the road. Will they replace a tire with an unmounted? Does the spare require it be mounted?
If you have a dually, you can sometimes spare out one of them for the front if needed. That'll get you to the nearest tire store.
So, I bought a very nice used Michelin 275/70/22.5 XRV tire (I think that's the size) with a date code of 2010. It weighs over a hundred pounds unmounted. But... I now have a spare tire.
Side-note.... I asked the tire dealer about why the Michelin used tire was in excellent shape and had a date code of 2010 about selling it soooo cheap. He told me, some people just don't like a tire for some reason and can afford to change out perfectly good tires.
Well,,,,,, I'm thinking, when the day comes to replace my tires, I'm gonna look for some more like these. It would save me literally, $3,000.00 when you consider they cost $600-$700 each new. The spare tire I now have is in excellent shape for only $100.00. I was thinking about buying 5 more and putting them up, but then they would be outta date before I'd use them.
Check with your Roadside emgency service and see exactly what they do if you have to replace a tire on the road. You might be shocked. You might not be shocked.
Well, at least I have a spare tire to work with if ever needed. Most road service trucks can field change a tire off the rim using tire spoons if the tires are 22.5. There is a U-Tube video that shows how easy it is to take a 22.6 tire off the rim using spoons and put a replacement tire back on the rim while the rim is on the vehicle. I've seen them do it with the wheel on the ground.
All of this we do to write things up, but the articles just get buried in the flood.