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Old 02-28-2014, 08:16 PM   #1
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No Spare tire?

Just brought our new Fleetwood Storm 32BH home and I noticed there is no spare tire......is this normal practice for a new motorhome?
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Many/most do not. Some folks carry a uncounted spare, some mounted, others do without. In any case you should have a ERS to change a spare if you have one or provide one to you if needed. I am in the camp of carrying a spare. This way I don't get delayed by availability or stuck with paying too much for a tire.
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Many/most do not. Some folks carry a uncounted spare, some mounted, others do without. In any case you should have a ERS to change a spare if you have one or provide one to you if needed. I am in the camp of carrying a spare. This way I don't get delayed by availability or stuck with paying too much for a tire.
Thanks, next I have to figure the best way to toad tow a Jeep
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Flat tow it if 4x4. Check out the Ready Brute tow bar with built in braking system. Works well and good bang for the buck. I tow from an aftermarket bumper rather than buying/installing a base plate.
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Old 03-01-2014, 12:39 PM   #5
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I the days of phone booths, a spare was absolutely needed. Now days, with cell phones, it's easier to make a call than change a tire!

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I the days of phone booths, a spare was absolutely needed. Now days, with cell phones, it's easier to make a call than change a tire!

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My feeling as well. My 40DP didn't come with a spare when new and I certainly have never been willing to give up the space one would consume.

Many members have strong feelings on both sides of this issue and it's all a matter of what each individual feels comfortable with. Personally, I accept the risk of being delayed or having to pay too much for one tire in exchange for not having to carry a spare.

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Thanks for all the replys!

I've decided to maintain my tires correctly and go spareless.
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my 32ft has a spare (southwind) when I went through the walk thru I said where is the spare . the tech said There was none. I said the brochure said I had one . We went to another southwind and it had one mine was missing they took that one and put it in my motorhome.
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My 2005 MH had an unmounted 275/70/22.5 spare in the storage bay with a DOT of early 2004. So it was one of the original tires that came on the coach. I guess in a pinch it I could have ERS mount it just to get me to the next place to buy a new one but I sure would not want to go very far on a 2004 tire. The tires on the coach now are 2009 and I will be replacing them soon and the old spare will be gone as well. I am not going to carry a spare and will rely on Coachnet ERS to provide a new tire if I should need one.
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A spare for my RV would cost approx $400 unmounted, more with rim and mounted. An RV tire has an average life span of 5-7 years due to age [depending upon maintenance care] and not wear. Taking in account the lost storage space for a tire, it's added weight, and loss of fuel milage, I see no reason to carry such an expensive tire that is aging out by the day and not being used. And with Cell phones, portable wifi hot spots, I-pads and laptop PC's, I prefer to set down the jacks, turn on the auto Sat for TV, prepare some food and drink while I wait on Emergency Road Service to bring a tire I ordered & paid for in advance (logistics) and take care of me.
Now if I was planning on traveling in Mexico or deserted outback areas of the US with a caravan, I might carry a spare. Otherwise I would just boondock and wait patiently for ERS to bring the tire I need.
Since I bought my coach in Oct 07, I have never had a tire hazard.
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I would count on the ERS to bring me one if that is what they were coming out for. JMHO So no we do not carry one with us.
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When I get new tires, I'm going to save the best of the ones being replaced and carry it unmounted.
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Progressive insurance says that they will pay for the tow to the nearest authorized repair shop no matter what the distance. I will have to pay for the replacement tire. They suggest to carry a spare rim in case the mounted rim is damaged. This coverage applies to US and Alaska, plus Canada. I didn't ask about Mexico - I'm waiting until their politicians are at least as honest as ours - that's a really low standard and perhaps they'll get there someday.

Bottom line: I'm one of the "no spare" group.

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Progressive insurance says that they will pay for the tow to the nearest authorized repair shop no matter what the distance. I will have to pay for the replacement tire. They suggest to carry a spare rim in case the mounted rim is damaged. This coverage applies to US and Alaska, plus Canada. I didn't ask about Mexico - I'm waiting until their politicians are at least as honest as ours - that's a really low standard and perhaps they'll get there someday.

Bottom line: I'm one of the "no spare" group.

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