Originally Posted by vito.a
I carry a spare tire (tire only, no rim). If you have a problem on the rear, you usually can make it to the next exit, but if it's the front you are out of luck.
Good Sam Roadside Assist will change the tire, but you need to have one to change to. It's not easy to find a 22.5" tire in some of these out of the way places.
Yeah, but the next thing you know, you either really ruin it completely (especially if it's still under warranty) or do some damage to the other one that is now grossly overloaded.
Carrying a spare is a no brainer IMO, opposed to waking up bright and early in Death Valley with a flat. So, now road service asks about a spare (not) and then finally calls back and says that it's an odd size but they can get you one out of Reno or Sacramento in a few days, but not the same brand as yours. Not only that, but it's going to cost you more than up the ying yang, along with getting it to you. So now you say that your tires are still under warranty. Great, so take the damaged tire to the next dealer in your travels and take it up with him. Got to find an unplanned place for it now.
Great news, they'll put a new one on for you without cost and match what you have....and now you have that spare that you didn't want in the first place, except it cost you big time.
What you see here, is an original 1997 Michelin in good condition and it's better than nothing
for getting underway pretty quick and going slow until you find a proper replacement. Even have a place to carry the bad one, like I said.
I realize that not all rigs have a designated place as I do, but I'm sure most can find one, even if they have to build a rack down under the belly somewhere. I did that too, but it's for a just in case and whatever thing. Very light angle iron, so not much weight.