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Old 05-09-2015, 05:12 PM   #1
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Spare tire or no spare tire

I drive a 36 ft class A motorhome. The question is...should I carry a spare tire or not. How many do????
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Old 05-09-2015, 05:19 PM   #2
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We don't and haven't since 1998. In all that time I've never had a situation where I needed one either.
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Old 05-09-2015, 05:31 PM   #3
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As full-timers we drove our motorhome constantly without a spare and never had an issue. Before our summer trip to Alaska we did replace all of our tires which were 5 yr. old at the time. We requested that the tires be dated within 4 months.

If you check your tires all the time and run on the correct pressure and replace BEFORE they wear out, I really don't think a spare is needed. We wouldn't have had a place to store it and we couldn't have handled putting it on. We do have roadside service.
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Old 05-09-2015, 05:35 PM   #4
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We owned a Class C prior to our Class A. The Class C had a spare and we had several occasions when we had to use it.

We bought our current coach in late 2008 and in June of May we decided to take a trip to Alaska. In preparation for our trip I had 2 new steer tires put on so I decided to buy a rim and take a mounted spare to Alaska. Never needed it but it was nice to have a relatively cheap insurance.

I have since worked out a way to carry it by converting a heavy duty X-Pen carrier, so if you see Monaco Windsor with a tire on the back it's probably me.
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Old 05-09-2015, 05:35 PM   #5
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Very few motorhomes carry a spare, mainly because of the space required, it's weight, and of course because it's most often unused when time for replacement.
The choice to carry or not boils down to; do you want to buy one now and haul it for years, perhaps totally unneeded, or do you want to buy one when required-which usually costs more, and have the space for carrying more supplies and "stuff".
I choose the latter method.
The Rubber Manufacturers Association states over 90% of all tire failures are the direct result of under-inflation. There is a lesson there.
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Old 05-09-2015, 05:38 PM   #6
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Several existing threads on this topic. Folks in both camps. I carry a spare. Previous coach unmounted, current coach mounted. This way I am not delayed by unavailability to obtain a replacement, pay an exorbitant price, get a tire unmatched or not of my choosing, or any combination of these issues. I have had three occasions in 10+ years to use my spare.
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Old 05-09-2015, 05:49 PM   #7
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I'm with Vince, I bought the spare tire carrier, new Workhorse wheel and ordered tire through FMCA Michelin Advantage Program. Will I need it? I hope not, but if I do it's a call to Good Sam Roadside and I'm on my way.
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Old 05-09-2015, 09:28 PM   #8
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It was annoying to me when I bought my Minnie Winnie in February and it didn't come with a spare. That said, I have GS Roadside Assistance so I won't waste time fretting over it.
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Old 05-09-2015, 09:53 PM   #9
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I carry one under the stern. The tire on it is the best of what came off the coach when last re-tired and as it is well out of the sun it should do in a pinch. I have the gear and the ability to change if needed but I do have BCAA which covers me over all of North America.
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Just call me impatient. lol Just can't see setting along the road for two or three hours waiting for someone to come and change a tire for me, Not to mention, getting a match can be anther matter altogether. Guess when I'm too old to change one, I may be to old to tow lol Just me. lol
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Any one ever consider carrying an unmounted spare on the roof?
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Old 05-10-2015, 06:35 AM   #12
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Had one in our 1996 coach and actually needed it once, in 1999. Haven't carried a spare since 2002 and haven't needed one either. A flat tire is a pretty low-risk proposition, so we elect to use the space for our gear and figure we will just pay the extra price of getting a tire via road service if needed.

Some regions have a greater risk of tire damage from road hazards than others, so that might be a factor in a decision to carry a spare.
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I carry a mounted spare like stated above do not want to get overcharged on the side of the road for a tire that does not fit my requirements. AAA will change a tire for free but will not mount it on the rim
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I never leave home without one. Roadside service is all fine and dandy until they don't have a tire your size. Been there done that.
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