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Old 06-18-2012, 01:59 PM   #21
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Hey Dad where we campin. Little town called blowoutville son. When will we get there? Could be any minute just wait and see. POW, son where here. Dear could you run out the slide for me. I'm gonna pull out the chairs.
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Old 06-18-2012, 02:33 PM   #22
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I'll tell you how necessary a spare is. We didn't even make it 30 miles from the dealer with our brand new camper before one of our tires separated into three pieces.
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Old 06-18-2012, 02:51 PM   #23
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Not only do you want to keep a spare with you, you also need to check the air pressure periodically. It's easy to forget it when checking the other tires, so make it a habit!

Our fifth wheel won't fit in our garage with the spare tire on the carrier on the back bumper, so the spare resides in the big storage area.
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Old 06-18-2012, 03:21 PM   #24
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Beltway around DC at rush hour.

Would have sat there all night waiting for the traffic to die down in order for the AAA tow truck to get there. Luckily, it was on the passenger side and I made it to a wider area on the shoulder. 30 minutes later spare was on and we were on the road.
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Old 06-18-2012, 10:24 PM   #25
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Importance of spare

Yes.
Saved my bacon a couple of weeks ago when I did a dummy and clipped a curb with the starboard outside dual. Tore the sidewall. Called Good Sam Road Service and they sent a guy out with the tools to jack my unit up and install my spare. BTW, I replaced that spare since it was over 6 years old with a lot of sidewall cracking and such.

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Old 06-18-2012, 10:54 PM   #26
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Gotta have a tire repair kit. Maybe the tire could be plugged quickly if it's just a nail. Gotta have the correct lug wrench. This will break the lugs loose. And you gotta have a jack. Ford owners are lucky, the truck jack works perfectly for raising the wheel off of the ground. But the primary reason you gotta have all these things? They ward off evil flat spirits that congregate around highway construction zones, bridges, and toll booths.
Seriously, a spare should be something you don't leave home without. It isn't a matter of if a tire will go, but when.
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Old 07-29-2012, 01:11 PM   #27
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I would not go anywhere with out a spare. But I don't have one for my MH. It's a 40'DP the lugs are torqued to 400 fp and I have no idea how I would jack it up. So should I carry a tire to match the others or depend on the service truck to have one in stock? It would take up a lot of room. What do MH folks carry spare or not?
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Old 07-29-2012, 01:18 PM   #28
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The cost associated with purchasing a spare tire is minimal in the grand scheme of buying an RV, besides who would go so far as to specify "no spare" when completing the order spec sheet?

If nothing else, a spare provides peace of mind while you motor down the Blvd.
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Old 07-29-2012, 01:35 PM   #29
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Not what I asked. Again what do most people with a MH do carry a I mounted spare or not. I did not order my MH it was new off the lot and it has no spare. Sorry but you sounded kinda rude. There is no way I could change a flat on this MH.
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Tire change on side of road

Phil,
You might want to look at Good Sam Roadside Assistance. Not trying to sell anything, but they saved my bacon a couple of months ago when I did a dummy and clipped a curb with starboard outside dual and ripped the sidewall. My Sunseeker has a spare bolted under the rear of the coach. Like you I have no way to change one of these monsters (not as big as yours). I called Good Sam and they shortly had a tech out with the required tools to jack the axle up, drop the spare down and change the tire.
Without the spare I would have been at their mercy to 1) have a suitable size tire 2) mounted on a suitable/matching rim at whatever their price might have been. My spare was original to the coach (2006) so a few days later when I took the rig to the tire shop I forked out for not one but two tires to have a newer tire as a backup. Expensive lesson, that was.

If I were in your place I would 1) contact the dealer and get a spare tire and rim on order and stowed under the rig and 2) sign up for a roadside assistance program. AAA covers RVs but they wanted more on top of what they already charge (I was up for renewal last July for over $150 for the "Plus" coverage for cars and limited miles free towing) for just a car program and they do not have unlimited towing mileage. Good Sam covers my coach, my cars, and my motorcycle for about $100 with unlimited mileage to tow to a repair facility in case of a breakdown that cannot be fixed on the side of the road.
We took a trip to Branson, MO earlier this month, 2100 miles round trip, without a hitch. But I knew if I got into a problem they would be there to help out.
Like noted above, peace of mind while traveling down the road.

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