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Old 04-12-2012, 11:32 AM   #1
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Is spare tire necessary when traveling???

We just purchased a 2012 Forester 2251SLEC. It was not equipped with a spare tire when purchased from dealer. My concern is when traveling if we encounter a
flat.....oops no spare. I know it would be difficult to change yourself, but if you call for roadside assistance will they repair the tire on the road? Any info would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 04-12-2012, 11:49 AM   #2
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if you call for roadside assistance will they repair the tire on the road? Any info would be greatly appreciated.
You can't repair a blowout or a damaged sidewall.
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Old 04-12-2012, 11:55 AM   #3
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Get a spare! You'll regret it if you dont
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Old 04-12-2012, 11:57 AM   #4
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You're making a big assumption that the tire will be repairable. I recall other motorhome owners reporting that they carry an unmounted tire as the rims for the front and rear are different...the roadside assist would mount the tire on the rim. Suggest that you check into that.

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Old 04-12-2012, 12:08 PM   #5
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I have roadside assistance with AAA plus RV for the piece of mind when towing (and because it covers my motorcycle, too). I've spoke with AAA and asked and they do not repair tires but will change the tire if you have a serviceable spare or will tow up to 100 miles ($3.75 per mile over 100 miles).

I always carry a spare for the trailer and feel better knowing that I have the tire, jack, tools and air compressor to fix as needed.
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Old 04-12-2012, 12:13 PM   #6
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I carried 2 mounted spare tires for my Popup because of the load range I wanted.
I might carry 1 unmounted spare tire for the TT in addition to the mounted spare.
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Old 04-12-2012, 12:28 PM   #7
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We just purchased a 2112 Forester 2251SLEC......
WOW! Now thats an advance purchase. (I realize its a typo...but I couldn't resist ).

As far as your concern, I wouldn't be without a spare.
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Old 04-13-2012, 04:00 PM   #8
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question >>> Is spare tire necessary when traveling???

answer >>> no

However, when the traveling stops due to a flat tire, then a spare tire is very necessary.

Not trying to be smart but too easy & makes the point.
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Old 04-13-2012, 04:07 PM   #9
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^Well played!
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Old 04-13-2012, 04:08 PM   #10
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Or you can just set up camp wherever you have a blowout and wait for someone to bring you a tire and wheel. Why would you not want to have a spare tire/wheel? You are going to buy one eventually one way or the other. Like the old Fram filter commercial said "Pay me now or pay me later" and later is a lot more expensive. And that is the voice of experience.
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