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Old 07-27-2016, 10:26 AM   #1
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22.5 Class A Spare Tire

I could not image why I should have a spare tire for my GT XL 352QS. If I have a flat or blow-out that could not be fixed by one, two or three of "fix flat" cans, I would leave the job to the "roadside assistance". However, hypothetically, if I am boondocking in any of BLM or National Park, and run into a flat on a rough road and could not fix with the "fix flat", and it is too far for any roadside assistance, then maybe the spare tire would save me... ideally. But maybe I am too old for that stuff.

What would you do in that case?

Has anyone been in that situation described above, or carry a space "22.5 tire" for their class A, just in case of emergency, or have you ever change one of that humungous tire yourself before? Or could we even do it at all.

Comment and input is greatly appreciated.
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Old 07-27-2016, 10:34 AM   #2
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My Class A had a complete spare mounted under the rear area (gaser) My one blowout I had Road side take care of, some folks carry just the carcass and not a complete tire to save weight and have roadside assistance do the changing. My trucker friends all do this.
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I personally would never put "Fix-a-flat" in any of my tires. Would sit by the road and wait for roadside assistance.
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Old 07-27-2016, 11:40 AM   #4
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My Class A had a complete spare mounted under the rear area (gaser) My one blowout I had Road side take care of, some folks carry just the carcass and not a complete tire to save weight and have roadside assistance do the changing. My trucker friends all do this.
My GT XL 352QS does not equip with any of the spare tire carrier, therefore no spare tire. If I need a spare tire, then I have to retrofit a tire carrier for that matter.
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Old 07-27-2016, 11:49 AM   #5
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I personally would never put "Fix-a-flat" in any of my tires. Would sit by the road and wait for roadside assistance.
In an ideal situation, yes, I would do the same, waiting for the "roadside assistance", because that is I am paying for.

However, I am just thinking far ahead of a scenario that when I am in a remote area such as BLM or National Park or certain stretch of the Alaskan highway which does not have cell phone signal or too far for a roadside assistance to come, "Fix-a-fat" may not be a right choice, but if it is necessary, it may be the only choice. If that fail too, then spare tire or not is the debatable subject.

The spare tire is not only heavy, taking away the load allowance for the RV, but also heavy for some folks to handle it as well. That is why I ask the question to see that how some experienced RVers would handle the emergency situation like this.
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Old 07-27-2016, 11:54 AM   #6
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I could not image why I should have a spare tire for my GT XL 352QS. If I have a flat or blow-out that could not be fixed by one, two or three of "fix flat" cans, I would leave the job to the "roadside assistance". However, hypothetically, if I am boondocking in any of BLM or National Park, and run into a flat on a rough road and could not fix with the "fix flat", and it is too far for any roadside assistance, then maybe the spare tire would save me... ideally. But maybe I am too old for that stuff.

What would you do in that case?

Has anyone been in that situation described above, or carry a space "22.5 tire" for their class A, just in case of emergency, or have you ever change one of that humungous tire yourself before? Or could we even do it at all.

Comment and input is greatly appreciated.

You might find this video informative.

If you run a TPMS and stop before damaging the tire it may be repairable but using "Fix-A-Flat" can 1. make the tire non-repairable and/or 2 void any tire warranty.
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About the only way fix a flat is going to work is if you were already stopped and noticed your tire was flat. If you're rolling the chances are great that it will pop the bead and or be shredded. That aside, the thought of jacking up an 11 ton motorhome on the side of the road, with most likely a bottle jack, does not sound like my idea of fun, not to mention lifting a couple hundred pounds of tire and rim.


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If the tire is not destroyed I have used the plug system and my pump to get us to a tire shop but last time we had a tire shop come out and fix the tire on the road.. Had us going with horses in 45 minutes and they replace both of the duallys on the one side of our class A by hand.. Very impressed
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Old 07-27-2016, 12:29 PM   #9
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If you have lost more than 20% of your air the tire is technically "Flat" and should never be driven on. If you have a steel body tire (22.5) running flat can fail the steel body cord and re-inflating can result in explosion (check You tube "exploding tire".) So you should never do more than add a few psi to your tire unless it is in safety cage or chained down and you use a LOOOONG hose.
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lug nuts!!!

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If you have lost more than 20% of your air the tire is technically "Flat" and should never be driven on. If you have a steel body tire (22.5) running flat can fail the steel body cord and re-inflating can result in explosion (check You tube "exploding tire".) So you should never do more than add a few psi to your tire unless it is in safety cage or chained down and you use a LOOOONG hose.
Biggest problem with 22.5 tires is the lug nuts. You carry an air wrench capable of over 600 ft lb torque?? It won't come off easy.
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