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Old 01-27-2014, 10:57 AM   #1
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Carry a Spare or Not?

This question came up on another forum I was visiting "How Many Class A Owners" carry a spare tire. Reasons for and reasons why not.

Myself, I do not. I figure that is why I have ERService with Good Sam in addition to a separate tire protection package that came with my rig as part of my purchase deal.
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Old 01-27-2014, 11:03 AM   #2
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No spare for us.
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Old 01-27-2014, 11:14 AM   #3
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I don't have a class A, but I would never be without a spare tire. Even if you DO have roadside, you're going to be stuck on somewhere waiting for help. What if you are out in the middle of nowhere, and there is no cell reception? I'd rather change a tire than be stuck on the side of the road for 5 + hours.
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Old 01-27-2014, 11:17 AM   #4
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My American Eagles came with a spare tire mounted on an aluminum wheel as standard equipment year back. When I had our National RV Pacifica I did not carry a spare. But, with what I have learned since I would always now carry a spare tire, not a wheel but at least a spare tire.
Many times the exact same size tire will not be available for a roadside assistance provider to bring to you on the side of the road. Least of all the same manufacture or tread pattern. The price that you will pay to have a spare tire from a road side service call is flat stupid to the point that price gouging would seem fair.
If you carry a spare tire that is not mounted to a wheel you will not give up much basement storage as you can still pack basement items in the center opening as well as even inside the tire cavity.
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Old 01-27-2014, 12:06 PM   #5
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Every RV we've had has had a spare and we were surprised to find out that our Class A didn't come with one. Not sure if it has to do with the level of difficulty it takes to change one (i.e. heavy jack, big torque wrench, etc.). I like the idea of having a spare in the basement.
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Being a former driver and owner operator of several trucks I can say from experience if a road service has to bring you a tire you will pay dearly for it. Mind you it also depends where you get the flat.
If it's in a metropolitan area it's not so bad but if your in the boonies, you will pay.
I ended up mounting good used tires for spares behind the cabs. If you have a place to store or safely secure a spare it would be a wise investment.
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Old 01-27-2014, 12:24 PM   #7
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If you get a spare, will it fit in all tire positions? Front, Rear Inner/Outer?
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Old 01-27-2014, 12:35 PM   #8
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Driving to the grocery store without a spare wouldn't even cross my mind. Sure wouldn't do it Xcountry.
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Old 01-27-2014, 12:36 PM   #9
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Are you speaking of a tire and wheel?

On a motorhome application it should. Unless you find a rare directional pattern tread application for the tire.

If you carry only a tire it would not make any difference even if the pattern was directional.
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On the other hand... If you don't know how to change the tire or you can't due to physical limitations or you just don't want to, then it wouldn't make any difference. Road service call anyway.
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