View Poll Results: Carry a Spare? Had a flat?
Don't Carry a spare, never had a flat 1 2.50%
Carry a spare, never had a flat 15 37.50%
Had a flat, had a spare - i was prepared! 24 60.00%
Had a flat and no spare. What did you do? 0 0%
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Old 07-12-2014, 06:44 AM   #11
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I carry 2 spares....you never know when a blow out of one tire will take out the other. My tires are rather close.
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Old 07-12-2014, 07:40 AM   #12
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I find it ODD that this question or Post would even enter conversation! Maybe someone (Missed) the (30,000) Posts on (JUNK CHINESE TIRES)!! Youroo!!
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Old 07-12-2014, 08:06 AM   #13
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I find it ODD that this question or Post would even enter conversation! Maybe someone (Missed) the (30,000) Posts on (JUNK CHINESE TIRES)!! Youroo!!
Not everyone is running ST's on their trailer.
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Old 07-12-2014, 08:11 AM   #14
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Does the poll mean "I never had a flat on my RV" or "I never had a flat
anywhere on any vehicle".

MY most memorable flat was on the one vehicle you can't normally carry
a spare-- my motorcycle! UGH.

FWIW I have a spare and I think I could use the scissors jack that came
with my Silverado BUT I know I can place a leveling block or 2 under
the good tire and the flat will be off the ground. Remember to loosen
the lug nuts B4 pulling up on the blocks.

Here's a question for you-- If you have roadside assistance insurance
and you have a flat/blowout and don't have a spare: will they pay to haul
your rig to the tire repair place or is it partially your fault for not having
a spare they can put on??
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Old 07-12-2014, 08:27 AM   #15
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I have had four trailers, two flats on one and one flat on another. I can't imagine being stranded for hours because I didn't have a tire. There are places in this country you could find yourself stranded well over a day because you have no spare.
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Old 07-12-2014, 08:52 AM   #16
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I look at not having a spare as chancing fate. Sure enough the time you need it it won't be there so by having it I won't need it.
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Old 07-12-2014, 09:23 AM   #17
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I will never start a trip without a spare. I currently have two spares. One on the back bumper and one on a BAL under carriage tire holder. On one trip a couple of years ago, I had two flats in one day. We were on a very long trip and needed to put some miles behind us. Had a flat, which shredded the tire in the morning. Got on the GPS to find the closest Wallyworld. 50 miles in the direction we were going. The wife wanted to keep going and get the spare fixed when we stopped for the night. I stopped anyway... another hour of daylight burned... Drove 3 hours and pulled into a rest area. checked around the TT and heard a hissing noise from a tire... picked up a nail. Changed tire in 10 minutes, burned another hour at the next WW. There are all sorts of road hazards that are beyond your control. A brand new tire can pick up a nail and be shredded 10 minutes after you have bought it.



I have used the same method of changing tires on my campers for over 20 years. I have various 2x6 treated board lengths to be able to build a pyramid to lift the unit by the none flat tire. Break the lug nuts free on the flat tire and pull the unit up (or back up) on the ramp to lift the bad tire off the ground. I also carry a bottle jack for when needed.
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Old 07-12-2014, 09:32 AM   #18
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Does the poll mean "I never had a flat on my RV" or "I never had a flat
anywhere on any vehicle".

MY most memorable flat was on the one vehicle you can't normally carry
a spare-- my motorcycle! UGH.

FWIW I have a spare and I think I could use the scissors jack that came
with my Silverado BUT I know I can place a leveling block or 2 under
the good tire and the flat will be off the ground. Remember to loosen
the lug nuts B4 pulling up on the blocks.

Here's a question for you-- If you have roadside assistance insurance
and you have a flat/blowout and don't have a spare: will they pay to haul
your rig to the tire repair place or is it partially your fault for not having
a spare they can put on??
Most Roadside assistance will change your spare, & if you don't have one bring a new tire for a charge. I do not know if they will tow a flat tired vehicle in unless its damaged the vehicle beyond drivability. But check with the provider as they are all different.
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Old 07-12-2014, 09:40 AM   #19
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knocked on wood before even typing this:

got a spare, haven't had a flat *yet*

We carry this:

Amazon.com: Trailer Aid Plus Tandem Tire Changing Ramp: Automotive
Weezer, when you go down to see the OLD MAN to get your shelf installed look on the back bumper of his trailer. Last year in Goshen he made and outline on cardboard for me, So I made one out of wood, then he built a rack for it to fit my bumper with a locking pin. He had that before they even came out with them. Inventive old fart, he should patent stuff.
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Old 07-12-2014, 09:40 AM   #20
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You guys are very disheartening..or I've been lucky maybe? Or are trailer tires just that bad?

I've put several hundred thousand miles of driving under my but and even if you include my youth I've changed 3 tires 'on the road' since 1978. Yes, i've picked up nails and such but none of that left me stranded (aka stopped and needing to change the tire). And 75% of those flats/issues were in my youth (poor kid running retreads, nearly bald tires, etc).

I have to wonder are TT tires really that cheap/bad or are people not maintaining them, running them overloaded, etc? I mean, 2 blowouts/flats on the same trip? I'm not sure I've had 2 flats in the same DECADE and I drive my cars 100 times more miles than my TT.
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