View Poll Results: Carry a Spare? Had a flat?
Don't Carry a spare, never had a flat 1 2.44%
Carry a spare, never had a flat 16 39.02%
Had a flat, had a spare - i was prepared! 24 58.54%
Had a flat and no spare. What did you do? 0 0%
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Old 07-11-2014, 03:53 PM   #1
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To carry a spare or not?

TT didn't come with a spare. Until 1/2 mile from home on my last trip I've never had a trailer tire go flat in 25+ years of towing trailers of various kinds.

Can't tell you the last time I had a flat on my car...nearly 20 years as it was before kids, before I moved here.

Since tires dry rot before they wear out, if they're in good shape how important is it to carry a TT spare?

And how what do you do for a jack on the side of the hiway anyway?

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Old 07-11-2014, 03:57 PM   #2
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Ooooh id make it a priority!

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Old 07-11-2014, 03:58 PM   #3
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Never had a flat on the trailer, but my daughter and SIL did a couple of years ago while we were traveling to Tennessee. I carry a spare and a 3 ton bottle jack.

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Old 07-11-2014, 04:01 PM   #4
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I would not even pull the trailer out of it's parking spot without a spare.

Better to have it and not need it!
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Old 07-11-2014, 04:01 PM   #5
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I've bought 3 new campers, 1 TT and 2 5ers. Had 6 boats and a utility trailer. Never had one that didn't come with a spare. I'd never leave home without a spare. And I carry a 12-ton bottle jack. A 4-ton would do fine.
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Old 07-11-2014, 04:11 PM   #6
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When you say never had one.Be prepared to have one .That's like a jinx.
Had a bad blow out and thank god I had a spare.
Make sure a spare is properly inflated too.
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Old 07-11-2014, 04:58 PM   #7
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knocked on wood before even typing this:

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

We carry this: Trailer Aid Plus Tandem Tire Changing Ramp: Automotive

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Old 07-11-2014, 05:05 PM   #8
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Have 5 trailers. I ALWAYS have a spare available. You never know when you might run over something. Incuding potholes!!!!!!!


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Old 07-11-2014, 06:27 PM   #9
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The first long trip we took with our new 5'er we had two flats in the same day. The first flat was due to hitting something on the highway that made a small puncture hole in the sidewall. The second flat happened about 50 miles down the road after leaving the tire shop and was due to the tire shop not getting a good bead seal on the new tire we had mounted.

Luckily, we got off the road in an easy spot to address the issue both times. I used our waffle blocks (we have about 30) as our jack...just stack them up to make a ramp for the good tire and pull onto (or back up onto) the ramp to lift the flat tire off the ground. Works well for a tandem axle trailer...but not for a single axle trailer I guess.
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Old 07-11-2014, 06:58 PM   #10
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Defiantly a priority. Wouldn't leave home without one either. Get yourself a good bottle jack as well.

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