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Old 09-26-2013, 09:51 PM   #1
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Electric brake or spare tire on fr3

Does the FR3 come with a spare tire? If not how much would I expect to pay and should I bother?


Also. Does it come with or is it wired for electric brake for towing?

Thanks for your help
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Old 09-27-2013, 07:54 AM   #2
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The Ford chassis is delivered to Forest River pre wired for a brake. It should be on the underside of the steering column, and the trailer brake connector will likely be taped to a wire bundle pretty high up in the dash. Seems to be standard on any Ford based motorhome of recent vintage.

Spare tire? Unless youre planning on carrying a hefty impact gun or BIG breaker bar and a torque wrench, I wouldnt bother. I think the money is better spent on roadside assistance, but my view might be colored as someone who spent 3 hours changing two different 22.5" flats on a road trip a few weeks ago.

FWIW, Ford recommends 170 ft/lbs on the F53 chassis. Our F150 is 150 ft/lbs, and Id hate to try it with anything less than a 2ft 1/2" drive breaker bar at a minimum.
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Old 09-27-2013, 08:16 AM   #3
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Great info and thanks!

If road side assistance comes and I don't have a spare, then they might have a hard time changing my tire. I would be towed? Just thinking. This is new to me.

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Old 09-27-2013, 08:23 AM   #4
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Now that Im not entirely sure on. I would think they could/would tow you to the nearest shop OR dismount/remount at the shop or on the side of the road. The big boys who have roadside (i.e. long distance truckers) can get a dismount/remount on the side of the road, and thats a 22.5" tire. A 19.5" should be quicker and easier I would think.
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