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Old 07-31-2007, 11:15 PM   #1
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Air In Your Spare?

Hi, Sunday I was under my trailer reinstalling my Equal-i-zer street side brackets; You know, moveing the gas line Etc. While under there I pushed on my spare tire with my hand and decided that it didn't feel hard enough. My trailer is almost three years old and I have not even looked at my spare, except to see if someone stole it. So I took it, down and out, to check the pressure and it was at 20 lbs. This would have been just enough pressure to replace a flat with another flat.
Fortunately, I never had to use my spare yet; And with all the posted tire concerns, I thought that I should post my bad example to, maybe, help save someone else who might not admit neglet of their spare tire.
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Old 08-01-2007, 01:59 AM   #2
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I have an extension hose on my spare that lets me check the pressure right from the frame (easy to reach without crawling under the trailer) and quickly unscrews from the valve stem if you have to use the spare.

IIRC, it is a Dicor product, but most good auto parts shops should carry them also.
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Old 08-01-2007, 02:59 AM   #3
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Good reminder! Thanx...
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Old 08-01-2007, 04:50 AM   #4
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I carry a small air compressor just for such suprises on the road.
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Old 08-01-2007, 06:05 AM   #5
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Hi, Sunday I was under my trailer reinstalling my Equal-i-zer street side brackets; You know, moveing the gas line Etc. While under there I pushed on my spare tire with my hand and decided that it didn't feel hard enough. My trailer is almost three years old and I have not even looked at my spare, except to see if someone stole it. So I took it, down and out, to check the pressure and it was at 20 lbs. This would have been just enough pressure to replace a flat with another flat.
Fortunately, I never had to use my spare yet; And with all the posted tire concerns, I thought that I should post my bad example to, maybe, help save someone else who might not admit neglet of their spare tire.
I towed without a spare for the first 5000 miles. I just had one shipped in last week form Southwest Wheel out of Dallas. Remember to place it back in the carrier with the valve down and facing to the front so you can reach it with out taking the tire out.

I always knew I could tow on 3 tires and carried a tire repair kit and air compressor, I didn’t think I was taking much of a risk. Even with a spare I would plug the tire and air it up instead of changing the tire, changing the tire is to much work. Now a blow out is where the spare would come into play.
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Old 08-01-2007, 06:26 AM   #6
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Now a blow out is where the spare would come into play.
Jim, a roll of duct tape would be a good idea if you have a blowout, in case debris knocks stuff loose when the tire comes apart. No, you can't fix the flat with duct tape, I've seen it tried, though.
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Old 08-01-2007, 06:59 AM   #7
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Jim, a roll of duct tape would be a good idea if you have a blowout, in case debris knocks stuff loose when the tire comes apart. No, you can't fix the flat with duct tape, I've seen it tried, though.
My son just returned form Scout Camp and he picked up 5 merit badges. He also received the Duck Tape Merit Badge which is not accredit but did come with a patch and two wallets he made. Of course he wants the badge sewn on his sash with the real ones.

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It's odd sometimes that you go for periods at a time without checking something and then you get a "feeling" that you better. Well, I'm glad that I did check the spare as I needed it coming home from the summer rally. (see picture below). I am now a BIG fan of checking my spare each time I get ready to use the AS.

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Old 08-01-2007, 11:57 AM   #9
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It's odd sometimes that you go for periods at a time without checking something and then you get a "feeling" that you better. Well, I'm glad that I did check the spare as I needed it coming home from the summer rally. (see picture below). I am now a BIG fan of checking my spare each time I get ready to use the AS.

Get a Pressure Pro systym and add a sensor on the spare also. This way, you can check the pressure anytime from the receiver on the dash and you will get an alert if the pressure drops below 12.5%. Also a good idea on the TV's spare tire.
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Old 08-01-2007, 03:20 PM   #10
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Tire Fix and slow leak finding

I recommend keeping a Tire repair kit. Don't use the fix a flats, they just make a mess. Get a set with the self vulcanizing strips, the plunger file(to roughen up the hole), and the strip inserter, And get a can of tire contact cement to wipe on the strips as well before inserting. It will last for thousands of miles. We have used them on gravel roads around our farm without fail for years! They do not work on sidewall cuts, but for nail and screw holes they work great. It is best to insert them with the tire mostly inflated.
To do this feed the strip into the insertion tool(the part your fingers touch on one end will be useless, but you have plenty if you have the 4" strips.
Pull the strip until it is just over halfway through.
Then brush on the tire contact cement.
Then pull whatever is causing the leak out(if it is longer than 1/2 inch, you may have to repeat until you have 2 or 3 strips together).
insert the roughing tool one or two times.
Insert the strip until it is about one inch inside, them pull the inserter tool out.
If you are at a gas station or have a compressor, fill the tire to its normal pressure.
wait 5 minutes then trim off the excess leaving just a little above the tread.
Then Hit the road!
One great way to find out if you have a slow leak is get a soda bottle or sprayer bottle. Fill with a tablespoon of dish washing soap then fill up with water. Give it a shake and then spray the soap solution all over the leaking tire. Wait for 10 minutes or 1/2 hour and you will see a small pile of bubbles over the leak. if using the soda bottle, cut a small slice into the cap and just squeeze until the soap solution sprays out.
You may have to drive forward or backwards if the leak is under the tire.
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Old 08-01-2007, 05:12 PM   #11
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I check mine several times a season. Reading what I have about Goodyear Marathons, it's not a bad practice to follow.
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