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Old 03-05-2009, 08:41 AM   #29
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Time to retire

I rotate my spare once a year, every time I do the bearings.

100,000 miles
On my 28 classic in 5 years I needed the spare once, when I returned from a pit stop and discovered one tire had lost air.

I needed a spare TWICE on my tow vehicle and do not have one for it, no place for it. Both times front wheels and both times it was valve failure. I have changed all valves to steel.

1 phone call to my road service and a tire service magically arrives with a tire. Yes, the tire price might be a few bucks higher but it frees-up space in my bulging T.V.

I too have thought of moving the spare and adding an extra battery instead


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Old 03-05-2009, 08:50 AM   #30

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Twice in 26yrs for the trailer, both on our first AS,
never been without a spare.

FWIW....GM TV's, crank that spare down and lube frequently, the cable WILL be siezed when you need it!

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So when is this..."old enough to know better" supposed to kick in?
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Old 03-05-2009, 08:53 AM   #31
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NOT YET! (keeps fingers crossed)
My spare is in the nose of the truck bed strapped to the side. Its out in the open (in the cap) where I can thump it wiff my tire billy or check with a gauge any time. I never leave home wiff out a Spare for Truck or Trailer.When we travel I have a Spare Tire (not mounted) I carry also and Irons, sledge, an air compressor. I can GITTER DONE if I need too.
Sorry thats 45 yrs in a big rig talkin.Im ready fer almost anything.
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Old 03-05-2009, 10:16 AM   #32
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We've used ours once...fortunately with our single axle trailer, it wasn't catastrophic. We noticed the tire was a little low and filled it while on the road. The next morning (Sunday) it was flat, flat FLAT...we had evidently picked up a screw somewhere that we didn't notice the day before. We put the spare on and continued on our way until the next stop and then got the tire fixed on Monday. No lost time - except the hour or so at the tire shop - we were able to stick with our original scheduled arrival and then deal with the tire. If we hadn't had the spare, we would have had to delay our arrival a day and missed some things we wanted to participate in.

We've also been on several mini-caravans with friends on the way to/from rallies where if they didn't have a spare, it would have delayed the arrival of us all.

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Old 03-05-2009, 10:59 AM   #33
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We bought our 2005 25FB (Lucy) new in June of 2006. We have towed it 42,000 miles and have spent 350 nights in her. I state this at the outset to show the use of Lucy before I tell my trailer tire saga. I also want you to know that I have always checked tire pressure almost daily while on the road.

Lucy came with the standard OEM Goodyear Marathons. On a trip out west in 2007, we had a blowout on the left rear. It was pointed out to us by a passing car on the interstate. We were able to stop before Lucy sustained any body damage. We put on the spare at a remote exit using legos to lift the good tire. We continued into Dallas where we purchased a new Marathon. At this point, Lucy had about 11,000 miles on her.

About three weeks later, on the same trip, in Wyoming Lucy blew her right rear tire. Again, this was pointed out to us by a passing motorist. We got off at the next exit and again used our spare. At this point we were learning the finer points of Airstream tire changing. We continued on into Gillette, but before we got there, Lucy suffered another blowout on the right front. We limped into Gillette and found the local truck tire dealer. Lucy was then at about 14,000 miles.

The tire dealer in Gillette recommended going to Maxxis load range E's. Lucy got 4 new Maxxis, and we used the new Marathon that we had bought in Dallas as the spare.

The Maxxis did very well for almost 25,000 miles. Last Fall we were in Nashville on the return leg of another western adventure when we stopped for gas and noticed that Lucy's right front tire had lost pressure. Fortuneately, it had not shredded on the road as had the Marathons. Once more we got to fine tune our tire changing skills. That tire had a strand of steel belt that had come through the sidewal causing a leak. We replaced it with a Carlisle 10 ply as it was the only suitable trailer tire that we could find in Nashville on a Sunday afternoon.

Moral of this story is, if you don't have a spare, you're a braver man than I.

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Old 03-06-2009, 03:04 PM   #34
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When I started looking for a good 12v. air compressor last year, I first checked the internet and there were two types—cheap stuff that looked like junk (some wouldn't even pump up to 65 psi) and expensive (several hundred and up) ones. The cheap ones plug into a cigarette lighter socket or other 12v socket in a TV and can't build up much pressure because they would fry the circuits. The better ones are directly connected to a 12v. battery and have a long cord and hose to get to all the tires.

Last summer we were in Costco and they have a compressor for around $55 that works very well and appears to be well built. The pressure gauge on it is very accurate. It the hose screws to the valve stems so you can stay with the pump, check the pressure and operate it. I have no idea of the brand name, but I think they still carry them. It's easy to use in a campground when the tires loose some pressure.

I started carrying a cheap little compressor when we used to go on 4WD drive roads and needed it more than once. I also carry a kit to plug tires. Although I know plugs aren't supposed to be as good as patching from the inside, I never had a plug go bad. It's especially nice to have this stuff when the second tire blows—I've had that happen too when many miles from a real road.

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Old 03-06-2009, 05:46 PM   #35
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On a return leg from PEI in '97 we had a flat on the trailer in NH, didn't have a spare but were fortunate to find one nearby, probably only lost about 4 I carry a spare...
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Old 03-06-2009, 08:12 PM   #36
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4 times in four years and 45,000 miles, once to take a tire/rim to Goodyear for a new tire and 3 times for a flat tire.
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Old 03-06-2009, 09:18 PM   #37
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Once in 2 years...when a rubber valve stem failed (refilling it with air would not have helped)...and we have a single axle, so there you have it. I would not go without a spare...and we check it periodically just to make sure it's up to snuff pressure-wise.
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Old 03-22-2009, 04:30 PM   #38
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I have used my spare about 8 times. Right now I have two spares on the ground and none of my tires are over 5 years old. I do drive about 15,000 miles a year so that does play a part.
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Old 03-22-2009, 05:08 PM   #39
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Install the spare, drive to the tire store, replace the tire(s), throw away the spare.
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Old 03-24-2009, 05:38 AM   #40
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Spare Tire use

I used the spare three times the first year I owned the trailer. All tires that let go were under 3 years old. I had to air all tires on the ground every time I went to move the trailer.
After going to 16" Commercial T/As (now two seasons) the only thing I do to the Spare is make sure it has air in it before I rotate it to the ground. Also have only had to air the new tires at the fall when temperature drops (I guess that is causing the pressure drop) then only at the end of the second season.
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Old 07-17-2009, 09:41 PM   #41
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Replace the spare?

If I haven't rotated the spare in . . . how long should I keep it?

We replaced both our marathons in 2006 (during a trip because of a failure) and bought a new matching spare when we got home (turned out the spare was a different size than our regular wheels).

I'm planning on replacing the tires next summer - that will give them four years - w/approx. 4 trips a year. However, the spare has been stored inside, away from the sun, never used except to ride in the suburban on trips and "looks" to be in pristine condition.

Is the spare "safe" to keep another couple years, or am I asking for trouble?

We have a single axle and I like to travel to remote areas.

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Old 07-17-2009, 09:56 PM   #42
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Our old 78 has a spare mounted, and surprisingly, it's mounted on an alum wheel that matches the other!

If buying a new trailer today, I don't think I'd order a spare...if you are running a tandem axle AS, you can actually remove the 'blown' tire and wheel assembly and run on the remaining three wheels (at reduced speed) till you can get to the next place that has replacements...

Now of course, if you run way out in the 'boonies' or have a single axle trailer, a spare would be a great peace of mind opition...

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