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Old 07-19-2009, 08:54 AM   #43
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I have used the spare only about 10 times in just over 100k miles. None of these tires were over 5 years old. If you only drive close to home that is one thing we just got back from Madison and put about 3,500 miles on that one run.
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Old 07-19-2009, 10:38 AM   #44
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Three times. The other two times I had tire failure, I was able to limp in to the tire store. Four of the failures were from blowouts, one was from a road hazard.
All my blowouts occured in super hot weather. It is not much fun changing a tire when the weather is 100 degree plus, but it beats the alternative.
I check the air pressure in spare when I check the pressure on the other tires.
I would never go anywhere without a spare. If you have a flat out in the boonies getting back on the road is much easier with a spare.
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Old 07-19-2009, 11:33 AM   #45
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I just had a flat on the way back from the International. On Rt70 in Ohio. I had just purchased a PressurePro monitoring system and it signaled a low pressure alert in a tire. I kept driving and was able to pull into a service center and change it. My spare was full because I check it before long trips. Yes I have experienced a flat spare with a pickup in the middle of nowhere in Kentucky - Never Again!
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Old 07-20-2009, 02:10 AM   #46
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Yea! Another happy Pressure Pro user! Glad it turned out well...
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Old 07-20-2009, 04:18 AM   #47
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We've used our spare twice in hot weather after our Pressure Pros alerted us to a problem and saved us from any damage to the plumbing or trailer skin.
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Old 07-20-2009, 06:21 AM   #48
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I have a single axle Safari and carry a spare. If, or when, I have a flat, most of my day will be ruined, I don't want to mess up the evening drunk.

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Old 07-20-2009, 06:26 AM   #49
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We have used our spare 3 times in the last three years. I have a tube installed in the spare to insure it is inflated when needed, and I check it regularly.
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Old 07-20-2009, 09:22 AM   #50
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Is there a good reason for not carrying a spare? There is a nice place to put it on my trailer, its out of the way, easy to access when needed, and a nice piece of security when you hit the curb or some foreign object in the roadway that takes out the tires on one side of your rig. Its just too cheap and too convient to think of any other way to travel for me.
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Old 07-20-2009, 12:36 PM   #51
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Twice since 2003

We purchased new in 2003. In 2006 at a MD campground, we noticed a bulge in one tire and used the spare to get to our next stop in NJ.

In 2008, at a rest stop in NJ, we discovered a tire had significantly lower pressure than the others. We had picked up a nail and we used the spare to get us to our campground in CT.
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Old 07-20-2009, 06:24 PM   #52
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I can't imagine not having a spare even with a double axle trailer. It's cheap insurance for tire problems. With the problems with the Marathon tires, not having a spare may mean leaving the trailer somewhere dangerous, and/or a long trip to find a place that can fix a flat or has the right tires.

I gather that in the past (don't know how long ago) spares were not included or were an option. That seems strange to me. Who would drive a car or a truck without a spare? Since I also have a good compressor along, I don't have to make sure how much air is in it until I need it—then I can fill it. Trailer tires seem to lose air faster than other types of tires.

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Old 07-20-2009, 06:42 PM   #53
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My '66 has no provisions for a spare. However I believe my TV spare would bolt in place if I had to go there. The problem with that is my TV spare isn't rated to handle the load my trailer tires are subjected to when towing. So this would be a very temporary solution.

For now I take a trailer spare loose loaded into my TV.

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Old 07-20-2009, 06:58 PM   #54
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I have used it once on my TV on a hwy to Mexico. And it came in handy. Zero times on my trailer. Given a spare with good tread and 8 to 10 years old is likely not a good spare any more.

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I understand your point, but I think my inclination would be not to worry too much about the age of the spare, but if/when I needed to use it, use it only to get me to the nearest place to get the running tire replaced or repaired, the put the spare back as a spare. (Never actually had a flat yet en route.)

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Old 07-20-2009, 07:03 PM   #55
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How many times have you used your spare tire?

Twice, the first year I had the unit.
Bought better tires before the start of the next season and havent used one since.
But I did buy five new rims and tires (I am a subscriber to the reserve concept).
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