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Old 07-20-2009, 07:33 PM   #57
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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.
i think you should also consider the load rating of the tow v. spare. now if a trailer wheel would fit the truck, you could use a trailer spare for both!

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Old 07-20-2009, 10:11 PM   #58
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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.)


When I used that spare on my TV (I believe this was in 2003) the spare was used and of an unknown age since it came with the TV when I bought it in 1997. While I had replaced the tires in 1998 I did not replace the spare. (side note, environmental conditions 3rd weekend in May about 10am air temp was over 100 in the Southern AZ desert) The spare on my TV lasted about 60 miles and experienced a rapid depressurazition. Now I am stuck in the Northern Mexican desert with 3 good tires on my TV. Fortunately I was traveling to meet some friends and they were behind me. They took me and my wife to Rocky Point with 2 questionable tires on rims. I bought some used tires had them mounted and my friend drove me back to my stranded combo in about 3 hours and several adult beverages.

It wasn't the best way to start a vacation, however I will never travel with a spare of that age. I looked at the date code on the spare that was on the back of my TV, it was just over 10 years old. The used Mexican tires cost me $15 each mounted and balanced and were just under 3 years old. After that trip I replaced all 5 tires on my TV. The used MX tires were used as spares for the trailer. However I have not towed my bullet since 2007 and I also need axles. However that is a different story.


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Old 07-20-2009, 10:14 PM   #59
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In ten years of towing an Airstream, I've only experienced one tire that needed attention and was able to get to a repair center without damage to the tire and without needing the spare. We rely upon the Pressure Pro system to alert us to tires which have lost pressure on both the trailer and tow vehicle. It has served us well. Still, I carry one spare factory mounted under the trailer and a second spare in the truck bed under the tonneau cover. We often take extended trips over several months of 5,000 to 10,000 miles in duration and often through very remote areas such as in Southern Utah, Wyoming, Montana and Colorado where repair/replacement could be problematic.
I wouldn't feel comfortable towing without both spares just in case they are needed.
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Old 05-02-2013, 03:15 PM   #60
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There are minimum intervals

We're headed out to Pelahatchie, MS shortly for this year's first Airstream outing. For good measure, I decided to check the spare tire's air pressure even though, as a bias-ply tire, it never seems to waver. Oops - bad move; it was down to 23 psig when it was supposed to be 45 psig.

The four, relatively new, radial Marathons which support my Overlander going down the road are expected to lose a few psi every couple of months. The spare tire's pressure surprised me as did the wasp nest when the cover was pulled back. But I don't remember checking its pressure last year. I need to do better.

Don't forget to check your spare tire's pressure at least once a season.

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Old 05-02-2013, 04:47 PM   #61
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Don't forget to check your spare tire's pressure at least once a season.
My Interstate's spare tire is stored underneath, between the rear axle and the rear bumper, just like on a lot of vans and pickups.

Earlier this year, I added a valve extension for the spare tire, set up so the stem fitting bolts to the rear bumper within easy reach. Now I can check— and inflate— my Interstate's spare without ever crawling underneath.

Wheel Masters® spare tire inflation system, with the braided stainless steel cover on the hose. About 50 bucks (the rubber one without the braided steel cover is cheaper) but well worth the price considering how hard it is to access the spare otherwise, especially with my arthritic knees.
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Old 05-02-2013, 07:30 PM   #62
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twice on my first trip out. Over a 12 year period I have used the spare at least 6 different times probably more and none of the tires were over 5 years of age and all had good tire pressure before going flat.
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Old 05-02-2013, 07:35 PM   #63
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Old 05-02-2013, 08:09 PM   #64
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low air pressure sensor.

here's a novel idea..

how about putting tmps sensors like are installed on newer vehicles. upgrading or modifying the on board system to monitor the sensors you installed in the trailer tires.

just a thought..
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Old 05-03-2013, 09:16 AM   #65
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I put pressure pro sensors on my trailer and truck and they worked good. They did not prevent me from having some false readings. I had the first generation of the pressure pros and I am certain they are more reliable now. I had one tire sensor that would give me false readings from time to time, which I could not duplicate at home, I had a flat on the interstate and the sensor did not alarm. Later I had a tire throw a tread, I happened to see it occur while looking out the sideview mirror. This tire did not lose air but did desroy the wheel well and the big side panel doing damage of over $6K. I feel like the newer generation of tire monitors will give even more protection than the older ones did and I would want to have them installed when pulling the do give an added level or assurance.
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Old 05-06-2013, 05:24 AM   #67
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Old 05-06-2013, 03:52 PM   #68
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I picked up a screw in the Mercedes right rear tire at the first 50 mile stop to check wheel lug bolt torque on the way home with the new trailer. When I got to the next stop, a rest area, and came out of the restroom the right rear was slowly lowering to the ground.

Since the donut spare could not carry the load, the right front had to come off and get the donut. Then that tire went on the rear. I drove 50 miles one way back into LA to a Costco to get the flat tire fixed. Then they did the musical tire drill in reverse.

When I switched the Airstream to Michelin LTX (P) 235/75R15 XL tires, I also put one on the steel spare wheel. I always replace vehicle tires long before the wear bars are on the ground to preclude hydro-planning in the rain. Since time will be the factor instead of miles, I will consider the trailer tires eligible for replacement in four years or sooner depending on weather checking as the trailer is stored under roof in the Phoenix area desert heat.
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Old 05-13-2013, 10:20 PM   #69
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How many times have I used the spare?

Twice, both times to replace failed failed ST tires. I have not had a moments problem since replacing those junk tires with BF Goodrich Commercial T/A LT tires in 16 inch.
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Old 05-13-2013, 10:39 PM   #70
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Hi, my Lincoln is 13 years old and my Safari is over 8 years old and I have never used either spare yet, but I wouldn't go without one.


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