View Poll Results: Do you carry a spare tire for your trailer?
Never carry a spare 7 5.74%
Always Carry a spare 110 90.16%
Only carry a spare for long trips 5 4.10%
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Old 12-30-2007, 12:05 AM   #15
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If you were reading post this last year, In August I had a flat going to Pyramid Lake, CA and and Blow out on the way back home near Magic Mountain in Valencia, CA.

I don't know about you, but I was NOT willing to risk running on 3 tires and taking a chance messing up one of the axles. With the flat, it just so happen to be a valve stem leak and I was able to fill it up and go most of the way, then fill up again and made it to the campsite. I was lucky where I was able to remove it and replace it with the spare.

Now, that said. Upon my return, I had an actual blow out 
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As I mentioned, I did not and would not risk ruining my axles running of 3 tires. I had the flat fixed as then used it as the spare. Is it worth investing in having a spare for at least piece of mind? Your Damn right it is!!

That's my $0.02 worth.

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Old 12-30-2007, 07:43 AM   #16
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Wow, pretty lopsided poll so far....44 votes to carry a spare and one not. Of course I'm assuming a tandem axle trailer here.

There seems to be a lot of concern about towing a tandem axle trailer on three wheels potentially damaging the axle? I can see this not being desireable on rough roads or high speeds, but is it a bad thing to do on a freeway? Any experiences?


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Old 12-30-2007, 08:19 AM   #17
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A spare came with our trailer (new). If it had not been equipped with one, I would have made it my first purchase, along with the tools to make the change.
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Old 12-30-2007, 12:33 PM   #18
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I believe that if I had a tandem trailer it would be 50 50 ... as for single axle.. Dont leave home with out one! I because of storage space have to expandable tires on rims... I got the idea from my VW Touareg, It does not have a full size spare, rather it is a tire that folds into it self.. about inch bigger than the rim! So i looked into it and got two made up... They do have a speed rating (65) but can carry the trailer safely! I made two storage spaces under the trailer (yes i am one that does not like to see the spare tire)... so you can not even see that thay are even there! I have used both (at the same time) this past summer! When you deflate the tire they go back to the storage size.. NOTE: you do need to carry a little air compressor with you to inflate the tire (You should carry one any ways).
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Old 12-30-2007, 12:44 PM   #19
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Smile Don't leave home without it!

That's our motto anyways...good thing too as we had lots of tire problems this last camping season!
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Old 12-30-2007, 06:28 PM   #20
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Agree ,yes have a spare at the ready ,peace of mind really . I had a blowout when we first bought our 60 trdwnd single axle. Outside Wyoming ,right at the first exit going west . friday at 5:30 ,no spare, quickly scrambled to get
the flat (what was left of it )off the trailer ,unhitch the trailer get over to
big O tire in time ,they were open ,got rid of the split rim and bought two new tires and trailer wheels ,kept the other original wheel and tire for the spare till
we got back to California and bought a third wheel and tire for the spare.I
have it in the back of the Travelall in the cargo area .Have not needed it in 4 years and many miles ,but its there if and when its needed.

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Old 12-30-2007, 06:57 PM   #21
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A spare came with my trailer. I take it with me along with a couple of pieces of wood and a bottle jack. I do not have a mount, The spare is either on the trailer living room floor or in the back of the truck depending on what is coming along and how far the trip is. Even if I can go on three wheels I would just as soon get the tire changed ASAP if I ever have a flat. So far so good, though with enough miles my turn will probably come.
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Old 12-30-2007, 08:00 PM   #22
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I never leave home without a spare. Granted you can drive a short distance at "slow" speeds on 3 tires, but the time you loose and how your axle/wheel weight is affected given your load isn't worth it. I've had one flat and with a block of wood to support one axle, I used my Snapon 1/2" cordless impact (400' lbs tq) to change the flat out with the spare. Time lost 20 minutes! My spare is just like another insurance policy (and much cheaper).
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Old 01-04-2008, 11:53 AM   #23
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Originally Posted by Safari-Rick
If you were reading post this last year, In August I had a flat going to Pyramid Lake, CA and and Blow out on the way back home near Magic Mountain in Valencia, CA.
Rick, your post doesn't exactly say, but is the tire with the leaking valve stem the same tire that blew out, or a different tire?
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Old 01-04-2008, 12:32 PM   #24
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I see that I am the first vote for only carry on long trips. However, I don't have a spare tire carrier yet and a long trip for me, is anything over 20 miles. A spare tire carrier is planned when I drop the belly pan and I will have a spare carrier when I replace the pan.
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Old 01-04-2008, 12:55 PM   #25
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We have traveled over 17K miles in the last 2 1/2 years and have never experienced a loss of tire on our AS. Do you know why? Because we have a spare, breaker bar, tourque wrench and jack pads. Yes, we also belong to Good Sams, AARP Road Service and KOA and all that but you only get a flat when you are 100's of miles from anywhere or aren't prepared for the event. Our Safari is a duel axle but I would never travel on three tires. Doing so could be very, very costly; warped axle, tire shredding and ripping AS skin, and sway when you least expect it. We all have insurance for many things in our lives including our lives, a spare tire is a small price to pay for safety.
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Old 01-04-2008, 12:56 PM   #26
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Not only do I carry a spare in the back of my pickup, but I also carry a small compressor and a tire patch kit. My worst experience was down a miserable rock and dirt road about 5 hours from the nearest tire store. I flattened both tires on my single axle trailer and the spare. I managed to repair one tire to good shape, one tire had an unpatchable gash, and the last tire I got to hold air for 30 to 40 minutes at a shot with a slow leak. I drove slow and stopped about every 20 minutes to pump up the tire and bought 3 new tires when I got out.

Am I ever going to go back there? You bet!!! But I don't go unprepared.
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Old 01-04-2008, 02:45 PM   #27
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How fast on three.

Originally Posted by Garfield
our dealer suggested it's not really necessary considering it's a tandem axle trailer that can be safely towed considerable distances (at 55 MPH) on only three wheels.
The owner's manual for our first Airstream said to not go over 35 mph when running on three. You are really loading the single in this situation.
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Old 01-04-2008, 03:13 PM   #28
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I've always carried a spare tire on any trailer I've owned (pop ups through the Airstream). Interestingly enough not one of the trailers came with the spare as standard equipment. More interesting was than my 2001 Safari did not have the option of having a spare tire mount and tire, and I made a special request to Jackson Center for that at build time. My 2004 Classic came with the spare tire mount, but the wheel and tire were optional.

I've had two flats in my life...both in the same exact location although two different trailers. In one case after retrieving my trailer from its storage location after winter storage, I failed to inflate the tires to normal mode and broke the bead on the tire with the rim when backing into my driveway at home.

The last case was on my current trailer where the Marathon shed a chunk of tread, but held together until I backed into that same driveway and the unsupported belt pulled apart.

I don't ever want to be in a situation where although the tandem axle will support the loss of one tire, I'm now hunting for a tire store in some remote area on a Sunday or holiday. Not a fun situation especially knowing what kind of load that remaining tire has to carry.


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