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 12-29-2007, 10:54 AM   #1
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Poll: Do you carry a spare for your trailer?

Our new-to-us Safari didn't come with a spare and I'm not sure if it's worth the bother/expense to buy and install one. Apparently Airstreams don't come with a spare as standard equipment and 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. He's personally towed for decades and has never bothered with a spare.

So what y'all think?

Thanks in advance!
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Old 12-29-2007, 10:57 AM   #2
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I do, but probably wouldn't use it with the double axle if I was close to town. If further out from a tire store I may put the spare on. Not really a yes or no answer, I know...
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Old 12-29-2007, 11:51 AM   #3
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I do, but probably wouldn't use it with the double axle if I was close to town. If further out from a tire store I may put the spare on. Not really a yes or no answer, I know...
If you buy one, and get the hardware to mount it, it is self-defeating to remove it only for short trips. If you are going to only buy the tire, and put it inside hte trailer or tow vehicle, then it would become a question. But if you have it, take it with you, so you will never need it...
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Old 12-29-2007, 12:19 PM   #4
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Mine is mounted on the tounge, but I have a single axel trailer...
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Old 12-29-2007, 12:33 PM   #5
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We purchased a spare for our camper as soon as we got it (mounted it under the hitch). Needed it twice this past camping season - two highway blow outs within a couple of days of each other. Both times it was passed closing time for the local tire businesses so we would have lost travel time waiting to purchase a replacement. Lesson learned for us: Don't run older tires (the tires that failed were 4 or 5 years old, and had come from the hot desert of AZ) and always have a spare.
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Old 12-29-2007, 12:54 PM   #6
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i have a single axle trailer and am putting a spare up front in the frame, under the dinette.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/486235-post63.html

it's the same setup they install on the newer airstreams.
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Old 12-29-2007, 01:38 PM   #7
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We tend to take longer trips than some folks. Last year we put on about 12,000 miles. We carry two spares. One on the trailer and one in the bed of the truck.
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Old 12-29-2007, 01:45 PM   #8
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...Apparently Airstreams don't come with a spare as standard equipment and our dealer suggested it's not really necessaary
new a/s DO NOW come with a spare tire/wheel as standard equipment....

until this recent (this year) change the spare has been an option or part of 'option packages'...

some dealers don't wanna deal with the additional expense, while others have always ordered their units WITH spares....

sure you can tow on one tire/wheel but what if both go on one side?

this happened to a member here last year, when they lost 2 on one side running over a board full of nails.

but hey don't follow my example, i carry 2 spares!

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Old 12-29-2007, 03:42 PM   #9
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Even with a tandem axle it makes me nervous NOT to have a spare. Half of our camping is at out of the main stream places...too far away from potential tire stores. I 'temporarilly' mounted our spare under the tongue, half under the front of the coach. I want to place the spare behind the tanks eventually but I have almost forgotten the spare where it is as it is not noticed.
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Old 12-29-2007, 04:11 PM   #10
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If you buy one, and get the hardware to mount it, it is self-defeating to remove it only for short trips. If you are going to only buy the tire, and put it inside hte trailer or tow vehicle, then it would become a question. But if you have it, take it with you, so you will never need it...
I wasn't suggesting removing the spare for a short trip.
What I meant was that if I had a flat close to town, I may just remove the flat tire and limp in on three rather than remove the spare from it's mount. Further from town I would just replace it anyway then not worry about going so slow.
I haven't had to make that decision yet so this is purely hypothetical.
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Old 12-29-2007, 07:21 PM   #11
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I always carry a spare, needed it last summer. To me, if you're going to pull a tire you might as well change it. I have a dedicated breaker bar with with an extention and lug socket, along with a clicker torque wrench with the same set up. I have a 20 ton bottle jack for serious stuff, and a tire ramp for quick tire changes. I changed the flat last summer in maybe 15 minutes. I've worked offshore for 35 years so I tend to be overly cautious. Whatever you do, have fun and be safe. --Mark--
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Old 12-29-2007, 10:00 PM   #12
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Mark, I'm with you. Carry the spare, trailer aid jack. large socket with breaker bar and a torque wrench. I'm ready and will change it if it is necessary. I won't drive on three unless I absolutely have to.
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Old 12-29-2007, 11:05 PM   #13
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Always carry a spare

Hi, I always carry a spare tire and wheel; And I always have the tools to do the job. My trailer was ordered with the spare as an option when I placed my order. I haven't had to use any spares in years, but once again, how much is it worth when you need it and don't have one?
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Old 12-30-2007, 12:21 AM   #14
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I have 2 spares for the trailer. Neither are mounted on wheels. When I tow they are loose in my van.

I have never had a flat on the trailer. Although one year I had 2 flats in 60 miles on the van while towing. One flat on the RR and the 2nd was the spare that went flat 60 miles later. That stopped the forward movement. I was in Mexico when I had the 2nd flat about 30 miles from Rocky Point. (RP) Caught a ride to RP with my blown tires and rims. Bought 2 used tires that were almost an exact match to the other tires. When I got home I replaced all 5 tires on the van.

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