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Old 11-16-2004, 10:46 AM   #1
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Spare tire?

Wanted to know
1)If you have a spare for your trailer? (maybe silly question)

2) Where do you keep your spare?

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Old 11-16-2004, 11:29 AM   #2
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Based on my experience, a spare is always a good idea.
On a single axle trailer, a spare tire is not something I would leave home without. Tandem axles can limp along ok on 3 tires until you get to a tire shop if you're willing to take that risk.
The best location for the spare is on the tongue, if you have room. Second best is underneath the front although a bit of a PITA to get to. Spares should never be mounted on the rear of the trailer.
Of course a spare might be carried in the tow vehicle, but I prefer to keep it mounted on the trailer for convenience.
A can of Fix-a-flat is an inexpensive but handy item to carry in your tool box.
That's my story and I'm sticking to it.
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Old 11-16-2004, 12:31 PM   #3
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A can of Fix-a-flat is an inexpensive but handy item to carry in your tool box.
That's my story and I'm sticking to it.
While Fix-a-flat is inexpensive, it makes the tire repair miserable. If you are willing to completely replace the tire, it may not be as big of an issue, but don't expect a "deal" from your tire repair shop if you use this product, and want to keep the tire.

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Old 11-16-2004, 01:11 PM   #4
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On the same subject... Is it safe to use on of those tire plugging kits on a trailer tire? I have had good success with them on my vehicles, but am not sure if they are good enough for a simple "hole in the tire" repair for trailers.
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Old 11-16-2004, 03:47 PM   #5
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Tire repair

I've only used Fix-a-flat to get me off the highway to a safe tire changing area, then scrapped the bad tire or saved it as a spare.
Plugging a penetrated trailer tire is also risky business. I would only save a plugged tire as a spare.
Let's face it, we millionaire Airstreamers can easily shell out a hundred bucks or so to replace a defective tire. It's chickenfeed compared to the lewd amount of $ we invested in our pride and joy.
Better safe than sorry.
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Old 11-16-2004, 06:16 PM   #6
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On the same subject... Is it safe to use on of those tire plugging kits on a trailer tire? I have had good success with them on my vehicles, but am not sure if they are good enough for a simple "hole in the tire" repair for trailers.
A "plug" is a temporary repair, good to get you somewhere you can get the tire permanently repaired with an internal patch. Whether the tire can be re-used depends on how good a job you dig plugging the tire, where the puncture is located, and how long the tire was run low on air before attempting to plug it.
Basically, a repairable puncture is in the tread, more then 3/4" from the outside edge of the tread. A puncture anywhere from the edge of the tread up the sidewall to the bead, is non-repairable, and the tire requires replacement.
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Old 11-16-2004, 06:20 PM   #7
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i have a spare, it is located directly under the living room couch.

i agree, a patch, plug or fix a flat is only a temp. fix.

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Old 11-24-2004, 09:46 AM   #8
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...2) Where do you keep your spare?
This picture shows my OEM setup.

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Old 11-24-2004, 09:57 AM   #9
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So tcwilliams, you think I can move my LP tanks forward on the hitch to create a place for the spare? And just what does that mount (hardware-wise) look like?
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Here's an old thread that shows a good picture of the spare tire carrier. The tire cover came from JCWhitney's Jeep section.

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On the same subject... Is it safe to use on of those tire plugging kits on a trailer tire? I have had good success with them on my vehicles, but am not sure if they are good enough for a simple "hole in the tire" repair for trailers.
In most cases tire plugs are safe for small punctures . They are not intended to be permanent. One nice thing about them is if you have a compressor with you it's possable to plug and reinflate without removing the wheel. One thing to remember plugs only work on TUBELESS tires.---Pieman
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1)If you have a spare for your trailer? (maybe silly question)

2) Where do you keep your spare?
Abe:

I have a spare tire also. Right now it is on the living room couch and it goes every where I go. My belt holds it in, Unfortunately.
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Old 11-24-2004, 01:32 PM   #13
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Although we have not travelled much yet - we are very cautious about our spare tire.

It lives under the trailer right behind the A-Frame - in what we think is an original set up. The carrier is bolted directly to the frame and uses a pin-hinge system to lower it to the ground - still have to craw under a bit to drag it out - but we may rig up something to fix that such as a clip on nylon-wire lead.

We need to invest in or fabricate a protective sleeve or something to prevent projectiles from the road coming up and damaging the tire. Wouldn't that be a bummer to have a flat spare! But then again that is why we pay for CAA/AAA.

Would really like to get one of those "Flat Tire" sensors - but the price will have to come down a bit. Wonder if you could make your own somehow???

Here is two pictures of the simple but out of the way and effective tire carrier we have under the Globetrotter. Looks like they just go up into the frame a bit and weld what we call an odd bike frame to hold the wheel in place. The handle/leaver comes forward into the A-Frame for easy access and came with a padlock - a must so that the hinged carrier never falls down while trailering - and also acts as a 5-finger discount deterrent.

Looks fairly easy for the handyman to rig up on the older trailers.
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