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Old 06-02-2015, 03:50 PM   #29
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What good is a spare without a jack or lug wrench?

Please excuse my ignorance as I haven't picked up my AS yet. But this is a question that I've never considered. Does an AS come with a lug wrench and jack?
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Old 06-02-2015, 04:30 PM   #30
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Please excuse my ignorance as I haven't picked up my AS yet. But this is a question that I've never considered. Does an AS come with a lug wrench and jack?
Nope.
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Old 06-02-2015, 04:35 PM   #31
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A lug wrench and a jack? No, that's asking for a lot!
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Old 06-03-2015, 12:18 AM   #32
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Your comment about having no spare makes me wonder how many are running without spares? The thought crossed my mind as a weight reduction idea. Not saying it's a good idea but....!

Do you travel without a spare tire for your AS?
As you can read here, different Airstreamers can reason traveling with or without a spare, some can reason two spares.

We have 16" Michelin LTX on our Airstream, and the original 15" spare, traveling widely throughout the country every year.

Hitch weight reduction is a goal of ours as well. I think we would be fine without the spare considering the rare (virtually no history of it) occurrence of a blowout with these Michelins. That's why we bought them in the first place.

If we pick up a nail, we can remove one tire and run on three to the nearest tire repair shop. We would most probably repair the tire puncture soon as possible anyway, spare or no spare.

Unless we plan a trip with really bad roads next long tour this fall (Alaska for example), we will not have the spare along.

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Old 06-03-2015, 07:23 AM   #33
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Don't get me wrong, I'd take a spare to Alaska. Like Cheryl pointed out, if you have the Michelins and are diligent in your tires, not over loading, proper inflation, not using tires past their expiration date, etc - then it's reasonable to believe you can completely avoid a blow out. 90% preventable (IMO).

That leaves you with road debris, nails, roofing tacks, glass, thorns, etc that can puncture the tire. I'm going to go with nails and screws as being the most likely object your tire would encounter that could cause a flat.

Logic follows you can do like Cheryl, and take it to a shop or patch it yourself on the side of the road. Me, I prefer to just perform my own plug.

My last flat tire was in 2011, picked up a nail and had a slow leak.

Ask yourself when you last had a flat and think about the odds.

And believe me, I'm generally someone who would fall into the "prepper" category. I'm not running around with 2 spares.
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For the Alaskan caravan, two spare are strongly suggested for both vehicles. The nearest tire store could be a long ways down the road.
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Plugs are a temporary fix for a tire leak. Most tire makers recommend unmounting the tire, and put a patch on the inside of the tire....plugs can and do leak..

Also in regards to a spare, on radial tires, which most or all of us use, if a nail, bolt, or whatever the offending object is, damages anywhere on the sidewall of a tire, (even where the tread meets the sidewall), that tire has to be replaced.

You people who choose not to carry a spare, please feel free to do so, I will carry a spare of the proper size...

For whatever it's worth.

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Don't get me wrong, I'd take a spare to Alaska. Like Cheryl pointed out, if you have the Michelins and are diligent in your tires, not over loading, proper inflation, not using tires past their expiration date, etc - then it's reasonable to believe you can completely avoid a blow out. 90% preventable (IMO).

That leaves you with road debris, nails, roofing tacks, glass, thorns, etc that can puncture the tire. I'm going to go with nails and screws as being the most likely object your tire would encounter that could cause a flat.

Logic follows you can do like Cheryl, and take it to a shop or patch it yourself on the side of the road. Me, I prefer to just perform my own plug.

My last flat tire was in 2011, picked up a nail and had a slow leak.

Ask yourself when you last had a flat and think about the odds.

And believe me, I'm generally someone who would fall into the "prepper" category. I'm not running around with 2 spares.
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