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Old 07-09-2015, 11:37 AM   #1
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When have you checked the pressure in your spare?

I was reading a thread on tires today and the dialogue had shifted to spares. I was reminded that I had not checked the pressure in mine for far too long. Yep, I have a compressor on board but messing with airing the spare up on the side of the road may increase my exposure time to the dangers of the traffic flying by.

How is the air in yours?
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Old 07-09-2015, 11:50 AM   #2
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Old 07-09-2015, 12:14 PM   #3
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Rich, you are a better man than me! But I am going to fix the problem as soon as I get over to the garage.
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Old 07-09-2015, 12:26 PM   #4
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Years ago I added a flexible braided wire valve-stem extension to our Bambi's spare. The end is held by a small cable tie in a place that is easily reached by my pump or gauge. Any time I check tire pressures, the spare is always included.

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As part of my preflight checklist I check it before every trip. Valve is down so do not have to drop the rack to check.
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I have our spare on the TPMS so I check it everyday!
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Years ago I added a flexible braided wire valve-stem extension to our Bambi's spare. The end is held by a small cable tie in a place that is easily reached by my pump or gauge. Any time I check tire pressures, the spare is always included.

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I did too, this spring. Another forum member showed one (amazon or ebay...can't remember) about 2 feet long, so the valve is on the a-frame by the HAHA jack bracket.
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I have our spare on the TPMS so I check it everyday!
I like that idea. Will have to check on getting another TST sender.
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Years ago I added a flexible braided wire valve-stem extension to our Bambi's spare. The end is held by a small cable tie in a place that is easily reached by my pump or gauge. Any time I check tire pressures, the spare is always included.

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Here's a photo of one available through Amazon or Camping World. The SS braided one is for under chassis applications such as an Airstream. They also may one without the braid for the trunk of a car.
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That looks like the one I ordered.
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That looks like the one I ordered.
Rich, how does it work? Meaning does it leak, was it okay to install, does the bracket hold the end well, . . . . ??

I have one on order now.
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Checking the pressure is on my pre-trip check list. Though one of those extension hoses a good idea. It's getting harder for me to get under the trailer and truck. (gravity must be getting more forceful)
How about checking the spare in the tow vehicle. It's even more important.
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. . . . . . . How about checking the spare in the tow vehicle. It's even more important.
Alan, I am going to give you an Amen on that.

If the braided hose I ordered turns out to be of decent quality, I will fit one on the truck as well.
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Rich, how does it work? Meaning does it leak, was it okay to install, does the bracket hold the end well, . . . . ??

I have one on order now.
The one your picture shows is identical to what I have. It has never leaked and installation was as simple as screwing it onto the tire valve. I did not use the bracket; a cable tie holds the end in place on the handle of the spare's bracket.

The extension has its own valve and holds the valve on the tire open.

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