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Old 01-28-2013, 05:58 AM   #43
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I have a friend who was returning from a winter photography trip last night with his camper (SOB). The spare tire from another motorist's snowmobile trailer had come loose at night and was in the roadway, where my friend hit it. He blew the front tire on his truck, and didn't have a spare.

He's been posting complaints on facebook all night.

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Old 01-28-2013, 06:20 AM   #44
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I have used the spare on my truck only once in over half a million miles, although I have done some roadside tire plugging a couple times.

I have used my trailer spare on at least 4 occasions in the last 10 years.
No flats, but would find signs of tread seperation or a broken belt and would preemptively make the change to avoid a blowout.
While it is possible to limp an Airstream in on 3 wheels I would prefer not to

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Old 01-28-2013, 07:39 AM   #45
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Have the spare on my F-150 right now. Passing the landfill driving home from work last week I had a blowout. Yes the tire was old, but I had just passed the entrance to the landfill.

I'm due for new tires anyway, though.
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Old 01-28-2013, 07:59 AM   #46
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We have had only one flat on the tow vehicle, but it was such a big hole it could not be patched and the spare went on.

Granted, it is seldom used, but necessary in my opinion. On the trailer, I have had two blowouts in three years and the tires are less than three years old ... spare went on both times. We do make pretty long trips, so I need a spare.

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Old 01-28-2013, 10:05 AM   #47
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Never had a flat in my tow vehicle, or my Airstream. But I do check my spares on a regular basis too. One never knows when you may need them. I also have AAA service too.
Safe travels.
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Old 02-01-2013, 10:25 PM   #48
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Yep ... insurance; don't leave home without it!

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