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Old 12-27-2017, 12:27 PM   #1
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Do any of you folks run without a spare tire? I think i have read about some people running naked of spares. Presumably the reasons for this action include weight savings and hitch cargo room.

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Old 12-27-2017, 01:04 PM   #2
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Do any of you folks run without a spare tire? I think i have read about some people running naked of spares. Presumably the reasons for this action include weight savings and hitch cargo room.
A typical reason for no-spare is that the space designed to carry it is often used for an Onan genset. That is the case in our rig. I HAVE a spare (Great West gave it to me for free), but I don't carry it. I might think about it on certain trips, but generally I don't give it a thought. Lots of vehicles come without spares these days. With today's tires, it is really not much different than, say, driving without a spare alternator (or a dozen other things). The failure rate is probably no higher than with those items, and replacements are usually easier. If I had a good place to carry the spare, I would probably carry it, but I carry all kinds of stuff that I don't really need.

Spare tire anxiety is a carryover from 20th century technology.
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Old 12-27-2017, 01:54 PM   #3
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I carried a spare for 65,000 miles in my first Class B and never used it. No spare now in over 130,000 miles in two other Class Bs in just about every state including going to Alaska and back and every Canadian province plus the Yukon territory's On Top of the World 90 mile unpaved highway. My luck may run out some time but I have had other incidents on the road that have inconvenienced me more than a flat tire which I have not experienced.
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Old 12-27-2017, 03:09 PM   #4
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My first rig had a spare on the back door... never touched it. My Libero didn't come with a spare, never missed it. Roadtreks tend to come with a continental tire... that I didn't purchase because after testing I found that I couldn't get it up and down... and access to both back doors is crucial to me. So the spare is in storage.

I've been driving for 55 years and realized that the only time I ever needed a spare the car was sitting in the driveway and vandals had slashed three of the four tires (on all the cars up and down the street), so a spare didn't really help all that much.

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.... it is really not much different than, say, driving without a spare alternator

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Spare tire anxiety is a carryover from 20th century technology.



LOL... So true.
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I initially had a lot of concerns when I realized my Lexus did not come with a spare tire. After seven years and no flats my concern has been abated. My 2007 Sprinter has the original spare tire which has never been used. I will probably replace it someday even though I may never use it as I find myself in more remote places where a tow or replacement may not be readily available.
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In my high school days I had two spare tires in my trunk. Of course they were all bald tires and tires were not of the composition of today and had inner tubes as well. I routinely changed flat tires. My dad had a tire changing stand in our garage. I plugged tires and patched inner tubes and went my merry way. I was young and strong and usually had a "posse" in my car to help me while cruising. The posse had another function. I didn't have reverse in my car and had the extra hands to get me out of predicaments. Those were the days...
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If you don't want to use valuable space in a Class B, there is nothing wrong with getting rid of the spare tire. There is also no need to carry a lot of other emergency equipment that take up space.

Myself, I carry a fairly wide assortment of tools, a small air compressor, a small battery jump starter, a tow strap, a good jack, a shovel and axe and quite a few other emergency items. I also carry a spare tire. I haven't had very many flats over the years but I did pick up a nail on a remote Forest Service Road once this year (a long ways from cellphone coverage). I was back on the road in 15 minutes with a new tire. The alternative would have been walking a long ways for help, trying to hitch a ride to the nearest town, trying to find a replacement tire of the correct size and then a ride back to my rig. To each his own.
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I have had nails in my tires a couple of times.
But they were slow leaks, so I had time to get to a tire store.
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I did pick up a nail on a remote Forest Service Road once this year (a long ways from cellphone coverage). I was back on the road in 15 minutes with a new tire. The alternative would have been walking a long ways for help, trying to hitch a ride to the nearest town, trying to find a replacement tire of the correct size and then a ride back to my rig. To each his own.

I carry a tire-plug kit, fix-a-flat, and an inflator.
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