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Old 10-08-2002, 10:03 AM   #1
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Travel with two spares

Ok, I know some folks give me trouble for traveling with a lot of stuff ... and I do.

But I've found over the years, stuff is going to happen at the least opportune moment ... which is way I always travel with two spare trailer tires.

No, I've never had a blow-out (which many RV'ers -- not just fiberglassers -- have experienced, especially with Carlisle Tires).

But I have had a couple of flat tires ...

Once, 100 miles into a 1000 mile trip, a piece of steel split the sidewall of one of the trailer tires. When I stopped to get the tire fixed, I was told the tire was ruined and it would take a couple of days to get the right type/size/etc ... so because I was on a strict timetable (hard reservations in Florida), I continued on down the road, worrying myself half-to-death that I'd have another flat.

When we got to Florida, I had a Goodyear dealer order me a new Carlisle (on me) and get the tire installed while Pam and I sunned ourselves at Gulf Islands National Seashore.

The other time, I was up in northeast New Brunswick, when a nail got imbedded in a tire. We picked it up, driving behind an old truck, with old shingles flying out of the back. The tire was fixable, but I had to drive a long way to find a place to repair it ... again, nervous that I'd have another flat with no spare.

So, a couple years ago, I decided for my mental health, I'd just travel down the road with two complete spare tires for the trailer ... knowing if I have a flat (or a blow out, God forbid), I could change out the tire and still have another spare.

One less thing to worry about ... and that makes Charles a happy camper.

Now, I know someone is going to say why don't I carry two spare tires for the Suburban?

Well, it's been my experience that it's a whole lot easier getting a car or truck tire than a trailer tire.

And besides that, the tires on the Suburban are so darn big that a second spare that size would really cut down on the amount of other stuff I could carry down the road!
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Old 10-09-2002, 02:14 AM   #2
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On my trip last year to Alaska, Yukon Terr, BC and NWT, I took a spare rim and tire for the Scamp, plus a rim and two tires for the truck. I also took my 7,000lb Hi-Lift Jack. I was almost disappointed that in 23.000 miles (14,000 of which were in the north country) from spring to fall, I didn't need any of that stuf.:sad

I also routinely carry a 12VDC compressor and tire patching material, plus the usual trailer bearings and seals, plus a lot of extra stuf for the truck, like ignition parts, water pump (even a spare carburetor, but that was a lucky find and cost nothing), etc.

If you want to carry spares, but don't want the weight of more than one rim, you can carry several loose tires. Then you don't need to find a new tire, just a Bubba with the tools to mount your tire on your rim.
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Old 10-09-2002, 05:33 AM   #3
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Pete,
Don't be too disapointed, if you didn't have that stuff, for sure you would have needed it!
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Yeah, well, the tires were one thing, but I really did want to see how the jack would perform under field conditions! It's one of those monster jacks that can also function as a winch or clamp.

The only time I got stuck, I unhitched and drove the truck out (didn't make the situation worse by trying to drive the whole rig out), then pulled the Scamp out with the truck on hard ground and the nylon tow strap (loops, no dangerous metal hook-missiles). I needed to use my 2x4 lever to pick the trailer up so I could deploy the rotating tongue jack to re-hitch; I could have used the jack then, but it wasn't 'necessary'.

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Re: Travel with two spares

I always travel with a spare tire. Middle age has taken care of that! :laugh
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Old 10-11-2002, 06:38 AM   #6
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Rick

>>middle age spare tire

Rick, you're just a youngster ... nowhere near middle age ... or you would know that middle age means two spare tires (can you count the rolls?) around your belly.

One spare tire is just from beer! <img src=http://home.insightbb.com/~cbwatts/sm_drink.gif/>
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Awww

<img src=http://home.insightbb.com/~cbwatts/sm_drink.gif/> That smiley looks like somebody I know...
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Old 10-11-2002, 08:14 AM   #8
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Beer Drinking Smilie

Charles,
How did you do that? Now, can you give him a marguerita?
Wish you and Pam were coming to Lake Casitas, it will be sooo much fun. We're looking for the ukes and getting our singing voices ready for Maggi's sing-along. We'll miss you. :cry
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