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Old 01-04-2015, 08:10 PM   #15
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Thanks for the link Donna. I found an original Uhaul wheel for a spare a few years ago. Lots of good Uhaul info in the document center here. More current wheel info on the Uhaul Facebook group. I'm sure the part number in your link is correct. Uhaul Corporate has taken interest in our campers, even requesting photos to use on new rental trucks. Three of our pictures are on trucks in several states.
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Old 01-04-2015, 08:24 PM   #16
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...Also towing with cruise control is not recommended...
I'm scratching my head over this comment. Other than in hilly terrain where your transmission tends to search for a gear frequently while using cruise, I see no issues with using cruise while towing, and have a real difficult time imagining how use of cruise while towing may impact tires and blowouts. Can you clarify?
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Old 01-04-2015, 08:32 PM   #17
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Beats me, but I recall it's in the instruction manual for my RAV4.
But, so are a lot of other warnings.
Might check your FJ manual, but you won't find an explanation.
I suspect that it is related to the fact that the manual says to tow in 4 and not in D.
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Old 01-04-2015, 08:35 PM   #18
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.... I don't believe I hit road trash as the car tires would have hit it first.....
With the Snoozy track being wider, maybe you did hit something.

The pros/cons of the wider track were an interesting topic here recently. It may seem like piling on, but I would not travel without a spare (and a patch kit and a pump). Not that adventurous, I guess.
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Old 01-04-2015, 08:42 PM   #19
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I personally would never travel without a spare. In the thousands of miles I have towed I have only ever had one tire failure while moving when it happened it was a couple of hundred miles from the nearest town with a tire shop that had trailer tires.

I am also of the school that if I have to replace one tire I replace both so that they are of the same wear, age, type and then take one of the old tires and make it my spare, assuming its better than what I have for a spare already.

I would never mix radials and bias - was of the understanding that was a real no no?
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Old 01-04-2015, 09:01 PM   #20
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Beats me, but I recall it's in the instruction manual for my RAV4.
But, so are a lot of other warnings.
Might check your FJ manual, but you won't find an explanation.
I suspect that it is related to the fact that the manual says to tow in 4 and not in D.
I tow with cruise control engaged any time it's appropriate.
In fact I have used cruise control even in lower gears on long grades or high headwinds. I don't see a problem....'Course my TVs all have manual transmissions.
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Old 01-04-2015, 09:40 PM   #21
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Thanks for the comments so far. I've got a month with not much travel planned so have time to figure out a better plan.

I'm more concerned about reducing the probability of a blowout than what to do about a spare tire.


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Old 01-04-2015, 10:05 PM   #22
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Did Walmart mount the tire? Maybe you can get them to buy it back, seeing as they should've known better than to mix tire types.


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Old 01-04-2015, 10:25 PM   #23
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Have you checked the speed rating of those tires? Many trailer tires are rated for 60 mph-
sometimes I see campers and other trailers zipping past on the freeway, only to see that same vehicle pulled over later with a flat. They are not the same as car tires- they heat up at 65 mph...
That being said, you have already learned that patch kits and fix-a-flat don't work when your whole sidewall is gone...
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If you are going to carry a can of fix-a-flat make sure it is stored securely. I had one go off in a bag of tools. Don't know if it got too hot or what happened, but I pretty much threw out the bag and contents.
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Old 01-04-2015, 11:51 PM   #25
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Pretty much the same thing happened to me. A tire that had been in use for just over 3 years, less than 4 years old by date of manufacture, blew on the freeway at about 62 mph last summer. It hadn't been repaired at all. I doubt the repair had anything to do with yours; I've had many, many tire repairs on my former tandem cargo trailer's tires and never a blowout. I think that any tire, regardless of brand or type, can have a dud occasionally.
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Old 01-05-2015, 02:39 AM   #26
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I wasted both tires on my Scamp last spring one on way down and then way back. Birmingham AL roads. Running a "spare galvanized rim and tire" from Bass Pro. I got a lot of crazy looks with it on back of Jeep. Quality plug kit and air compressor in Jeep.
A tip for all double check jack and lug wrench for fitting under, on lug nuts and that it's accessible. Had to do fire drill..... drop trailer get out lug wrench, re-connect, pull up on blocks to get jack under axle, jack up, destroy tire cover, change tire.

I have and do use cruise control at times.... manual transmission 6 speed on flat terrain.
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Old 01-05-2015, 04:45 AM   #27
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Good tips Darrell for having to use a jack and lug wrench. I've got one more to add. A long time ago after having new tires installed on a car I had a flat. I couldn't break the lug nuts because they had used an impact driver to tighten them. Yup, long before they started using torque wrenches. Luckily someone stopped and had a 5' piece of pipe in the back of the truck we used as a cheater bar. After that I always check the the lugs at home after getting new tires.
To add in with some others, I also tow with the cruise control and in overdrive with no problems. Just keep an eye on the tach and any hills coming up more than a small grade. Just don't see any reason for not using it when you got a 100 miles to go and it's pretty much flat. I don't think I've seen the rpms drop anymore than 100 up small grades. Just a little common sence to when it's time to turn it off and maybe drop a gear.
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Old 01-05-2015, 05:06 AM   #28
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Hi Denny... I know from experience that putting passenger vehicle tires on a trailer is a bad idea. Trailer tires are designed to have much stiffer side walls. We were towing our trailer with car tires on it, and we ended up with the trailer bouncing from side to side and with it getting progressively worse and worse. Replaced the tires with trailer tires and never had the problem again... even going up the same stretch of road in the same conditions.


Years ago, when I was young and foolish, I had put bias ply tires and radials on my car... it was almost uncontrollable at highway speeds. If you have a choice, NEVER mix bias ply and radials!
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