Sorry but we can't make Anaheim this year. I am totally overloaded with work and my last semester at Moorpark for my degree in May! Didn't think the workload would be so intense. Anyone up for taking over? I'll ship you what I have.
I appreciate that Bruce, some good points and details. I would try to repair first for sure, only if unrepairable and all other calls for help are exhausted.
Im not saying I dont want a spare, I really do and working on finding a place for one, but even with a spare, if two tires shredded, and out of cell range, in Timbuktu, I could try rolling on 3 of 4 in the rear?
I am not trying to head back on the road at 70mph and have my vacation continue on as normal, just seeing what my options are to get me off the highway and heading somewhere safer for the day/night until I can get a proper tire mounted. And even replace the one that took that extra load for the short time.
Yes I agree with a lot said here too, great suggestions. My dinette underneath is wide open with space, great place to store the tools and repair kit as not going to be needed much (hopefully!). I am on the hunt for a spare, but until then, getting that toolbox together with all these suggestions.
One thing that didn't really get much response is rolling with one of the two dually tires. How far / fast do you think I could make it with one tire on one side? I know its depending on load, but just a guess with best case scenario.
What I am thinking is if i have an unrepairable tire in front, I can borrow one from the dually to get to next town. If one is unrepairable in the rear, I would swap good one to the inside tire position if needed and get to next town. They say to ramp up both tires when leveling so there must be something with the hub I need to take caution with. And either way I need tools!
Thanks again everyone!
Thanks Ron, thats a great kit, whats the max PSI? I guess i can get a 110 small compressor run by my gen set, but space saving is key.
I think what is important is that it doesn't have to be a permanent fix, just enough to get you somewhere safer, faster, and that kit would do it. I wonder if there is an RV strength version? Either way, I think I am asking for it without a spare or even tools.
The other side will say that if it is a blowout or tread separation, then I am back in the same situation. What if two tires go flat tho? Spare is of no help! This kit would help! Time for me to get my gear in gear!
... Even having roadside assistance coverage I have the means to change a wheel (and inflate) myself if need be.you know, I don't even have the tools, I should pickup a jack and tire iron (18v impact ?). I guess a 1/2 torque wrench for that matter. I have a 12v pump but I doubt it will pump a tire past 20psi.
Has anyone tried a can of fix a flat on a loaded tire? Would it be a waste of money?
I've seen a spare tire carrier that you pulled release pin and the rear bumper rolled out and the spare laid on a rack that rolled out with the bumper.
I've thought about trying to make one, but never have. It was built with garage door track and rollers.
Dustyhmmmm thats an interesting spot, ill take a look, i think it is unused space, it would be like a tire drawer
Hey Happy New Year everyone!
I just read through a few spare tire posts that are on the forums, and relieved that others have driven their motorhomes without spares in that I am not alone. I am uncomfortable not having one, but it might be ok. Maybe.
I didn't get one with my camper, and I don't see a spot under the chassis to put one, so I would have to go with a bumper mount. And there starts my questions.
Is my bumper strong enough for a bolt on? What if I put the bike rack option that goes around it? Thats a lot of weight bouncing around on that 4" box tube. Anyone do that setup? Better options? I would like my hitch to remain available.
Could I just carry a tire without a rim? Don't know what good that would do, but are roadside assisters equipped to mount a tire to a rim? Wouldnt be balanced, seems less good than its worth in weight savings.
Who sells my wheels? I have the 8 lug 16" 6.5 rims, I haven't found an exact match online in my searches, any recommendations?
What would you do with your dually rear if one went out? Could you take one wheel off and limp with one to the next town? If the front went out, could you take one off the rear as a spare?
Without a spare available, would I just be towed to the next town, or would the RA help me go get a wheel or bring a wheel?
Has anyone had roadside assistance come and change their tire when you didn't have a spare? I get they might not have the (correct) size tire, but would they still put it on so you can get to the next town? I guess that can be discussed on the call. Cell service assumed.
I have AAA with upgrade, Geico Roadside for motorhomes, CoachNet for a couple more months. Which one would you call first?
Carrying your own would eliminate a lot of these questions, but then like another post said you are carrying around an old tire by the time you use it, so you would replace it in the next town anyway. If I can limp out to a safer location, then its just an extended vacation.
Its a lot of variable questions, I appreciate any tips and experience you can share. Hopefully this with your nice responses will help others in their search.
I like my sig without my rig! I do like that you linked the Flikr in your sig with your rig, I think I'll try to get that rolling too. Speaking of hijacking a thread, Ron, did you add that rear monitor after purchase or is that OEM? I was thinking about mounting one there, but not sure yet what is above the headliner for mounting
Happy New Year everyone! I will be working out the planning this weekend and calling in our reservations! Stay tuned! I have no idea what I am doing, so feel free to nudge, poke, prod, send alcohol, or ask questions!
I've been working on the motorhome a little, getting excited to get some trips in this spring and summer. Getting a passenger seat rotating base, a backup camera, a windshield cover, new stereo, CB, house speakers (little ones to plug into iPhone!).
Any thoughts or interests on a guest speaker like the tire guy last year? Shall we reinvite him?
See you soon!
ok, i accept your apology, however I saw this post as a Big & Tall post, so thats who I meant Ford neglected. Sure Fords aren't a "problem" at 6'4, but sit in a Chevy and you'll feel the freedom and space. My knees aren't trapped. I can enjoy long drives.
Please realize this is MY opinion for MY situation from MY experience, its all about me, not anyone else! :)
IAMICHABOD - also, what windshield cover did you go with? Mines the 2012, so the adco and camcos dont list my year, and i tried one that kinda fit, but was so p**spoor quality that i returned it and trying a different one now... http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008RQ4ALY/ref=ox_sc_act_title_2?ie=UTF8&smid=A14JGSR8WSNT54
(i bring this up because Chevy windshield covers are almost NEVER in stock, not even Camping World, because Ford is the more prominent model, some things for the Chevy are hard to find)
dleslie125 - And how tall are you? 6'4 or over? And your feet are 13 wides or bigger? Thanks for insulting me, of course I know theres a seat adjustment.
IAMICHABOD, thanks for the updated photos, that looks pretty awesome, even tho it will sit a bit lower than the dinette, that is going to be a great addition to seating as i dont have the solo recliner or other couch. Im giving them a call here in a bit. Do I just tell them the Chevy 4500 cutaway chassis and they will know, or should i grab some measurements?
Yes snowdance, same 13's here, amazing that Ford neglected road trip comfort for the driver. Each Ford I sat in while looking was making me feel like not buying a motorhome. Then sat in the Chevy. Heaven and checkbook.
And as for IAMICHABOD and his swivel seat... OMG OMG OMG YESSS!!! That is exactly what i need to do! OMG OMG I cant wait to get that started, is it Friday yet? YES IT IS!!!!
Just thot I would add in that the Chevy has been awesome for me. Sunseeker 2250 on the Chevy 4500 chassis. Leg room was the key for 6'4 and rounder in the middle than most. Plus its a rear slide so there is driver side room to lean back toward dinette instead of the slideout wall.
Registered 12mpg couple weeks ago, I feel that I can get better on longer trips. The power feels great.