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Posted: 04/04/09 03:34am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I say it this time each year and that is to check your spare tire. I, we, have heard it all. Is it even there?? Checked mine it was 10 PSI down from last year. Travel season is here and the fact is that if you need it in the middle of no where and it is flat....your screwed!

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I check mine before each trip along with all the other tires.

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While I'm under there, every Spring, I pull the control knobs off the Ranchos and spray them with WD 40.


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I'm not sure if I'd even try to change mine if I had the camper on the truck. My thought is I'd probably call roadside assistance. I do however carry an air pump.


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HI: I learned the hard way. When I started RVing I headed out without checking my spare (dealer said the trailer was ready to go). We had a flat on I-25 going through Denver. We did pull off and find a shopping mall parking lot. I got the flat tire off and then found out the spare was also flat. Good news there was a gas station (with air) about 200 feet from where we parked the trailer. We aired up the tire and put it on the trailer and headed down the road. Just lucked out on that one. Now I check the air in the spare and all the tires daily when we are traveling Happy Camping Jim2007


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Posted: 04/04/09 10:00am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I just lifted up my shirt. The spare is doing fine. [emoticon]


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I check mine at least every 5000 miles when I do a five-tire rotation.


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I carry a compressor. Actually two when camping. Is it inherantly better to store a tire at full pressure? Or can I fill when actually needed?


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You can store it flat and fill it later, just make sure that the tire doesn't come off the bead in the meantime and also that your spare tire retention method does not depend on squeezing the tire to keep it in place, as it may want to fall out if it is flat. I would rather have the tire full and ready to use when needed. Sometimes they are needed at times and in places where it is inconvenient enough just to change it out, nevermind finding the air compressor, hooking it up, finding the the tire chuck and pressure gauge... you get the idea... Just travel it with it ready to go and save some hassle later.

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KKELLER14K wrote:

I say it this time each year and that is to check your spare tire. I, we, have heard it all. Is it even there?? Checked mine it was 10 PSI down from last year. Travel season is here and the fact is that if you need it in the middle of no where and it is flat....your screwed!

Thanks KKELLER14K, breezed by your post this morning and said "hmmm I should check that" well wouldn't you know it, totally flat! Valve had a slow leak, went to a tire shop no charge for a new valve and a fill and gave the kid $10 for his time. Thanks again.

* This post was edited 04/04/09 06:54pm by Sand Lizard *

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