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I did buy a bottle jack when I got my first motor home. It had 19.5 wheels and I was 10 years younger. I also carried a spare tire mounted and jack stands. Watched a video about changing a tire and using a jack stand as a lever under a wrench on a long pipe. I was ready [emoticon]

When I got the Sahara (22.5 wheels), I got new tires as soon as I picked it up and kept one of the old (unmounted) tires in the basement for a spare. I also joined Coach-Net.

Finally threw out the spare last year. At almost 70, I won't be changing any tires.


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I have a collection of jacks.. Most will not work with the Motor home but the one that does is a 12 ton air/hydraulic bottle jack from harbor freight.. I also carry a lot of lumber. and some jack stands

Jack it up and put lumber under it
reposition the jack and put more lumber or extend jack stands
Reposition and do it again and again and again.

True story.
Tire store using my jack. DID NOT put a load spreadew (Plank) under the jack so it punched through the parking lot (Asphault) and dropped the rear axle onto the ground. Thankfully it did NOT damage the rotor.

Spent 2 hours with that jack and lumber getting it back in the air so they could put the new tires on.

Other side I positioned the jack.. On top of step 2 of my stair steps
(3 2x8's one 3' one 2' one 1' it was on the middle step) no problem

There is a reason the jack sits atop a plank in my storage bin,.


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Like someone above I have Coach Net, a cell phone, and various credit cards and cash. 78 years old and not fooling with flat tires but there is a mounted 22.5 spare sitting in my garage, why I don't know! But what about those areas of our country where there is no cell service?

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I carry a bottle jack. My trailer also has 6 hydraulic jacks to lift all the tires at one time if I want.

At work I've learned just how heavy 22.5 tires are minus the wheel rim. I sure wouldn't try changing one of them on the road. Plus 22.5 requires special tools to remove the lug nuts. I would just call a tire repair service. We had a class C with a flat 19 tire at one our rv shows and the repair folks came out and removed the tire from the rim and put on a new one on in no time. Great service.


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a working, charged cellphone, a roadside service plan and a credit card.


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ferndaleflyer wrote:

Like someone above I have Coach Net, a cell phone, and various credit cards and cash. 78 years old and not fooling with flat tires but there is a mounted 22.5 spare sitting in my garage, why I don't know! But what about those areas of our country where there is no cell service?


No cell service means an LEO will be by shortly....Dennis

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rk911 wrote:

a working, charged cellphone, a roadside service plan and a credit card.


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ferndaleflyer wrote:

Like someone above I have Coach Net, a cell phone, and various credit cards and cash. 78 years old and not fooling with flat tires but there is a mounted 22.5 spare sitting in my garage, why I don't know! But what about those areas of our country where there is no cell service?


No cell service means an LEO will be by shortly....Dennis



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I've been in places out West where the nearest gas station was over 100 miles away. If, and it is a big if, an LEO comes by what is he going to do other than MAYBE being able to use his radio to let someone know that you are stranded? Finding a place that has a tire, and will come and change it, can mean a long long wait. Next time watch the man that comes out and changes your tires, be it 19" or 22". They all know the tricks and you can learn a lot about handling a large tire. Also you can get an inexpensive electric impact wrench that has a breakaway torque of over 1000 ft. pounds. To minimize your exposure to this problem, stick to the interstate highways.

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Change a 22.5X10:00 in a emergency only. I can, but don't carry a spare.


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