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Ed_Gee

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Posted: 05/11/22 05:10pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Just wondering: We have a 24 foot diesel class C with somewhat difficult to find tires = Hankook DynaPro RH12 195/75R16C . I am considering carrying a spare tire only ( no wheel ) due to weight issues.

My question: Do most tow truck operators have the capability to dismount and mount a new tire onto a wheel?


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Posted: 05/11/22 07:18pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Many trucking companies carry a spare. Just about any large fleet tire service can remove/remount a tire on the side of the road. Depending on tire location... they can do it without removing the rim from the vehicle.

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Posted: 05/11/22 07:48pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I've seen the big truck tow trucks replace a wheel, not sure if the smaller operators will, not sure what size truck you need for your 24 ft, I'm assuming it's a Sprinter based RV.

But that wheel must weigh only 25 - 30 lbs (probably less than the tire), do you really need to save that much weight? That's only a few gallons of water.

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rlw999 wrote:

I've seen the big truck tow trucks replace a wheel, not sure if the smaller operators will, not sure what size truck you need for your 24 ft, I'm assuming it's a Sprinter based RV.

But that wheel must weigh only 25 - 30 lbs (probably less than the tire), do you really need to save that much weight? That's only a few gallons of water.


For the record, I want to occasionally carry the spare tire without wheel , fastened to my ladder and I don't want to put more than 30 pounds weight (tire weight) on the ladder.

BTW, RV is a Winnebago Fuse on a Ford Transit chassis.

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Ed_Gee wrote:

Just wondering: We have a 24 foot diesel class C with somewhat difficult to find tires = Hankook DynaPro RH12 195/75R16C . I am considering carrying a spare tire only ( no wheel ) due to weight issues.

My question: Do most tow truck operators have the capability to dismount and mount a new tire onto a wheel?


No, you would need to request a service truck from a tire company to remount your spare. Depending on where you were this could add lots of time and expense. In your situation, I would find a way to transport a mounted spare tire.

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I had coach-net , the agent asked if my spare was mounted or did it need to be mounted.
She would have called a tire service rather than a tow service. But i guess it might be who is available to come out to help in your area at the time. These road service companies go down a list of providers until someone picks up the service call.

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Posted: 05/11/22 09:25pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Tell the tow company the situation and see what they can do. Can be done with the right hand tools.


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Posted: 05/12/22 05:39am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I don't know about "most", but the towing companies around me all seem to have tire mounting equipment back at their shop. I have not heard or seen them actually mounting a tire on a wheel / rim on the side of a road for smaller vehicles.

"big rig" towing and service companies can usually mount a tire on a wheel, and then mount it on a trailer or truck, out in the field.

Bringing a spare tire, not mounted on a rim, is an idea, but... it really is easier to carry a spare on its own rim.

When you say weight issues, is that because your camper is over weight, or you have trouble moving / carrying a mounted spare yourself? I know as I have gotten more "seasoned" in age I have learned to use crowbars and blocks of wood to help lift spare tires onto a vehicle.


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I had occasion to have this done. The tire service guy arrived and had the new tire mounted and was gone in 30 min. Might I mention that it was raining!

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You can find a tire service guy to mount a tire roadside but they don't have the ability to balance it roadside. If you have an issue with the front, it's going to be rough riding until you can find a shop to balance it. If you're going to carry a spare, I would have it already mounted and balanced so you can swap it out and keep going.

I carry this Safety Seal tire repair kit with me, so I can easily handle any flat tire. The only times you would need to swap the tire is in the case of a blowout or a puncture too close to the sidewall that can't be plugged. Blowouts are rare unless you're running overloaded or underinflated.


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