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Posted: 05/12/22 09:00am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Keep in mind, you will have to do some explaining and they will still probably get it wrong.

Had dead batteries at the airport with the old 7.3 Diesel. Explicitly made clear it was a big diesel.

They sent a guy out in a minivan with a jump pack that didn't even pretend to get the motor to turn over.

Then they sent out a guy with a regular wrecker but he only had a short set of jumpers (the truck was nose in to the parking spot).

Finally paid him to run me over to walmart to just pick up a new set of batteries and I installed them myself.

I would expect similar theatrics if you are asking him to put a tire on a rim for a standard van.

Better to just buy a proper spare tire mount.


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Posted: 05/12/22 09:04am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I see you have a Scion xA as a toad....why not just keep the mounted spare in the trunk of that? Then you don't have to mount it anywhere on the RV.

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It is POSSIBLE, but not easy, to swap your own tire. I would not want to do it on the side of a road or in bad weather. Bite the bullet and carry a mounted spare.

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BurbMan wrote:

I see you have a Scion xA as a toad....why not just keep the mounted spare in the trunk of that? Then you don't have to mount it anywhere on the RV.


That is a good point....but at least half the time we don't use the toad.


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Tvov wrote:

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.


Because I want to carry the tire on my ladder , I don't want to burden the ladder mounting any more than necessary..... Tire is 25-30 pounds. With wheel about double. Thinking of carrying the spare primarily for long trip to Alaska.... very hard to find this Hankook tire up there.

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Ed_Gee wrote:

Because I want to carry the tire on my ladder , I don't want to burden the ladder mounting any more than necessary..... Tire is 25-30 pounds. With wheel about double. Thinking of carrying the spare primarily for long trip to Alaska.... very hard to find this Hankook tire up there.
IMO all the more reason to have a spare ready to bolt on... is carrying a spare on a receiver-mounted rack an option? I understand not wanting to carry a mounted spare on the ladder.

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Just get a mounted spare and figure it out. And no, normal tow truck drivers don't dismount tires on the side of the road. If you can't figure out how to carry a tire on a rim, and have a flat, be prepared to sit for a while. Or get tire mounting tools, if you're going remote. And they will weigh as much as a rim. Or more.

I can't believe a Transit doesn't come with a spare... That's crazy.

Btw, if you can trust your ladder to climb it, it will hold a little tire and wheel that size.


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Ed_Gee wrote:

Thinking of carrying the spare primarily for long trip to Alaska....


I think your biggest problem will be being able to call anybody in the first place. Even the majority of eastern Oregon, or even the Coast Range, doesn't have cell service. The abandonment of 1x and 3G spectrums will make coverage far worse too, since newer cellular spectrums have less range.

FWIW - you can probably pick up a new take-off wheel and tires for cheap from QuadVan in Portland, since most 4x4 conversion end up with aftermarket wheels.


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Posted: 05/13/22 06:53am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Ed_Gee wrote:

BurbMan wrote:

I see you have a Scion xA as a toad....why not just keep the mounted spare in the trunk of that? Then you don't have to mount it anywhere on the RV.


That is a good point....but at least half the time we don't use the toad.


Get a receiver mounted spare tire carrier
- If you have the toad, remove it and put the tire in the back of the toad.
- If you don't have the toad, mount the carrier and put the tire on that.

Not cheap but this would allow the spare tire to be left in place while pulling the toad.

https://www.amazon.com/Roadmaster-195225-Spare-Tire-Carrier/dp/B00SQ49S82

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Or put a hitch on the front of mh and carry the spare there.

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