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Old 07-13-2017, 04:47 PM   #1
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I typed a long story here and the forum lost it somehow so here is the quick:

My Thor Vegas didn't come with a spare tire (can't believe that) but I have to spend more $ to buy a spare rim and tire. Worth it for 2 reasons 1 I don't want to wait on side of road 2 I don't want to pay 2-4 times price of mobile mechanics tire.

Now Good Sam want to sell me Roadside assistance min. $59.99 per year. Well guess what Ford has free roadside assistance and is typically 5 yrs 60K miles. Also follows vehicle is 2nd owner. Yes FREE
Most have Ford's road assistance phone in manual: 800-444-3311
But most don't have this new piece of info that you need to save in your phone; website: www.fordcommercialvehiclecenter.com

The will tow you to nearest Ford dealer. I'm going to use my creeper to get under my VEgas and mount a spare because I want that peace of mind and you can put a valve extension to air up from bumper.

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Old 07-14-2017, 02:18 AM   #2
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...Worth it for 2 reasons 1 I don't want to wait on side of road 2 I don't want to pay 2-4 times price of mobile mechanics tire...[/URL]


Welcome to the forum.

Adding a spare tire has been discussed and debated her thoroughly, easy to find with a search on the forum. In all the years and all the miles in various RVs, I have never needed a spare. I have changed out a few car tires over the years, but I won't be changing a tire on my RV. I don't want the extra weight and space the spare and necessary tools require. That's my reality. Yours may vary, depending on where and how you travel.

My personal experience with two separate blown tires on my previous coach was that it took 4 hours each time, and the price of the tire was exactly the same as the price of the tires from the tire shop where I replaced the remaining 4 tires. And yes, I shopped around for the best deal on those 4.

You'll find folks on this forum that feel strongly that a mounted spare is a must. This forum has been a great place to disagree in a friendly way!
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Old 07-14-2017, 03:22 AM   #3
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Welcome to the forum.

Adding a spare tire has been discussed and debated her thoroughly, easy to find with a search on the forum. In all the years and all the miles in various RVs, I have never needed a spare. I have changed out a few car tires over the years, but I won't be changing a tire on my RV. I don't want the extra weight and space the spare and necessary tools require. That's my reality. Yours may vary, depending on where and how you travel.

My personal experience with two separate blown tires on my previous coach was that it took 4 hours each time, and the price of the tire was exactly the same as the price of the tires from the tire shop where I replaced the remaining 4 tires. And yes, I shopped around for the best deal on those 4.

You'll find folks on this forum that feel strongly that a mounted spare is a must. This forum has been a great place to disagree in a friendly way!
Yes, agree. To each his own... to spare or not to spare, that is the question....
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Old 07-14-2017, 03:36 AM   #4
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Yes, agree. To each his own... to spare or not to spare, that is the question....
I agree about not wanting to change a tire, but figure carrying a spare will be faster when road side assistance comes.

When travelling around the country, especially rural areas, how easy is it to get a spare tire? Do the road side assistance guys normally carry them, or is it a tow too someplace to try and find one the next day (if at night)?
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Old 07-14-2017, 11:23 AM   #5
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Been camping now for almost 20 years: Had to change 1 tire on our 5er. (It was the typical 5er story: Driving along blissfully unaware and someone pulls up next to us pointing back at the trailer. Pull over and looky a tire blew. The tires were old and I may have let them go a little too long.)

In that same time frame I've also had to replace 1 vehicle tire: Ran over something in our F-350; fortunately the tire lasted long enough that I just drove it to Discount Tire before all the air was completely gone.

A coworker had to use Ford's roadside assistance (the same assistance is included for Ford's EVs--go figure you may run out of charge). When you call the Ford number you get a dispatcher who finds the nearest contracted company to your location. For us RV'ers you could stress when you make the call that you'll need a tire (thus likely limiting the contractors available to the ones that can supply a tire). In his case it took a few hours because they had to find a flatbed truck due to the Ford EVs hatred of being towed in any form.
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Old 07-14-2017, 12:28 PM   #6
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I agree about not wanting to change a tire, but figure carrying a spare will be faster when road side assistance comes.

When travelling around the country, especially rural areas, how easy is it to get a spare tire? Do the road side assistance guys normally carry them, or is it a tow too someplace to try and find one the next day (if at night)?
Since it easily fits underneath my Axis 24.1 (without a rim) and it cost me $20 for a used tire, I figure why not?
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