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Old 01-15-2015, 02:19 AM   #1
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Spare tire

Thinking of purchasing an ACE 27.1. One item I neglected to check or ask about is a spare tire. Do they come with a spare?
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Old 01-15-2015, 08:10 AM   #2
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It was an option on my coach. However, I did not see an option for a spare in the ACE brochure, so it may not be available. You will also want to find out if there is a spot to store it.

Regardless of whether or not you have a spare, you will certainly want to purchase some kind of road service when you buy your RV, either Coach Net, AAA-RV, or others as you will not likely be wanting to change the tire yourself.

So in reality, not having a spare is not as bad as it could be.

True, a spare gets you on the road a bit quicker, But, if you have a non-repairable flat, you may be able to "order" a new tire when you call on the big-rig wrecker to rescue you. Some wreckers may be able to re-mount a new tire in the field, so if you don't have a spare, it might take a bit longer to get back on the road due to having to re-mount a tire.

Or, you can always buy an unmounted tire for a spare, which would be easier to carry (less weight and bulk), and always have one for the wrecker if needed.
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Old 01-15-2015, 11:10 AM   #3
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I agree with what FW28z has said. My unit has a spare riding under it on a drop down rack, but after considering the weight to be lifted and all the bolts and the good possibility that you'll be on the roadside, possibly on a slant, and having only minimal tools, it would be prudent to call for help IMO. (I did roadside mounted spare changes several times when we had a pop-up on a trip to Canada and out West and although I was successful each time, I'd have to say it wasn't very pleasant and not all drivers can get over into the left lane, passing at dangerously close intervals.)
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Old 01-15-2015, 11:44 AM   #4
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The Axis/Vegas units don't come with a spare (and Thor provides free roadside assistance--its in the owners manual). Our dealer informed us that most class A's nowadays don't come with a spare: just call roadside assistance.

I had to change a tire on our 5er once. It was the usual story: Driving down the road and people would pull up next to us pointing and yelling--you really can't tell when a trailer tire goes. Sure enough we pull over and one of the 5er's tires is shredded (drivers side of course). I attempted to pull off the road enough so that I wouldn't get creamed by traffic (thankfully where we were there was a ton of grass and I was able to pull completely off the road, including the shoulder). In the middle of changing the tire a helpful state trooper stopped by to check on us (this was in Ohio). He even gave us directions to the nearest tire place (wanted to at least get a new tire for the spare just in case).
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Old 01-15-2015, 02:04 PM   #5
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not an ace, but mine did not come with one.
Another coach i looked at when shopping had an unmounted tire with no wheel in one of the storage bays.
I have little intention of ever changing a tire on my own, but I do not want to depend on the wrecker service having one.... not on a Sunday or on a holiday, not in the middle of nowhere.... & I probably wouldn't want to pay what they would be asking for it.
So when i bought my coach I asked the dealer to throw a mounted spare in to sweeten the deal. He did, but I had to come up with a way to mount it. I was good with that.
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Old 01-20-2015, 11:35 PM   #6
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I have a 2015 ACE 27.1, no spare tire nor was it an option. Make sure you have AAA or an alternative. Ford also provides roadside coverage as part of their warrantee..
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