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Old 10-23-2011, 12:53 PM   #11
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I am new to this motorhome, my other two did have spares.
Our Seneca 34SS did not come with one to my dismay, for about $200
I put together a used tire and rim of the same type on the unit a placed it in a center
storage bay. On our 7000 mile trip I had the peace of mind knowing it was there.
We have "AAA plus RV" coverage but that only covers a spare tire change out not
a replace tire at the side of the road situation.
After reading this thread prior to our trip I knew a spare was needed.

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Old 10-23-2011, 07:29 PM   #12
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That's what I did also. A local tire dealer that found me a wheel and used tire. Got in mounted and balanced. Total investment about $200. Hope I never need it, but it's good to know it's there.

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Old 11-26-2011, 07:17 PM   #13
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Curt and Reese both sell a spare tire carrier that mounts into your 2" Trailer Hitch receiver. If you need the hitch for a toad, Curt and also sells a piggy back hitch for a bicycle carrier, a male trailer hitch with a female 2" receiver welded to the top, that you can mount your spare tire carrier on. They work pretty slick. Have fun.
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Old 11-29-2011, 06:30 AM   #14
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I have an older Greyhawk, it's a 2000 28'er. It has a spare with the lift system for getting it in and out of place. Haven't had a flat on it, in the three years we've owned it. I attribute that to the fact that I'm 'Prepared'.

I do carry a bottle jack, breaker bar, cheater bar, extension and socket, to change it with. Oh yes, I also carry the wrench to get the wheel covers off with.

I'm sure I pay a bit for the piece of mind, in fuel. But I'm good with that.

Oh, by the way. I you do have to change a tire. Use your knees and toes to wiggle it into position, Don't try to use your arms, once you've rolled it into position. You Will hurt yourself. They really aren't that heavy, unless they've grown since they made mine, just clumsy, and they have a good bit of torque holding them on. Mine are 16" wheels, if they've gone to 19.5s or larger they could be heavier.
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Old 11-29-2011, 06:52 AM   #15
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I have traded my 26BH for a new Greyhawk 31SS. Plan to pick it up Friday. I got to thinking today that I didn't see any sign of a spare tire on it. When I called the salesperson, he said thay no longer come with a spare tire. Is this true? If so, what do I do if I have a flat? If I call for roadside assistance, do they bring a spare tire with them, or do they fix the flat on the spot? I'm confused. If I did have a spare tire, and had no cell phone service, would I even be likely to be able to change the tire myself? What do you all do in case of a flat tire while on the road? Also are all the whees interchangable? eg, will the front wheel fit on the rear? Please excuse my ignorance, if these questions seem elementary.
The spare is cheep now because your not on the road if you need to buy a new tire on the road it will be 2-3 maybe 4 times the price as buying it before you need it. Remember when it blows in the middle of no-where service stations see you as high profit to them. So buy a jack & 4-way tire iron as well.
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Old 11-29-2011, 10:13 AM   #16
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I would never leave home without a spare. Of course I am a bit anal about being self sufficient on the road. In addition to the spare (and the tools to change it), a 3 ton floor jack, 165psi 120v air compressor, and torque wrench to make sure the replaced tire is the right torque. I use the compressor all the time to top off my tires when leaving a camp site since 80+ psi is hard to find now days in most gas stations even if you can get your rig to the air hose if they even have air.

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Old 07-31-2012, 10:22 PM   #17
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I too just purchased a Greyhawk and am nervous about not having a spare. Can you advise where to purchase a wheel for these motorhomes? Thanks!!
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Old 08-01-2012, 05:39 AM   #18
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Alot of it boils down to how much are you willing to be inconvienced having to hault your vacation/travels sitting on the side of the road in the middle of no where waiting for road side assistance vs. (if your able to ) remove the spare and change the tire yourself thus keeping your down time minimal. Having the proper jack/chocks/wrench and knowledge is key also. My Jayco came with a spare and the TT is small and light enough I could handle it myself but not too sure about those 35 footers :0 . I would make sure to have a spare on hand just in case so whenever roadside assistance shows they can install something that properly sized/rated for the TT. Half the time Im sure a passer-by would likley stop and change it for you anyways. just my thoughts..carry on.
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Old 08-01-2012, 10:43 AM   #19
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We've had two blow-outs over the years. Both those tt's had a spare. We are fortunate that we can change a tire. When we purchase our next tt, the spare will be thrown into the 'deal' on that one also

Just another thought.... some interstates/state highways have little/no cell reception (parts of I-70 are like that going through Utah). I wouldn't want to have to rely on our CB radio to contact someone who ultimately can phone RoadSideAssistance for us. Takes too much time. As xJay1 mentioned regarding someone helping... amazing how other traveler's stop and offer to help switch out the flat for the spare
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Old 08-01-2012, 11:24 AM   #20
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Whenever I bought a vehicle by law it had to have a spare. Times must be changing but I cant imagine going anywhere without a spare tire. I have never had a blow-out but have seen bubbles on my tires and had to change them. Anyone who thins they dont need a spare tire just travel on I-10 in the summer and see all the rubber on the road and the cars and trucks on the side with blowed out tires.

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