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Old 02-15-2016, 08:52 PM   #1
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Traveling without a spare tire

Reaching out to those with experience.

We are in planning stages to take our Class C Grey Hawk to Fairbanks (about 12,000 miles round trip) from south Louisiana in mid May through June.

In my planning, I suddenly realized the coach doesn't have a spare tire.

Has anyone here tackled such a drive without a spare......???

Where would someone carry a spare on a Class C coach ...???


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Old 02-15-2016, 08:58 PM   #2
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Research as much as you can on a road trip to Fairbanks Alaska. I caught the end of an Alaska seminar at the Minneapolis Camping show this past Friday night and heard an expert talk about RVing to Alaska and the recommendation was 2 spare tires. So I for sure wouldn't leave town without one. I don't know first hand but there can be stretches of road where you may be a long way from service.
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Old 02-15-2016, 09:01 PM   #3
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There are bumper mount spare tire carriers available.
https://www.google.com/webhp?sourcei...0c%20motorhome
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Old 02-15-2016, 09:17 PM   #4
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I've been to alaska, roads are frost heaved. I would want at least an unmounted spare. Make sure to have glass coverage on your insurance. If I recall 1 in 3 MHs get a broken windshield.
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Its a long way between service, and a tire may be days away. I would do your research thoroughly before you go, to know what to expect. You don't pass up to many places to get fuel either.
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I just celebrated my 70th birthday and don't relish the thought of changing a tire on the side of the road. For you younger guys, that is the quick way to do it. However, road service only puts on your good spare as part of their service. Anything else is extra. It is difficult enough trying to find a replacement tire in the states when you are broke down on the side of the road. If its Sunday, you really have a problem. Try that in Alaska, when you may be miles from any kind of service is just uncalled for. If it were me, I would have a good spare and a couple more new tires, that at least could be mounted on your rim.
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Old 02-16-2016, 05:12 AM   #7
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Most obvious place to carry my spare is under the bed. Can be accessed through the left rear storage compartment on the Greyhawk 31 FS. Good advice has been two mounted spares ready to install when called for.
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Too bad you can't mount a spare on the FRONT bumper. Most C's could use the weight in the front, not more weight hanging off the long rear (thus unloading the front more).
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Too bad you can't mount a spare on the FRONT bumper. Most C's could use the weight in the front, not more weight hanging off the long rear (thus unloading the front more).
You can, and we do, for just that reason. I had a front mounted hitch receptacle put on my 31DS and bought a hitch mounted spare tire carrier for it. works great, no obvious effect on airflow through the radiator (although I have not gone through the Mojave desert in summer ). It does not add to the beauty of the unit, but I do not care.
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Spare Tire

I have made the trip twice. I would defiantly have a mounted spare. You can get services along the way but they will cost. You could probably put all new tires on your motor home for what you might pay for one in the Yukon Territory. Everything in Canada costs considerably more than what it does in the US. If you have a mounted spare with you, you could probably get help from someone else traveling the highway. We never had a tire failure but we did have windshield damage on both trips. The frost heaves are always bad between Destruction Bay and the Alaskan state line. Just slow down and watch the vehicle in front of you. I would also recommend towing insurance. Good Sam's offers one for anywhere from $80 to $129 a year. It could be a long tow if you have a major break down. It also covered getting your motor home back home if you had a medical emergency etc. All being said I would defiantly make the trip. It is one of the most beautiful drives you will ever take. Have fun and good luck.

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