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Old 02-25-2016, 09:07 AM   #1
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What??? No spare tire???

We just bought a new Melbourne 24K. I figured the spare was under the vehicle. Yesterday I looked under it and found that there is a spot for a spare but no tire or wheel.
What to do? Should it have come with one or do I now figure out how to get the wheel, tire and a way to mount it?
The 24k has a rear slide, straight out the back which limits my choice of bumper mount carriers to the type that folds down. Not an ideal situation but better than sitting on the side of the road with a flat tire.
Any suggestions or help will be greatly appreciated.
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Old 02-25-2016, 12:20 PM   #2
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When we were in the process of buying ours, and found no spare tire... we called Jayco about it. They told us that it was a "liability" issue, that too many people were getting hurt trying to change their own motorhome tires.

Not sure that I buy that, but it is what it is... so we negotiated a mounted spare into the deal for the unit. In our case we traded a motorhome where the slide came out the back for one where we could carry both a spare and bikes on this:

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Sorry that you're having the "no spare" issue. I think that the sales people at the dealerships don't want to mention it, as the would have to add the mounted tire to the deal to make the sale.

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Old 02-25-2016, 06:13 PM   #3
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When we were in the process of buying ours, and found no spare tire... we called Jayco about it. They told us that it was a "liability" issue, that too many people were getting hurt trying to change their own motorhome tires.

Not sure that I buy that...
I don't buy it for a heartbeat!
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Here's some interesting reading on the subject by someone fairly experienced.
RV 101® Education with Mark Polk: Where's the Spare
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Old 02-25-2016, 08:52 PM   #5
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I thought it was a law to carry a spare.
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I thought it was a law to carry a spare.
Sounds goofy enough to be a law
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Old 02-26-2016, 06:51 PM   #7
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Adding a Spare

I was also surprised that a big moving vehicle would not come with a spare. Having it gives you the option of doing it yourself if wanted/needed. At least having the spare wheel and tire allows road assistance to do the labor if needed.

I ended up doing a similar “under belly” installation as well documented here:
https://www.jaycoowners.com/forums/f30/adding-spare-tire-mount-to-greyhawk-9377.html

I would add that some attention is needed to:
-Be sure your jacks will fit under the jack points (on a deflated tire), front and rear. I bought a larger combo jack/jack stand for the rear and a short bottle jack for the front.
-You need a large (i.e. 25-30”) breaker bar and torque wrench.
-I completely disagree with the “500 lbs. of torque on lug nuts” mentioned on some of these posts. The Greyhawk manual clearly states 150 ft. lbs. (for Aluminum wheels) which is only about 60 lbs. more than my car and easily accomplished with a long torque wrench.
-A steel wheel requires "Swivel Lug Nuts" (per the text on the wheel itself). Torque on a Steel wheel with swivel Lugs is 140 ft/lbs (per Greyhawk manual)
-I purchased the Swivel Lug Nuts 9/16 x 18 (Thread pitch) at an auto supply, $6 ea.
-I bought my spare rim at a junk yard for $85. Some sanding and painting made it look great. Stating my vehicle was a based on a Ford 450 helped the yard a lot. As them about the swivel lug nuts as they might be $2-$3 ea. Below are pics showing how to measure the rim you buy at the junk yard and compare it to yours.
-I tested things to be sure my jacks worked, the rim fit, I had the correct lug nuts and sockets, etc.
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I have had too much experience with changing trailer and motorhome tires on the side of the road and I hate it. 3 people were killed and one injured critically this week in Indiana when trying to change a tire on the side of the road. I have a aluminum racing jack,20 volt dewalt impact, and 2 spares and if I have to change a tire on the side of the road I want it to be like a pit stop at indy. That being said why would they not have a spare on a motor home but they have one under the travel trailers. Both carry the same risk changing a tire.
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500 ft/lbs is what a Seneca takes on its 22.5" wheels, not practical for the average owner to carry around the tools necessary to break those loose or torque them back down. But for ultimate peace of mind I would like to have a mounted spare stashed somewhere. Probably will do something before we make our 2017 Alaska trip.

My previous Ford-based units did have spares and I had to use them one time on each while traveling. Sure was handy to be able to handle it myself. And 140 ft/lbs for the swivel nuts was easily accomplished.
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dewalts brushless 20 volt 1/2 inch impact has 750 ft lbs torque
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