It's heresy I tell you....but who needs a spare tire?

I know there are tons of discussions about remounting the spare on non outback models.  I know per the polls i maybe in the minority.  But how many of you have actually had to use the spare?  I have good sams.  Yea I know if I have a blowout....and when I start doing more remote camping I'm going for an alternate mount.  But in all the years I've carried a spare I have NEVER had to use it.  I carry one on my jeep. So it's not like I'll be stranded.  So I'm thinking this is like insurance.   Weighing the cost vs likelihood I'll need it.   Thoughts?
2017 [email protected] 320-S, Sofitel ([email protected])
Mabel is my great grandmother that I never knew.  She took her 3 sons (ages 8-2) on an epic adventure from Alabama to Florida in the 1930's in the back of a pick up truck, so I figured - why not name my adventures after her?  After all - I named my female English springer spaniel after my mother.   Might as well go for broke with the brownie points in Heaven!   
TV: 2016 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon
David & Jill, Houston, TX
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  • ericnlizericnliz Posts: 4,096Member
    @texasaubiefan, Ha,ha,ha, Now that you've said it, 'ya better knock on wood. :o  I moved mine, and I'm REALLY glad I did! I just can't vision myself crawling under the 'ol [email protected] on HOT pavement gettin' that sucker outa' there. Just so "ya know, it wasn't that much fun with an air gun on cool driveway pavement! Mine now resides on the front trailer jack post & it will be very easy to not only get to, but change as well! Just sayin'. ;)
    2016 [email protected] MAX S-aka: [email protected]
    TV: 2006 Chevy Avalanche LT Z71 aka: WhiteWolf, or 1972 Chevy Custom10 P/U aka: SnarlingWolf
    Spokane, Wa.
    Eric aka: Lone Wolf  with,
    Ruger aka: Adventure Companion

  • db_cooperdb_cooper Posts: 367Member
    I prefer to be self sufficient plus I hate waiting for service.  Sure you can disconnect and go get it repaired or replaced, but I'd rather be on my way. Maybe when I'm retired and not burning precious vacation time my attitude will change. But I doubt it.
    2015 Max S Outback | 2010 Xterra



  • VernaVerna Posts: 4,639Administrator
    Consider yourself lucky. I had a near miss accident that resulted in a bent axle, blown tire, damaged rim, and damaged fender in my Silver Shadow teardrop. 

    While the AAA guy couldn't use my spare tire (I found out later the bent axle was the reason it wouldn't fit under the fender), the fellow teardrop owner loaned me her well worn 13" spare that I was able to use to limp home. 

    It was a good thing that both of us had spare tires that night. 


    Verna, Indianapolis, Indiana; 2019 [email protected] 400 Boondock Lite white/red; towed by a red 2015 Toyota Tacoma V6 TRD 4x4; [email protected] Administrator.  If not now, when?




  • ericnlizericnliz Posts: 4,096Member
    @db_cooper, I AM retired, and I'm not waitin' on anybody to do something I'm perfectly capable of doing myself. I just prefer to use the K.I.S.S. method! ;)
    2016 [email protected] MAX S-aka: [email protected]
    TV: 2006 Chevy Avalanche LT Z71 aka: WhiteWolf, or 1972 Chevy Custom10 P/U aka: SnarlingWolf
    Spokane, Wa.
    Eric aka: Lone Wolf  with,
    Ruger aka: Adventure Companion

  • texasaubiefantexasaubiefan Posts: 55Member
    Ok.  See if this changes answers.   I have a plug for repairing spares and I carry an onboard air compressor for the jeep.  Figured I'd get some lively debates.  
    2017 [email protected] 320-S, Sofitel ([email protected])
    Mabel is my great grandmother that I never knew.  She took her 3 sons (ages 8-2) on an epic adventure from Alabama to Florida in the 1930's in the back of a pick up truck, so I figured - why not name my adventures after her?  After all - I named my female English springer spaniel after my mother.   Might as well go for broke with the brownie points in Heaven!   
    TV: 2016 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon
    David & Jill, Houston, TX
  • texasaubiefantexasaubiefan Posts: 55Member

    ericnliz said:

    @texasaubiefan, Ha,ha,ha, Now that you've said it, 'ya better knock on wood. :o  I moved mine, and I'm REALLY glad I did! I just can't vision myself crawling under the 'ol [email protected] on HOT pavement gettin' that sucker outa' there. Just so "ya know, it wasn't that much fun with an air gun on cool driveway pavement! Mine now resides on the front trailer jack post & it will be very easy to not only get to, but change as well! Just sayin'. ;)


    Probably shouldn't have posted this.  Sure as the world karma will bite me in the butt.  
    2017 [email protected] 320-S, Sofitel ([email protected])
    Mabel is my great grandmother that I never knew.  She took her 3 sons (ages 8-2) on an epic adventure from Alabama to Florida in the 1930's in the back of a pick up truck, so I figured - why not name my adventures after her?  After all - I named my female English springer spaniel after my mother.   Might as well go for broke with the brownie points in Heaven!   
    TV: 2016 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon
    David & Jill, Houston, TX
  • ericnlizericnliz Posts: 4,096Member
    @texasaubiefan, Ok Mr., but just remember, YOU ASKED. I'd REALLY like to see you put a plug in a shredded tire! See how that one works for 'ya =) , air compressor & all!  :)
    2016 [email protected] MAX S-aka: [email protected]
    TV: 2006 Chevy Avalanche LT Z71 aka: WhiteWolf, or 1972 Chevy Custom10 P/U aka: SnarlingWolf
    Spokane, Wa.
    Eric aka: Lone Wolf  with,
    Ruger aka: Adventure Companion

  • ericnlizericnliz Posts: 4,096Member
    edited May 2017
    @texasaubiefan, Do 'ya feel bit yet? :o
    I'll have to admit, 'ya made me laugh just postin' that one! ;)
    2016 [email protected] MAX S-aka: [email protected]
    TV: 2006 Chevy Avalanche LT Z71 aka: WhiteWolf, or 1972 Chevy Custom10 P/U aka: SnarlingWolf
    Spokane, Wa.
    Eric aka: Lone Wolf  with,
    Ruger aka: Adventure Companion

  • texasaubiefantexasaubiefan Posts: 55Member

    ericnliz said:

    @texasaubiefan, Ok Mr., but just remember, YOU ASKED. I'd REALLY like to see you put a plug in a shredded tire! See how that one works for 'ya =) , air compressor & all!  :)


    Very true.  But how often does that really happen?  If the odds are low, I chose one path.  If I'm betting fate and rv tires are suspect, I bet differently.  The reason I chose this debate is I'm constrained on tongue weight.  Like I said, I'm doing things right now where I'm accessible. So it's between a generator to stay cool at the beach or the spare in the tongue. Just weighing the odds.  The one thing I do know....Texas summers are miserable and no ac = no wife on the trips.  
    2017 [email protected] 320-S, Sofitel ([email protected])
    Mabel is my great grandmother that I never knew.  She took her 3 sons (ages 8-2) on an epic adventure from Alabama to Florida in the 1930's in the back of a pick up truck, so I figured - why not name my adventures after her?  After all - I named my female English springer spaniel after my mother.   Might as well go for broke with the brownie points in Heaven!   
    TV: 2016 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon
    David & Jill, Houston, TX
  • marknjudymarknjudy Posts: 378Member
    edited May 2017
    Hey @texasaubiefan, just leave the spare in the garage till ya need it. It'll be fine =)
    Mark - 2016 [email protected] Max S (Silver/Red), 2012 F-150
  • VernaVerna Posts: 4,639Administrator
    Michigan_Mike discovered his spare tire for his SUV had the same bolt pattern (@ericnliz, is that the correct term?) as that of his Silver Shadow. He then started just carrying his SUV's spare donut. 

    But, two days ago, my nephew's Mother-in-law hit a chuck hole that was filled with water and was invisible during a rain. She blew two tires and 3 other vehicles behind her blew at least one. Unrepairable in her case.  And this was in an area of town that had plenty of tire businesses to choose from.  She had to be towed to her choice of tire businesses.

    And my tire that had the blow out was in shreds. Unrepairable.

    If you never travel away from towns that have 24/7 tire repair businesses, you don't need a spare. If you go where that country road or two lane road takes you, you need a spare tire and the knowledge of how to change your own tire should it be unrepairable. 
    Verna, Indianapolis, Indiana; 2019 [email protected] 400 Boondock Lite white/red; towed by a red 2015 Toyota Tacoma V6 TRD 4x4; [email protected] Administrator.  If not now, when?




  • ericnlizericnliz Posts: 4,096Member
    Good one @marknjudy!!!!!!!!!! :) ( I'm just glad I wasn't drinkin' any beverages when I read that! )
    @texasaubiefan, Sounds like 'ya got a real conundrum on yer hands! 
    2016 [email protected] MAX S-aka: [email protected]
    TV: 2006 Chevy Avalanche LT Z71 aka: WhiteWolf, or 1972 Chevy Custom10 P/U aka: SnarlingWolf
    Spokane, Wa.
    Eric aka: Lone Wolf  with,
    Ruger aka: Adventure Companion

  • EstancioEstancio Posts: 198Member
    Never had the opportunity to carry a spare on my motorcycle, but I surely carried a patch kit -- and used it a thousand miles from home! I'd never leave home without a spare on the [email protected] and the TV.
  • texasaubiefantexasaubiefan Posts: 55Member
    I could ditch the wife and make things simple. But after almost 35 years I've learned to place my bets carefully
    2017 [email protected] 320-S, Sofitel ([email protected])
    Mabel is my great grandmother that I never knew.  She took her 3 sons (ages 8-2) on an epic adventure from Alabama to Florida in the 1930's in the back of a pick up truck, so I figured - why not name my adventures after her?  After all - I named my female English springer spaniel after my mother.   Might as well go for broke with the brownie points in Heaven!   
    TV: 2016 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon
    David & Jill, Houston, TX
  • ericnlizericnliz Posts: 4,096Member
    Easy now, pard', you'll be skatin' on some thin ice here shortly! Maybe you should just leave the spare where it is & count yer blessings! ;)
    2016 [email protected] MAX S-aka: [email protected]
    TV: 2006 Chevy Avalanche LT Z71 aka: WhiteWolf, or 1972 Chevy Custom10 P/U aka: SnarlingWolf
    Spokane, Wa.
    Eric aka: Lone Wolf  with,
    Ruger aka: Adventure Companion

  • HomebodyatheartHomebodyatheart Posts: 1,527Member
    @Verna are you visiting our fair town and surprising us? We are the self proclaimed pothole capital around here, and this year was really bad! Sorry for the nephew's MIL though.
    2017 [email protected] Max S silver and cherry red, TV 2015 Toyota Highlander [email protected] ("Bug" aka my [email protected] pod), towed by Big Red, or Silver
  • VernaVerna Posts: 4,639Administrator
    @Homebodyatheart, oh no you can't try to take the 2nd nickname of our fair town from us. The Crossroads of America IS the Pothole Capital of the Midwest!  Poor Irene, the tire business didn't have her tire in stock and had to give her two loaner tires until her tires come in!
    Verna, Indianapolis, Indiana; 2019 [email protected] 400 Boondock Lite white/red; towed by a red 2015 Toyota Tacoma V6 TRD 4x4; [email protected] Administrator.  If not now, when?




  • SAMSAM Posts: 2,147Member
    Can't you put the spare on your roof?  That is how we plan to carry the spare.
    Sharon and John - Cleveland Heights, Ohio. Blue and Silver 2017 CSS towed by a 2015 Salsa Red Toyota Sienna
  • AldebaranJillAldebaranJill Posts: 373Member
    It's always refreshing when someone wants to make decisions on actual data, versus anecdotal information. =) I applaud you @texasaubiefan
    2013 MAXX [email protected] towed by a 2006 Subaru Legacy Outback Sedan 2.5i  4 Cyl AWD
    Seattle, WA
  • texasaubiefantexasaubiefan Posts: 55Member
    @verna.   Remind me to meet you somewhere other than mid America.   I'm thinking you need to visit down south
    2017 [email protected] 320-S, Sofitel ([email protected])
    Mabel is my great grandmother that I never knew.  She took her 3 sons (ages 8-2) on an epic adventure from Alabama to Florida in the 1930's in the back of a pick up truck, so I figured - why not name my adventures after her?  After all - I named my female English springer spaniel after my mother.   Might as well go for broke with the brownie points in Heaven!   
    TV: 2016 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon
    David & Jill, Houston, TX
  • VernaVerna Posts: 4,639Administrator
    @texasaubiefan, it's hard telling where you'll find me. When AZ was to cool in mid February, I followed the warm temps go south central Texas. I ended up in Savanah, GA before coming home. AZ seems to be my second home, but my Hoosier roots go with me.....along with my Southern Indiana drawl ;)
    Verna, Indianapolis, Indiana; 2019 [email protected] 400 Boondock Lite white/red; towed by a red 2015 Toyota Tacoma V6 TRD 4x4; [email protected] Administrator.  If not now, when?




  • texasaubiefantexasaubiefan Posts: 55Member
    So do you say ah sheet billy bob.    In savanah it's ah she it bobby jo.  bless your heart.   Just want to make sure you blend.  Bless your heart is a dead southern thing when used artistically.  Most folks out of region think it's a term of endearment.   Not.  It's a polite southern way of say you dumb a$$.  I speak English, Texan and southern 
    2017 [email protected] 320-S, Sofitel ([email protected])
    Mabel is my great grandmother that I never knew.  She took her 3 sons (ages 8-2) on an epic adventure from Alabama to Florida in the 1930's in the back of a pick up truck, so I figured - why not name my adventures after her?  After all - I named my female English springer spaniel after my mother.   Might as well go for broke with the brownie points in Heaven!   
    TV: 2016 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon
    David & Jill, Houston, TX
  • jkjennjkjenn Posts: 4,532Member


    Ok.  See if this changes answers.   I have a plug for repairing spares and I carry an onboard air compressor for the jeep.  Figured I'd get some lively debates.  

    I had a flat last summer due to a bad valve stem.

    Jenn Grover | 2015  [email protected] S Max Silver/Turquoise Trim | 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk v6 | Nights spent in [email protected]: 165 | Pittsburgh PA

  • texasaubiefantexasaubiefan Posts: 55Member
    Did you use your spare or have it changed?   
    2017 [email protected] 320-S, Sofitel ([email protected])
    Mabel is my great grandmother that I never knew.  She took her 3 sons (ages 8-2) on an epic adventure from Alabama to Florida in the 1930's in the back of a pick up truck, so I figured - why not name my adventures after her?  After all - I named my female English springer spaniel after my mother.   Might as well go for broke with the brownie points in Heaven!   
    TV: 2016 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon
    David & Jill, Houston, TX
  • gulfareagulfarea Posts: 111Member
    On my 1999 Wrangler which has 15 inch tires I carry the [email protected] spare where the Wrangler spare normally would be on the back of the tail gate. It has the same hole pattern so I can use the [email protected] tire on the Jeep or the [email protected] to get me to a tire shop. Art 
    2016 cs-s
  • texasaubiefantexasaubiefan Posts: 55Member
    I wish.  I have 33s.  
    2017 [email protected] 320-S, Sofitel ([email protected])
    Mabel is my great grandmother that I never knew.  She took her 3 sons (ages 8-2) on an epic adventure from Alabama to Florida in the 1930's in the back of a pick up truck, so I figured - why not name my adventures after her?  After all - I named my female English springer spaniel after my mother.   Might as well go for broke with the brownie points in Heaven!   
    TV: 2016 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon
    David & Jill, Houston, TX
  • jkjennjkjenn Posts: 4,532Member


    Did you use your spare or have it changed?   

    I used the spare while it was being repaired. I had to leave it over night.

    Jenn Grover | 2015  [email protected] S Max Silver/Turquoise Trim | 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk v6 | Nights spent in [email protected]: 165 | Pittsburgh PA

  • marknjudymarknjudy Posts: 378Member
    edited May 2017
    @texasaubiefan, just reread your tongue weight post and agree with you about a generator being waaaay more valuable in the Texas heat. Heck most of the time we need A/C in the fall and parts of the winter! Given that, you're probably making the right choice.  The spare is probably not an option to carry anywhere else either. It's not even risk/reward for us given the heat, and it's likely more dangerous trying to survive without A/C. I wish you good luck and safe travels. 
    Mark - 2016 [email protected] Max S (Silver/Red), 2012 F-150
  • irvingjirvingj Posts: 309Member
    I noticed a while ago that one of the non-Roadtrek Sprinter-based RV companies (forgot which one) is no longer providing a spare... just some "special" tires and a can of repair stuff....!!

    Have to admit, though, I've only needed a spare maybe five times in millions of miles of driving. I think texasaubiefan has a valid point; I've considered ditching the spare on our [email protected]'s replacement-- but I'm too chicken to actually do it yet!
  • RatkityRatkity Posts: 3,398Member
    My LG Reverse TD didn't come with a spare. I guess I was lucky and never needed a spare. Being naive, I carried that slime stuff (not realizing that it may not work and shops may refuse to deal with a tire it's been used on). I remember a saying about "Fools and Drunks?" :)
    2017 820R Retro Toy Hauler from 2015 Tabitha [email protected] from 2009 Reverse LG Teardrop (but a [email protected] at heart)
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