Anyone take 2 spare tires?

Discussion in 'Tires / Brakes / Bearings / Axles' started by Smazze, Jul 31, 2019.

  1. Smazze

    Smazze New Member

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    I will put some thought into a piggyback situation on the back. Or I guess I could do what one poster said and just keep the extra rubber since that's the hard part to find. It's a 2016 Flagstaff 185/80/R13. Load D. Last week our trip to Panama City we had a blowout around Montgomery and called/went to 4 different places including Walmart with no luck. All special order. So I drove the last few hours wo a spare...slowly. Found a place in Panama that had 1 on clearance 2 years old and only load level c, but was the best I could do. We made it back to Chicago without incident. Our last flat was in Texas and had to use a 175/80/R13 Load C to replace because that's all I could find. Must be an odd size tire or something. I now have 3 tires..all different.
     
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    Sneezer Well-Known Member

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    That is an oddball size. The 185s are only about 1/2" difference in width and diameter I think. Personally I would use the 175-80-13s, as they can be had everywhere I think. I just checked Northern Tool, looks like they have a large selection in store. Tractor Supply might be another option.
     
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    Smazze New Member

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    I don't disagree. Either is possible to find on etrailer etc., but it's just when out and about it's not so easy. The 175's that I've found at stores in stock are usually load C for some reason. Not the end of the world, but I'd rather have what's called for if I can.
     
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    I carry two spares. One on the back of the camper and one "tire only" in the TV.
     
  5. Snow

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    Have carried two spares for years.. mind you my trailer has 4 tires to start with..

    Not that rare, but not as common as the smaller 175 tires... NO you cannot / should not use the 175's as replacements, they are under sized and will have a lower load rating..
     
  6. Anthony Hitchings

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    Only once once , just when on a Jeep trip (no trailer) in the back country (Arizona Strip).

    Bit of a nuisance- mounted it on a hitch mount tilt down bike rack stem. Never needed it, nowadays I carry a plug kit AND two cans of Fix a Flat.
     
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    We carry 2 pares. One one the camper and one in the truck bed.
     
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    Wrenchgear Near Elmira, Southern Ontario

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    I have carried 2 spares for years. I just happened to come across one in a wrecking yard when I was there getting some car parts. It was on the scrap tire pile. Same size, exact same rim, good tread, and reasonable date code. I asked the guy how much, and he asked me what I was going to do with it. I said I'll just use it as a spare for my Pup. He told me to just take it, he didn't want anything for it in that case. So I have the orig spare hanging on the back, and the wrecking yard spare goes just inside the door of the pup when its closed down. I washed it all up with soap and the garden hose so its good and clean, and it sits in there for every trip. When it comes out at a campsite, I just put it under the rear bunk end to keep it clean for the return trip. I keep a big garbage bag handy for if I have to use that spare and need to put my regular tire in the bag and into the Pup.
     
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    think about it - you are towing a trailer - it can't go anywhere by itself. IF anything needs two spare tires - its the tow vehicle. Which I did just once,and likely will never do again.
     
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    I think the thought is that car tires are available just about everywhere, but trailer tires might be harder to find.

    But... I have one spare for the trailer, and actually none for the TV (it didn't come with one lol)
     
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    That is it exactly.. My pup tires were 185/70.13 load range D .. difficult to find everywhere, could easily find the 175/70/13 load range C tires but not the proper tires.. Now with the TT, the size is pretty common 205/70/14 load range C (which is what was stock and what I have on it now, but prefer using the load range D tires (both spares are this)..
     
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    well, it depends - if you are retired you can wait for a trailer tire to be shipped, or drive to the nearest place that stocks one :)
     
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    DW & I have been discussing this very topic, from a slightly different angle... we already carry one spare for the camper (which is rotated with the mains annually), but the TV only has a donut spare, so we've talked about getting a full size spare for the minivan and attaching to the camper somewhere.
     
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    I wouldn't tow anything without a full size spare for the vehicle.
     
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    Our used Jeep Liberty came with a donut, so back then I promptly bought a matching rim and a new tire. (the spare tire wheel well has room for a full sized spare) I recently bought a 2nd rim and put one of the old tires on it. So now I have two spares ! Old habits die hard.
     
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    You should feel blessed with just one. Motorcyclists go 800 miles from home with none.

    Just a plug kit and a small pump.
     
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    We carry two when we go for extended trips, especially to the desert. Tiny thorns are common in S Utah and they work there way under the rim and can cause flats. Puncture kit is useless. For weekends the most common cause is nails and screws I assume from folks burning old lumber. Patch kit and compressor for those.
     
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    nineoaks2004 Every meal is a picnic and every Day is a holiday

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    I carry one for the camper and ( have not needed to use it so far. I always carry 2 for the boat as the boat tires and suspension are a lot smaller.
     
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    I'd be satisified w/ 2x Load C 175s. If you are well in excess of the load limits with a D tire, you could probably do a C without a worry. While I would, without a doubt, happily, mount another tire to the rear bumper of my PUP, I see yours seems to missing one (a back bumper)... ;) so that's a no-go. In lieu, I would put it on the roof of the pup, tied off, or mounted, to the bike rack.
     
  20. jeeper88

    jeeper88 Let's go Camping and Jeepin

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    I carry two spares on my rear bumper. found a factory mount and mounted on the opposite side. Looks great will post a pic as soon as I take one..
     

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