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Old 04-27-2019, 11:37 AM   #1
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How many of you carry a spare tire?

Is it worth it to carry a spare? Or is it too difficult to do the work, and a better strategy to just get a tow if you blow? What do you guys do?
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Old 04-27-2019, 11:53 AM   #2
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I carry a spare. It's much cheaper to have someone come out and jack up the bus and swap in your spare than it is to get a tow.
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Old 04-27-2019, 11:57 AM   #3
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I am also curious.... being 100 miles from a small town and being stuck does not seem fun. If you do carry a spare. I would imagine that a steer tire would be the one to carry. it will also work as a temp drive tire too. how big of a jack do you need? how many foot pounds of torque do the lugs require?
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Old 04-27-2019, 11:59 AM   #4
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I go to the gym, but my spare tire doesn't seem to go away.

On the bus, I don't think I'm going to. On the chassis I'm looking at, I'll need to pay particular attention to the weight. I also think I've got a fairly common tire size, to I'm not too worried about it in the long run.
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Old 04-27-2019, 12:46 PM   #5
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I am also curious.... being 100 miles from a small town and being stuck does not seem fun. If you do carry a spare. I would imagine that a steer tire would be the one to carry. it will also work as a temp drive tire too. how big of a jack do you need? how many foot pounds of torque do the lugs require?
I believe the torque on the lugs is between 400-450lbft, a bit more than a car at 100lbft associated with cars. I broke a 1/2" breaker bar trying to loosen one
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Old 04-27-2019, 02:23 PM   #6
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To loosen the lug nuts on a bus wheel without power tools unless you are Arnold a torque multiplier is recommended . At my age I am carrying no spare and I am carrying the road service phone#. Gene
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Old 04-27-2019, 02:48 PM   #7
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To loosen the lug nuts on a bus wheel without power tools unless you are Arnold a torque multiplier is recommended . At my age I am carrying no spare and I am carrying the road service phone#. Gene

something like this? https://www.amazon.com/ABN-Heavy-Tor...YGSK8JAPNPA1N1

never seen one in use. I will have to youtube a video.
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Old 04-27-2019, 03:14 PM   #8
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If your rig has "dualies"...technically you have two "spares" (the outers) that can be rotated to get you where you need to be. A road service call out in the boonies can get real expensive...real fast.
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Old 04-27-2019, 03:18 PM   #9
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Yeah I was looking at the tires (single rear for me) and was thinking damn, this looks a bit more difficult to swap out than just a car tire. Someone asked me for a jack at a campground and when I said I didn’t have one, he asked what I do when I have a flat.... to which I said I’m fvcked if I get a flat.

I’m probably just gonna stick with keeping my offline map directory up to date on my phone so I can search for an appropriate company if it happens.
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Old 04-27-2019, 05:35 PM   #10
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Looks like a reasonable price for that multiplier, I'm sure it's value appreciates exponentially when you need it. Gotta save you at least $200 deleting the call for roadside service. Just may have to get one to keep on the bus.
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