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Old 07-02-2015, 10:11 AM   #1
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Spare tires

I would like to know if anyone carries a spare tire with them and if you do how or where do you store the spare? Another question would the air system for the breaks be enough to take and put on the lug nuts?
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Old 07-02-2015, 10:19 AM   #2
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My bus has a factory fitted spare behind the front bumper. Look at my thread "Heavy Fuel" in the bus conversions section. Look for the small black dot between the headlights. That's the portal for the tool to lower the spare from the rack under the frame. As far as using the air from the air brake system, I would recommend using a 15 gallon air tank to slave into the system before trying to change the tire. There are many different ways to accomplish this. My preferred way with my bus is to hook the slave tank into the service line via the air fitting portals by the fuel nozzle. My bus has many different advantages other buses do not have. Just an FYI. Other buses may need modifications in order to accomplish the same things my bus can do.
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Old 07-02-2015, 10:36 AM   #3
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I have Dayton wheels, so if needed I'll just use one of the rears as a spare.
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Old 07-02-2015, 07:01 PM   #4
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What size of wheel are we talking about? The 11R22.5 & similar usually have their lug nuts torqued in the neighborhood of 450-500 lb-ft. To zip those off I understand one would use a 3/4 or 1 inch air impact wrench, which I have to think would drain the air out of a brake system in a really big hurry (assuming the lines were upgraded to support flowing that much air).

I have run my 1/2 inch impact off the air in my bus, and that worked out fine. But I don't think that wrench would do anything at all with the lug nuts on my bus.
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Old 07-02-2015, 07:36 PM   #5
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i had a spare tire carrier and i swapped it into a battery bank.
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Old 07-02-2015, 08:42 PM   #6
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I carry my 19.5 spare tire only on our car trailer or dolly tongue depending upon which towed we are pulling. Coach-Net will send a strong younger man to R and R the tire.
I am making plans to build a rear bumper based carrier that will mount a tire on a wheel and allow it to swing down to the ground for the nice younger man.
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Old 07-02-2015, 08:54 PM   #7
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I carry a credit card and a phone! Seriously, I don't see myself changing out one of those tires if it goes flat on the road. At home, with the right tools and a good air compressor, maybe, but not on the side of the road.
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Old 07-02-2015, 09:14 PM   #8
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Old 07-02-2015, 09:26 PM   #9
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What size of wheel are we talking about? The 11R22.5 & similar usually have their lug nuts torqued in the neighborhood of 450-500 lb-ft. To zip those off I understand one would use a 3/4 or 1 inch air impact wrench, which I have to think would drain the air out of a brake system in a really big hurry (assuming the lines were upgraded to support flowing that much air).

I have run my 1/2 inch impact off the air in my bus, and that worked out fine. But I don't think that wrench would do anything at all with the lug nuts on my bus.
Budd type wheels maybe.
But I can get mine off with a bar.
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Old 07-02-2015, 09:52 PM   #10
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I'd carry one, I have dayton wheels so I only need ~200 flbtq.
The only issue it tracking down a rim for "free".
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Old 07-02-2015, 10:39 PM   #11
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I have duallies on the rear but I'll be packing a spare "just in case". Much cheaper to change one than call someone to go way out if boondocking. No big deal...my Milwaukee impact wrench can handle lug nuts.
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Old 07-02-2015, 10:45 PM   #12
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500 ft lbs isn't that with the right tools.

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Old 07-02-2015, 10:47 PM   #13
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I wouldnt even change one at home. Coachnet....
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Old 07-03-2015, 06:24 AM   #14
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we carry one, tire and rim mounted was $50 (not a recap and not alot of tread) it's enough to keep us going on our trip, I do not want to spend $600 plus because we didn't have one
Coachnet to change it out, in an emergency or no service etc, I have a torque multiplier, a couple jack stands(for torque multiplier use ) and breaker bars etc as well as a bottle jack and 4 pcs of aluminum to use as a safety stand/block under axle

best bet is a credit card and a tire service
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Old 07-03-2015, 07:45 AM   #15
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I am making plans to build a rear bumper based carrier that will mount a tire on a wheel and allow it to swing down to the ground for the nice younger man.
All my 1100-series Humvees showed up with one, similar to the one shown. Made it a helluva lot easier than trying to drop it off the roof, and then get it back on. Unless the TACPs screwed up, and ran the turnbuckle the wrong way.
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Old 07-03-2015, 08:49 AM   #16
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Cool Scooter.

Mine will be based on this design, using the bumper rather than the hitch receiver.
Simpson Tire Mount - Carry a spare without a care.
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Mine will tuck in under the rear deck I am building and will fit via a hinged, drop down carrier that is operated by a simple hand crank winch (these tires are HEAVY!). Keeping it out of the sun will also help it last longer without the need for a UV cover.

Like they say about guns..."I'd rather have one and not need it...than need one and not have it."
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Old 07-03-2015, 12:58 PM   #18
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Many home brew jeeps on pirate 4x4 have swing down spare tire mounts.

I like the ones on the big 8 wheel drive army tucks better. Unlike the hummer, the 8 wheel trucks have a tire closer to the size of a bus.

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Old 07-03-2015, 07:29 PM   #19
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That Simpson Tire Mount sounds nice but my question is "How many years of service can I get from CoachNet or AAA for $650.00.
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That Simpson Tire Mount sounds nice but my question is "How many years of service can I get from CoachNet or AAA for $650.00.
If you don't have a tire, they will bring you one...At what cost? Tain't free Lot of bux for the tire carrier for sure but if you have a tire on a wheel, the cost should be the cost of a tip for the tire guy.
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