Monday, December 4, 2023


Does your RV have a spare tire?

Does your RV, whether it’s a motorhome, fifth wheel, travel trailer, pop-up, van, etc., have a spare tire? If it didn’t come with a spare tire, did you purchase one for it to carry with you on your travels?

Some RVs come with spare tires, others don’t. Either way, it’s important for you to carry one with you just in case. You do not (repeat: do not!) want to get a flat tire and have to wait hours and hours, especially if you’re in the middle of nowhere, for roadside assistance. Nope!

Please tell us in the poll below – thanks!

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Mitzi Agnew Giles and Ed Giles (@guest_179288)
1 year ago

I consider a spare tire an important safety device. Our 17 ft molded fiberglass trailer had a spare listed as an expensive option and I bought it. In the first and third years of use, the right front on the trailer blew and kind passersby changed it for us when they saw us two elderly trying to DYI. The spare is a standard automobile size. As the distaff half, I have changed a LOT of auto tires during my working life- oddly enough more when in a single office than when I went to multiple locations each day. Perhaps I took better care to inspect and monitor tire pressure when the miles driven went up?

Craig (@guest_178806)
1 year ago

I carry a spare mounted on a wheel ready for use. On longer trips further away from my home, I also carry a tire not mounted on a wheel that used to be on the rig as an emergency spare. I figure if I can’t find the correct tire size to buy, at least I can mount mine and keep traveling.

Daniel Merkovsky (@guest_178772)
1 year ago

We a have spare tire in our 2022 thor Quantum motorhome. It was not Included in the purchase, we had to have it added at the dealer.

Lisa Adcox (@guest_178721)
1 year ago

We had a blowout that was construction material in Sidewall and then 30 miles down the road we had another. Had to go buy two tires. One for blowout and one for spare.

Shirley (@guest_178692)
1 year ago

It might be of interest to include product year ranges with a yes/no answer on tires. Our 2019 is a yes. Our 2021 is a no

Paul (@guest_178677)
1 year ago

I have two I have alot of blowouts

Leslie Smith (@guest_178627)
1 year ago

Yes and I check it often. I have used it once.

Jeff Craig (@guest_178615)
1 year ago

22.5″ers on our Class A, so, no. Fortunately we have AAA and the one time we needed to swap out a flat, we just used the hydraulic jacks to hoist up our rig.

Neal Davis (@guest_178548)
1 year ago

Our 43′ DP does not have a spare tire, but we did buy a used tire that was the same size. We hauled it atop our towed Jeep Grand Cherokee for the four months that we traveled to and from Alaska 3 years ago. We will do the same the next time that we travel to Alaska. We don’t worry about getting a replacement tire of the right size while traveling the lower-48, but Alaska is a different deal.

Jesse Crouse (@guest_178546)
1 year ago

I said no and the 2 reasons are1. $700.00; 2. No place to store it.

HOWARD W SCHILLER (@guest_178545)
1 year ago

I just had 6 new tires installed on our 2017 Pace Arrow in preparation for our Alaska trip this year. I kept one of the old tires and put it in a baggage compartment just in case.

Duane Timmons (@guest_178533)
1 year ago

A word of caution, you need to verify the spare tire you are carrying is the correct one for your coach! I carried my “Factory included” spare in my Itasca for 7 years before realizing it was not correct. I had a blowout on my left front (Itasca 26P Class A) and went to change the tire (hey, I have a spare right!). Pulled it out, jacked up the rig, got the old one off and, what the hey, it didn’t fit! Turns out the “Itasca included” spare was on a Ford rim and my chassis is a Workhorse (same bolt pattern but smaller size lugs)! The rim clearly had Ford markings on it. Did a quick change with an outside dual and limped to a tire store. Got a new tire the next day and finally made it home. Called Winnebago and, according to their records the Ford IS the correct spare for my unit (even after stating the chassis was a Workhorse)! I ended up having to purchase a new Workhorse rim (along with a complete set of tires for the rig, it was time). So, please verify your spare is correct

KEN LAILER (@guest_178532)
1 year ago

I laugh, because unlike a car it has no jack. I have owned three TT and none have had jacks, but all had full size spare tires.

HT4CAE (@guest_178528)
1 year ago

We have a 34’ class A. I have a spare but not on a rim. When we went to Alaska, friends all said take at least one spare. If you have a flat, the truck will come but won’t have your tire but if you have one they can mount it.That could take days to get a spare tire. I had new tires put on before the trip and took 2 spare. One is under the bed and the other fit in our CRV. Fortunately we didn’t need them but we sure felt better knowing we were prepared. Oh, I don’t use Good Sam either, use some one else.

Jim (@guest_178527)
1 year ago

Always carry more than you think you need. One time not being prepared is a learning experience. I carry a bottle jack, small floor jack, axle adapter, and numerous tools with difference size sockets and extensions.

RV Staff
1 year ago
Reply to  Jim

Good plan, Jim! If you’re prepared, you won’t need it. If you’re not prepared, you will need it. Have a great day. 😀 –Diane

Robert (@guest_178526)
1 year ago

I am just unlucky. Bought a 34 ft Class A Itasca that was 17 years old and lived in it for four years. Tires on it were 12 years old. Replaced them all but the new ones were defective and failed, one by one. Relied on roadside assistance until they left us on the side of the freeway in 120 degree weather for 7 hours. Learned how to change them myself and always kept the spare up to pressure. On one trip, lost two inner duallies in 2 hours, limped in with one flat. Have blown the front drivers tire three times, that is exciting. Should not admit this, but almost never used a jack, just used the leveling jacks. That was a problem when the front tire blew and ripped the wires off the pump control. Got 7 good tires now, even the spare, and check the tire pressure every day of travel.

Jerry Sim (@guest_178523)
1 year ago

My class c chateau didn’t come with one but the road service contract says they will come and change out the tire where we are. I did however purchase a spare tire which I will carry on long trips in case the tire we need is not readily available and we can get back on the road faster without having to wait for them to locate the right tire.

P Hamill (@guest_178517)
1 year ago

My new Winnebago travato 59k dose not come with a tire. However now I’m trying to find a place to have one. I purchased one for my Dodge on Ebay.
Ture story on our 2008 Winnebago aspect 26J we were driving on the Reservation with no cell service,no service at all and had to change our tire to make our way to tire service area. When I travel by myself I can’t change the tire but I have roadside service. After reading stories about people waiting hours for a service that had to bring a tire,I will now have one.
They need to make the storage area under the chassis again. This is about MPG and money

Mark W (@guest_178495)
1 year ago

I’ve met a few people who purchased a brand new RV and later discovered that they didn’t have a spare tire…..I know it sounds improbable, but, they just “assumed” they had one…… until, they needed it and found out…..boy, were they pissed off.

Another friend of mine has a Class A motorhome and said. It’s pretty standard NOT to have a spare tire on a Class A…..

Is this true?? I really don’t know….

My Class B Sprinter does have a full spare tire right underneath the chassis…. thankfully, I’ve never had to use it, but, I’m very glad to have it.

Those air inflator devices are fine I guess in an emergency, but, without a full sized spare you’re going to be waiting for someone to bring you a replacement … expensive….. and, I can absolutely assure you that it will not be the tire you want…..

Bud (@guest_178488)
1 year ago

I bought the RV new. It was to come with a spare tire according to the brochure. The dealer made it good and got me a new rim and tire. Problem is, there is nowhere to mount a carrier for it. Lesson learned. The spare doesn’t do me much good sitting in the garage taking up space.

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