Sunday, December 3, 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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CeeCee (@guest_221815)
9 months ago

While we would need roadside assistance to change a tire on our motorhome, my husband made space to carry a spare. It could tide us over until we can get to a place where we can purchase a new tire.

Skip (@guest_221814)
9 months ago

I carry two always.

KellyR (@guest_221808)
9 months ago

Both my Chevy Class B and I each have a spare tire.

Roy Davis (@guest_221804)
9 months ago

I carried a spare when we had our TT and class C but not for the DP. The reason not for the DP is twofold. 1. No place to haul it. 2. My front tires and the rear ones are not the same size. The front ones are bigger because of the weight per tire is higher.

Bill (@guest_221798)
9 months ago

TT owner. I used to carry only the built-in spare, but since we started traveling to Mexico, where you can’t find ST trailer tires, I added a second unmounted tire.

Paul (@guest_221788)
9 months ago

No spare came with my class A diesel pusher, but I carry an unmounted used tire as a spare. I have needed it once in 20 years, and a mobile tire service quickly replaced a ruined outside dual tire without even removing the wheel from the coach!

Leslie Smith (@guest_221787)
9 months ago

Yes, and I used it once. Although I have never had a flat on my TT, I had some unusual wear and changed that tire to the spare. I have also changed the spare tire to keep it up to date.

Dennis M. (@guest_221774)
9 months ago

Class C didn’t come with one. Not wanting to be stranded for days I purchased a new wheel & tire. Local boneyards didn’t have any. Also have roadside assistance to get it changed.

Jeff Craig (@guest_221769)
9 months ago

No, but the one time I had a flat happened to be on my way back to the storage facility. Luckily, I used my levelling jacks, and had a local tire shop (AAA arranged the tire replacement) come out and a nice tech got the work done in 30 minutes. He said it was easy for him, as the levelers and no traffic made it a safer job.

Bruce (@guest_221768)
9 months ago

I’m not knocking class A motorhomes but one reason I like my fifth wheel is I can Service the wheels and change tires myself because they are not as heavy.Thats just me
I also understand not everyone is mechanically inclined.

Donald N Wright (@guest_221766)
9 months ago

Getting it out from underneith is going to be interesting.

Deborah Mason (@guest_221762)
9 months ago

No good place to carry one. Too big & heavy to handle. Class A too heavy for most orange jacks. And so on.

Bob (@guest_221761)
9 months ago

No, our motorhome is too heavy, hope I never need it but that’s why we have roadside assistance insurance.

George (@guest_221759)
9 months ago

Yes a full size spare. Class B transit. Carry a small floor jack and a 18v impact wrench. Have taken off the inside rear dually tire with this equipment with little effort. Just carrying the impact wrench makes a big difference, from getting the spare down from under the chassis to the actual changing of the tire.

bill (@guest_221777)
9 months ago
Reply to  George

If your 18v impact is getting the lug nuts off then I would question if they were tightened properly to begin with. This is my view especially if you have a dual wheel setup as my class B does.

Kurt Shoemaker Sr (@guest_221757)
9 months ago

I also carry an extra tire in the bed of my truck so that if I get a blowout, I can have a garage pull that tire and replace it with the same make and size tire.

Impavid (@guest_221763)
9 months ago

I do the same. Haven’t needed it so far but it’s best to be prepared just like the Boy Scout motto.

bill (@guest_221778)
9 months ago
Reply to  Impavid

Ditto, I do use the spare as part of the normal tire rotation.

Don H (@guest_221749)
9 months ago

It’s a 48,000 lb Motor Coach. If it did have a spare, there’s no chance I could change it myself. This is what roadside assistance is for. BTW: I am VERY cautious about the tires, so hope to never need a spare anyway.

Ken (@guest_221747)
9 months ago

If your RV does have a spare… it in a safe enough condition to actually use?
Just asking.

George (@guest_221760)
9 months ago
Reply to  Ken

I would say that when you have service done on your rv, your spare should be inspected also. Air pressure should be checked and also inspected for dry rot.

Neal Davis (@guest_221746)
9 months ago

No spare AND the tire size is not a typical truck tire size. We will buy one ahead of next year’s trip to Alaska, but risk being stranded for a day or two here in the lower-48 in the meantime.

Tommy Molnar (@guest_221742)
9 months ago

Our TT has the customary spare on the bumper. I got religious about checking the spare for air when I found it totally ‘airless’ one time. Someone had to have deflated it thinking it would be a joke because it has never lost air ever again. Nice . . .

DW/ND (@guest_221790)
9 months ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

There is an element of people…… I have a class A 34′ sitting with a list as some kind soul removed the valve cores from the two street side duals! Both tires are off the rim, about 3 yrs old and have 472 miles on them. And this is in my yard in a rural area subdivision!!!

Diane McGovern
9 months ago
Reply to  DW/ND

Sorry to hear that, D and J. What a hassle! Good luck, and take care. 😀 –Diane at

Jim Johnson (@guest_221739)
9 months ago

Yes. AND the tools to change a tire (I have yet to see a trailer come with tools or instructions how to change a tire on the road – just warnings against jacking on the tube axle).

If someone doesn’t know if their rig has a spare, the probability is they also don’t have any means to perform the task either. And for sure, they have never checked the pressure in that tire!

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