RV Tire Safety: Do you have, or even need, a spare RV tire?

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By Roger Marble
Do you have, or even need, a spare RV tire? That’s a reasonable question. I have previously published some information on having a spare here, but for those that want a quick answer, read on …

Most motorhomes already have a receiver for a hitch so adding a spare carrier there should be relatively easy. Amazon has some and I have seen smaller models starting at $40.

One way to cut cost is to put one of your old tires under a cover as a spare. A used wheel from a junk yard should also cut the cost.

Regarding tire covers: I would consider a white cover a necessity – unless you want to bake the life out of the spare mounted outside the RV.

Regarding the jack and tools: Be sure you know what you are doing and have all the tools you might need including a flat board and a steel plate if you need to jack on soft ground. If you don’t already have the tools, I suggest Harbor Freight, as hopefully you will never need the tools and if you do they will not get much use.

Will you be able to physically lift the tire and mount it on the RV? You will need the correct 6-point socket and a 2-foot breaker bar. If you have a motorhome with dual tires in the rear, you’ll need an extension. You should practice at home so you know how much effort is needed.

Here is a YouTube video from Wandering Wagners. Your system may be different, so after watching, you should go and do a practice on your RV.

Even if you can’t do the physical job, having a spare will probably pay for itself. Any road service should be able to change the mounted tire so you are not confronted with having to buy a mismatched new tire at two times the normal sale price.

 

Read more from Roger Marble on his blog at RVtiresafety.net or on RVtravel.com.

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Dan
16 days ago

I keep a 24″ breaker bar, an extension, and socket with us. As I age, I keep thinking about an electric impact wrench that I have. Just fire up the Onan, plug in and git busy. On the other hand, I also have a AAA card with the RV package. I would probably fall back on the first options if the wait for AAA was too long. Nah, I got what I need to survive in the RV, so I’ll just wait.

Crowman
16 days ago

I wouldn’t trust anything from Harbor Freight to jack up a heavy motorhome and have any body parts under it. Harbor has 90 percent cheap garbage from China from the lowest bidder price doesn’t mean much if you’re injured or killed.

Roger Marble
8 days ago
Reply to  Crowman

I suggest that some tools be purchased from a low-cost supplier (24″ bar, socket extension, etc) and with luck you will never need them. Why spend top dollar on a tool that could sit un-used in the RV Basement for years. You could consider other similar suppliers for short-term or even single-use tools.

Bob P
16 days ago

Most Class A and some Class C motorhomes require 200-300 pound/feet of torque for the wheel studs, so unless you’re built like Hulk Hogan you might want to subscribe to a roadside service provider policy. To the best of my knowledge AAA doesn’t do motorhome tires. If you decide you can do this yourself you will need not only the correct tools but a good chiropractor afterwards. Road service mechanics do this several times a day not once every 10 years. Lol

Phil & Peggy
16 days ago
Reply to  Bob P

The AAA Plus RV membership DOES do motorhome tires.

Wayne Caldwell
16 days ago

One additional piece of equipment would be a long (2 or 3 foot) bar of some type to put under the replacement tire/rim to help lift it onto the hub. The tire/rim combo on my ’15 Ram 2500 is 100 lbs (each) and I’m not able to lift that about two inches and get it rotated enough to slide it onto the lug studs. They aren’t much lighter for trailers and are much heavier for most motor homes.

Impavid
16 days ago
Reply to  Wayne Caldwell

Wayne, most RVers carry a shovel. Place the blade under the tire and push down on the handle. If you need more lift put one of the blocks you carry under the blade and use as a fulcrum. You can sometimes lift up on the handle too and this helps push the spare in the right direction to go onto the lug bolts.

Tom
16 days ago

if you use a 4-way, mark the end that fits your lug nut. No sense in adding to your frustration with the flat. I also carry a cordless drill with the correct impact socket just to spin the lug nuts on and off. I do not want to have to change a tire, they’re heavy, but I’m ready to do so.

Tommy Molnar
16 days ago
Reply to  Tom

I found I have to carry two four-way lug wrenches. One that fits my truck and the other that fits my trailer. PITA, but a must if I intend to change one of the tires myself.