How to save money and time on spare tires

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RV Tire Safety

with RV tire expert Roger Marble

I was reading another RV forum thread on spare tires. The questions about cost and difficulty in actually doing the change came up. One person said a spare for his Ford Transit van (Class B?) would cost $400. I offered the following.


A little shopping around and you should save a lot. New steel Ford transit wheels are available for $70 on eBay. Probably $25 at a local junkyard. Remember Class B and C RVs are basically just large pickup chassis and there are thousands of those in junkyards.

Also, a steel wheel is fine for a spare. Used tires usually go for $25 to $50. A spare only needs to be good for 50 to a couple hundred miles. A few phone calls to local tire dealers and you should be able to find an acceptable spare, especially for Class B or Class C. Class A owners will need to check with an HD truck repair shop.

You need to be a bit creative and not simply go to your RV dealer and ask for a new tire and wheel. Very few RV dealers are in the business of selling tires and wheels and if they are, they probably only have new tires.

How to save money and time on spare tiresWhat I am suggesting is that if you have to buy a tire from the service truck, on the side of the road, the price will probably be 125% to 200% of a sale price. If you have a Class B or Class C, most people should be able to do the change themselves with a little planning and preparation.

Planning and maybe even practice on a nice sunny afternoon would be good to confirm you have all the tools and supplies (like a solid platform to place under the bottle jack if you are on dirt) needed to change the tire.

Class A can save time (hours or days), maybe hundreds of dollars, and space by being able to provide just a tire that fits their RV. HD service trucks are equipped to change and inflate a tire on the side of the road.

If you have different size front and rear tires I suggest you have a spare for the rear as they suffer a higher percentage of punctures than the front.

How to save money and time on spare tires

 

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

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Ray

Roger, are tire coatings bad for tires?

Dave

Bought a steel rim and had a new tire mounted. Tire dealer does not sell used tires. With the rear tire mount, rim, and tire, I spent close to $1000.00 and the peace of mind 100 percent. I know that I can’t change the tire, but it is there when the service person comes.