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Old 06-15-2015, 03:19 PM   #11
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Why not carry a can of Fix-A-Flat to ease your mind?
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Old 06-15-2015, 04:14 PM   #12
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I might trust Fix-a-Flat if I discovered a slow leak but a blow out is another story.
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Old 06-15-2015, 04:17 PM   #13
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Why not carry a can of Fix-A-Flat to ease your mind?
I have heard that a lot of tire shops will not repair a tire once that stuff has been used plus if the hole is a little bigger or it is a cut, that will not work. Loren
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Old 06-15-2015, 04:25 PM   #14
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And, if that can of Fix-A-Flat goes off in your tool bag ( likely because of heat ), you will have a sorry mess to clean up. I threw out my bag and some of the tools.
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Old 06-15-2015, 04:56 PM   #15
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I don't think it was a waste of time, as it is a reasonable concern for travel trailer owners. Fortunately, the tire loading explanation (which I completely agree with) has already been provided by more than one member. Enjoy travel with one less thing to worry about!
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Old 06-15-2015, 04:57 PM   #16
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Many years ago I read an article on how to prepare for a driving trip to Alaska. These recommendations stuck in my mind:
- Carry two spare tires
- Have a spare starter solenoid
- Drive a vehicle with a manual transmission so you can push start if necessary.

Well, nowadays I don't know if vehicles still have separate starter solenoids. I guess I should look. And due to the use of electric fuel pumps now, I don't know if you can push-start a vehicle, even with manual transmission. You'd need enough battery left to run the fuel pump, at least. But you can still take along two spare tires.
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Old 06-15-2015, 05:02 PM   #17
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One thing I'd like to have though is a "proper" spare, not the limited use one that came with the truck.
I'm surprised that a pickup (assuming this is a 2011 Ford Ranger as shown in Ron's profile) has a compact temporary spare. Will a tire identical to the regular tires not fit in the spare carrier?

While the compact spare is common in cars and SUVs (and some don't have a spare at all) due to space and weight issues, this is very rarely the case for trailers. Escapes have a spare identical to the other tires, although if the others are on alloy wheels and the owner did not pay for a third or fifth alloy, the spare will still be on steel - not a functional issue.
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Old 06-15-2015, 05:38 PM   #18
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I was under the impression that a "Trailer Package" on a vehicle included a standard sized tire, maybe on a steel rim but still standard load. One can not tow with a compact spare.
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Old 06-15-2015, 05:39 PM   #19
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Well, sometimes you can answer a question truthfully but still be mis-leading. When I bought my truck I asked the salesman if the spare was a full size spare and he said "yes". Just before I left I checked it for air. I was mildly annoyed to find that it is indeed "full size". Actually the wheel size is 1" larger but the tire, while looking heavy duty is limited by speed and range. If I'd have had time to do so I'd have gone to an auto wrecker and gotten a regular wheel and tire. I'll still do that before my next trip.

Hope I don't need one sooner, driving over the "top of world highway" tomorrow.

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Old 06-15-2015, 05:44 PM   #20
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I was under the impression that a "Trailer Package" on a vehicle included a standard sized tire, maybe on a steel rim but still standard load.
In some models perhaps the package does change the spare, but for many vehicles (such as my Sienna) a full-sized spare simply won't fit in the spare tire well or carrier - it is not included in the package.

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One can not tow with a compact spare.
I agree that if the spare is a temporary-use tire, then it would be at least prudent to drop off the trailer, limp to where ever one can get a replacement tire for the tug, and then come back and hope to find an intact trailer.
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