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Old 06-15-2015, 05:47 PM   #21
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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.
So it is nearly full diameter, but probably narrower than the regular tires, requiring more pressure to carry the load, and built as a lightweight "temporary use only" tire... the usual compact spare for a load-carrying vehicle. Passenger cars have generally oversized stock tires, so the size difference to the temporary spare can be greater.
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Old 06-15-2015, 08:34 PM   #22
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Geez, I'm in the middle of the Alaska highway and you bring up this topic now.

No, I wouldn't carry a second spare but we met John and Sherrie, Escape 17, who were returning from Inuvik and they had second spares and used them because the road is made from shale bits that cut tires.

One thing I'd like to have though is a "proper" spare, not the limited use one that came with the truck.

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Alaska is on our bucket list. Two spares for the trailer, two for the truck? Engineers love overkill. Why not?
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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.
The tow package with the AWD Ford Flex includes a pressurized can of tire repair goo. It is strapped under the drivers seat. I keep it in the trailer bin.
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All the reading I've done on the forums over the years, folks that travel to Alaska and Mexico say to take spare tires, off the rims. Especially if you have a strange tire size. You may find yourself stranded if a tire has to be ordered in at your breakdown location. Frankly, I think it sounds like good advice. YMMV
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Old 06-15-2015, 09:10 PM   #25
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Alaska is on our bucket list. Two spares for the trailer, two for the truck? Engineers love overkill. Why not?
We are planning a trip to Alaska and when we pick up the trailer I think I'll pick up an extra steel rim and tire. The others will be aluminum. Loren
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All the reading I've done on the forums over the years, folks that travel to Alaska and Mexico say to take spare tires, off the rims. Especially if you have a strange tire size. You may find yourself stranded if a tire has to be ordered in at your breakdown location. Frankly, I think it sounds like good advice. YMMV
Yes, I am reading the same, due to the bad roads.
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When we went to Inuvik 3 summers ago we had 2 trailer spares and new 6 ply rated tires on the truck ,2 steel belts and 2 rayon only one spare for the truck .. We never used any spares but didn't regret taking them. The roads up north are tough on tires new and used. Cornering is where most of the damage is done .The shale on the Dempster is brutal like razor blades. And the top of the World Hi-way is just as bad. Forget the mini spares .They have no chance .
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We are planning a trip to Alaska and when we pick up the trailer I think I'll pick up an extra steel rim and tire. The others will be aluminum. Loren
Actually the real surprise on this trip has been how good the Alaska highway is. We've done more than 2/3 of it so far and most of the time I'm doing the same speeds as at home.

I wouldn't carry a second spare but I do want to get a "proper" spare and I think that I'll also start carrying a can of inflation goo.

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All the reading I've done on the forums over the years, folks that travel to Alaska and Mexico say to take spare tires, off the rims. YMMV
Off the rims? Why? To save space/weight/cost? That would be my guess, but I'm guessing.
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Off the rims? Why? To save space/weight/cost? That would be my guess, but I'm guessing.
Yes, without the wheel (rim) to save cost and weight of a backup to a backup which is unlikely to be used. The assumption is that you can get to a service location with tolerable time and effort, but it could take days to get a tire shipped in from the south (which might mean from here in Edmonton )
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