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Old 06-15-2015, 09:45 AM   #1
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To carry a second spare tire or not

For three years with my Casita, I read many postings about tire problems. Though I never had an issue with mine, a friend with a new airstream had two blown/flat tires in one day last summer. When we picked up our new 21 in Chilliwack in April, I contemplated purchasing a second tire/rim set-up but opted not to. The 4000-mile trek back to NY went smoothly fortunately . While I am not a worry-wort about this, I do have back-up plans, ideas or some parts in case of some issues. Yesterday I searched the Escape forum subject area of towing and hitching back about 4 years to see what was written and discussed about tire issues. What I noticed was compared to Casita, there have hardly been any tire problem postings with Escapes. Maybe I am not looking in the right area. I do agree with the keeping tires balance, at proper pressure levels and protected from UV degradation as much as possible as well as replacing after 6 years regardless of tread depth. But our next trip out west and anywhere more than a day’s drive from our home base provokes the thought of whether to carry a second tire. So what are Escape owners’ thoughts?
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Old 06-15-2015, 09:57 AM   #2
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I wouldn't carry a second spare... too much weight and space. We've had our 17B for 10 years... we did have a blow-out once (not a fun thing to experience), but our single spare took care of that for us and we went and got the blown tire replaced. For me, I just don't think there is a high-enough risk/reward payoff to justify carrying a second spare.
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Old 06-15-2015, 10:12 AM   #3
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I haven't used the single spare I have in over 6 years now. I would never want to add a second one, taking up more space and adding weight.

If there ever was that rare occasion that I got two flats before the first couple be repaired.....oh well.
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Old 06-15-2015, 10:14 AM   #4
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Do you have Roadside Service with Good Sam or some such? They will pickup a spare if you need one and deliver it to you, you pay the price of the new tire. Sounds like a decent backup plan.
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Old 06-15-2015, 11:22 AM   #5
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Tires on older Casitas were overloaded. Tires on the TA, 19, and 21 are underloaded.
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Old 06-15-2015, 11:46 AM   #6
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Tires on older Casitas were overloaded. Tires on the TA, 19, and 21 are underloaded.
I agree; watching my Casita 17LD cross over speed bumps put a lot of flex on the sidewalls. Our 21 has less load per square inch of footprint than the Casita, what with 4 wider bigger tires than our Casita. I run a TPMS on mine and noted that the temps don't seem to go up as much as they used to in the Casita, so probably less flexing on the road, too.
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Old 06-15-2015, 02:04 PM   #7
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Get Good Sam or some other roadside assistance and let them worry about it instead of you.

We had a Casita for 6 years and I thought about tire problems every time we were towing. I purchased special LT tires and was always worried about tires especially in really hot weather.

I don't hardly think about tires anymore with the Escape although I do still have the TPMS from the Casita and can say that the Escape tires run much cooler than the ones on the Casita did and have 1/2 the load per tire as the Casita.

Just check air pressure the lug nut torque as it states in the manual but we have already had that conversation here until we beat it to death.
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Old 06-15-2015, 02:32 PM   #8
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If your not going to carry 2 auto spare tires why would you carry 2 trailer spare tires?
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Old 06-15-2015, 02:52 PM   #9
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If your not going to carry 2 auto spare tires why would you carry 2 trailer spare tires?
Plus an earlier post said "Tires on older Casitas were overloaded. Tires on the TA, 19, and 21 are underloaded."

What a great thought(s)! I am convinced now not to buy a second spare and hope this ends this thread and needlessly taking up folks time. Thanks for the comments!
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Old 06-15-2015, 03:01 PM   #10
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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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