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Old 08-20-2018, 11:54 AM   #1
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Towing and spare tires

After last years debacle with Ram and my non full sized spare, I purchased a matching wheel and tire and now carry it in the truck bed. That said, this time of year due to new vehicles changeover, one is inundated with reasons to purchase a new tow vehicle. Toyota, Nissan, Ford and Ram are all sending their emails. What I have found is most SUV's and even some trucks do not have 5 full sized matching tires. There are temporary spares as well as emergency spares, and even full sized spares now being installed. Can one tow using these spares? Everything I have read is NO. These wheels and tires are for temporary, emergency use only to get you off the road to a repair place. The tires nor the wheels are nowhere near the capacity of your regular sized set up. In addition they can impact your 4 wheel set up, your ABS system, and other safety features. Your axle capacity is also reduced and any use is recommended to be on the front axle vs the tow load bearing rear axle. FWD vehicles provide their own set of issues. Check your spare tire for it's specifications and to see if it can be used towing, otherwise you may have to leave your Escape along the road! https://www.doityourself.com/stry/5-...ut-spare-tires
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Old 08-20-2018, 12:02 PM   #2
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If I were faced with that situation, I wouldn't leave the trailer. I'd just limp the whole rig to the nearest tire shop using the temporary on the tow.

Having said that, I would not buy a tow vehicle without a full size spare, or I'd have the dealer add it. Mine came with one, so no worries.
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Old 08-20-2018, 12:10 PM   #3
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My 2018 F-150 comes with a full size spare but the tire size is slightly different than the stock tires. My manual says the following about towing with the dissimilar size spare:

When driving with the full-size dissimilar spare wheel and tire assembly additional caution should be given to:
Towing a trailer.
Driving vehicles equipped with a camper body.
Driving vehicles with a load on the cargo rack.

Drive cautiously when using a full-size dissimilar spare wheel and tire assembly and seek service as soon as possible.
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Old 08-20-2018, 12:19 PM   #4
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My 2018 F-150 comes with a full size spare but the tire size is slightly different than the stock tires. My manual says the following about towing with the dissimilar size spare:

When driving with the full-size dissimilar spare wheel and tire assembly additional caution should be given to:
Towing a trailer.
Driving vehicles equipped with a camper body.
Driving vehicles with a load on the cargo rack.

Drive cautiously when using a full-size dissimilar spare wheel and tire assembly and seek service as soon as possible.
Good points. It may be full size, but dissimilar. I specified same size but did have to pay extra for it.

I would not run it for long even if the tires were the same though - mainly because it would look ugly with one steel wheel and three 20" Chrome mags.
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Old 08-20-2018, 12:41 PM   #5
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After last years debacle with Ram and my non full sized spare, I purchased a matching wheel and tire and now carry it in the truck bed.
I had the tow package on my Ranger and was disgusted when I found it labelled as not suitable for towing. I had asked the salesman if it had a full sized spare. He said "yes". It was, only not suitable for towing. I wasn't impressed. I ended up going to an auto wrecker and buying a wheel and tire.

What spare tire was going to come with my new F150 was a discussion point before I completed the deal.

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Old 08-20-2018, 12:51 PM   #6
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Yeppers, I went out and purchased a matching wheel, so that it would look the same, but the tire is my old one. I ran into that issue with the Escape and the spare, now all 5 match on both the truck and trailer.
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Old 08-20-2018, 01:28 PM   #7
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A truck that doesn't come with a full size, matching spare is insane. I had a blowout at 45mph a month ago - not towing - fortunately I pulled to the shoulder quickly without additional damage. On dirt but slight incline. I dropped the full size spare. My owners manual said "This spare tire should not be driven on over 55mph when pulling a trailer." - So if it ever happens when towing I'll be good.
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Old 08-20-2018, 01:31 PM   #8
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my 2008 Tacoma 4x4, and my 2002 F250 4x4 both have standard sized spares, but mounted on steel rims, instead of the alloys like the 4 wheels. plus side, standard tire, standard load rating, no problems towing our hauling. downside, kinda ugly if you rotate the spare.
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My truck spare came with a steel rim but the 4 other tires are all on fancy aluminum (?) I guess, rims. Once jacked up that flat tire flat refused to budge off the wheel drum. It was frozen on. Nothing short of calling my neighbor Charlie to bring me his "persuader" could break the bond. After that I bought one at Harbor Freight for $5 and keep it under the seats.
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Old 08-20-2018, 02:12 PM   #10
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Okay, I'll bite, what does the persuader look like
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