Check out that spare (if you have one)

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  1. GeriatricWanderer

    GeriatricWanderer Funster

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    When I recently bought my 03 reg camper, I checked the tyres for wear and age. Wear OK but coming up to 6 years old so, in my book, time to look around for a new set.

    I took a quick look underneath to check out the spare - seemed OK, plenty of tread - if not new but difficult/impossible to checking it's age.
    I have a long list of "to do" jobs on the camper and one of them is to look more closely at the spare.
    A glorious day today so I took it down, still has surface mold pimples so never been on the road, turned it over and there's the date - oh dear - (2202). Been there since the van first came off-line.

    So, despite it having no tread wear, no sidewall stressing and no sunlight, at coming up to 13 years old methinks I'll replace it. I know there are mixed opinions on the subject but I like the expression "If it ain't good enough to put on a road wheel, it ain't good enough for the spare".

    Driving an older camper? - When did you last check your spare manufacture date?
     
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  2. treetops1

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    They will pay good money for that spare in India lol and they probable should here.
     
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  3. SomeoneElse

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    Motorhome tyre? a bit big for a tut tut.
     
  4. wingman

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    Cripes! A two thousand year old tyre :D
     
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  5. rangitira

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    I've taken mine out from the cage underneath the M/H and placed it in the locker,

    1- it's easier to check the pressure,

    2- If I ever have a puncture and have to call the Greenflag fellas out, they won't have to grovel around underneath lying on a shittie road. If I wouldn't like to do it! Don't see why they should!
     
  6. irnbru

    irnbru Funster Life Member

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    A spare..How many of us has one around the waist.:)
     
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  7. dave newell lvs

    dave newell lvs Trader-Vehicle Services

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    We had a van in yesterday with an 18 year old spare, its not that uncommon in fact.

    D.
     
  8. Tootles

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    The two on the rear of our Hymer were 1998 and 1999.........:Eeek::Eeek::Eeek:......LAST YEAR!!
     
  9. wingman

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    You can buy an extension tube for checking under-slung spare tyres. They fit onto the existing valve and are fixed close to the skirt of the van for easy access. Forget what they're called now and where you get 'em. Think they used to be about 17 quid or less. Saves getting s*** in your eyes or banging your head. :emo: Better still, you're more likely to check it, rather than giving it the go-by
     
  10. Hotelman

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    It may seem daft, but we just carry a spare tyre, if we get a flat we squirt it the sealant, we couldn't change a shell,, and then when we see a garage we will,just ask them to,change the tyre, and not have to wait for the garage to order one...
     
  11. Gorse Hill

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    Because you pay them to do it, just a thought(y)
     
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  12. Tootles

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    Not even got a jack, I couldn't change a wheel now, after to op, if I wanted to. :(
     
  13. jaykay

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    As my van didnt have a spare, just a bottle of goo and no compressor, I have just bought a new wheel and brand new remould for £70 delivered. Peeae of mind now.
     
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