Do you have a spare wheel/tyre? (And GasIt)

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  1. Petest

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    Just curious if manufacturers of motorhomes are still including a spare with new vehicles or have any of them gone the way of a lot of car manufacturers and started giving a repair kit instead?

    I would have thought they do include a spare as the vehicles are commercial based and I can't see the repairs working with the loads involved.

    Another question - gas it do containers to go in place of the spare - has anyone got one? What's your thoughts on no spare wheel?
     
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    To answer your question in the broadest terms, Yes some have both gasit and a spare, you should know in the motor home world everything and anything is or has been done
    either by the Manf or the owner but most often a combination of the two
    BUT I dont know of anyone who has substituted their spare wheel for a do-nut type gas tank,
    its not really necessary as there are alternatives that will allow you to have both
    many M/Homes are sold without a spare, many have no Gasit either.
    like i said every combination you can think of is out there.
    It's just a question of deciding what you need or want and working out how to achieve it
     
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    In my opinion a spare wheel is a necessity, although in the interests of weight and cost savings most vehicle manufacturers do not include them now.

    In the case of a damaged tyre that can't be temporarily repaired with gunge you could be stuck by the roadside for hours, particularly at night or have to be recovered from a motorway.

    If a spare is not included I will allways buy one ... in fact I have bought three spare wheel/tyres this year, two for cars and one m/h.
     
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    Our spare is mounted on the back door but we don't have gasit
     
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    A spare wheel and the tools to change it is a legal requirement in Spain.


    https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain/safety-and-security
    You must carry two red warning triangles which should be placed, in the event of an accident or breakdown, in front of and behind the vehicle. You must have a spare wheel and the tools to change it. If at any time you have to leave your vehicle due to an accident or breakdown or while waiting for the arrival of the emergency services, you must wear a reflective vest or you may face a heavy fine. UK provisional licences are not valid for driving in Spain.

    http://ec.europa.eu/transport/road_safety/going_abroad/spain/other_en.htm
     
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    Hi.
    Spare wheel for me,there are those that have never had to use theirs.......... Sods Law LOL
    Tea Bag
     
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    Not sure from this comment if the member is suggesting fitting your own spare as the result of a flat on the motorway?

    DONT DO IT! - it is so dangerous to be broken down on motorways. your life is worth more than the cost of a tyre. 42 tons of artic lorry make a real mess of anything they hit.

    limp off the motorway on the hard shoulder or wait for recovery
     
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    We have a spare wheel as standard in its own purpose built cupboard just over the tow bar. This doesn't mean I will be attempting to change a flat tyre, that's what breakdown cover is for especially at the side of a m/way! We also have retro fit a GasIt system.
     
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    No spare and no gasit or any other refillable. Hopefully never need either, but only time will tell.(y)
     
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    Wouldn't travel without a spare, in the past had a couple of blow outs on caravans not much left of the tyre.
    Also if traveling in France or Spain and you get a blow out or non-repairable puncture quite likely at short notice you will not be able to get the exact same tire that is on your van you will have to buy two. Tyres must be of same make and type on the same axle in both countries.
     
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    I've read this before, but what happens if you walk into a tyre fitters with a wheel under your arm and ask for a new one? Do they refuse to sell you one till thrive seen the other one on the same axle? Construction the same but same make and tread pattern, really?
     
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    Our MH came with a spare wheel / tyre & I wouldn't travel without one.

    SWMBO's Fiesta came with the useless inflation kit which I replaced with a spare wheel / tyre.
     
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    i carry two spares for the truck and two spares for my fiver . plus tubes ,puncture outfit etc . if you need a tyre while abroad you will wish you had took one from uk.
    uk is possibly the cheapest country in the eu for tyres and in morocco well you might need a mortgage .
    as to calling out breakdowns for wheel changing ,unless you really are disabled i hope the company never lets you have recovery and breakdown with them again . or up your fees.
     
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    Re Spain. I'm pretty sure that spare rule only applies if the vehicle was fitted with one in the first place.
    For us... no spare wheel.
    Spare tyre and the tel no of breakdown company.
    Although I'm quite happy to change a wheel on the drive there is no way I'm going to be carrying a wheel and heavy duty jack etc and then potentially be on a busy road and/inclement weather when I can just put the kettle on and wait.
     
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    interesting.. where did you read that ?

    I have cited two sources that don't make that exception..
    This is from the AA

    1. You must carry the following in Spain
    http://www.expatica.com/es/about/Driving-and-parking-in-Spain_101425.html
    1. Road rules in Spain

      Driving in Spain is on the right-hand side of the road, similar to many other continental European nations. There is a number of rules that drivers must adhere to in order to legally drive in Spain:
      • All car owners are required to carry two warning triangles if the car is Spanish registered, as well as carry a complete set of spare bulbs, fuses, a spare wheel and the tools to replace them.


    Personally I wouldn't leave home without a spare wheel.. and especially going abroad.. I wouldn't change myself unless it was no other option and safe to do so.. otherwise.. breakdown man .. but without a spare you may wait a long time for the tyre to be repaired or replaced..
     
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    OK without a spare how are you going to lug your wheel to the tyre dept.
    Where we stopped for the night in Avila in Spain a few weeks ago chap with an old Kon-Tiki had a flat, local type company would only supply two tyres the same for the axle.
     
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    @scotjimland .. I don't have a quote to hand but I did read it on here and it makes sense as some small cars now don't have room to carry a spare wheel. I'm sure it was spare or kit supplied.
    I'll have a proper look in a bit
     
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    With no spare I would call adac and they would sort it for me. I asked about this and they confirmed that this is common.
     
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    @scotjimland doesnt the above contradict each other where one states spare wheel and the tools to change and one states / or a tyre repair kit. Surely this would mean no spare required if you have a repair kit.
     
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    We're probably best asking one of our spanish or ex pat members but my understanding is that the requirement for a spare is no longer valid due to run flat tyres and no spare supplied by manufacturers
     
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