Do You Need A Spare Wheel???

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  1. GWAYGWAY

    GWAYGWAY Funster

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    I note that a lot of the new vans come only with a tin of Glup and a silly compressor, Well I have a spare wheel on my van and BOY am I glad I had it. The valve on the rear offside split open and a flat tyre happened whilst I was driving at speed on the way to Stafford on Friday. I noticed it when I stopped at Aldi in Towcester and then tried to pump it up using a garage pump next door. The type you stick 50 p in and set the pressure, It did nothing at all as it kept going to 26 psi and letting out most of what was left. in the end I heard the air coming out whist moving the valve. Out came the spare from under the van. I got plastered in dirt but at least I had a tyre with air in it. Struggled and farted around and got it on with its mate, but the valve was sha===ged so I later parked up and then went to a small garage who changed it for a £5 but I suspect the tyre is no good as it was very hot, so another tyre is needed so that I can match it to the unused spare that is on there now.
    NO GLUP on Earth is going to save you when a valve goes. so I advise everyone to get a spare from a scrapyard or some other source.
    You will not regret it when the flat occurs in the middle of nowhere at night. And I was VERY GLAD I had bought the hydraulic 8 ton jack as there was no way the tin plate wonder that was with the van would have lifted it.
     
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    hilldweller Funster Life Member

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    We debated this long and hard when I found we were on the weight limit. That spare is the weight of a safari room. The tools weigh a tonne.

    In 10 years we've had one puncture, it was spotted on site at Misterton.

    We did have a grinding noise in Germany, jacked it up and found the front disk shield had moved and was just touching the disk - sorted.

    So we still carry a spare and tools, but it's very much open to debate.
     
  3. tonyidle

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    My last puncture ( I have MH, Smart car, and over the period in question, three other cars, two previous MH, and two motorcycles) was in the late '90s. I found it at home on the drive. I have a spare on MH and on trailer. Probably perished by the time I need them.
     
  4. Puddleduck

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    I now have a spare tyre but no spare wheel (bought the tyre from another Funster :) ). The motorhome came with a can of gunge.

    There is no way I could change a wheel myself so would need to call the breakdown service. I checked the terms and conditions and I am covered for punctures etc if there was no spare wheel supplied with the motorhome. If I am ever unlucky enough to need help I would call the breakdown service and tell them have a tyre that can be fitted to the existing wheel and (I hope) they would be able to send someone who can put the tyre on the wheel or recover the motorhome to someone who can.

    It wouldn't help if the wheel rim is damaged of course.

    I've had 5 punctures in the past 10 years - and only one in the 30 years before that and I do many less miles now..... think it is because hedges are trimmed by machine and old wire fencing gets cut and left in the road ready for me to drive over it :( There is always a rash of punctures after the field hedges have been cut according to the local garage. Three of the five punctures have been due to wire rips.
     
  5. Brian and Jo

    Brian and Jo Funster Life Member

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    Yep I ordered a spare wheel as an option with our Arto.peace of mind really(y)
    Brian & Jo
     
  6. kcy

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    I have had a driving licence for 50years, my mini had a slow puncture in 1969. Expect to have another one any time soon, after that bit of boasting.:doh:
     
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    **** Read Only Funster

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    95-96 ish i got a repair kit for my bike as i was going a jolly to Italy. Still got it in a sealed bag as it was on day one. Dont even think i had one in the car yet however, I did notice the spare on my van is flat.
     
  8. RidersofRohan

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    I have a spare but bizarrely no tool kit. My theory is that I'd be crap at changing it and would call the rescue to do it and they would have some kit.
    Is that a reasonable if lazy solution
     
  9. sdc77

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    Tyre only
     
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