I've not used one for years!

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  1. Steve

    Steve Funster Life Member

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    Just where do you put a spare wheel? 40kg's of dead weight that may never be used and if it is required only a small % of people will do it them self. A job for AA man or who ever, Mine is located right at the back so the effect on the rear axle load is high. Do they fit them else where? inside or out?
    Steve.
     
  2. Bill_OR

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    Steve,
    Mine is on the back of the van so, as yours, maximum effect on the rear axle! However, on our last MH (Ace Adventurer) our 'spare' was a pump and a can of goo and I felt vulnerable - never had a puncture though!
    Bill
     
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  3. schojac

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    Now there's a sound survey!

    How many Funsters have ever had a puncture(or blowout)?
     
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    Yup 2 or 3 in cars over the years, and one flat in the last motorhome which fortunately went flat overnight when I was on an Aire. If taking a spare off a vehicle which comes with one it would be worth checking your breakdown cover is still valid.
     
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  5. philw111

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    I've had one blow-out - fortunately at slow speed (as I turned at a junction). I called the breakdown service and it was all changed within less than an hour.

    This was about ten years ago.
     
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  6. mjltigger

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    I've had two punctures in my car.. both caused by the sensor valve corroding out of its socket. Haven't decided whether to wait for the other 2 to go or just change them for standard valves next time I have new tyres fitted.
     
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    We had puncture on M25 on way to ferry years ago! We had our swift 590 at the time. Les changed the wheel and we got a new spare Michelin in France, tested my language skills as they weren't happy to sell us one different tyre. When I explained it was our "roue de secours" we were ok.
     
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  8. Brian_K

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    Good point, I was planning on taking my spare off, but I'll check that first.

    Brian
     
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  9. Gromett

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    I had 2 punctures on my Tag Axle Eura at the same time :eek:

    1 spare didn't do it so called tyre place out to do the whole job for me.

    I now don't bother carrying a spare.
     
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  10. Larrynwin

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    And how many Funsters have claimed on their insurance ?
    I carry a spare on the roof and see it as insurance. (y)

    If a puncture at speed ruined a tyre on a Sunday a rescue service would possibly be of no use.
     
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  11. Charlie - Minton

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    This is the result at 60 mph front left on the M62 pulled me from the fast lane to the hard shoulder in a split second:eek:

    Just lucky I didn't hit anything and even luckier it wasn't the front right
    As I'd guess it would have flipped me over the barrier :( image.jpg
     
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  12. Puddleduck

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    Had several punctures in the car over the last couple of years - caused by debris left over from hedge cutting - some had barbed wire embedded in them and the local man at the garage says he gets dozens in when it's hedge cutting time..... only ever one on a motorhome and don't want to have another.

    Our motorhome only has a an of goo, no spare :(
     
  13. Minxy Girl

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    Our previous van, a Chausson Flash 04, didn't have a spare, just the 'goo' so we bought one and I mounted it in the garage, our current PVC has a spare located underneath near the rear but it's a b*ggar to get off!
     
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  14. Puddleduck

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    Our old Hymer's spare was underneath in a wire cage - when we did need it we found that it was the wrong size.... been like that since new.
     
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    I got a puncture in Murcia last summer.

    Was literally at the furthest point of the summer tour.

    Spare is located above rear axel in the double floor. Attempted to change it myself, supplied jack was useless, so called recovery service.

    All fixed within half an hour.

    We had been taking a scenic route through the Pyrenees a few days earlier, middle of nowhere - could have been a different story.

    Now carry a large brace and five ton bottle jack.
     
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  16. jdk62

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    I had a spare wheel fitted to our Bessacar 665. It was fitted just behind the rear axle and in front of the fresh water tank. If I ever have to actually use it, I will use the recovery service to change it.

    CTC in Witney did a great job
     
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  17. Jaime

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    I'm on my second car which doesn't have a spare wheel, it has a bottle of gloop and a card with the number for national tyre rescue service. On my RV I couldn't replace a wheel if I had a flat anyway, I'd have to phone for assistance but I do have a spare.
     
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  18. wasp

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    I`ve had mine 11 years never had a puncture, but the spare is under the van wedged between the chassis legs I haven`t got a F*****g hope of gettin it off :(:(:(:(:(:(:(:(
     
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  19. Lenny HB

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    What you driving a 20 tonne truck? Our Ducato spare weighs 25kg inc. bracket, I would never travel without a spare, not had a tyre go on a Motorhome but had a couple go on caravans nothing left of the tyre well shredded.
     
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  20. DP_JAY

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    I removed mine from the back wall mounting of the 181 (as I felt it wouldn't stay there in an impact anyway)& laid it flat on the garage floor, I felt it was safer & reduced the rear axle weight, alo I could move it from side to side to suit driving on the right or left. Did not fancy having to get it out of the right hand garage door on the M6 hard shoulder.
    I did have to use it once when we had a flat on the Belgian border.
     
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