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Oct 5, 2022
139
295
Poole, UK
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91,725
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Burstner Nexxo T720
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I’m a Newbie
Looking on the emovis site it says if you are travelling in Spain you need to carry a spare wheel ? My van only has an inflator with puncture repair gunk .
Where would I put a spare wheel in a van that is not built for one ?

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Sep 17, 2017
5,820
10,948
Birmingham, UK
Funster No
50,575
MH
A-Class
Exp
2017
I think there was an amendment along the lines of 'or an alternative system'. Inflator and gunk counts. Pretty much no cars carry a spare now.
 
Apr 3, 2019
1,624
2,999
UK
Funster No
59,597
MH
Burstner Travel Van
Exp
Few years now
I bought a spare and strapped it in the garage. Far easier to get to than dragging it from under the van. Its not the same make or tread pattern, but is better than relying on the gunk or being stuck waiting for a repair or new tyre over a weekend.

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Apr 14, 2022
292
530
Carvoeiro, Portugal
Funster No
88,080
MH
Bavaria T71LP
Exp
50 years of boating, just one on motorhomes.
I bought a spare and strapped it in the garage. Far easier to get to than dragging it from under the van. Its not the same make or tread pattern, but is better than relying on the gunk or being stuck waiting for a repair or new tyre over a weekend.
Be careful in Europe, they won’t let you mix tyres on the same axle, they have to be identical so carrying a spare tyre of a different type won’t help you
 
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stevee2
Oct 5, 2022
139
295
Poole, UK
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91,725
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Burstner Nexxo T720
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I’m a Newbie
I will have to investigate my options re finding a place to put a spare wheel .
 
Apr 14, 2022
292
530
Carvoeiro, Portugal
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88,080
MH
Bavaria T71LP
Exp
50 years of boating, just one on motorhomes.
Be careful in Europe, they won’t let you mix tyres on the same axle, they have to be identical so carrying a spare tyre of a different type won’t help you
To clarify. If it’s a complete spare wheel that’s ok (as it’s a temporary spare, often with a speed restriction). Tyre fitters, in my experience, won’t fit non matching tyres as it’s against the law.

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Sep 17, 2017
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Birmingham, UK
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2017
Technically if you had a blowout and you fitted a spare that didn't match, you'd be breaking the law in many EU countries. In reality, the chance of you being caught is very small and the chance of them caring is tiny. I'd not worry about it and sort it when I got a chance... probably when I got home.

I've not had to use a tyre in about the last 100,000 miles. At the moment, I'm not carrying a spare for my short trips abroad. If I go travelling again, I might fit a spare as there is space under the rear of my van. But I'd have to buy the carrier and a 16" wheel.
 
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stevee2
Oct 5, 2022
139
295
Poole, UK
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91,725
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Burstner Nexxo T720
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I’m a Newbie
I plan to travel through France & Spain later this year so will keep my eyes out for a spare wheel & under carrier .
 
Nov 3, 2013
3,181
9,493
Portugal
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28,868
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Fiat Ducato Auto Wildax
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C/van since '73 .M/h.2009
Hi.
Strap/hang it on a back door,with a proper fitting ( Or not. ;) )....If you have doors. Sods law...You will never need one if you have one. Some people (Not me ) just carry a " Tyre " of the right size to reduce weight.
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stevee2
Oct 5, 2022
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295
Poole, UK
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91,725
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Burstner Nexxo T720
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I’m a Newbie
Maybe a tyre on its own is the answer , as you say will save the weight .

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Jun 16, 2017
346
620
Bridlington
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49,041
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Pilote P650GJ
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Happy to help


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Apr 3, 2019
1,624
2,999
UK
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59,597
MH
Burstner Travel Van
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Few years now
Technically if you had a blowout and you fitted a spare that didn't match, you'd be breaking the law in many EU countries. In reality, the chance of you being caught is very small and the chance of them caring is tiny. I'd not worry about it and sort it when I got a chance... probably when I got home.

I've not had to use a tyre in about the last 100,000 miles. At the moment, I'm not carrying a spare for my short trips abroad. If I go travelling again, I might fit a spare as there is space under the rear of my van. But I'd have to buy the carrier and a 16" wheel.
Im not worried. I have directional tyres fitted so if i had a spare that was the same as the others it would only fit one side correctly. The spare is designed for the van and the correct wight load. As you say chances of it being an issue are slim to zero.
 
Dec 19, 2020
3,648
9,722
The salty bit of Hampshire
Funster No
78,519
MH
Carthago Compactline
Exp
Since 2017
I'm getting a new set including the spare next week. I currently have a recent unused steel spare. Being close to my MPTLM, I can't decide whether to save weight and just have the tyre, balanced against the inability to fit it myself at the roadside.
 
Apr 27, 2008
11,886
14,164
Eastbourne East Sussex
Funster No
2,327
MH
Hymer low profile
Exp
Since 1972
My last motorhome I just kept it under the bed. Current one has a dedicated bracket in the garage (in the most inconvenient position to remove it and facing the wall so pressure can't be checked)

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Lenny HB

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Oct 18, 2007
54,507
155,167
On the coast in West Sussex
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658
MH
Carthago Compactline
Exp
Since 2008 & many years tugging
My last motorhome I just kept it under the bed. Current one has a dedicated bracket in the garage (in the most inconvenient position to remove it and facing the wall so pressure can't be checked)
My last HYmer I had the factory fitted spare, the was just a cheap van tyre & didn't match the tyres on the van and where they mounted the bracket you had to lift the wheel up onto it, a right pain. Current van I bought a wheel and fitted a matching tyre, strapped inside the gagage on the back wall resting on the floor so easy to get in and out.
 
Apr 9, 2019
408
368
East Riding Of Yorkshire
Funster No
59,795
MH
A Class
Exp
30 years Caravan 13 years Motorhome
We ordered new spare with the M/home, it sits in the M/H garage. Never had to use one so far in nearly 15 years motorhoming but did once with the caravan in 30 years with one of them. Changed to Michelin all season tyre 2/3 years ago, including spare. Its a peace of mind thing, as the weight we are carrying almost always ends up in a proper blowout.
 
Jun 16, 2017
346
620
Bridlington
Funster No
49,041
MH
Pilote P650GJ
Exp
Happy to help
We ordered new spare with the M/home, it sits in the M/H garage. Never had to use one so far in nearly 15 years motorhoming but did once with the caravan in 30 years with one of them. Changed to Michelin all season tyre 2/3 years ago, including spare. Its a peace of mind thing, as the weight we are carrying almost always ends up in a proper blowout.
Like this me thinks. No amount of gunk would fix this 😂

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Sep 29, 2019
3,147
7,258
Funster No
64,846
MH
Hymer Exsis
Exp
20 years
Was heading down to Folkestone for a Chunnel last year and the tyre alarm came on.

Was going to miss the tunnel if I hung around. Thankfully I managed to swing into a tyre place and £25 later was sorted with a repair after a screw went in.

I have a full size spare so was confident if I couldn’t get it fixed I could just carry on. I don’t have a matching spare but it’s to get me out of trouble, it isn’t to leave on for weeks so I am quite happy to chance it.
 
Nov 22, 2018
1,845
16,323
South East but not London
Funster No
57,328
MH
Rimor Europeo 87
Exp
Five years plus three tugging
I bought a spare and strapped it in the garage. Far easier to get to than dragging it from under the van. Its not the same make or tread pattern, but is better than relying on the gunk or being stuck waiting for a repair or new tyre over a weekend.
Same. Full size spare alloy wheel, in the garage, pressure checked regularly. The idea of being stuck on an Autostrada with a hole in the sidewall and looking hopelessly at a tin of gunk, terrifies me.

It is thirty kilos of annoying extra weight, but I wouldn't drive down to even the diesel pumps without it.
 
Aug 9, 2022
40
145
Abergele, UK
Funster No
90,474
MH
Swift Bessacarr E464
Exp
Since 2019
I bought a spare and a carry bag for it to live in. I lay it flat on the floor while travelling and in the cab when pitched up.
No garage and not enough room to under sling it.
I got caught out with a blowout and subsequent 5 hour wait for a flat bed row truck. Never again!

Andy
 
Feb 14, 2021
3,895
8,458
Milton Keynes, UK
Funster No
79,219
MH
Burstner Lyseo 727G
Exp
19 month year 18000 miles UK, Ireland, France, Spain, Germany, Italy. Campsites and off Grid.

Should be ok as long as you haven't had any modifications underneath the van. It goes just behind the rear axle. All the mounting holes are already there. Quite an easy DIY fit.

Just be aware - the standard carrier is designed for a steel wheel. If you get an alloy spare you need an additional mounting plate and securing nuts, which are quite expensive. I made that mistake. No point in a matching alloy when the majority of the time it's hidden under the van.
 
Feb 16, 2020
2,452
3,360
KT15.
Funster No
68,772
MH
Sunlight. T66. 2019.
Exp
Absolute beginners.

Should be ok as long as you haven't had any modifications underneath the van. It goes just behind the rear axle. All the mounting holes are already there. Quite an easy DIY fit.

Just be aware - the standard carrier is designed for a steel wheel. If you get an alloy spare you need an additional mounting plate and securing nuts, which are quite expensive. I made that mistake. No point in a matching alloy when the majority of the time it's hidden under the van.
Additionally, under the van it'll pick up all the crud and road salt which will eventually degrade the rim, alloy or steel.
Case in point, our eldest has this monster Jeep thing, whilst cleaning the chassis he took the spare alloy wheel off, and it was just about fubbared with the alloy turning to a white corrosion.
We have a complete spare 15" metal, same tyre as the rest. It lives in the garage area in a purpose made handbag, it can be a pain sometimes, but like insurance it's there if needed 🤷‍♂️ , do you feel lucky?
Mike.

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