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 youI 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.
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.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
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.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.
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.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)
Like this me thinks. No amount of gunk would fix thisWe 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.
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.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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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.