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Old 04-15-2017, 12:13 AM   #1
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Check your spare tire

While traveling recently we came across an older couple with their fifth wheel at the roadside. I went over and introduced myself and asked if they were ok. They were waiting for the tow truck to tow them to town for two new tires and a rim. Apparently what had happened, was earlier that day the spare tire became loose while traveling and got to a point where spare tire met pavement. It tore the whole under carriage, spare tire mount and wasted the spare. After mending the 5'er for travel, they continued on and shortly later had a major blow out that took out another part of the rig. Now with no spare and a blow-out they were at a point of disbelief. I felt they were safe and were going to be ok with the tow truck coming, so we wished them well and hoped they get through the ordeal ok. Another member mentioned this condition happening in an earlier post, so I thought I would remind everyone to CHECK YOUR SPARE TIRE while traveling. The earlier post mentioned placing a strap across the spare in case it should come loose. I put two, in case one snaps. Happy Trails.
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Old 04-15-2017, 07:10 AM   #2
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Have been using a strap for years after pulling into a campground and discovering the spare hanging close to the ground
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Old 04-15-2017, 07:23 AM   #3
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Really unfortunate event. Everyone should check UNDER their RV as much as they check the sides and top. Since the Monty is a trailer, the suspension, tires and items under the Monty can take a beating and not be seen until it is too late. I have been surprised more than once when I crawled under and look at everything under the RV. Fortunately, no disasters so far after 11 years of towing. That excludes about 4 blow outs! Have safe and pleasant travels.
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Old 04-15-2017, 12:22 PM   #4
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Good reminder. I do check that the spare is tight each year. Has never been even slightly loose. And although I always check my tire pressures on the ground, I have sometimes been lax on checking the spare. But after checking one time and finding my spare tire pressure around 40 psi, I have gotten better.
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Old 04-15-2017, 03:39 PM   #5
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I've always had a ratchet strap around the spare tire and it's carrier frame as a backup. I've seen the cable setup dangling even on pickups.
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Old 04-16-2017, 11:42 AM   #6
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Precisely why I carry the 5er spare in the bed of the pick-up since I took delivery! Easier to check air pressure, and in case it is needed, there is no need to be crawling around under the trailer to get to it.
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Old 04-17-2017, 04:34 PM   #7
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Was this near St. George, UT by chance????
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Old 04-17-2017, 05:21 PM   #8
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I like the idea of adding a ratchet strap to the spare. That will be on my to do list for tomorrow
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Old 04-21-2017, 03:53 AM   #9
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Thanks for the tip. The new ratchet strap is securing the spare tire. The strap is red so a quick glance will show if everything is good. Thx again
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