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Old 12-18-2018, 06:29 PM
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Do you think that one spare tire is adequate? Every summer I tow from Kansas City to southeast Florida and back in July. 1300 miles each way. Do you think one trailer spare tire is adequate? I replace the tires every 4-5 years.
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Old 12-18-2018, 07:12 PM
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How many spares does your car have?
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Old 12-18-2018, 07:20 PM
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How many spares does your car have?
Lmaoo. That is the exact thing that I asked myself. It seems that trailer tires are not as hearty as truck tires. I am ocd about tire pressures so I have not had any problems since switching from goodyear marathons.
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Old 12-18-2018, 08:21 PM
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How many tires does the trailer have? I would carry enough to replace all tires on one side.
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Old 12-18-2018, 09:23 PM
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No, spare trailer is the only way to go.
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Old 12-18-2018, 10:06 PM
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I always throw a second one in the truck for longer trips, especially if I’m going to be on the road overnight or on Sunday, when most tire shops are closed.
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Old 12-18-2018, 10:20 PM
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Tandem axle bay boat.
My thought is two spare tires and two spare hubs for the long journey. I usually travel over the weekends and my concern is finding a replacement spare on sunday.
The hubs are the vortex style which are not serviceable friendly roadside.
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Old 12-19-2018, 04:50 AM
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For that length of trip on the weekend I like your 2 tire, 2 hub plan.
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Old 12-19-2018, 06:11 AM
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I have 2 spares mounted on 2 spare bubs on all my trailers
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Old 12-19-2018, 07:17 AM
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We towed earlier this year from my house down to Flamingo which is about 70 miles. Trailer is a triple axle and has 2 spares. Got two blowouts within 5 min of each other. Didn't even feel the first one but then once the second one happened we stopped and changed both at 5am. Luckily we had the 2 spares. Tires were kind of old, it could've been avoided but that is just how it goes sometimes.
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Old 12-19-2018, 09:19 AM
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get truck tires for your trailer
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Old 12-19-2018, 10:33 AM
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I keep one on the trailer and one in the cab of my truck. Since I use cheap trailer tires that come pre-mounted its easy to just keep one of my older trailer tires as a second spare.
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Old 12-19-2018, 10:35 AM
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Not sure what size tires you are running, but if you can use trailer tires that are common on equipment trailers chances of getting roadside service goes up exponentially.

As to your original question, if a 2nd isn't horribly in the way, why not.
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Old 12-19-2018, 10:43 AM
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How many tires does the trailer have? I would carry enough to replace all tires on one side.
Yes, becase when one blows out it likely will throw steel cords into an adjacent tire.
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An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.........hind sight is always a bitch.
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Originally Posted by R Days View Post
Lmaoo. That is the exact thing that I asked myself. It seems that trailer tires are not as hearty as truck tires. I am ocd about tire pressures so I have not had any problems since switching from goodyear marathons.
The people with ten year old underinflated Carlisle tires tend to have more surprises about tire failures.
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No, spare trailer is the only way to go.
Absolutely. I mean, imagine if you're carrying 4 spare tires, rims, and hubs, and then you break an axle? Who would trailer any distance without at least one spare axle, if not two?

Much easier to just carry an entire spare trailer, towed by the spare truck. It's better to be safe than sorry.
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I have two for my triple axle. And one for my single axle. And hubs for both. The hubs fit nicely behind the back seat and I even have the socket for both spindle nuts. If I was really smart I would use the same hubs on both trailers, but I am not that smart. Alligator Ally is hard on hubs and tires.
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Old 12-19-2018, 02:03 PM
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an extra spare and an extra hub is cheap insurance if you never need whats the downside
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Old 12-20-2018, 04:51 AM
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Originally Posted by EMC Pursuit View Post
. Alligator Ally is hard on hubs and tires.
The last time I was well, and truly fracked by a vehicle was on Alligator Alley many years ago. I got a flat on my Cherokee, and found out that the tire shop must of used a nuclear impact wrench to put the mother fracking lug nuts on. This was before cell phones were everywhere, and before I was smart enough to carry four ways, a hydraulic jack, etc., in all my vehicles. I started walking towards the Indian Res and was fortunate the good Samaritan that stopped to help me wasn't Buffalo Bill. Lots of lessons learned that day.
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