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Marsh posted 02-13-2004 08:18 PM ET (US)   Profile for Marsh   Send Email to Marsh  
What's the consensus? Carry a spare tire & wheel ($85.00+/-)for the trailer, or carry one of those aerosol ($4.99) fix-a-flat deals? I don't live near water, so I would be trailering a great deal.

Thanks,
Marsh

Jimm posted 02-13-2004 08:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jimm    
Those cans do not work on a blowout or bent rim.
cmarques posted 02-13-2004 08:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for cmarques  Send Email to cmarques     
Carry a spare tire. I got a 13" spare w/galvanized wheel at walmart for about $60 and carry a 4 way wrench. What happens with a blowout?? My trailer label says to inflate to 50psi cold and those little cans won't get you near that. I even carry a spare for my 12' jon boat trailer just in case, it's an 8" painted wheel and was about $25. For an extra $6-7 they have a u bolt type mount that will fit all bolt patterns to mount the spare- nothing fancy needed. Also check the air in the spare from time to time.

Chris

fno posted 02-13-2004 10:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for fno  Send Email to fno     
Spare tire, spare tire, spare tire, spare tire, spare tire... listen to me or wait by the side of the road one time waiting for a tow truck.... If you take it more than a few miles it's worth it.
Clark Roberts posted 02-13-2004 10:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for Clark Roberts  Send Email to Clark Roberts     
SPARE TIRE! Also jack and lug wrench and keep lugs greased so that you can take them off when necessary. When you get that flat/blow out you will be on a narrow sholder at best with sand spurs and fire ants all around. Been there, done that! Happy Whalin'... Clark... SCN
bsmotril posted 02-13-2004 11:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for bsmotril  Send Email to bsmotril     
I'll go even farther than that and suggest that in addition to spare tire, you also include a set of bearings, races, tools to change them, and a tub of bearing grease. Last time I had a tire problem, I took a nail right up inside along the sidewall. I tried the aeresol Fix a Flat and it got me 20 miles down the rood before the skin on the outside of the tire sidewall started bulging out like a baloon. It was real obvious in my mirror, so I was able to change the tire before it blew out.

What I'm getting at is that the fix it stuff works good on smaller punctures in the center of the tire, it's worthless for sidewall damage, or a blowout.
BillS

mtbadfish posted 02-14-2004 04:58 AM ET (US)     Profile for mtbadfish  Send Email to mtbadfish     
Lots of good advice as an answer to the question.

All of that aside, is this question for real?

boxers posted 02-14-2004 08:32 AM ET (US)     Profile for boxers  Send Email to boxers     
Don't forget to keep up with the air pressure in your spare.

CR gives excellent advice especially about the fire ants!

SPARE TIRE! Also jack and lug wrench and keep lugs greased so that you can take them off when necessary. When you get that flat/blow out you will be on a narrow sholder at best with sand spurs and fire ants all around. Been there, done that! Happy Whalin'... Clark... SCN

Marsh posted 02-14-2004 10:58 AM ET (US)     Profile for Marsh  Send Email to Marsh     
Lots of good advice...thanks to all. And yes, the question is for real. I'm convinced the spare is a good idea, but you would be surprised at how many trailers (and cars/trucks for that matter) are on the road every day with no spare of any kind. It just makes good sense to me to carry a spare. I will confess that I had not thought to carry extra set of bearings & grease. Gonna go by Autozone on the way home tonight.

Be safe,
Marsh

erik selis posted 02-14-2004 12:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for erik selis  Send Email to erik selis     
Hey Marsh,

I wouldn't leave home with my boat and trailer without a spare tire. Also make sure they are always pumped up to their max.
I also would advise you to buy an extra nylon strap or 2 for fixing down your boat on the trailer. It wouldn't be the first time one broke.

Erik

Swellmonster posted 02-14-2004 01:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for Swellmonster  Send Email to Swellmonster     
Also carry a piece of wood 2x4 or 4x4 to put your jack on so it wont sink into the dirt or sand.
I had 2 flats one day! Wish I had 2 spares!
droz posted 02-14-2004 04:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for droz  Send Email to droz     
I just bought a new leftover 2003 130 sport which I can't use until the ice is gone but the first item I bought was a spare tire!!

Droz

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