July 17, 2015 at 1:14 pm #19201
So as I sit here at the tire shop, enjoying the free wifi, I thought I would share the possible disaster I avoided today.
It has always been a fear of mine to be cruising down to MVT, overflowing with gear, and get a flat tire. I dreaded the thought of having to unload all that gear on the side of the highway to change a flat.
Since I’m getting new tires put on today I figured it would be a good day to check the spare. It’s a full size, the kind that’s suspended under the bed of the truck.
Well, the mechanism that raises and lowers the spare was rusted out and completely inoperable! I actually had to cut the cable to free the tire. If that happened on the side of the highway I would have been fucked!
What’s the saying about an ounce of prevention…?
CRCD AUG 13, CRCD MAR 14, CP AUG 14, CR MAR 15, Shivworks ECQC, MVT RIFLEMAN, CTT AUG 16, CQBCJuly 17, 2015 at 1:38 pm #19203Dennis WParticipant
This past year, I was checking the air in the tires and decided to check the spare. Crawled under and saw that the spare had blown out. While getting a new tire, the guy at the tire shop says he sees that a lot. Maybe it’s the heat down here.
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Oct 2016 FOFJuly 17, 2015 at 3:22 pm #19205AndrewParticipant
I keep my spare in the bed of the truck. Not terribly difficult to chain/cable it so it won’t get stolen. Had too many flats in cactus fields, mud pits, or on very pointy rocks, that would have made it take hours to change a tire. I am also extremely efficient at plugging a tire, assuming I have found the leak, so I don’t have to change it.
Many of the Farm/Ranch to Market roads out here have very little or no shoulder even to change a tire.July 17, 2015 at 5:07 pm #19206SeanTModerator
tire plug kit is an awesome thing to have handy…
Jeff, glad you found that issue!! My old Chevy K series had the spare under like that. DON’T lose the crank for the crane!!!!!!!! Field expedient is not expedient….July 17, 2015 at 5:52 pm #19208
I actually just took Andrew’s advice and chained the spare in the bed. Although I guess since I cut the cable I really didn’t have much choice.
CRCD AUG 13, CRCD MAR 14, CP AUG 14, CR MAR 15, Shivworks ECQC, MVT RIFLEMAN, CTT AUG 16, CQBCJuly 17, 2015 at 5:59 pm #19209
Sean, I think I need to invest in a tire plug kit too!
CRCD AUG 13, CRCD MAR 14, CP AUG 14, CR MAR 15, Shivworks ECQC, MVT RIFLEMAN, CTT AUG 16, CQBCJuly 17, 2015 at 6:59 pm #19211AnonymousInactive
I always carry a tire plug kit AND a pair of chocks in case I have to change tire on an incline AND an electric air pump (as long as engine is running I will have power, if engine not running then tire is least of my problems) AND a earth tone tarp to cover the blue truck up under in case I have to abandon it AND a few other things…
Also looking at buying another full size spare just in case…July 17, 2015 at 7:37 pm #19212
I’m thinking of investing in a second full size spare also. And very impressive preparedness Fred!
CRCD AUG 13, CRCD MAR 14, CP AUG 14, CR MAR 15, Shivworks ECQC, MVT RIFLEMAN, CTT AUG 16, CQBCJuly 17, 2015 at 9:07 pm #19214AndrewParticipant
I always have two spares for my trailer. If you have a tandem trailer there is a ramp you can buy that, after you have loosened the lug nuts on the flat, you drive up on the ramp with the inflated tire and it eliminates the need (usually) for crawling under the trailer and trying to jack it up.July 17, 2015 at 9:31 pm #19218AnonymousInactive
My one concern is during SHTF is I am likely traveling by myself.
Hard to keep an eye out while changing a tire so SPEED is definetly of the essence when doing it.
Might lock my hubs and drive up a ramp with the problem wheel off-the-ground to speed things up and to negate jack usage.
The chocks might make this a less unsafe option..
Also based on input from a “truck guy” form this forum my Hankooks are among the more puncture resistant light truck tires…that was good to hear.
Also I will make sure I never run them all the way down and refresh tires at more frequent intervals than most.
A tire puncture in a SHTF situation can easily start a spiral of events leading to a death sentence.July 25, 2015 at 9:29 am #19411Brian from GeorgiaParticipant
Keep a hammer in the truck for use with the tire plug kit. It’s tough to push those through by hand. The tire plug kit and a pump will take care of most any flat except sidewall damage or huge tread gash.
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