When you buy your RV, there are many things that the salesman and everyone else will be telling you is completely normal.
RVs do come with spare tires, with most being full-sized tires to ensure that the wheel will provide the required strength to support the RV. However, many secondhand RVs will not have spare tires as they were used by the previous owner and then never replaced or fixed.
While it may seem simple, the world of RV spare tires and what types of spare tires to get can be extremely complicated. Many people can feel like it is overwhelming, as the spare tire is important and many times is an essential part of having an RV that works perfectly when things go bad.
Why Do Some RVs Not Have Spare Tires?
Most RVs that do not have spare tires are RVs that have had tires blown up while on vacation; the tire was then used. Many times, the owner of the RV at that time felt it was not needed to replace the spare tire simply because it was too expensive or they thought it was unlikely to burst again.
New RVs that are sold will always have some kind of spare tire, as it is actually law in most countries that there needs to be at least one spare tire for a vehicle. However, depending on the package you are choosing and the size of your RV, it may not be a full spare tire.
Most people driving A class RVs will not be able to simply put on the spare tire, as these are massive and can require several people to install correctly. Fortunately, most of the time, you can still drive the RV until you get to the closest stop or even call emergency services to help replace the tire.
What Type of Spare Tire Should You Get for Your RV?
As we mentioned earlier, each type and size of RV will have drastically different spare tires that accompany them. You must know what and where the Spare tire is likely to be to ensure that you will easily be able to replace it when the need arises.
Many people have gotten punctured or blown out tires in the middle of nowhere and gotten completely lost in how to fix them. Fortunately, for each size of RV, there are common locations where you will be able to find the spare tire for an RV, camper, or converted van.
Large, Type A, RVs
These are the largest RVs, and many of them have a set of four tires at the rear of the RV, which helps to support the immense weight that is the RV. These RVs have only one sized spare tire, and that is a full-sized wheel with a rim that might not be as aesthetically pleasing.
These RVs will usually have the tire strapped somewhere underneath the RV, locked in with either a full lock or a chain system. Allowing you to easily and comfortably remove the spare wheel from underneath the RV and replace the tire that has been broken.
The most likely to not have a spare tire are vans that have been converted by people willing to tackle such a project on their own. Many van lifers make a mistake when they first convert an RV by maximizing space above all else, replacing the spare tire with a water tank or something else.
However, this is extremely dangerous because these vans often go to wilder places or locations not always meant for RVs. Turning what could be a slight hindrance of having to replace a tire into a desperate situation as no one is close by, tow trucks cannot help you, and there is no spare tire.
Some towed RVs will have massive tires on them as large and rugged as the truck towing them, or some will have thin easy to lift wheels. Either way, most towed RVs will come with a spare tire chained to the bottom, where it can be lowered with a few easy tools that will be included with the RV.
However, it should be noted that many people have these either used and forgotten about or forget to check on them when they replace the main tires. This happens because the tire is out of sight and often is forgotten about during the rush of going on vacation.
What Is the Importance of a Full-Sized Tire?
A small spare tire has several flaws when used on normal cars, all of which are drastically increased when scaled up to the size of an RV that can weigh well over 5 tons. A full-sized spare tire does not have a limited range to which it can be used and does not strain the axles of the RV.
Further, when using a full-sized spare wheel, it is possible to continue completely normal with your vacation or trip. Having the wheel that burst replaced or fixed once you are complete with your vacation, with many people not always realizing just how dangerous it can be to drive on smaller tires for too long.
You must remember that because RVs use much larger tires than just normal vans, it can be hard to find replacements for them. This means that if you are going on a remote vacation, the small towns that are close to your campsite very well may not have any tires that will fit on your RV.
Why Are There Different Types of Spare Tires?
There are different types of spare tires because not everyone wants to pay the full price of a wheel, there isn’t always enough space for a full wheel, or the spare wheel may be old. This has made many RVs have incomplete sets of tires once things start to go bad.
The chances of you having an odd assortment of spare tires to the RV’s actual tires increase drastically as the RV ages. As you or the previous owners of the RV keep changing and fixing the current set of tires, so too do the chances increase that none of you fixed the spare tire.
This is often why you will find people who have RVs that look immaculate, with brand new wheels that are running with larger rims, that have spare tires that are cracked and too small. Because RVs are used seasonally, many people forget to take care of the spare tire.
The spare tire for your RV is essential and should be included when you buy it, whether it is secondhand or brand new. Spare tires are there to save you from getting stuck in the middle of nowhere, even when your RV is the size of a bus, and you have no idea how to fix it.