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I purchased a new Rapido A class in July 2016, the vehicle came supplied with a [email protected] kit, there was no spare with the vehicle. I purchased a spare wheel for piece of mind. I used the kit for the first time a few days ago to simply add pressure to the spare wheel. The tyre inflation device initially operated correctly but after a few minutes started making strange noises and stopped working. I dismantled the unit and found that some internal components had worked loose and as a consequence there was some minor damage. I contacted the manufacturers in Switzerland and in brief they were unable to supply me with simple replacement parts but did agree to consider replacing the unit if I posted it to them for examination. The cost of postage obviously made it a fruitless exercise and with no guarantee of a replacement the kit has gone in the bin.
From my experience the kits are not reliable, maybe not a good idea to drive around with no spare and be reliant on a repair kit that may not work.
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If you read reviews of them you'll find that they are unreliable at best and only dustbin foder at worst.
Most work for a few minutes pumping up tyres and then fail and I wouldn't rely on the one that came with my Motorhome.
I bought a spare wheel and use a foot pump to keep all my tyres up to pressure - not that Continental tyres require much attention.

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I wonder how they would work with a blow-out where bits of the tyre may have been cut off by the rim and the tyre is now down the last 200m of the M25 ?

Absolute joke and not worth carrying.
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Worse still, imagine a blowout high in the Pyrenees or Alps, on a Sunday afternoon.

My Burstner only came with a pump and goo, and so I always carry a spare wheel along with a proper 240v compressor to work off the inverter. True, I can’t actually change the wheel, but my breakdown cover will send someone able to do it. Am I correct in thinking that some breakdown services won’t attend if you have nothing to change?

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It is time that manufacturers started supplying their motorhomes with a spare included instead of the purchaser having to source one for their peace of mind. Personally I would always insist on having a spare. Adopt the policy of "no wheel, no deal" and hopefully they will eventually get the message.
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It's all down to the consumer.
I declined to buy our last car without a useable spare wheel from the VW agent. And bought from a supplier who included a spare. Seemples.

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The reason so many vans are not supplied with a spare wheel is down to the fact that many modern vans have such a poor payload.

A spare is a heavy item, plus the weight of the under-chassis carrier, so manufacturers are disingenuously inflating (pun intended) their payloads by not supplying a spare wheel and tyre.

With cars, it's more a space-saving issue, I believe.
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Personally I think it's all down to cutting corners and expenditure.

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I've got plenty of payload so seriously thinking of getting s spare wheel and tyre for the very reason outlined above. Does anyone have a good source for a 2017 Euro 6 Fiat? Does the wheel nut pattern vary with chassis type does anyone know?

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