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We had a puncture in a front tyre last week, the first we've had in the MH.

The spare wheel is suspended in a cage under the van at the rear, a real pig to get off. Jacking the MH up wasn't a barrel of laughs either, and lining the spare up properly needed the 2 of us. Thank goodness it wasn't raining.

The tyre was only 12 months old, but a puncture is always a possibility. If it happens again, we may just use the breakdown service!
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We had a puncture in a front tyre last week, the first we've had in the MH.

The spare wheel is suspended in a cage under the van at the rear, a real pig to get off. Jacking the MH up wasn't a barrel of laughs either, and lining the spare up properly needed the 2 of us. Thank goodness it wasn't raining.

The tyre was only 12 months old, but a puncture is always a possibility. If it happens again, we may just use the breakdown service!



Perhaps BUT the breakdown service will only be able to assist quickly if you have a spare wheel (fitted with an inflated serviceable tyre).


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I am just not able to work with the spare and its up / down system and am not about to go lying below our van for any reason. Esp on some wild road with rain peeing down. No sir.

Time does not bother us much and if we are late for something? Hey ho.. we can always phone.

So we will def' be ringing the AA or whoever we choose to use. Fiat camper assist right now till warranty runs out and if it takes a day so what?

I intend to ask help man to take the wheel and have a Tyre fitted or the existing repaired if poss' & they can take as long as they need.

I really don't want any more hernias. So I will sit and watch.. LOL

Spare for sale .... Anyone??

Told yesterday that the van we have was not fitted with a spare till this year. before then just the pump and bottle of gunge. Usless I know..

If anyone would like to buy my spare wheel give me a PM back. I wont be refitting it. I know I know... But I will take the risk.

Take care guys. All the best.

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It says that a spare wheel is a legal requirement in France so best to put it back if going to France on yout travels
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It says that a spare wheel is a legal requirement in France so best to put it back if going to France on yout travels
Thanks. I will check that out.

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My twopennorth:- I would always carry a spare, and make sure it was maintained and legal, but unless it was a very nice day, it'd stay under the van until the nice breakdown person (had a woman come once) swap it over and put it back, the tyre repair place can do the same.

Punctures rarely happen where it is convenient to stop, never a nice place and almost always when you're in more of a hurry, so mine stays with the van in it's intended place, ready for that time when being stopped in a dangerous place for a couple of hours where I have to get out and stand in the peeing rain as usually advised in some situations, while you wait for your tyre to be repaired/replaced assuming of course that they can, as you may have and odd ball size, it may be late at night, no we never drive at night either, or early morning before anywhere is open, but you can guarantee we will have to sometime and then we'll get a flat tyre, sods law innit.

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I am just not able to work with the spare and its up / down system and am not about to go lying below our van for any reason. Esp on some wild road with rain peeing down. No sir.

Time does not bother us much and if we are late for something? Hey ho.. we can always phone.

So we will def' be ringing the AA or whoever we choose to use. Fiat camper assist right now till warranty runs out and if it takes a day so what?

I intend to ask help man to take the wheel and have a Tyre fitted or the existing repaired if poss' & they can take as long as they need.

I really don't want any more hernias. So I will sit and watch.. LOL

Spare for sale .... Anyone??

Told yesterday that the van we have was not fitted with a spare till this year. before then just the pump and bottle of gunge. Usless I know..

If anyone would like to buy my spare wheel give me a PM back. I wont be refitting it. I know I know... But I will take the risk.

Take care guys. All the best.

Al' ....

But Al, picture the scenario:
You've sold the spare and you are away in the van (not necessarily in some out of the way foreign place) pulling in to that lovely overnight spot you run over a large metal spike that tears a lump out of a tyre.
Oh bother you utter, no worries I'll call the assistance people, they respond with all haste but of course don't have a replacement tyre to fit.
The kindly assistance person removes the wheel but assures you they will not return until the following day at the earliest.
You are now faced with a dilemma, you can't stay in the van on three wheels and you can't drive it anywhere.


Still think it's a good idea to get rid of it?


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Perhaps BUT the breakdown service will only be able to assist quickly if you have a spare wheel (fitted with an inflated serviceable tyre).


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Indeed, but as we pointed out in our original post, we do indeed have a spare wheel fitted with an inflated serviceable tyre.

It was getting it off, and then onto the wheel that was the problem. Don't think we would have managed it if there weren't two of us, and we're getting a bit old for that sort of thing. Mucky job, too, what if we were all dressed up on our way to some special function?
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Can't blame you for not wanting to crawl under there, for it'd depend mostly on the weather and where I was, if the damned jack was working or not and if I could be bothered, I might drive it flat to the nearest safe place though, nice and slowly, so as not to inconvenience other road users or present a hazard.
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I remember many years ago now (1975), when I turned up to a breakdown, puncture on the front wheel of a Transit. I could not undo all the nuts, even using the trolley jack handle on my spider brace. Gave up after two of us nearly broke the short scaffold pole I carried as well. Called out the mobile tyre specialist, they had trouble but finally managed.But I will always carry a spare in any vehicle.

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