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Old 07-24-2009
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Default Do you carry a spare tire mounted or otherwise with you for your 'Bird?

I'm getting ready to build a spare tire carrier for our FC. I looked at a swing out type on an FC a while back, it seems to be the only choice so that you can access the fuel fill. I read about an FC for sale that had a roof mounted spare but that seems like a real hassle if you ever need to use it.

Does anyone else carry a spare? If so, where?
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Default Do you carry a spare tire?

Yes, I do. It is not mounted however and is carried on the roof with a cover. It would be a PITA to get it down, but I figure I won't be the one doing it. Hopefully the roadside repair guy would do it. I have roadside coverage through FMCA and that is supposed to cover tire change and mounting. Hope I never have to use it, but its better to have an umbrella and not need it than to need one and not have it. I would not leave home without it.
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There was an 80S FC around Houston that had a roof mount spare. It had a hand winch to raise and lower the spare. I talked with the Owner about his bus. I still see that Bird on Craigs list and the Owner had a vidio on U tube. Might still be there.
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Yes I do, just the tire wrapped up and riding on the roof. I would not carry the weight of a rim, just the tire.
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Earlier this year this subject came up with another forum member who had a spare on the roof. I asked him how he would get it down if he needed to and he said he would roll it off the roof onto the side of the road shoulder. After thinking about this a bit it did not sound like a very safe thing to do but I did not say anything.

Then, while at Maxton in April, I mentioned this to Randy and without a moments hesitation said NO WAY! Dropping an inflated tire and wheel from the roof is a crazy thing to do! It will bounce hard and high and you don't know where. It could easily kill somebody.

Randy said he lost a back window once from a tire bouncing. I asked my tire guy about this and he said the same thing. He said he dropped one off the tail gate of a tire truck once and it flew. After hearing these stories I decided to keep my spare at home for now.

I joined the Bridgestone National Preferred Service program. No fee and published reasonable pricing for tires and labor with over 2000 locations in the US.

http://www.bridgestonetrucktires.com.../auto_club.asp

One thing was mentioned and this was some of the highway tire guys have trucks with booms that could get the tire down from the roof. So perhaps l at some point I might carry an unmounted spare.

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My 83 FC came with a mounted wheel and tire on the roof and the crane to get it on and off. Hope I never have to use it but it seems to be the best place for it - out of sight out of mind.
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This is the CANUKNECK solution. Balance tire on the top of the BB ladder. Tie a rope high up around a tree and bring the end of the rope up the BB ladder. Tie that end to the spare tire (no wheel). Shove the tire off and let it swing. Pray.

Ohhhh I forgot to add a few things......be sure to pad the rope where it wraps through the tire and around the tree. Have a shop vac ready to suck the acorns out of the spare tire after it stops bouncing. A can a brown spray paint to touch up the camp ground tree would be a good idea. Disclaimer......I owe everything I know about Bluebirding to Randy.
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I carry my spare tire around my waist
so does rob
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Do I carry a spare .....NO, I carry spares, nothing like a trailer to carry extras in.
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Do I carry a spare .....NO, I carry spares, nothing like a trailer to carry extras in.
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