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post #21 of 34 (permalink) Old 02-17-2019, 08:17 PM
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My '14 T&C came without a spare so I bought the kit for about $300 and mounted it myself. Last summer, I had a blowout in a road construction area and couldn't pull off the road for almost a quarter mile. The tire was shredded, it was over 100 F, and AAA said it would be almost 2 hours for help. Even though I'm 77 years old, I put on the donut, finished my business, and the spare is now back under the van in case I have another flat.
If they want to sell it without a spare, at least give me the option to buy one already installed! Let me decide if I prefer a tenth of a mile per gallon and a semi-useless can of goo, over the emotional comfort and convenience of an emergency spare.
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My '14 T&C came without a spare so I bought the kit for about $300 and mounted it myself. Last summer, I had a blowout in a road construction area and couldn't pull off the road for almost a quarter mile. The tire was shredded, it was over 100 F, and AAA said it would be almost 2 hours for help. Even though I'm 77 years old, I put on the donut, finished my business, and the spare is now back under the van in case I have another flat.
If they want to sell it without a spare, at least give me the option to buy one already installed! Let me decide if I prefer a tenth of a mile per gallon and a semi-useless can of goo, over the emotional comfort and convenience of an emergency spare.
Do you have a Pacifica yet? I agree about having a spare.
If you can't get the spare installed, removing the shelf and installing the bracket and trim piece shouldn't be as difficult as an underneath mount.

See the link for a video link about the spare.
https://www.pacificaforums.com/forum/189234-post34.html

The inflatable spare can also fit in a stow and go well for non hybrids.
https://www.pacificaforums.com/forum/289497-post18.html

For a hybrid, I guess the spare has to go in the cargo area.

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I don't have a Pacifica yet. I visited the dealer today and they had four Dodge and four Chrysler vans, all mostly stripped with dark and bland colors inside and out. I searched dealer inventory online and the nearest Limited was 80 miles away. None of the dealers around here seem at all interested in selling vans, and the stripped models do nothing to get me excited enough to order one. I still haven't seen a Luxury white in real life.

My seats are stowed 95% of the time, so if I do order a Pacifica the spare will have to be inside as suggested.
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I'm having this same dilemma right now. After looking for a while, I have finally found a Pacifica with the features I want, but it doesn't come with a spare tire. My Pacifica will be converted with a Braunability conversion (wheelchair ramp and more). I've had a Town & Country for about five years and haven't had a flat. It's kind of comforting to know that you have a spare and a jack should you need it though. If I knew that a compressor kit would get me far enough to get help that would be enough for me. Can I depend on this?
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I'm having this same dilemma right now. After looking for a while, I have finally found a Pacifica with the features I want, but it doesn't come with a spare tire. My Pacifica will be converted with a Braunability conversion (wheelchair ramp and more). I've had a Town & Country for about five years and haven't had a flat. It's kind of comforting to know that you have a spare and a jack should you need it though. If I knew that a compressor kit would get me far enough to get help that would be enough for me. Can I depend on this?
My tolerance for being stranded is pretty low, so I added the spare tire kit. I also drive long distances between cities on trips so I would prefer to have options if I have a flat. I doubt if many of the Pacificas actually come with a spare tire/jack. But, if the van comes with a vacuum, then it would have to be removed to put the spare back there since you probably won't be able to use the Stow and Go wells (that some people use for a spare) after the conversion. If you want the kit with an inflatable spare and jack, it can be ordered from the dealer or online. A trim piece to cover the spare is included in some of the kits so you need to designate the trim color.

The piece with the two shelves in the area behind the seat belt strap gets removed to make room for the spare. Here is a link to show the area that has to be removed to put the spare tire in.
https://www.pacificaforums.com/forum/281825-post10.html

For a conversion, I would ask if the place where the spare tire goes gets filled with other stuff related to the conversion. I would also ask if they would install the spare tire kit (if purchased separately) while doing the conversion if there isn't someone else available to do it. It's not a complicated process, just takes some time and being able to access the area.

The air compressor/goo kit comes with the van.
Here is a photo of where it is probably located if things haven't changed.
https://www.pacificaforums.com/forum/248513-post3.html

When the spare tire is put in the shelf space area, the compressor kit fits in the well of the wheel of the inflatable spare tire and a solid trim piece covers the side of the tire.
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My tolerance for being stranded is pretty low, so I added the spare tire kit. I also drive long distances between cities on trips so I would prefer to have options if I have a flat. I doubt if many of the Pacificas actually come with a spare tire/jack. But, if the van comes with a vacuum, then it would have to be removed to put the spare back there since you probably won't be able to use the Stow and Go wells (that some people use for a spare) after the conversion. If you want the kit with an inflatable spare and jack, it can be ordered from the dealer or online. A trim piece to cover the spare is included in some of the kits so you need to designate the trim color.

The piece with the two shelves in the area behind the seat belt strap gets removed to make room for the spare. Here is a link to show the area that has to be removed to put the spare tire in.
https://www.pacificaforums.com/forum/281825-post10.html

For a conversion, I would ask if the place where the spare tire goes gets filled with other stuff related to the conversion. I would also ask if they would install the spare tire kit (if purchased separately) while doing the conversion if there isn't someone else available to do it. It's not a complicated process, just takes some time and being able to access the area.

The air compressor/goo kit comes with the van.
Here is a photo of where it is probably located if things haven't changed.
https://www.pacificaforums.com/forum/248513-post3.html

When the spare tire is put in the shelf space area, the compressor kit fits in the well of the wheel of the inflatable spare tire and a solid trim piece covers the side of the tire.
the van Iím looking at is a Touring L and it has quite a few options. It doesnít have a vacuum or a spare tire though which is strange to me. I totally agree that I would rather have the spare tire and the option of taking care of things if one of the tires needs to be changed while on the road. I drive short distances for the most part, but there are times when we do go longer distances.

My mobility dealer has said she is checking into the spare tire issue. I would prefer Braunability install whatever type of spare tire kit that I get while doing the conversion. Itís one less thing I have to see about and they would probably do a better job.

Thanks for the two links that show the pictures. It definitely looks like thereís plenty of room for a spare tire to be placed.
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Vacuum option is present only in Limited trim as far as Iím aware (unless that has been changed recently).


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I'm having this same dilemma right now. After looking for a while, I have finally found a Pacifica with the features I want, but it doesn't come with a spare tire. My Pacifica will be converted with a Braunability conversion (wheelchair ramp and more). I've had a Town & Country for about five years and haven't had a flat. It's kind of comforting to know that you have a spare and a jack should you need it though. If I knew that a compressor kit would get me far enough to get help that would be enough for me. Can I depend on this?
In more than 30 years of driving only ONCE , ONCE have I changed a tire.. had only a couple of flats.. but keep a can of run flat.. and it works great.. enough to get you to gas station.. just need enough to keep the rim from touching the ground doesn't have to be a full air.

We have road side assistance, lyft, DOT trucks that offer free change, towing within 50 miles or 100 for some warranty.. why do you NEED a spare tire?

Not to mention there are run flat tires you can get instead I can fire a 20 caliber bullet into your tire with a gaping hole the size of a half dollar and the car is drivable.. there are so many options other than spare tire, which is outdated and completely USELESS.

Spare tires is a waste of space. You don't need it. You must be 'older' person.. (and I bet I am close to your age or older myself) and *I* have gotten over my obsession with a tire.. it's really ridiculous to NEED a tire in your car it's old school thinking.

You are literally a phone call and probably no more than 10 or 15 minutes from a ride or someone that can help you. Not to mention the good Samaritans that are helpful..
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In more than 30 years of driving only ONCE , ONCE have I changed a tire.. had only a couple of flats.. but keep a can of run flat.. and it works great.. enough to get you to gas station.. just need enough to keep the rim from touching the ground doesn't have to be a full air.

We have road side assistance, lyft, DOT trucks that offer free change, towing within 50 miles or 100 for some warranty.. why do you NEED a spare tire?

Not to mention there are run flat tires you can get instead I can fire a 20 caliber bullet into your tire with a gaping hole the size of a half dollar and the car is drivable.. there are so many options other than spare tire, which is outdated and completely USELESS.

Spare tires is a waste of space. You don't need it. You must be 'older' person.. (and I bet I am close to your age or older myself) and *I* have gotten over my obsession with a tire.. it's really ridiculous to NEED a tire in your car it's old school thinking.

You are literally a phone call and probably no more than 10 or 15 minutes from a ride or someone that can help you. Not to mention the good Samaritans that are helpful..
It may be an old-school way of thinking, but with me in a wheelchair and paralyzed from the chest down, itís a comforting feeling to know that I at least have the option for someone to change a possible flat tire. If I have a flat that requires towing, I canít just hop in the wrecker or even call Lyft to come pick me up. I hope I never need a spare, but if so I might be really glad I have it.

Thinking back, I do remember having one flat in my current Town & Country. When we came out of the restaurant, there was a good Samaritan waiting for us who took the spare tire from the Town & Country and changed it. We were on our way in less than 30 minutes.

It will probably be a good idea to keep a can of run flat in my van, but I still like the idea of having a spare that someone can change. That cuts out more problems for me than you could imagine. I donít see it as useless or ridiculous.
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In more than 30 years of driving only ONCE , ONCE have I changed a tire.. had only a couple of flats.. but keep a can of run flat.. and it works great.. enough to get you to gas station.. just need enough to keep the rim from touching the ground doesn't have to be a full air.

We have road side assistance, lyft, DOT trucks that offer free change, towing within 50 miles or 100 for some warranty.. why do you NEED a spare tire?

Not to mention there are run flat tires you can get instead I can fire a 20 caliber bullet into your tire with a gaping hole the size of a half dollar and the car is drivable.. there are so many options other than spare tire, which is outdated and completely USELESS.

Spare tires is a waste of space. You don't need it. You must be 'older' person.. (and I bet I am close to your age or older myself) and *I* have gotten over my obsession with a tire.. it's really ridiculous to NEED a tire in your car it's old school thinking.

You are literally a phone call and probably no more than 10 or 15 minutes from a ride or someone that can help you. Not to mention the good Samaritans that are helpful..
There is no "right" answer regarding having a spare tire vs the goo fix it kit. People have different circumstances and places they travel. By considering options and life circumstances we can make the best decision for ourselves.

Since some owners prefer to have a spare tire, it is helpful to understand how that can be accomplished.
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