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post #31 of 34 (permalink) Old 03-01-2019, 03:52 PM
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It may be an old-school way of thinking, but with me in a wheelchair and paralyzed from the chest down, it’s 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 can’t 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 don’t see it as useless or ridiculous.
Both an air compressor and something like the Run Flat goo are in the tire service kit that comes with the van. There is a place for that kit to fit with the spare tire kit when stored.

The air compressor can also be plugged into a 12V power outlet in the cargo area of the van and be used to inflate a tire or other things (air mattresses, balls, etc.).
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For those with the vacuum, or the hybrid, or don't want to pay for the OEM donut, or want something for when you travel away from civilization... and don't want to take up space in the trunk... you could mount a spare to the hitch.

Personally I'd rather strap it to a cargo carrier, which has more practical uses than just a tire, but thought I'd add this as an idea/option.
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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..
Such a myopic way of looking at it... Literally.

In over 30 years of driving I have changed no less than 12 of my OWN blown tires for numerous reasons including one doing 85 mph. That one was on a tiny road in AZ...

So you assume everyone lives with great cell reception, tons of people around, just waiting to help?

LOL. Look at a map. Seriously. Nothing you said is true for everyone- just you.

I personally insisted on a full size spare. My life experience is literally the opposite of you. Cell reception is extremely unreliable ALL OVER the US...

So I agree with those who want a spare. Mine has one and I'm 100% sure I'll have to use it at some point- especially as I kept my last van for 15 years from new.
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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..
When you hit something in the road on a Saturday night that kills your tire beyond a can of fix a flat, what wI'll you do? Where will you ask to be towed as most tire places will be closed and closed on Sunday as well. A quick road trip could quickly turn into an expensive tow and a few unexpected nights away from home. Yeah, it's a long shot, bUT paying 400 to 500 bucks for an on board spare is a small price to pay for the insurance!

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