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Check Your Spare

A year and a half ago, my wife and I were heading toward Whistler, BC for a short stay. While going through Vancouver, on a very downhill and busy four lane road (I missed a freeway sign), I heard a horrible grinding sound coming from underneath the coach, a 2003 class C. We then saw a lady pointing at us. Upon pulling over, after searching for a spot for a couple harrowing blocks, I saw that my spare tire was gone and the noise was from the holder dragging on the ground.

Good, not a huge problem, but OH NO!, where's my spare tire?

Soon, a pickup pulled in behind me and the driver asked, "Did you lose your spare? If you did, it's on the sidewalk two blocks up the hill . . . it fell right in front of me and slid flat, down the street."

I apologized, thanked him, and headed up the hill to retrieve the wheel and tire. Breaking into a sweat, now my mind started whirling. What if he hadn't been able to stop; what if the tire hadn't stayed flat sliding down the road, what if it had gone through someone's windshield? What if, what if??? So many bad things could have happened. Only by the grace of God was this not a tragedy!

So the lessons to be learned:
- Check the carrier on your spare tire, the single bolt holding the spare in place is not very heavy, and its shearing was all it took to lose the spare.
- Chain and lock the spare securely to the chassis frame.
- If your only place to stop is a bus stop, ignore the dirty looks from the bus drivers.


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