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Still trying to figure out if adding a spare wheel is worth the money & weight. So, being a Risk Management engineer (yeah, I know.....) if any of you would care to offer the following info, I would greatly appreciate it.

a) How many punctures have you experienced in your motorhome ?

b) Can you give an approx. year for each puncture?

c) Can you remember if the puncture was so bad that this modern injection goo stuff wouldn't have worked.

d) In total, (roughly) how many years have you been actively motorhoming?

e) In total, (roughly) how many miles have you clocked up motorhoming ?

An example answer would be:
a) 3 punctures.
b) They happened in 1970's, 1990(ish), last year.
c) 1 was minor (in the tread) but the other two were bad, side wall punctures.
c) 1970 till now with a 10 year break, so about 29 years in total.
d) About 2000 miles per year, so about 70k miles in total.


With this info I can work out the probability of suffering a serious puncture and then do a cost/benefit analysis against the cost of a spare, the effect of lugging all that weight around and the consequences of not having one !
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I know it sounds long winded but if I can get a reasonable number of contributers, it'll make for a valid statistical survey. I'll write up the results for the M'home magazines and give the Forum a mention.

Note: It's also important that I get contributions from people who have never had punctures !!

Thanks

Angus
 

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a) How many punctures have you experienced in your motorhome ?
NONE

b) Can you give an approx. year for each puncture?
N/A

c) Can you remember if the puncture was so bad that this modern injection goo stuff wouldn't have worked.
N/A

d) In total, (roughly) how many years have you been actively motorhoming?
12

e) In total, (roughly) how many miles have you clocked up motorhoming ?
90,000
 

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a) How many punctures have you experienced in your motorhome ? NONE

b) N/A

c) N/A

d) Nearly 4

e) 42,000 Miles

Some years run on Winter Tyres all year. Some years like this one have changed back to Summer/All Season as we will be out more in summer. Always replace tyres if they get to 5 years old regardless of tread. Always use good Brands. Do research on tyretest.com

Hope this helps?

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This maybe tempting fate but here goes.

I have had no punctures.

I have completed 43000kms.

I have been motorhoming for 2 years.

Good luck with the survey I for one would be interested in the results. Have you tried to obtain info from the insurance companies. They must have some info for people who have got breakdown cover. Just a thought.
 

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Thanks for the suggestion. I'll certainly bear it in mind.
Trouble with that that kind of sourced data, is that you never know how many people had punctures and didn't bother claiming. Plus i've found that the insurance business is so cut-throat these days that they treat all info as commercially sensitive.

Good idea though - keep em coming :D
 

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a) How many punctures have you experienced in your motorhome ?
One

b) Can you give an approx. year for each puncture?
2007

c) Can you remember if the puncture was so bad that this modern injection goo stuff wouldn't have worked.
Very slow puncture so I installed Ultraseal in all four tyres, and it sealed the puncture perfectly

d) In total, (roughly) how many years have you been actively motorhoming?
Five

e) In total, (roughly) how many miles have you clocked up motorhoming ?
20,000

That was two years ago - just today (coincidence 8O ) I checked the tyre pressures after about six months (I know - should check every week :oops: ) and they were spot on.

No wheel imbalance at all. I installed it myself after reading stories of professional installers putting too much in and causing wheel wobble.

Two bottles of the stuff was just the right amount. About 35 quid the lot I think, but it has gone up in price since then.

Hope this helps, though I may have had a few more punctures since installing the jollop!! 8) I wouldn't know!

Dave

(Edited to put it into your requested format.)
 

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a) none

d) Six
e) About 5000 miles per year, so about 30,000 miles in total.

Not specifically to do with your question, but:--I last had a puncture in *any* motor vehicle in 1974: nail through sidewall.

I spent from 1973 to 1995 averaging about 25,000 miles per year, with only that one puncture.

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a) How many punctures have you experienced in your motorhome ?
None
b) Can you give an approx. year for each puncture?
N/A
c) Can you remember if the puncture was so bad that this modern injection goo stuff wouldn't have worked.
N/A
d) In total, (roughly) how many years have you been actively motorhoming?
9
e) In total, (roughly) how many miles have you clocked up motorhoming ?
45,000

Note
We had a slow puncture in a rear wheel at 12 months when in France which caused us to change it for the spare for peace of mind.
It turned out to be leaking from the valve and a change of valve gubbins by our local tyre man on return to UK solved the problem.
We now carry valve bits in our spares box in case of repeat.
 

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Hi!

a) How many punctures have you experienced in your motorhome ?
Three. Plus two occasions of a bad (brand new) valve on a (brand new) new tyre.

b) Can you give an approx. year for each puncture?
First one in summer 2003 during a Norway tour, then 2 punctures over a very short period in 2004. The thing with the valves happened in 2006.

c) Can you remember if the puncture was so bad that this modern injection goo stuff wouldn't have worked.
It would probably have worked, but I prefer to have punctures repaired in a professional way. So I always carry a spare tyre.

d) In total, (roughly) how many years have you been actively motorhoming?
8 years. From 2001 till 2002 with hire vans, since 2003 with own MH.

e) In total, (roughly) how many miles have you clocked up motorhoming ?
Approx. 60,000 miles.

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AberdeenAngus said:
Still trying to figure out if adding a spare wheel is worth the money & weight. So, being a Risk Management engineer (yeah, I know.....) if any of you would care to offer the following info, I would greatly appreciate it.

a) How many punctures have you experienced in your motorhome ?

b) Can you give an approx. year for each puncture?

c) Can you remember if the puncture was so bad that this modern injection goo stuff wouldn't have worked.

d) In total, (roughly) how many years have you been actively motorhoming?

e) In total, (roughly) how many miles have you clocked up motorhoming ?

An example answer would be:
a) 3 punctures.
b) They happened in 1970's, 1990(ish), last year.
c) 1 was minor (in the tread) but the other two were bad, side wall punctures.
c) 1970 till now with a 10 year break, so about 29 years in total.
d) About 2000 miles per year, so about 70k miles in total.

With this info I can work out the probability of suffering a serious puncture and then do a cost/benefit analysis against the cost of a spare, the effect of lugging all that weight around and the consequences of not having one !
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I know it sounds long winded but if I can get a reasonable number of contributers, it'll make for a valid statistical survey. I'll write up the results for the M'home magazines and give the Forum a mention.

Note: It's also important that I get contributions from people who have never had punctures !!

Thanks

Angus
a)2
b) 2008 and 2008
c) first one in May, called RAC and not replaceable, new tyre. second one in France, used tyre repair foam, but didn't work - tyre structure had gone
d) 11
e) estim 70,000 miles

hope this helps :idea:
 

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a) How many punctures have you experienced in your motorhome ?
one

b) Can you give an approx. year for each puncture?
2008

c) Can you remember if the puncture was so bad that this modern injection goo stuff wouldn't have worked.
slow puncture goo would have worked

d) In total, (roughly) how many years have you been actively motorhoming?
one year

e) In total, (roughly) how many miles have you clocked up motorhoming ?
3400 miles

The puncture was rather stupid as i drove over a screw taking the van out of our own workshop, having been making major additions before our very first trip.
I have just weighed our spare wheel and carrier
Wheel - 235/65/16 weighed 29kg
Carrier - 5kg
 

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I think that you are missing a vital question
How long did it take you to obtain a new tyre when you did get a puncture and didn't have a spare?
Just imagine, it's raining, it's cold, your in a hurry for the ferry (the fisherman are going to have another strike as it is easter after all!) you drive off your pitch on the aire, catch a back tyre on a kerb or foreign object on the ground and pop there's a hole in the sidewall of your tyre...
Now then. How you gonna fix it. Who you gonna call... How MUCH are you going to have to pay....
Me, spare wheel and tyre for my X250 cost me £70 all in, I got it so cheap because I had time to find the best deal whilst not touring and in the comfort of my own home (secondhand (new) wheel and new tyre correctly load etc. rated for van but a van tyre not motorhome tyre, it is a spare after all)
 

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a) How many punctures have you experienced in your motorhome ? ONE

b) Can you give an approx. year for each puncture? 2008

c) Can you remember if the puncture was so bad that this modern injection goo stuff wouldn't have worked. IT WOULD HAVE WORKED BUT REMEMBER THAT A TYRE THAT HAS HAD THE LIQUID STUFF PUT IN CANNOT THEN BE REPAIRED AT A TYRE CENTRE

d) In total, (roughly) how many years have you been actively motorhoming? 2 1/2

e) In total, (roughly) how many miles have you clocked up motorhoming ? 35000

I will also add that I had three punctures in one week with my 2004 Vectra.

The spare will bring peace of mind. forget the costs etc. I have a spare and a fix and go kit.

Furthermore, the flat tyre on the van last year - where no spare was available - saw me grounded for four and half hours, partly due to Fiat Camper Assist and their general lack of usefulness.

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a) How many punctures have you experienced in your motorhome ?
One

b) Can you give an approx. year for each puncture?
2008

c) Can you remember if the puncture was so bad that this modern injection goo stuff wouldn't have worked.
Nail in tread only found when checking pressures so YES

d) In total, (roughly) how many years have you been actively motorhoming?
2

e) In total, (roughly) how many miles have you clocked up motorhoming ?
12,000


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Risk management calculations do not normally apply to motorhomes.
Why
Well, how many of those people who have bought an EFOY fuel cell (over 10,000) actually need it? Its like a spare tyre, you carry it "just in case" for peace of mind, NOT because you actually need it!

Do I carry a spare tyre - most certainly. And I have made sure that I carry all the clutter required to change a wheel.

When did I last have a fast puncture? (Excluding the push bike when I didn,t keep one eye on the pressure gague and the tank has 120PSI in it!) Probably about 1987 when a near bald several times re-cut rear remould on our old coach let go and took the wheel arch with it. I found the development of the wheel arch 100 yards up the road having stopped. But one tyre out of 4 on a rear axle is an acceptable risk. Handling is not significantly compromised. I never had remounds on the front axle. But I never had any cash either!

When did I last have a motorhome tyre changed? On the old van when sidewall cracks started on one tyre, it was the tyre that got all the sun at home when parked up. It was after all 10 years old as a camper and had probably stood in a field for a year beforehand as a chassis cab.!! Michelins. I advised the new owners to insist all the tyres were changed.


But just think on, how about all those commercial vehicles that run on remoulds? How old is the carcase on some of those?

Its a REAL world and its Risk Management that applies to these decisions as well. The automobile industry for example compare the cost of a safety related recall to the cost of litigation if the worst scenario should happen. They then take the lowest cost option. Thats life.

Over.


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In 4th season of MH'ing - no puncture, In 25+ years of caravanning (c 50k miles) 1 puncture which destroyed tyre and wheel arch. Spare was 7 years old and had never seen daylight but was used for about another year when all 3 tyres were replaced

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Been campervanning/motorhoming since 1984 so answers as follows:-

a) one
b) 2009
c) Clean 5mm hole no foreign body, The goo would not have helped
d) 25 years and 100,000 miles approx
e) 100,000 miles approx.

As I read it d and e are asking the same question, the puncture risk is there whether you are motorhoming or actively motorhoming.

From 1884 until 2009 I had covered just short of 100.000 miles without a puncture and always carried a spare wheel, I always change tyres before the legal requirement at not less than 4mm tread wear.
Having a van that was supplied with the goo and compressor, I quickly set about buying and fitting the necessary parts for carrying a spare wheel, and boy was I glad as the puncture I had recently would not have been fixed using the goo and compressor.

This is my 3rd van and all have been used for domestic and pleasure.

Lastly a lot of what you ask has been covered in various threads before.

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had 2 punctures last year in france both rear tyres about 2 days and 300 miles apart one was from pulling of the road and no kerb just the edge of the road cut the inner wall no the goo wouldn't have helped
the second was going through a chicane on the road work's luckily right at end so was able to roll out of them , when police arrived 10 minutes later they were going to give me instant fine for not having a spare , luckily my mate rolled up and i was able to use his spare, and his wifes excellent french assured the gendarme that on the sat sunday since the first puncture we had been unable to get it repaired, otherwise it was a £60 on the spot fine
only 2 punctures in 25000 mls and 5 years m/h ing
 
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