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Old 10-10-2018, 01:11 PM
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(***PLEASE DON"T PREACH AT ME THAT I SHOULD HAVE BOUGHT A "REAL" OFF ROAD TRUCK*** - thanks)

I'm seriously considering this for the winter (I'm in Tahoe a lot and for some reason, flat tires only happen to me when its snowy and nasty). I'd have non-run-flat snows, scorpions maybe.

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It seems like that should work. But it will probably be hideous on the clean lines of your Q7.

I wonder if a rooftop carrier would actually look better. I think it might ... in a ďbutch it upĒ kinda way, especially if you have some knobby snow tires like Blizzaks or Hakkas on the car.
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It seems like that should work. But it will probably be hideous on the clean lines of your Q7.

I wonder if a rooftop carrier would actually look better. I think it might ... in a ďbutch it upĒ kinda way, especially if you have some knobby snow tires like Blizzaks or Hakkas on the car.
It would look a little more butch - I put a lot of gear up there in winter - rocket box included.
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like it....if u get it post pics.

figure that opening the lift gate with kick motion might not work?
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+ 1 on a rooftop carrier or a small cargo box, enough to fit a spare - will look much better.
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I would for those road trips out of town if you do buy it please post pictures
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Iíve driven about 1,000,000 km over 30 years and Iíve had about 5 flat tires In that time. Of those, only 1 could not have been temporarily corrected with a compressor and tire goop. Iíve been to Lake Tahoe, and itís far from being remote. Youíd be able to get a tire repaired in there, and youíve also got Audi roadside assistance (which includes towing) should that being required. My winters arenít even RFTs and I drive in eastern Saskatchewan. Thatís remote. Caveat being that I run 19Ē wheels on the Q7 as lower profile tires are more susceptible to sidewall damage. I think the no spare tire thing is mostly overblown. I may change my opinion should I ever become stranded.
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Yeah, the spare tire is really just a security blanket. I can't say I've driven 1M km, but I probably have driven about 300,000 miles. I've had a couple flat tires in that time. Once, the tire had a slow leak and I did't know until the next morning when I went out to find the rim on the ground. Even better, the spare was flat because I hadn't checked it for years and let it go flat in my ignorance. Another time, I ran over some kind of heavy iron bracket in my A4 (because I was following too closely and didn't leave enough room between me and the car in front to see and avoid the big metal thing in the road - shame on me). The front left tire was snake bit and leaking, and the back left tire was heavily damaged but holding air. Lucky for me, I only needed to use the spare for one tire, but the rear was definitely dangerous in that condition. So I understand the want (and even need) for a spare. Your experience in the Canadian wilderness is probably atypical (almost by definition - the vast amount of humanity lives near urban areas). While there might be road debris, I suspect the nature of the debris is very different. Are urban roads are more likely to result in punctures or tire damage than rural roads? (Genuine question.)

I just bought winter tires that I intend to use going back and forth to my cabin in the Colorado Rockies. It's a very rural area. There might be one mechanic in the closest town (about 10 miles from the cabin, and the town itself is pretty isolated - some 30-40 miles from the next larger community, and we're still talking maybe 20,000 people at most). It makes me nervous to drive without a spare. But I figure in my case the worst that will happen is that I'll be uncomfortable for a few hours while I try to figure out a ride to somewhere that I can get help. My family will probably be pretty pissed off. But we'll get through it, and nobody will perish...

Still, if I had a spare tire, I wouldn't even think about this.
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Originally Posted by NABS4 View Post
Iíve driven about 1,000,000 km over 30 years and Iíve had about 5 flat tires In that time. Of those, only 1 could not have been temporarily corrected with a compressor and tire goop. Iíve been to Lake Tahoe, and itís far from being remote. Youíd be able to get a tire repaired in there, and youíve also got Audi roadside assistance (which includes towing) should that being required. My winters arenít even RFTs and I drive in eastern Saskatchewan. Thatís remote. Caveat being that I run 19Ē wheels on the Q7 as lower profile tires are more susceptible to sidewall damage. I think the no spare tire thing is mostly overblown. I may change my opinion should I ever become stranded.
I recently took my Q on a 4400 mile road trip - much if it was in remote locations. Not once did I worry about no spare. The last flat tire I had to deal with was back in 1996 in my 4Runner. I'm of the mind that if it happens I'll deal with it, but won't fret over it possibly happening.
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I get about 1 flat per decade, half of which are slow leaks, I think I've seen catastrophic fails twice in my life.
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