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I have a question!
You're driving along happily on holiday in some remote part of France en-route to Germany, and you suddenly realise you have a puncture!
OK, you stop, empty the boot and remove the "handy" space saver spare tyre!
You inflate it, jack up the car, remove the now useless wheel and fit the spare! Fine! And then it starts to rain!!!

NOW, you have a car full of bags etc for your holiday, and even perhaps a fair maiden in the passenger seat.
My question is - where on earth do you put the large and now useless wheel you have just removed from the car?

My hopes of a European trip this summer is in serious doubt unless I can find a solution to this 'little' problem!!

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And the answer is! ----

Well, I think the answer is actually a combination of all the very kind replies!

First of course is good Euro assist.

A bag to put said knackered tyre in to.

I have found that my local Halfords (car accessories shop) has cans of tyre repair stuff that "they say" will not damage the tyre!! So a couple of them for sure.
Lastly, I may get a boot rack as it could come in useful at some stage, apart from possible tyre carrying duties! I actually think they look pretty cool when you're touring!!
Of course I would remove said bag if opening the roof!

As noted by my friendly 767 jocky, I will for sure have my top off whenever possible! Surely that's one of the main reasons for having an SLK!!!
If/when I have complete my escapade, I will of course post a sysopsis on SLK WF!
The route I'm thinking of is something like ---
Channel tunnel - Mons, thence either a quick visit to Paderborn, and or then to the Rhine area south of Koblenz, then back to the WW1 battlefields area. That lot should keep me a busy for a while!!

Thanks again for all the advice etc.

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Maiden's lap of course! Jking! Interesting scenario. I'd like to hear some answers.
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being only 5 ft tall i dont have that problem...i just stick it behind the drivers seat!!
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Yup, the spare is useless as you will have to abandon a Ł1000 of rim and tyre on the roadside or drive it to the garage with the boot open and the rim balanced on the luggage.

Get European cover on your AA / RAC / Green flag policy, take the spare out for more boot space and carry a couple of tins of puncture fix as an absolute last measure.

Or fit runflats! Noooooooooooo!

As an afterthought, you could carry a stanley knife and sacrifice the punctured tyre by cutting the sidewall to remove the bulk of the tyre but I suspect the cost of one tyre would be more than the Euro cover.
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pack a quilt and place the tire on the quilt and secure it to the roof?


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I'd go with the good road assistance !
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Maiden's lap of course! Jking! Interesting scenario. I'd like to hear some answers.
Being the chivalrous type one would hand the keys to the fair maiden and assume the passenger seat with the rim and tyre on your lap...........

Yeah right! Hang on I have it!

Place spare tyre on car, punctured wheel on passenger seat, leave maiden by roadside while you pop off to get it fixed!

I know that given this situation I'd be by the roadside while my fair maiden buzzed off to get the tyre fixed. Given her sense of direction that would be the last I saw of her, the car and the spare wheel!
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What about that puncture stuff you can squirt into the wheel and reinflate it? May not be an ideal solution but hopefully you will not need it and it will save you being stuck in the middle of nowhere.


When I picked up min,e the dealer told me not to bother changing the wheel and just call MB roadside assistance - which is fine if you are near a city. For my next long trip I think I will take my own advise - road side assistance could be several hours away here.
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i am assuming that you are considering doing the trip with the roof up all the time?

take less stuff and have roof down (or at least, space to have roof down. )
that will leave enough room for real tyre when/if needed.

it is possible to pop a small bag in front of passengers seat, in footwell, if tucked right back against the seat. (not in drivers footwell in case it slides forward!)
also two small bags, of things like socks & stuff, in squishy bags behind the seats.
and remember smaller bags/cases give you more flexibility to re-arrange when needed.

hope you have a great trip.
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The R171 comes with a plastic bag to cover the flat wheel & tyre. I think the idea of it is to stop it getting wet if you leave it with your SO by the side of the road with it

Never mind 'what do you do with the flat tyre'? - the fun really starts when you get it all sorted, and try & put the 'space saver' back in the spare wheel well. Search the forum for 'corn flake box'!!






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What about that puncture stuff you can squirt into the wheel and reinflate it? May not be an ideal solution but hopefully you will not need it and it will save you being stuck in the middle of nowhere.


When I picked up mine the dealer told me not to bother changing the wheel and just call MB roadside assistance - which is fine if you are near a city. For my next long trip I think I will take my own advise - road side assistance could be several hours away here.
I suggested puncture fix tins in post 4.

There's only 1 drawback and that is that some tyre places will not patch a tyre that has had the stuff sprayed into it.
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[QUOTE=nimbusgb;1235162]I suggested puncture fix tins in post 4.

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Terribly sorry old chap!
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I wouldn't stress too much about this "problem" and certainly wouldn't let it put me off what could be a fantastic trip.

first off, you probably wont get a puncture.

If the unforeseen does happen then you could travel prepared with a few heavy duty black refuse sacks.

I assume your boot (trunk) would be rammed full of luggage in various cases and bags?

Well, once the spare tyre is retrieved and fitted use the aforementioned black refuse sacks to place some luggage into the spare wheel space, place the flat tyre wheel back in the boot and use other refuse sack to protect the remainder of your luggage when you place (ram and stuff) the contents around the flat tyre.

Simple physics means it will probably all fit back in (yes I understand the differences between the un-inflated spare and the road wheel) with a little patience.

Clearly you may have to "accommodate" an empty suitcase or similar inside the cabin until you have the opportunity to have your tyre repaired / replaced....a small price to pay for the off-chance the flat-tyre scenario might happen.

Finally I would ensure adequate international breakdown cover. You can experience a lot worse than a flat tyre to spoil your trip. Well worth the cost of a couple of tanks of fuel IMHO.
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Being the chivalrous type one would hand the keys to the fair maiden and assume the passenger seat with the rim and tyre on your lap...........
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The AMG standard rear wheel won't fit into the boot at all!

Keep the little compressor, a couple of cans of puncture fix and use the recess as extra boot space!
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Hi all

Yeah what he said afew times . But if you do use the fix a flat in a tin stuff the tire is a write off as said before .

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Repair the tire with a repair set yourself. its not difficult but you should have pliers with you that you can pull out the nail or whatever caused it...
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You are supposed to rent a donkey, and load it up with the spare tire and shopping!

What other solution were you expecting from us?

BTW, donkeys still work when wet.

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I'm sure dear Mobi will travel top down, being manly and wishing to enjoy the experience with his fair maiden to the fullest.

Agree with roadside/AA solution. Carry a bottle of vino, glasses, and opener, stowed in the trunk cubby. Picnic till service van arrives.

(Actually, my brain went to the JB sort of solution. Small blanket - also suitable for picnics - and a couple of tie down straps, one down, one holding it forward against the roll bars.)


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