Getting one flat tire leaves you without a spare tire, unless the flat can be plugged in a roadside repair. If not, well, get a second flat and you'll be in big trouble indeed. And it does happen. Worse yet is that in rugged terrain, tires often are ruined by roadbed objects that leave unrepairable holes and sidewall cuts.
That's why we carry two all-terrain spare tires, and recommend that our clients do so as well. Since we typically wander much father than planned when inspecting new routing, we also carry several extra gallons of gasoline.
|Deep in wild Idaho, with two spare tires and extra gas.|
Over the years of doing both, however, a way to do so safely, conveniently and affordably (in relative terms) was elusive. We tried the roof rack, but you're talking about a 70-lb. tire and wheel. We put it in the cargo area, which devoured space where we needed it most. But we did not want to spend thousands of dollars on a permanently mounted, heavy-duty after-market rear bumper/wheel carrier suited to the purpose.
Then, as the 2017 backcountry-travel season got under way, we learned of the high-clearance version of Wilco Off-Road's Hitchgate Solo. The heavy-duty swingout spare-tire carrier mounts conveniently into a rear trailer-hitch receiver. An internal wedge tightened inside the receiver keeps the carrier secure and wobble-free.