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Old 09-13-2015, 07:41 PM   #1
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Question Spare tire on roof??

I read with interest the recent spare tire discussion and have decided to carry one if possible. Several ideas for storing the tire were presented but I didn't see anything about carrying it on the roof. Has anybody done this an if so what is the best way to do it? I was up on the mh roof a few days ago and it looks like there would be plenty of room for a spare tire up there. This is on a 42' dp. I have equipment to get it up there and of course getting it down wouldn't be a problem. I'm interested in the ideas and experiences of fellow rvers. TIA Ed
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What "equipment" will you have on the road? As you say getting it down is easy, but dangerous as they are heavy.
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Just toss it down on the curb side so it don't bounce back onto the highway!

i have room under the very back of my coach, so I'm going to make a little cage with a detachable part, and see how that goes.

The best laid plans - right now it's (the tire is) sitting against a pole near the entry door of the coach. Every time I walk by that way, I can hear it. It's calling out, "Hey, you there, remember me? What about homeless not-so-little ole me, eh???"

Sigh.
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Old 09-13-2015, 08:34 PM   #4
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Carry a spare...

I carried a 14' hobie 2 person kayak on our last DP roof, wasn't easy to get it up or down but I did it.. Then I started to tow a suv with a rack on top.. much easier :-)

There is a hitch mounted spare tire carrier by roadmaster, that might be the ticket. Aluminum wheels are lighter than steel... I plan on weighing mine soon just to find out how much. The tough part is getting it up and down.. I'm a buffet shy of 300 pounds and the roof hasn't collapsed on me yet.

Read my recent post about the "cost of a blowout".

and remember that new tires fail too.... not just the 7 year old tires.
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Just a couple things to clarify. I want to put a spare unmounted tire on the roof. Permanently if possible and if it never gets used that is the best scenario. I'm wondering how others have done it. Wrapped tire strapped on? Mounted holder or container, etc?

Should be able to drop it down if needed.
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I too have read about the legend of the roof top spare guy so far I haven't met him. Also I believe you can put it around a fantastic vent opening if you are toting a 22.5" tire. Wrap it in foil and it will last forever or something like that. Unfortunately for me I keep ending up with coach's with no ladder so there is no possible way I could carry a tire up/down safely. But if you can hoarse a tire up to the roof and can do all the required steps to change the tire.......my hats off to ya!
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I read with interest the recent spare tire discussion and have decided to carry one if possible. Several ideas for storing the tire were presented but I didn't see anything about carrying it on the roof. Has anybody done this an if so what is the best way to do it? I was up on the mh roof a few days ago and it looks like there would be plenty of room for a spare tire up there. This is on a 42' dp. I have equipment to get it up there and of course getting it down wouldn't be a problem. I'm interested in the ideas and experiences of fellow rvers. TIA Ed
I surely admire your drive and thought process here. Not to chastise anyone here but, most would simply answer your post here with: "I just pick up the phone and call my road side service". Well, that's fine if that's what they choose. That's why we live in AMERICA, so we can CHOOSE our options.

Now, whatever method you have for getting the tire (and possible wheel) up there, must be pretty good since, based on my exact weight takings of my own D/P wheels and tires, THEY'RE NOT LIGHT! My tires are 255 80R 22.5 and I, like most other D/P units, have an aluminum outer rear dual and, a steel inner rear dual. The Aluminum set weighs close to 142 if I recall and, the steel set weighs right close to 167 lbs. That's a ton of weight to be hoisting up and down from any mechanism that's mounted to a D/P roof.

That of course, is if you're planning on doing it that way. If you have other means, like a helicopter (just kidding) or some bumper mounted pole and winch or, whatever, to get it up there, good luck.

Now, one more thing. Being up there, your tire will be constantly exposed to the elements, 24/7. So, some protection is warranted. I used to carry our spare up there on one of our previous coaches. It was only a 16" so, not all that bad. But, it was a solid, flat, single piece of aluminum for that roof. So, I designed and mounted a raised bracket that was nut-serted to that roof. I then mounted the spare on it but, because the bracket was raised just enough, the tire sidewall did not sit on the roofing material. That allowed me to put a draw-stringed cover on that tire and, it never saw the elements.

But, you're dealing with a much larger, heavier tire. Good luck.
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I too have read about the legend of the roof top spare guy so far I haven't met him. Also I believe you can put it around a fantastic vent opening if you are toting a 22.5" tire. Wrap it in foil and it will last forever or something like that. Unfortunately for me I keep ending up with coach's with no ladder so there is no possible way I could carry a tire up/down safely. But if you can hoarse a tire up to the roof and can do all the required steps to change the tire.......my hats off to ya!
I don't think a ladder would be your friend. It would just encourage you to try to haul a very heavy and awkward tire up way higher than is practical.

I'm lucky in that I have a bay that my unmounted tire fits in. Hopefully it will sit there till it rots and never be needed.
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Thanks Scott. The raised bracket and a drawstring cover sounds like it would work good. Getting the tire up there is a one time project that can be accomplished by a variety of industrial equipment.

PS. If you read dbywaters post on the cost of a blowout you can see why I want the spare tire. Also, because I put traction tires on the drive axle I have spares on hand.
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On our last trip... I saw a spare tire but not the wheel on a motorhome roof with no cover and thought, 'well, that poor tire sitting there in the sun forever won't be able to be used when they need it most likely'... mine mounts on the back and is covered.
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I carried a spare in a rooftop storage box on my old Class C. Quite a bit smaller than a 22.5" wheel/tire, but still fairly heavy. Put it up there (once) and never used it.

It was kind of like this one:

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jondrew..I hope my spare rots unused too. Just don't want it taking up space in the basement storage while that process happens.
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