Originally Posted by Patti Brown
Saw this in MotorHome magazine and am thinking about it for Christmas (doesn't everyone get a present for the RV?). It would certainly free up space in our rear storage compartment. However, I am concerned about how likely it might be for an externally mounted spare tire to be stolen. Anyone have experience with this gadget?
First off, I applaud you for even thinking about carrying a spare. The stories of delayed responses of Emergency services when blowouts occur are abound on here and other RV forums. They don't happen each and every time, but, they do happen. And, in some cases, the WRONG tire is brought with the provider.
So, carrying a spare is a great idea. Just where to carry it, well that's been debated on here for ever too. I looked at that spare tire carrier in that magazine too and, I think it's a fairly good idea. As for the worry about that spare being stolen, are you kidding me? Get a Navy anchor chain if your worried about it. But, seriously, any quality cable or nice piece of chain with a quality lock will suffice perfectly. Not to mention, I don't know what size wheels and tires you have but, ours are either alloy or steel, depending on an outer or inner. The outer ones are close to 130 lbs an the inner steel ones hover close to 160 lbs. So, I really don't see anyone "running" off with that kind of weight. Now, if you're talking just the tire, yes, that's quite a bit less in weight but, it's still a heavy piece of equipment to go running off with in the middle of the night.
And as for the worry about mounting it on the rear of a diesel pusher, we carried our Honda Goldwing on a Hydralift for well over 8,000 miles on our '04 Itasca Horizon 36GD with the C-7 330HP CAT with the rear radiator and not one issue EVER came up. That engine ran and cooled just fine. The bike got a bit warm but, never enough to cause damage or even close.
I think it's a very plausible idea. One thing I'd do if it were mine, I'd definitely make or purchase a nice vinyl cover for that spare. Keep it out of the elements for as long as possible so it will be of value to you if and when you just might need it. Good luck.