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Old 11-19-2010, 02:06 PM   #1
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Question Tire Storage - DP??

Looking for ideas on how to store an extra tire for trip to Alaska?? Just put new Bridgestone's on ( 285/80-22.5 - HEAVY & BIG!), saved 1 old tire for emergency? It won't fit in basement, have a scooter hitch busy with that! Want to put on roof, but can't figure how to secure it. Any ideas?? Thanks!
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I was able to fit my unmounted spare in the basement area pretty easily. I had considered keeping it on the roof between the rear A/C and the small luggage rack area at the very back of the Motorhome if I couldn't fit it in the basement. I was going to use the smaller 1" wide ratcheting straps running from the mounting points of the A/C unit to the luggage rack to secure it. If it's unmounted and you store it on the roof find some heavy plastic to wrap/tape the tire in first so it doesn't fill with water.
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Old 11-20-2010, 02:43 AM   #3
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Looking for ideas on how to store an extra tire for trip to Alaska?? Just put new Bridgestone's on ( 285/80-22.5 - HEAVY & BIG!), saved 1 old tire for emergency? It won't fit in basement, have a scooter hitch busy with that! Want to put on roof, but can't figure how to secure it. Any ideas?? Thanks!
how about something like this dual hitch adapter from harbor freight? i use this adapter to mount my bicycle rack on and tow my dolly and car. it works well for me. i use 2 hitch immobilizers from roadmaster. i don't recommend the roadmaster product.

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Looking for ideas on how to store an extra tire for trip to Alaska?? Just put new Bridgestone's on ( 285/80-22.5 - HEAVY & BIG!), saved 1 old tire for emergency? It won't fit in basement, have a scooter hitch busy with that! Want to put on roof, but can't figure how to secure it. Any ideas?? Thanks!
Couple of ideas depending on how heavy this thing is. I was going to put my spare up from the rear, to a bumper mounted tire rack on the front. Before I could order it, I threw the tire on the roof in front of the A/C , and forgot to secure it. Drove around 1000 miles at highway speed until "Oh Sh*t, the tire!". Looked up on the roof, and it hadn't budged!

The point is, if you do put it on the roof, it doesn't take much to secure it. My first try though, would be a front mounted solution for easier access.
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My Tradewinds came with a mounted tire tucked in the passthru bin with one side resting on the shelf and the other held up with a modified screw jack.I installed an eye bolt thru the floor and use a ratchet strap to hold it up.The jack system used too much room.I have room between the frames and thought of fabricating a rack to hold the tire.
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If it won't fit because of the width try squeezing it with a ratchet strap ! May just squeak in that way!
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Looking for ideas on how to store an extra tire for trip to Alaska?? Any ideas?? Thanks!
You don't mention whether you are towing a Toad or not. If so, does it have a roof rack? If not, can one be installed to hold the tire strapped onto the roof rack? As posted earlier, wrap it to keep out road debris and rain. If you are NOT taking a Toad, I would highly recommend rethinking that as there will be hundreds of times where you will want one. Especially, if you were to breakdown and have no cell signal, you may have to drive quite a distance before finding a signal or find someone with a land line to call for roadside assistance.

I didn't have a problem when we went to Alaska this past summer. I towed a 26 foot trailer that held everything I own (R JUNK). We are now Alaskans with Alaska driver's licenses but will always winter in the South.

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There is a hitch mounted spare tire carrier that is advertised in the FMCA magazine. Ive seen it in person it looks fine but really stands out. I keep an un mounted spare in my side box I wrapped it in a large black construction garbage bag it slides in and out easy with the plastic bag.
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Hi everyone... thanks for all the inputs and ideas.....
Unfortunately, the tire is HUGH... 42" outside diameter and won't even think about going into the basement. We have a scooter on a hitch in the back so that prevents it from hanging there.... otherwise, it would be ideal..... we could do with scooter on it but would be a real pain to get scoot off and on all the time..... may just get it up on the roof and kinda secure it.....like "wetboy" said, it probably won't move much.....also looking at securing in the front with the generator slideout door..... don't want to hurt the fiberglass door though..... pretty darn heavy!
Thanks for the covering ideas... forgot about that!!!
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