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Old 08-20-2011, 02:05 PM   #43
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I read a post on one of the forums (seems like they were going to Alaska) where they made a cradle under the rig that would hold a 22.5 mounted tire. It used a small electric winch to raise and lower the tire. The control for the winch was mounted in one of the bays. It worked much like what is used on some pickups. After the tire was in place there was some sort of safety device to secure the whole deal.

I do recall looking under mine after reading the post and it looked like it would work on mine if I ever wanted to go that route.

Found it! It is Joe on this forum... Maybe he can re-post the photos.

http://www.irv2.com/forums/f101/spar...ion-29951.html
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I'm not sure where you got that idea from they are in fact all the very same.

The only way there is a difference is the aluminum wheels where the fronts are polished on the outside (flatter surface) and the outer rear are polished on the inside (cupped looking) surface and may or may not have a steel wheel for the inner dual or a machined surface wheel if aluminum.

The advantage if you have your own tire and wheel is if you have say a workhorse 22.5 with the 8 hole pattern and damage a wheel you may find it will take some time to get a replacement wheel.

There is normally a big area under the rear of the frame where a mount bracket can be fabricated to carry the tire & wheel out of sight while being very accessible to get to even with a toad. It would not be something you could load or unload yourself but a reasonably good tire service person could.

You would have to content with the extra weight in the back.
Now thats a shot in the dark. I don't mean to be disparaging but the chances of that happening are about the same as growing a new tire.
Just get COACH-NET and for $90 per year you won't have to screw around with all the drama !

It is my understanding that If you tell Coach Net that you need a loaner tire and wheel to get you in, they can supply that ALTHOUGH in 90,000 + miles in an RV, I have never had a flat.
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Old 08-20-2011, 05:33 PM   #45
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I would not carry a spare.. Rather carry a Coach Net card,

These tires are very expensive, and since it's not driven on enough to raise the essential oils in the rubber to the surface the spare has a rather poor "Shelf Life" unless fully protected, and most of the tire covers I've seen only hide the tire, they don't protect it.

Now that said,, I do have the strength to change a flat on this house.... (Proved it in fact) but it's not something I enjoy doing by myself.
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