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Old 07-25-2016, 11:29 AM   #1
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Tire Carrier

I started building a tire carrier to mount under my Motorhome, I do have a credit card and roadside assistance which I will need but it might not take such a big hit having a mounted spare the correct size.
I really don't have the room to carry a spare in a compartment so I decided to build one.
I started with a new crank down carrier from a Ford F550 (hope it will hold up over time and hope I won't have to use it often) and a couple pieces of 3" channel. I'm a little concerned about it staying up there over time so I will use some type of support to help keep it in place. I have some ideas floating around my head (among other things ) but I'll wait till its finished for the final choice.
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It will mount just rear of the fuel tank with a rod to lower it facing the rear also.
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Old 07-25-2016, 06:46 PM   #2
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In the last 16 yrs of traveling 22 K miles a year I've never needed a Spare tire . Are you paranoid ?
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Old 07-25-2016, 06:59 PM   #3
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I like your idea. Differing camps on whether to carry a spare or not. I carry a unmounted spare.
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First off - I don't have the room and I could never Attempt to change. 22.5.
I would just call a road service .


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Old 07-26-2016, 08:10 PM   #5
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I'm not going to change it either. I'm just going to have it if needed.
Hopefully I won't need it but if I do, I'll be traveling down the road a lot sooner then waiting for road service a proper tire for my RV. .
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Old 07-27-2016, 10:42 AM   #6
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I'm not going to change it either. I'm just going to have it if needed.
Hopefully I won't need it but if I do, I'll be traveling down the road a lot sooner then waiting for road service a proper tire for my RV. .
X2. Besides, my 1998 Sea Breeze has it mounted behind a door on the back center where the license plate is beside the ladder.
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I wish they still did it that way.
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In the last 16 yrs of traveling 22 K miles a year I've never needed a Spare tire . Are you paranoid ?
I carry a spare. Nope not PARANOID and have never needed one. When I bought it it was under there and when I sell or scrap it it'll be under there.

Now with that said it has a safety chain under it very loose but in the event of a failure of the cable that holds the tire up it would prevent it from falling in the path of some unsuspecting vehicle following.

My neighbour had a TT and the cable broke on his 3/4 ton Chevy it wiped out the dual axles on his trailer and gave him a lot of headaches with the insurance company. He was in a remote area and it required 2 cranes and a flat deck trailer to recover the mess.
After what he went through I am very paranoid about no safety chain on the spare.
My coach came with the spare from new! I myself would never carry one if it wasn't already there.
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I do carry 2 spares in my Race Trailer - only time I used even 1 was helping 2 TT's on the side of the road with blowouts and no spares and no jack !


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Old 08-02-2016, 02:33 PM   #10
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I've been slowly working on the tire carrier while doing the CHF on my Ford F53 chassis, today I got the tire carrier trial fitted and it's looking like it will do a pretty good job. The tire just fits with only a few inches to spare, the frame could have been a a couple inches longer at the back but I made do with what's there. I'm giving it a couple coats of paint and it will be ready for the final mounting and testing. Now I need a wheel and tire and some sort of safety bar/chain.Click image for larger version

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X2. Besides, my 1998 Sea Breeze has it mounted behind a door on the back center where the license plate is beside the ladder.
My 99 Dolphin has the same thing. Of course 19.5 tires are easier to change then 22.5 are.
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I've been slowly working on the tire carrier while doing the CHF on my Ford F53 chassis, today I got the tire carrier trial fitted and it's looking like it will do a pretty good job. The tire just fits with only a few inches to spare, the frame could have been a a couple inches longer at the back but I made do with what's there. I'm giving it a couple coats of paint and it will be ready for the final mounting and testing. Now I need a wheel and tire and some sort of safety bar/chain.Attachment 134739Attachment 134740Attachment 134741
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Old 08-04-2016, 01:12 PM   #13
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Thanks, Today I welded some ears/extensions on the bracket that goes through the center hole of the wheel to hold the wheel up in place. Getting closer, still need the W&T. I have a friend that's working on getting me one.😄Click image for larger version

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I like your idea, how much ground clearance are you doing to have with it mounted there? I was thinking of trying to my spare in between the frame rail, on paper it looks like it would fit but I have never tried. I boondock a lot thats why I asking about the ground clearance.
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