Originally Posted by kmessinger
This has worked for almost 2 years now. https://www.savethecolors.com/?p=14078
How to turn a Winnebago $1000 bike carrier into a $50 spare tire carrier.
I have detected no problems with hinges, etc. as the door is closed 99% of the time. It works for me as we don't ride bikes anymore. I might add, I have had spare tires for my Sprinter, Travato, numerous other RVs and travel trailers; gone to Alaska and many, many offroad places and NEVER used a spare. So on my new Travato (ordered) I am going to temp the gods and not carry one. Knock on wood!
You never need a spare until you need one....
Go ahead, roll the dice 🎲 ...it all depends where you are going I suppose..... but, the time and convenience of not having it will one day prove to be a huge problem...... and expensive at that.
I certainly wouldn't go too far off the grid without a spare tire. Even if you can't change it yourself, the mere fact of carrying one will certainly get you back on the road a lot faster...... and then there's the availability of bringing one to your location and the time finding a suitable replacement. Depending on where and how far away you are this could be a very challenging situation.....
Trip interruption.... and your safety.....
You can't put a price on safety.