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Old 10-23-2020, 04:41 PM   #1
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Spare tire close call

Drove home to Indiana today after 5 wonderful nights in Pigeon Forge. Stopped at the halfway point to stretch, refuel, and use the facilities.

Although not something I do at every stop, I did a full walk-around of the truck and trailer. VERY glad I did. The factory spare tire mount was tilted down about 10-15 degrees - to be honest just enough to catch my eye as I walked around the trailer.

Upon inspection, I saw evidence of some long term (rusty) damage and even more fresh, shiny metal. I'd say 75% of the broken welds were shiny, so it was definitely getting weaker with each passing mile. Not sure how many more bridge transitions, potholes, etc left in those welds.

After saying a prayer of thanks that I found it before it let go at interstate speeds, I quickly removed the cover and tire and put them in the bed of the truck.

Lesson learned - I need to do a walk around at every stop!

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Good thing you checked. A similar thing happened to us with our previously owned Silverado. Except, we didn't catch it in time & when tooling about (luckily without the 5-r attached) & going only about 35mph, the spare tire fell off the bottom of the truck landing in the road behind us. Also, luckily, no one was behind us.

Always good to keep tabs on these things.

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Old 10-24-2020, 08:40 AM   #3
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That was a good catch!
Obviously if that fell off it could have caused a lot of damage and possible death.

I would make a better bracket or keep the spare in your truck.
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Checking things every stop is a great idea for sure. Once while we were fulltiming I crawled under and looked at our hitch. Glad I did as it was pulling loose as some welds had broken. To their credit even though the unit was out of warranty, Newmar helped out on the repair. Thanks Newmar!
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Good thing you checked. A similar thing happened to us with our previously owned Silverado. Except, we didn't catch it in time & when tooling about (luckily without the 5-r attached) & going only about 35mph, the spare tire fell off the bottom of the truck landing in the road behind us. Also, luckily, no one was behind us.

Always good to keep tabs on these things.

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I had the same thing happen on a Silverado I owned a few years ago. I was driving into work one morning and when I made a left hand turn onto a city street I saw a tire on a white wheel leaned up against the side of a used car lot building. I never gave it a thought other than someone had lost a tire and the car lot's owner had leaned it up there for anyone to see.
A couple weeks or so later I had my truck up on a lift doing an oil change and when I walked around under the truck I noticed my spare tire was gone. I thought back and it dawned on me my spare was on a white wheel. I stopped by the used car lot and asked the owner who I knew well about the tire which was leaned against the building. He said he found the tire next to the curb two weeks ago when he came into work. It was a Chevy truck wheel with a Goodyear tire on it. Someone had stopped and picked it up but he had no idea of who. Sounded like mine.
I had to buy a new hoist for the spare and a used tire and wheel. The cable had broken on the original hoist.
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Most trucking companies require a full inspection of their truck at the beginning of the shift and every stop requires a walk around inspection. I catch most of my tire and loose strap issues at these stop inspections, which is better than alongside a road shoulder any day!
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having experienced excitement that I hadn't expected,
every fuel or pee stop, I do a walk around and carry my lazer temp gun,
I check tire temps, and when I'm towing car trailer , I check bearing hub temps, also,
just for that very reason, "the unexpected surprise"
besides ,I'm usually stiff, and the walk helps me stretch.
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I do a walk around every stop. Feel the wheel bearings and tires for excessive heat. At night a light check also. I look at the truck too. You never know.
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WOW! Your sure dodged a bullet on that one! Don't forget to buy the lottery ticket (you only need one)!
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had a similar thing happen recently - started to leave after a brief pit stop and the wife radio'd me to stop! Tire holder had broken at the one bolt holding it on. Turns out the previous owner had put the full-sized Class C dually spare wheel/tire on a basic cheap holder designed for trailer spares. Way too heavy. Spare and wheel are still in the back of the CR-V :/
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Checking things every stop is a great idea for sure. Once while we were fulltiming I crawled under and looked at our hitch. Glad I did as it was pulling loose as some welds had broken. To their credit even though the unit was out of warranty, Newmar helped out on the repair. Thanks Newmar!
That is something required in an annual inspection by the owner of a MH, inspecting the hitch.
BTW, thanks for the reminder.
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"Required" only applies if you reside in a state that mandates annual vehicle inspections. I don't.

But we've always scooted under all our RV's once a year to just take a look-see of what's under there. One year, I found one of those plastic grocery shopping bags wrapped around the axle of our TT. Didn't know when in the prior year we picked it up but it was securely attached.

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The 4" square tube sewer hose storage bumper is a joke for ANYTHING to be hung on it. I have seen way too many with torn welds. Best to not clamp anything on the sewer hose bumpers.

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The 4" square tube sewer hose storage bumper is a joke for ANYTHING to be hung on it. I have seen way too many with torn welds. Best to not clamp anything on the sewer hose bumpers.

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TXiceman,
I agree it is a bad idea to add items to the bumper, but a couple of points of clarification:
1. The spare tire was mounted there by the mfg, and
2. It was the tire bracket that broke, not the bumper.

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