Spare tyre storage.

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  1. Paulh

    Paulh Read Only Funster

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    Hi all, does anyone keep their spare tyre on the roof, if so , how"s it done? Thought about making a spare wheel carrier for the hitch but, a) I"ve only got the tyre, and wheel"s seem like hens teeth, and b) the wheel and tyre combo" may be too heavy to handle. Any ideas much appreciated as, normally we chuck the tyre in the Toad but I fancy France without dragging it behind this year.:Smile: Thanks.
     
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    Could you not fit it under the van ?.
     
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    I carry my spare tyre round my middle....................I know.....I should go on a diet:Rofl1:

    I'm sorry but not much help:getmecoat:
     
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  4. Scotties

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    Hi Paulh, we've travelled the length of Europe with the spare on the roof, getting it up there was the main problem, but I put it in a big black bag (uv protection) opened the sunroof and pushed it out from the inside. A few straps to fix it securely into a corner of the roof rack and hey presto, 28kg kg of ugly rubber and metal is nicely out of the way. Sods law dictates that if you have it, you it shouldn't need it.

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  5. motorhomelover

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    on my RV the spair was in the rear belly locker taking up much needed space.

    I had a mount fitted on the roof
    a large galvanized plate 20mm larger than the outer radius of the wheel
    1.5mm thick
    in the middle a centre post with a screw thread in the top bolted to the plate
    and the plate fixed to the roof
    the weight of the Tyre is spread over the area
    a bolt through a steel plate 1500mm x 30mm x 5mm screws in to the post holding the Tyre in place this is then covered with a wheel cover over the whole fitting keeping out the rain dirt ect.

    the whole thing cost me £21.00 including bonding sealant

    the Tyre is heavy and i used a rope to pull the wheel up the rear ladder on to the roof and the same rout to get it back down again

    in 3 years i have never needed to take it down

    hope this helps.
     
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    Our spare has been all over the van :Rofl1:It came from underneath, to the ladder on the back,fixed to a bracket that I made.Then it went strapped to the roof rack and now it resides in the roof box.:BigGrin:
    terry
     
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    Ha,ha...:Laughing: If only I could get rid of"that" spare tyre on the roof!!!!
     
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    Thanks all who replied, I"ve now got plenty of food for thought.:thumb:
     
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    your not intending to eat your spare wheel are you ????
     
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    I couldn't lift mine onto the roof.. a 22.5" rim and tyre weigh an absolute ton .. barely lift it let alone haul onto the roof. .. and too big for a belly locker..

    Tried on top of the tow hitch but it was restricting the air flow from the engine, also made it a chore to access the engine compartment.. so ended up strapping it under the main chassis rails using heavy duty ratchet straps..

    Had the rim imported from the States.. by Linda at Stateside Tuning
     
  11. ruffingitsmoothly

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    My spare tyre fits into the slide out tray in one of my lockers, I make use of the space inside the tyre for filters straps etc and then cut the bottom off a water butt to fit inside the tyre and the sun loungers rest on this to save the tyre from being flattened!

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    Regards Pat
     
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  12. Paulh

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    Nice one Pat, I"m sorry to say we don"t have a locker big enough. Silly question but, if you"re bolting through the roof a(do you have to be veeerrry careful not drill through any ducts/wiring ,and ,b) and do you end up with an ugly bolthead in the ceiling ?:Doh: I "m not afraid to try DIY , just afraid of the results.......:cry:
     
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    IHave the spare wheel/tyre hitched under the Pilot Galaxy. Its a proper cage fitted for the purpose. I would not be able to lift the spare onto the roof lwithout assistance. No idea how much your spare weighs so make sure its not too heavy to lift from where ever you intend to stow it. See a lot of M/Hs with spares affixed to cycle carrier or ladder but do make sure it has some sort of security device fitted.
     
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    Same as ScotJimLand strapped mine underneath between chassis rails with two lorry ratchet straps, been there over a year France and back etc never budged :Smile:
    Dave
     
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    hi guys n gals,

    lots of ideas here but how many of you that have secured your spare wheel on the roof or under the van have checked to see if it is still at the right pressure, only asking cos i have a car with the spare on the rear door and just happened to lean on it and it was flat, alloy wheels are porous so just check now as you may have problems when you need it. :Wink:

    tommy
     
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    Although it may seem more convenient to store the spare wheel on the roof there are problems with getting it up there and then getting it down. My first RV a Fleetwood Pace Arrow had the spare wheel on the roof, in the middle at the front,


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    On the way home from collecting the Fleeetwood I had a rear blow out and as luck would have it the previous owner had left a jack and wheel brace to change a wheel. As I was on my own, getting the wheel down was a worry as I had pulled into a layby and it had a grass verge I was able to lift the wheel and drop it over the side flat but I was worried about what would happen when it landed such as bouncing back into the side of the RV or down the other side of the bank into bushes, I was lucky and had judged it just right so it stayed where it landed.

    As to how to secure it to the roof, the Pace Arrow had fixing bolts in the roof obviously from new as there was no visible sign of them from inside on the ceiling, the sheer weight of a wheel and tyre would need very secure fixing so I should imagine a plate would have to be behind the bolts holding the wheel on to the roof, you then have the problem of sealing any holes drilled to prevent any ingress of rain etc. The wheel would also have to be fixed where there was sufficient load bearing support as in the course of a journey due to the weight I would image a fair bit of flexing would take place, possibly causing cracking of the roof.

    A possible way of hiding such bolts from inside on the ceiling use of say speakers or vents or behind a ceiling light could possibly be used.

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    My Tiffin Allegro had a spare wheel securely fixed to the rear bumper

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    Regards Pat
     
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    Mine is on the back

    Mine is also mounted on the back of the Winnebago ... They make a kit for the spare wheel. You should be able to order one via Darren RV Spares..he is on EBay ..under American Motorhomes RV... He sells lots of items for RV's. .. He will order items in from the USA... Purchased lots from him.. Even imported it does nt take to long... He ships in via container... Even heavy items are not to expensive.

    Bob
     
  18. pappajohn

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    if you decide to go down this route, it would be wise to cover the tyre.

    UV rays and tyre rubber don't get on too well and over time the UV will rot your tyre...especially side wall 'full on' to the sun.

    we don't seem to get that much sun these summers but, like sunburn, it dont take much and its not a good idea to leave it exposed to the sun
     
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    problem is Bob, Paul only has the tyre...not a full wheel. :Sad:
     
  20. Paulh

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    Yes indeed, I"ve only the tyre:RollEyes:. I"m liking the look of the rear mounted carriers tho", with no wheel, I "m thinking, could I get a carrier made that had 2 discs and a support to take the weight, the discs could clamp together to hold the tyre and possibly the whole thing welded to my hidden hitch...? Maybe I"m "going off" a 19.5 inch tyre on the roof:thumb: Mmmmm... can I feel a patent coming on.....?:Laughing: Now, does anyone know where I can get a 19.5 inch tyre cover ?:Smile:
     

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