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Sunday, April 25, 2010

Steveio’s Spare Tire Rack is now Completed!

I had a previous post back in October when Steve started this project….. 
http://kareninthewoods-kareninthewoods.blogspot.com/2009/10/steveios-project-spare-tire-rack-on.html

And now it’s DONE!
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He just bought the spare tire to go on the rim.  This will free up a lot of room in the basement storage area that we had figured for a spare tire once we go full timing.  Plus the added weight to the front of the rig helps with handling, as Safari’s are notorious for being back heavy. 
Unless we are riding with tanks full of propane, full fuel and full fresh water (all which are located in the front) we do feel a difference in handling.

The weight of this spare tire can help offset the weight on the back for the scooter and rack. The 22.5 tires weigh over 150 pounds and Steveio figured out a good way to lift or lower the tire from the rack...

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Our purpose of carrying along a spare tire is one subject that is sometimes given a bit of debate on the RV lists.  Many folks just pay an Emergency Roadside Service fee to come and change a tire.  That is well and good.  But consider the difficult process of locating a spare when yours is shredded to ribbons on the highway… well, that is another story~!   
Trying to get a tire on a weekend can be a daunting task, and at this time in our work-a-day world yet, our only time to get away IS the weekends.   Plus the boss ain’t too happy if you call in and use more of your precious vacation days with the excuse of you have a flat tire and they can’t find one to replace it with yet.  
And then… there is the ever-so-predictable increased price gouging that occurs where you will end up paying ANY price just to get a tire of any quality on a Sunday evening.
Many RVer’s do not have the tools, strength or knowledge to change a 22.5 size tire anyhow, so they take their chances and call an Emergency Road Service.  (we have one too and hope to never use it)   Steveio is able to change these tires himself, and he carries an on board air compressor, air tools, and a big breaker bar.  The idea of the winch piece to enable him to lift and lower the tire is quite an added bit of ingenuity of his, which allows him to do this task if need be.
Now our spare tire mounted on the rim and put into place. 
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We will also have to yet relocate the front license plate bracket.  And I have some really heavy silver vinyl naugahyde that is exterior boat cushion grade to make a fitted spare tire cover.  The silver color will go nicely with the stainless steel side doors and trim.


~~added a few days later ~~


11 comments:

  1. Thanks Buddist and the Biker! Welcome--- now that it's spring and camping season, hope to have more RV pics and interesting stuff as we get out and about.

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  2. That winch is a great idea, Stevio is a real handyman, you are lucky to have him. Sam wanted you to know he really enjoyed his stay in Janesville, He said it only could have been better if he had been able to meet you guys, maybe a trip north in the fiver is in order when we start our travels. He also sampled a local draft beer at the hotel and he said it was great, just like the old time beers he remembers. Be safe out there. Sam & Donna..

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  3. That winch is a great idea, Stevio is a real handyman, you are lucky to have him. Sam wanted you to know he really enjoyed his stay in Janesville, He said it only could have been better if he had been able to meet you guys, maybe a trip north in the fiver is in order when we start our travels. He also sampled a local draft beer at the hotel and he said it was great, just like the old time beers he remembers. Be safe out there. Sam & Donna..

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  4. Very nice job!! :)

    Mike & Gerri (happytrails)
    http://freedom2roll.blogspot.com

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  5. Hi!

    Is there anything that Stevio CAN'T do??? :-) That looks awesome -- great idea... When I saw it, I immediately thought "Oh, I hope they put a smiley face on the cover! lol I'm silly I know. Just dig the Smileys!

    Hope you are having a great day!

    Kerri in AL :-)

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  6. He is wonderful, isn't he? Actually I am debating what to put in the center of the cover... He said the license plate and our FMCA number! NO!! The kids call it our Tiger Bus, because of the two white tigers painted on back. I was thinking the words: THE MOTOROAM .... on our old Winnebago I had the Simpsons painted on it and THE ULTIMATE BEHEMOTH. Anyone else with some creative ideas?

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  7. How about a smiling tiger?? lol... I'm sure you will think of something awesome!

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  8. Your ideas are really helpful. Campers must know this and also it is very important to bring spare tires along with us.

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