And now it’s DONE!
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...
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.
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 ~~