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Monday, March 26, 2018

MOTORHOME MODIFICATIONS - *S* is Spare Tire Carrier

I am going to start off the new year with posting some of our motorhome modifications, a few at a time. I will post repairs, modifications, or neato things we have found for RVing.  I have lots of pics in my files so I will do them in alphabetical order.

Underneath that stuff, I will post my regular daily stuff..... kinda sorta fun, eh?

So here it goes, we are up to the letter S now!


MOTORHOME MODIFICATIONS 
STARTING WITH THE LETTER S


Spare Tire Carrier:

WE MADE THIS MODIFICATION ABOUT 10 YEARS AGO.


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 delivered to you roadside on a weekend can be a daunting task. Especially on the side of an interstate.  The sooner you get it changed and moved off the road, the better.  At this time in our lives, with Steve still in the work-a-day world yet, our only time to get away IS the weekends. So that greatly increases the probability of having a tire emergency on a weekend.  Tires for our rig run in the $500-600 range. We hear tales of gouging where people are being upcharged another $200-300 just to get the tire, not even counting the hefty roadside fee they charge to the policy or roadside assistance company. 

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 semi truck sized tire anyhow, so they take their chances and call an Emergency Road Service.  Steveio is able to change these tires himself, and he carries an on board air compressor, air tools, a Nut Buddy device, and a big breaker bar.  

We do have Emergency Roadside Assistance on our insurance. We also decided we are going to carry a spare tire on a rack on the front of the motorhome.  This will free up a lot of room in the basement storage area.  With an added bit of ingenuity, Steveio figured out a good way to lift or lower the tire from the rack... you have to read down to the end to see! 

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. The 22.5 tires weigh over 150 pounds.

He measured carefully and made up this rack bracket himself.

 It bolts right to the frame inside of the fiberglass cap. 
spare tire project 1

Then he cut the hole through the fiberglass.. drilling pilot holes first and using a sawsall to cut the lines.  I held my breath the entire time!  




Now he slid in the support bar for the tire. It is securely bolted into the receiver portion, just like a hitch. He put the rim on to see how it would look.

spare tire project 5


(he said these are locking nuts that won’t rattle loose from vibrations)

spare tire project 4


spare tire project 6


spare tire project 7


In this next pic, Steve got the tire mounted on the rim
and lifted up into place. 


Wanna see his cool invention
to lift or lower the tire
from the rack? 

IT'S A BOAT WINCH!     
spare tire project 4

 
The winch doesn't stay there all the time,
it stows away and he will only take it out if we 
need to get the tire off the rack. 
spare tire project 3

Now our spare tire is mounted on the rim
and securely put into place. 
spare tire project2

I bought some really heavy silver vinyl naugahyde that is exterior boat cushion grade to make a fitted spare tire cover.  The silver color goes nicely with the stainless steel side doors and trim.

~~ I added the cover a few days later ~~

We will also have to relocate the front license plate bracket.  In Wisconsin, we do have to display a front license plate. We will put the license plate bracket to one side. 


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Steve helped his dad with some more projects on Saturday. I was too far under the weather to go along, with this danged head cold. I didn't want to pass it on to his brother, sis in law, or dad, so I stayed home with the dogs. 

Sunday was a lazy day here, and we hung around the house without doing a lot of anything.  I feel like a slug, but starting to clear up the head. At least it didn't get into the lungs (so far).  Megadosing on Vitamin C, taking Airborne and Mucinex D to fight things off.  

Looking forward to Easter this upcoming Sunday. We are hosting our family at the local little deli Hilde's Bakery and Deli in Chilton. We get over 2 dozen family members attending, too many for in one house.  She lets us set up our own family decorations on her long banquet tables in her dining area. Our guests are treated to a fine meal and dessert and beverages of their choices. She does a great job! 

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