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Old 07-08-2014, 01:51 AM   #1
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Check your spare tires

When I left home 1300 miles ago, I checked the spare tires and it was up tight against the carrier. Today I noticed that it had unwound a little so the tire has actually dropped about 5 inches. If I hadn't seen this, I'm sure over time I would have lost the spare tire.

I think I'm going to figure out a safety chain to put on the tire.
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Old 07-08-2014, 02:36 AM   #2
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Dave, I'm getting a quote for a custom box from my knapheide dealer which will ride between the wheel wells/hitch and the front of the bed. My thought is to store both spares in there if they'll both fit. Clean and dry and nothing to work its way loose. I try to have at least one good idea a year and ordering this low-profile Knapheide utility bed may be the one for 2014! I'm loving the tool and photo gear storage!
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Old 11-18-2014, 05:20 PM   #3
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When I left home 1300 miles ago, I checked the spare tires and it was up tight against the carrier. Today I noticed that it had unwound a little so the tire has actually dropped about 5 inches. If I hadn't seen this, I'm sure over time I would have lost the spare tire.

I think I'm going to figure out a safety chain to put on the tire.
We just discovered yesterday that our G spare tire is gone! No idea where if came out - we only drove 200 mi.

Just wanted to ping this thread so others are aware of the issue and take appropriate measures - I sure will!
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Old 11-18-2014, 05:55 PM   #4
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We replaced the spare tire winch under warranty in July. On the next trip out the winch started to unwind twice and drop the tire. Twice we were flagged over by passing motorists and caught the problem before the tire and wheel hit the pavement. I will fashion a spare tire retainer from cargo straps to install before the next trip.

Did your cable break or was the metal retainer still mounted to the cable meaning only the tire is missing? Or was the entire winch assembly gone? We reported on the other forum that the winch was only fastened to the steel framework with two 1/4" x 20 mild steel bolts and IMHO as an engineer, that is insufficient to suppot 70+ lbs of wheel and tire bouncing down the rough highways. I replaced the fasteners with larger size grade 8 bolts and nuts.

One other possibility that has happened on another RW is that the entire steel frame which bridges the winch to the coach frame has broken loose. The cause is the self tapping bolts that attach the carrier frame were over torqued when assembled and the heads break off of the bolts from stress and vibration. I know of one unit where the frame detached from one side going down the highway. Is your cross frame still attached? The solution to this is to drill out and remove some of the 16 self tapping bolts and replace with nuts and bolts.
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Old 11-18-2014, 06:49 PM   #5
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We only lost the spare tire and luckily no damage was caused underneath. The winch did come loose once before and we had been monitoring it, but it was one of those things that we apparently missed on the day it went missing.
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Old 11-18-2014, 08:02 PM   #6
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I'm sorry to hear that you lost $500 somewhere on the road. I sure hope nobody got hurt behind you. Like the NW Snowbirds said, the screws holding the steel frame that the winch is attached to is only being held up to the frame with cheep self tapping screws. A couple of mine were already broken off. These need to be replaced with much stronger bolts.
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Old 11-22-2014, 02:31 AM   #7
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hi dave. could you please give me a calli have some questions about the wheel bearings and brakes on your rv. having issues with my bearings.thanks dean 908 482 3334
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Lost Spare

We just picked up our 2012 36FL this morning from the dealer. We saw that the spare was up in its spot when we left. Got down the highway about 30 miles and someone pulls up beside me rolls down their window and tells me "hey you lost your spare tire a while back." Great - had know idea where, so did not try to go look. Just hope someone behind me did not get hit or hit it. Does not appear to be any damage under the rig. Dealer claims they will replace. Hope this is not a sign of things to come.
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Old 04-14-2016, 12:42 AM   #9
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They're not easy to get off, So something must have broke or it wasn't mounted as it should have been. We put 35000 on our '11 36RL including the Alaska Highway and Top Of The World Highway, and 12000 on our '16 36MB including all over Newfoundland and spare hasn't moved.
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I noticed that after my first couple of trips , mine was about 1" lower... I tightened it up and never had to touch it again...
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