Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 09-28-2013, 11:21 PM   #1
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 276
So we were driving down the freeway, a jeep pulls up beside us and says we are about to loose our spare tire. We pulled off on the next exit, pulled over and looked under the rig. To our surprise, the spare tire was hanging about 4" above the road. The frame/mount was missing 10 out of the 16 self tap screws! Sent my wife under with some wire and took off the tire. When we got to the next camp spot I called a RV repair service and he said he has seen this a few times...They use self tapping screws instead of bolts! Called Ron Howard and he authorized the repair. Changed out the screws for bolts. You all may want to check your spare tires!
__________________
Steve and Mickie
Arlington, WA
2015 Chev 3500 4x4 HD D/A
2013 36 RL
subdoc4 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-28-2013, 11:46 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
johnboytoo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 2,047
I was stunned to see how low it hangs when done correctly even

__________________
Ours: '11 Monaco Diplomat 43DFT followed closely by '14 Jeep 4 dr Wrangler.
Hers: '13 Explorer Sport - AWD 365hp baby-better than her Audi Q5!
Previous: '13 Ford F350 CC Platinum and '13 38GK
johnboytoo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-29-2013, 11:45 AM   #3
Senior Member
 
atom ant's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 6,953
Thanks for the heads up. Self tapping with a lock washer should be just as effective as bolts and nuts. I wonder if they were never tightened properly.

__________________
Brad & Dory - Lone Tree, CO
CURRENT - 2013 Itasca Meridian 42E/2013 Wrangler 4dr Sahara
SOLD - 2014 Redwood 36RL/2014 F350 DRW
atom ant is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-29-2013, 12:02 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 276
Quote:
Originally Posted by atom ant
Thanks for the heads up. Self tapping with a lock washer should be just as effective as bolts and nuts. I wonder if they were never tightened properly.
The tech that repaired our unit said he thought the self taps were over torqued.
__________________
Steve and Mickie
Arlington, WA
2015 Chev 3500 4x4 HD D/A
2013 36 RL
subdoc4 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-29-2013, 12:39 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
atom ant's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 6,953
ahh - maybe a screw gun
atom ant is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-29-2013, 02:42 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
5th_Time's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 1,081
If you check your units carefully, you'll find dozens of self taping screws stripped, missing or with heads broken off. I was working in a fender well, trying to figure out why my fenders we're flopping in/out. When I touched a large, heavy shield covering the slide strut, it basically just fell to the ground near my hand. All three of the self taping bolts had heads broken off & I had to drill out the bolts.
__________________
Mike & Pam '12 36RL, Kodiak Discs, 17.5" G114s H-Rated, SRE4000 w/HD Shackles, Joy Rider Shocks, Flex Air, 5.5 Onan, W&D, DW, 4 Scare Lights, (2) 6V Trojan T-145s; Progressive EMS-HW50C, Winegard DTV Sat, Sony/Denon 4K Home Theater, WiFiRanger EliteAC Pack, weBoost 4G-X Cell Booster.

'18 GMC Denali 3500HD CC, 4x4, DRW, DuraMax, Allison, Curt Q25 w/OEM Prep, Intellihaul Cameras, Transfer Flow 70gal Aux Tank/Toolbox.
5th_Time is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-29-2013, 10:19 PM   #7
Site Team
 
Dave&Ginny's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Posts: 5,370
I just dropped my spare tire last week and rotated it with the other tires. When I lowered the tire I noticed that the "cast metal" wheel inside the winch was broken into small pieces. I guess I'm going to be replacing the self tapping screws now too.
__________________
SOB "The RV Wiseguy"
Dave&Ginny is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-30-2013, 08:29 AM   #8
Site Team
 
Blenhardt's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Posts: 625
I noticed early on that mine was loose. I placed a small ratchet strap around the spare and over a cross member as a safety.
__________________
2013 Redwood 34SK, 2017 F350 Dually
Grain Valley, Mo
Blenhardt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-21-2013, 10:22 PM   #9
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2013
Posts: 432


5 of the 16 self drilling screws had the heads broken on our 36 RE. To much torque on the screw gun or not enough IQ buy the operator.



Mark
__________________
2013 36RE, 2008 GMC 3500CC DRW
markw is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-22-2013, 06:04 AM   #10
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 555
Checked my spare tire this weekend and found that it came with a standard trailer white rim? That means that this tire can only be a dedicated spare.I have "G's" on my unit.
All the self tappers were fine so I sprayed the winch mechanisim and brought it up and down a couple of times. I did however find that one of those fender washers holding the bottom paneling on had popped through. Need to fix with a bigger washer. I can only imagine what it would be like if I towed this down the road like most of you.
__________________
Jay and Linda
2013 36RL
Tobys Home is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

All times are GMT +1. The time now is 09:38 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.