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whjco

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Lynnmor wrote:

I believe he is talking about this type of spare tire carrier and not the typical bumper mounted one.


You are correct. My spare tire bracket is welded to the cargo tray and does not mount to the bumper. The bracket itself is welded to a rectangular steel tube that is one of the support members for the mesh of the tray. While the tube will support the tray cargo, the metal is too thin for the weld for the tire rack and mine tore loose from the tubing.

If you go to the page you referenced in your link and scroll through several pictures, there is a closeup view of the spare tire and how it's mounted on the cargo rack. This is the same setup as the one I had that failed.

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GrandpaKip wrote:

The spare is mounted on the cargo rack and is under the rack when the rack is lowered. My son has the same setup on his Pioneer. I’m going to tell him he’s got one more thing to keep an eye on.


I had just traveled down I-840 to bypass Nashville. The roadbed has settled just before the bridge abutments and there are also a few construction areas making for a really rough transition between the bridge deck and the roadway surface. This definitely contributed to the failure of the rack. I didn't notice anything odd about the spare during the previous two walk-arounds that day but I also wasn't specifically inspecting the welds on the tire rack so I don't know if this was cumulative damage or just due to the rough condition of the I-840 bridges. This was only the third trip out with a brand-new RV so it's rather disappointing to have had the spare tire mount tear loose. It was due to metal failure of the tubing to which the rack was welded, not the weld itself.

I'm going to install a BAL 28217 spare tire carrier underneath the travel trailer and will not be attempting to repair the original spare tire rack.

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Wow, that was a close call. Good on you for making that inspection walk after every stop, may it prove a waste of time forever after this. As the kind of lucky guy who'd have been coming up behind you just getting ready to swing left and pass, Thank you from the bottom of my heart for saving somebody's life today.





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I noticed that setup on some Forest River products when we were shopping and didn't like that spare mount. My concern was dragging the spare on step approaches.

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The Keystone I bought has a similar cargo rack but the spare is under the trailer with the Bal mount.


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I would be curious how many often that happens. I never have had an issue but I know others have.


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Clickies for the OP’s pics.

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I have a `19 Grey Wolf from Forest River with the same setup. I didn't like the tire under the tray when dropped. I was considering moving the tire, now I guess more so.

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Thanks for sharing. I have same setup on my Cherokee 235b...one more thing to keep an eye on. I too don't really like the design due to clearance of the tire when the cargo shelf is down, but will be watching the bracket now too.


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Looks like a terrible design for mounting the spare.and knowing how good their welding is I can see how that failed. A better design would’ve been to put the bolt/rod through the tubing.


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dodge guy wrote:

Looks like a terrible design for mounting the spare.and knowing how good their welding is I can see how that failed. A better design would’ve been to put the bolt/rod through the tubing.


Yet another fine example of the top notch design and high quality fabrication of a Lippert component. I'd turn that in under the frame warranty. LCI will probably say your fault due to overloading [emoticon]

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