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Ivylog

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Your 2000 tradeswind probably does not have a tire larger than 275/22.5 so getting a unmounted one on the roof is not that hard. At my shop I use a BobCAt but on the road I've used my 30amp cord to drag it up the ladder. On a previous DP I carried one around a vent in the center of the roof without even tying it down. You do need to put a short peice of hose under it to keep water from comming in the vent. On this DP I carry a 295/80/22.5 at the back as there is not room anywhere else. Getting it down is easy enough as you just roll it off with someone to stop it or drop it so it lands flat. I do use a strap from the ladder to keep it in place.
I protect it by wrapping in alum foil and plastic wrap.



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uncovered spare on the roof? Isnt that a "frying pan to the fire" kind of solution???

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LVYLOG, whats the other end of that strap connected to?

The tire doesn't slide around?

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A couple of people have suggested putting a spare on roof is a bad idea. Looking at this picture makes me think the roof is actually better protected. Guess what I'm doing this weekend?

Are people using old tires leftover from a previous set or buying new? I am pretty sure I know the answer, but I thought I'd ask.


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On my 98 Tradewinds there was lots of room to mount the tire between the frame rules. I have it tucked up in there nice and tight. Have had to pull it out once in 13 years of ownership but was glad to have it. When I change tires I put the best of the old ones under there and cycle out the older one. I have it mounted up there with a boat winch tied to it and I just crank it down. I have it on a wheel.


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Posted: 04/25/12 11:21pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I never have carried a spare tire. And you mentioned carrying one on the roof? Do you realize how much those things weigh? You don't need one on a dP.


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Galvanizd wrote:

LVYLOG, whats the other end of that strap connected to?

The tire doesn't slide around?

The other end goes under the tire and it's connected to the base of the ladder where it attache's to the roof. No it does not slide around partly because of the raise air vent at the top of the rear cap.
A unmounted 22.5 weighs 100 lbs +/- depending on the size and if your roof cannot handle that then you need not walk on your roof.
For those that say you do not need a spare, I guess you have not had a large truck tire shop laugh at you when you asked if they had a tire to fit your MH. Nice to have the last laugh when you roll your spare off the roof and your on your way in less than 30 minutes.
Putting one around a roof vent in the middle of the roof is an easy solution to carrying a unmounted spare that was one of your takeoffs when you replaced your tires. This tire is only used when you cannot find a newer replacement and it make what could be a long problem into an non event.

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Ivylog wrote:

Galvanizd wrote:

LVYLOG, whats the other end of that strap connected to?

The tire doesn't slide around?

The other end goes under the tire and it's connected to the base of the ladder where it attache's to the roof. No it does not slide around partly because of the raise air vent at the top of the rear cap.
A unmounted 22.5 weighs 100 lbs +/- depending on the size and if your roof cannot handle that then you need not walk on your roof.
For those that say you do not need a spare, I guess you have not had a large truck tire shop laugh at you when you asked if they had a tire to fit your MH. Nice to have the last laugh when you roll your spare off the roof and your on your way in less than 30 minutes.
Putting one around a roof vent in the middle of the roof is an easy solution to carrying a unmounted spare that was one of your takeoffs when you replaced your tires. This tire is only used when you cannot find a newer replacement and it make what could be a long problem into an non event.



Thanks, gotta take a look at my rv roof. Might be a good place to carry one. I've been carrying mine on the a rack on the roof of my towed for about 6 years.

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I have a 275 70 22.5 tire not a common size on trucks. I put an unmounted spare in the back of my GC on the floor, take it out when we arrive and slide it under the rear of the coach, no need carrying all that weight around, It's heavy so I slide it in and out. Works for me.


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bsinmich wrote:

A lot depends on the size of the tire. If you have the 22.5" tire they will take up a lot more space than just a 19.5" one. I carry an unmounted tire in one compartment. When I bought new tires a couple years ago the dealer saved the best one for a spare.

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