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Old 03-10-2019, 07:47 PM   #1
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I recently took delivery of a 2019 PW Plateau TS. It does not come with a spare tire. Only an inflation kit that includes a gel to plug the hole in the tire for a short distance to a repair facility. The problem is that Ill be traveling through Canada and Alaska and a tire repair facility may hundreds of miles away and the gel, if it works at all, is not designed to hold for more than what PW says is about 40 miles.
So, I am interested in adding a spare tire carrier to my Sprinter van. I intend to keep the back doors free of obstruction to allow opening to access items and safety. A tire carrier mounted to a swing mounted hitch would be a solution, except that I also intend on mounting a storage container in that same hitch receiver.
So, Ive found two alternative choices. And you may have thoughts on these choices or other recommendations.
Mount the spare tire to the back-left door. See below for info.
https://www.sprinterstore.com/produc...rier-for-2500/
Problems: The mounting of this carrier is permanent and will require holes in the door. The extra weight of the mount, tire, and wheel may over time damage the rear-left door hinge? Will require any hitch mounted unit to clear the depth of the mounted spare tire. Back left door may not be opened 180 degrees. Difficult to install.
Advantages: Usable with or without hitch in use for other units. Back doors work as normal.
Use a hitch extension that includes a spare tire carrier.
https://www.etrailer.com/RV-Cargo/Ro...RM-195225.html
Problems: This extension again requires any additional hitch mounted units to clear the tire. While this works great with a straight hitch, when using a swing hitch to clear access to the back doors this combination has greater weight (Swing hitch + tire carrier + tire and wheel + storage unit) and therefore less storage weight capacity.
Advantages: Easy to install. Easy to swing away from doors to access rear of motorhome.
You comments and thoughts are welcome.
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Old 03-10-2019, 08:22 PM   #2
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Hi Doug,

Some work, but:

I used a stowaway2 'frame only' to make carrier for 2 different electric bikes, 2 different platforms. I could have created something to carry the tire and bike, or tire and generator, or tire and .................

https://www.stowaway2.com/

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Old 03-10-2019, 10:33 PM   #3
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Thank Bud. You seem to be much more mechanically minded than I. And I'm not aware of how I could use this swing hitch carrying a Stowaway cargo box and a spare tire carrier?
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I did not use the cargo box, just the 'frame only'. After that one would need to decide what they want to carry besides spare tire and then get started creating it.

Many options out there, others will reply. Have fun .........

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Old 03-10-2019, 11:15 PM   #5
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Lets Go Aero sells large cargo boxes. Here's one - https://letsgoaero.com/blackbox-slid...losed-carrier/ - or this one - https://letsgoaero.com/bigbox-slideo...losed-carrier/ - a spare tire might fit in it with some other gear (300 lbs Payload Capacity) ......
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I just got a Prime Design ladder to be mounted on the rear right door on our Sprinter door to carry 2 camping chairs and a small Magma BBQ. Ladder mount takes 300 lbs. static load which could be enough for a tire. Drilling is not required. I would check with manufacturer. Tire mount should be simple, a backplate and 3 through bolts. http://www.classbforum.com/forums/f6...rack-8953.html
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Old 03-12-2019, 12:38 AM   #7
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ake a look at aluminess.. They make a swing out arm for a spare tire. i know they make it for the chevy express, they probably also do for a sprinter. The chevy version is 995.
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995? Is that a model no.? Or price? Assuming model! Aluminess makes great stuff! Guess I'll Google it!
Would luv to have their bumpers- front & rear on our Roadtrek.
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Price. $975 for Chevy version. $1200 for Sprinter.
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Old 03-12-2019, 06:32 PM   #10
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Jon, thanks for clarification. That's a good value for a quality product. I plan to replace front bumper n our Chevy R/T sometime. Had a goofball back into us last yr in Flagstaff.
Claimed didn't see our white 9ft high van. His ins.paid $370.
So we're about 1/3 there.
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