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Old 12-14-2006, 06:59 PM   #1
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I read that Leisure Travel offers a spare tire carrier that is similar to Roadtrek’s Continental tire kit. I think I also read that you can get the Leisure Travel spare tire carrier with optional springs to help with the lifting and lowering. I could be wrong………

Can anyone here confirm this?

I’d love to see a photo of the Leisure Travel spare tire carrier with springs.

I wonder if I could add springs to my Roadtrek Continental tire kit?

They’d have to be heavy duty and removable when/if you have to actually take the tire off. If not, the upright might ‘spring’ back when the weight is removed.

It would be great if the springs reduced the effective weight of the spare tire when raising or lowering it.

Anyone have any ideas for this?
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Old 12-17-2006, 03:15 PM   #2
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This is how I think the springs could be placed:



I'd put one on each side, sufficiently spaced so as not to scratch anything. They'd have to heavy duty. The tire is heavy.

Maybe a sliding bar could 'lock' the carrier in the down position so it wouldn't spring back when the tire is removed.

Anyone think this could work? Maybe it could reduce the effective weight of the tire by 50% ? ? ?
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Old 12-27-2006, 08:26 PM   #3
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Do you think these rubber bands would work instead of springs? I don't know how far they'll stretch.







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Old 03-03-2007, 08:33 PM   #4
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Adding springs to help lift the spare tire works great for me!

Please use caution if you try my idea. You need to be very careful as you are dealing with a lot of weight and a lot of tension on those springs. Trying this is done at your own risk, I'm not responsible for any damage, or injuries that may occur.



Fairly easy job. I did not have to weld anything or drill in Roadtrek's Tire Carrier.

I picked up 4 awning springs from Camping World, a piece of angle iron from Home Depot and a package of heavy duty square U-bolts from a marine store. The square u-bolts are 3/8" thick.

I made it so that I could add more springs. I think I'll try two more when I can get them. Then I'll trim it smaller, clean it up and paint it.
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Old 03-03-2007, 08:36 PM   #5
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I can raise and lower the tire with one hand! - and I'm a small guy.



My wife like it. It's much easier for her.
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Two more springs for a total of six will probably be the most I'll add. It will get harder to lower with too many springs.

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You probably could drive without the locking pin but I won't do that.....
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I will add a sliding bar to lock it in the down position when removing the tire. It stays down no problem with the weight of the tire but it would "snap" back it you take the tire off.

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I must repeat my words of caution. If you try this idea, please be careful as you are dealing with a lot of weight and a lot of tension on those springs. Trying this is done at your own risk, I'm not responsible for any damage, or injuries that may occur.

If I think of ideas to make it better or safer I will post them.

As noted above. Once I've determined the optimum number of springs I will trim off the excess angle iron, clean it up and paint it to make it look better.
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Now that is a neat idea. Once it's cleaned up it will look factory too.
What do you think about maybe welding those new brackets onto the RT tire frame once you get it all figured out for length, spring number etc? Then it would look just like the factory did it originally!
Are the springs made of a material that won't corrode over time?? Maybe break in a couple years?

If not, check out this website:www.por15.com


They make some excellent coatings that are well known in the classic car restoration market. That's from personal experience.....
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