By Russ and Tiña De Maris
There’s one thing that many Class A motorhome owners don’t have that plenty of other RVers do have – a spare tire. Manufacturers often leave spare tires off the list of factory-provided equipment with an explanation: “Spare tires for big motorhomes are just too heavy and too bulky for owners to deal with. Just let the road service company help you.”
The sad case of letting the road service company “help you” typically translates into a hostage situation. You’re hostage to whatever price the service company charges for the new tire – provided they can even hand off the tire you need. You may be stuck waiting beside the road for several hours while the road service folks try and find the right tire. Maybe it’s worse – they send out a tire that’ll “get you back to civilization,” but then when you limp in, you’re stuck buying the right tire.
There may be a solution. Roadmaster, Inc., the tow-bar manufacturing company, has a spare tire carrier specifically designed for the needs of big motorhomes. Designed to slip into your rig’s receiver hitch, the Roadmaster carrier eliminates the problem of “where” to stow a big spare. But what about getting the thing off the carrier without damaging your own human body parts? The carrier has a patented hinge system that allows you to slowly move the tire from the travel position, right down to ground level. Once there, it’s a relatively simple job to roll the tire to where it’s needed.
Will your tire fit? It will, provided it’s a 16, 16.5, 19.5, 22.5, 24 or 24.5-inch wheel. But what about the toad car? There’s a built-in 2″ receiver hitch in the system, allowing you to take your spare and your toad. The carrier has a 10,000-pound maximum capacity and 400-pound maximum tongue weight.
Depending on your viewpoint, the weight on your pocketbook for the new carrier shouldn’t be too difficult to bear – the suggested retail price is $695.00, but you’ll find it “street priced” at about $100 less. Roadmaster representatives are quick to point out that the price easily outweighed by the opportunity to stay in control of how much you pay for a tire, the ability to keep a matched tire for emergencies, and the time and frustration you’ll save.
Check out the offering at the Roadmaster website.
Editor: They are also available at Amazon.