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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 14-04-2018, 18:03 Thread Starter
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Under slung spare wheel

Just a quick heads up for anyone who has an under slung spare wheel. When was the last time you lowered it to check it? I have just spent the best part of 2 hours lowering, removing and cleaning up mine. First of all the winding mechanism didn't want to allow the wheel to drop but after much prodding and pushing under the van it eventually started to drop. the ratchet lever supplied for lowering it eventually packed up so I had to resort to one from my toolkit. After finally getting the wheel down and dragging it from under the van I then had to clean all the accumulated road grim and rust from the rim, check the pressure and clean and grease the release mechanism and wire. Not something I would really want to have to do at the roadside in the event of a puncture but at least now I know it should come down and back up much easier next time. I will do this fairly regularly now whilst it is parked on my drive just to keep thing free and moving.
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I'm glad mine is in the garage then!
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I put my spare wheel in a metal 'cage' underneath.

"Great idea" I thought "Out of the way and easy access"

A few months later I went to check the pressure on the tyre and tried to get it out of the cage.

The drop down door of the cage was rusted solid, the padlock similar, it was covered in muck and grease and heavens only knows what else.

It took me half an hour laid on my back with a hammer, chisel and long metal bars prodding, poking, pushing and tugging the bloody thing to finally get the wheel out.

It now resides in the MH garage, taking up space, but if I should ever need it at least I know it won't half-kill me getting it out.


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Thanks for reminder but I am going to do same as i had seen a post like this before.
I said to myself do it every year just prior to MOT.
Should be fine this time I hope as all was new when I did job last summer
I posted what I had done here https://forums.motorhomefacts.com/201...er-my-van.html

I have since also fitted an extended tire valve see here http://www.spairline.co.uk/index.html
It is great for checking pressure.

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Thanks for reminder but I am going to do same as i had seen a post like this before.
I said to myself do it every year just prior to MOT.
Should be fine this time I hope as all was new when I did job last summer
I posted what I had done here https://forums.motorhomefacts.com/201...er-my-van.html

I have since also fitted an extended tire valve see here http://www.spairline.co.uk/index.html
It is great for checking pressure.

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You will have probably noticed that I posted on that thread and must confess I left mine and forgot to do it regularly, hence the struggle I had. Like the idea of the extended valve line.
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I fitted an underslung cradle and spare wheel to my first MH in readiness for when/if the nice emergency call out man had to come and fit it for me..



















..then I sold the MH so the rusting up problem became someone else's!

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Like the idea of the extended valve line.
I had these fitted on the inner dual tyres when I had the TEC. What a difference they made to ease of checking and changing tyre pressure.

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Luckily we never had to get the spare from under the Hobby beside the road in the ten years we had it. But I did have a practice one and as you say Charlie it was some exercise.
But I did have to use the underslung spare on our old Citroen ZX just before we sold it. It was 21 years old and worked a treat but I kept the speed down.!!

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On our Ducato panel van conversion the spare wheel is under the rear end and from new I have dropped ours down and checked twice a year that everything works Ok .
I also cover the spare wheel with a 4x4 plastic type wheel cover ( if you consider doing this on yours, remember to put a few breather hole’s in the centre ) .
Last year on our trip to Spain I had a blow out on a brand new Continental camping tyre (4 days from new and 1100 miles ) at 07.30 hrs on the A23 autovia .
I sorted out the tyre problem with Halfords who refunded my money,
Due to an incompetent tyre fitter.
But my main point of this post is I did not have any problems removing the tyre from the rear cradle but was glad I had my 3 ton bottle jack and 3/4 drive ratach with 2 foot bar with me ,as the tools supplied by Fiat would not have undone the wheel nuts. ! Just think will your tools do the job should you need them !!
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