Ready for the Road: Choosing a Spare Tire Carrier
Having a spare tire handy will save you from the stress of being stranded in the middle of the road. You can never predict when you'll encounter tire failure, so it's best to have one mounted at the back of your rig to prepare yourself from such situations. Using a spare tire carrier will protect the extra tire from damage and save you some storage space in the trunk or trunk bed. Choosing a spare tire carrier can be tricky, but we've come up with a few tips to help you find the best one for your ride.
Things to consider when choosing a spare tire carrier
Durability is the name of the game when it comes to spare tire carriers. Having said this, you should purchase one that's made of steel for maximum strength and support. Most spare tire carriers are manufactured from heavy-duty steel plates to ensure they won't break under the combined weight of the tire and the mounting device. Bestop Highrock 4x4 oversized spare tire carrier is made of tubular steel, and it can hold up to 200 lbs. of load rating. We recommend this one if you're carrying an extra large tire, so it won't fall off while you're driving.
- Color and finish
Most spare tire carriers are painted black to match the tire's rubber. If you don't want to draw too much attention to the carrier, then black is the way to go. Other colors are also available, such as metal gray and red. Omix tire carrier plate has a red finish, so you may choose this one if you want a more unique look. We recommend getting a spare tire carrier with textured and powdercoated finish for extra protection against corrosion.
Oversized or regular-sized? We recommend that you measure your tires' diameter first so that you can determine which spare tire carrier will provide the best support. If you don't want the carrier to crack under the tire's pressure and weight, you need to get one with a high load capacity. Rugged Ridge spare tire carrier supports 35-inch tires, while Body Armor offers up to 37 inches of carrying capacity.
Spare tire carrier replacement cost
You can purchase a spare tire carrier for as low as $40. The price can go up to more than $500 for carriers with a high load capacity and other useful features, such as a swing-away design. Purchase one that will best fit your needs, as not all expensive spare tire carriers will fit the specs of your vehicle. Consult your owner's manual first before making a purchase.
Tire Talk: How to Install a Spare Tire Carrier
A spare tire carrier gives adequate protection and support to the extra tire mounted at the back of your vehicle. This device prevents the tire from falling off while you're driving and also gives you extra storage space, as it enables you to keep the spare tire outside the vehicle. During emergency situations, you can simply take off the spare tire from the carrier and your vehicle will be back on the road in no time. Installing one is easy and may be mounted without any drilling or welding involved.
Here are the tools you need and the steps to follow in installing a spare tire carrier to your RV:
Difficulty level: Easy
Tools that you'll need:
- RV tire carrier
- Two u-bolts
- Wrench set
Step 1: Position the spare tire carrier at the center of the RV's rear bumper. Place the square plate flat against the bumper with the metal arm raised upward. Make sure the two holes on top of the square plate are positioned above the bumper and the other two holes are on the lower portion of the bumper.
Step 2: Fit the first u-bolt around the RV's bumper. Insert the bolt into the holes on the left side of the square plate. Next, use two nuts to secure the top and bottom holes. Tighten the nuts on both ends of the u-bolt.
Step 3: Do the same process on the other u-bolt. Set it around the bumper and fit it into the holes on the right side. Place nuts on both ends and tighten accordingly.
Step 4: Tighten and torque the nuts in a diagonal pattern to prevent the spare tire carrier from moving off center.
Step 5: Using a clamp, mount the spare tire on the newly installed carrier. Wiggle the tire a bit to ensure it is securely in place.
Other safety tips:
- Do a test drive to check the carrier for signs of looseness.
- Check the spare tire carrier's manual first for any specific mounting instructions before doing the installation.