How to Install a Spare Tire Carrier Mount
If you're traveling for more than a few miles with your recreational vehicle (RV) or some other light duty vehicle (or if your RV is your home), then having a spare tire and its respective carrier mount is a must. You never know when you'll get a busted tire and it pays to at least have one spare tire available to change your busted or flat tire with when you're on the road or in the middle of nowhere. It should also save you money in tow truck services. Also make sure that your tire carrier mount fits the right size of tire that your RV makes use of (like, for example, a 37-inch tire).
Difficulty Level: Moderate
What You'll Need
- Wrench set
- Tire carrier
- Clamp (usually included with the tire carrier)
- Y-bolts (usually included with the tire carrier)
Step 1: Hold your spare tire carrier at the rear bumper's center of your RV. Make sure that the arm is placed vertically upwards and your square plate is against the bumper. It should include a hole designed for a direct fitting for OE-standard carriers.
Step 2: The square plate has two holes up top that should be placed just above the bumper's top. In turn, the two holes on the plate's bottom should be placed just below the bumper's bottom. Line them up by sight and get an assistant to hold the carrier down if you have to.
Step 3: Put the first u-bolt around the bumper then put it in the top and bottom holes on the left of the square plate. The respective nuts of this bolt should then be hand-tightened on both ends of the u-bolt.
Step 4: Meanwhile, place the second u-bolt around the bumper then put it in the holes on the square plate's right side. You should then hand-tighten the nuts into the bolts too.
Step 5: Check the positioning of the mount then tighten up all four bolt ends. Begin with those on the left then move to the right. You can avoid making the torque move the carrier by torqueing them down in a diagonal pattern a la with lug nuts.
Step 6: To be more specific, begin with the bottom left, move to the top right, go to the top left, and finally tighten up the bottom right in a sort of hourglass-emblem-like pattern. This prevents your carrier from going off-center.
Step 7: Make use of the clamp that comes with the spare tire carrier kit in order to mount the spare tire on your new mount. Wiggle the spare tire for good measure to make sure that the mount is in place and the tire won't get dislodged by any bumps on the road as you drive.
Tire carrier installation is moderately easy to do and makes use of the least amount of tools possible. It's no more complicated than changing your tire. What's more, storing your tire out of your RV (which for many people serve as their home and living space) allows you to save on valuable storage space. Just make sure to buy the best, most cost-effective carriers you can find without the need for welding or drilling anything on your RV. Always think ahead and avoid any potential road emergencies out there