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Old 11-30-2014, 12:28 PM   #1
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Spare Tire Removal

After looking over my new 2015 3050s, I see no way to lower the spare if needed. Am I missing something or does it have to be manhandled while laying on my back. I see some chain around the tire and do not see what the chain is for.

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Old 11-30-2014, 12:49 PM   #2
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It has to be manhandled.

The chain is to hold it up the tire while you remove the nut. When you have the nut off unhook the chain and carefully lower the tire.

I put a padlock on the chain to deter a casual (lazy) thief.

Some have purchased tire winches that were removed from Econolines. I think they said the winches fit perfectly. Search this forum for it. Maybe someone will post a link to the thread. I can't look for it now. I'm using my so-called smart phone.
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Old 11-30-2014, 08:43 PM   #3
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Old 11-30-2014, 09:05 PM   #4
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After looking over my new 2015 3050s, I see no way to lower the spare if needed. Am I missing something or does it have to be manhandled while laying on my back. I see some chain around the tire and do not see what the chain is for.

J. V.
It has to be manhandled. Checking and adding air is also difficult without a special dually air chuck unless the spare is removed.
I installed an Econoline spare tire winch. Makes lowering the tire a snap and also the tire can be secured with the air valve down and easily accessible for checking and adding air. You also need an Econoline jack handle or something like it to crank it down. I bought new takeouts on ebay for the winch, jack, handle, and lug wrench. Just checked and there are lots available on Ebay but much more costly than they were 2 years ago. Guess they now realize these items normally just discarded from box truck conversions are now sought after by Class C RVers.
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