Spare tire is dicey!
An interesting discovery today in regards to the spare tire on my Freedom Express 246 RKS. To install a battery switch where I wanted it, I lowered the spare tire from the A frame to make access easier. The spare on these units are stored underneath the A frame, via a retaining cable that lowers/raises the spare. So I lowered the spare enough, installed the switch and raised the spare back to original position.
Once raised back in place, the tire had rotated slightly and exposed where the tire had previously had contact with the frame of the battery carrier. I was surprised to find that the frame had impacted the spare tire sidewall and caused wearing that was quite visible. Enough so that I would not trust this tire on the highway, perhaps around the block but certainly not at highway speeds.
So, as I thought it over, the spare as originally mounted, was not raised evenly and as a result one side had more pressure on it than the other. The opposite side had a mark, but no wear.
I'll most likely replace this spare tomorrow before I head out next weekend on the next trip. Next decision is where to keep the spare to prevent damage in the future. Back bumper? Under the bed storage?
It validates a saying I've used for years when describing life support equipment used in an activity....two is one, one is none.
Appreciate any input others may have.
2015 Freedom Express 246 RKS
2009 GMC Sierra 1500 Z71
Days camping previous years: Not Enough
Days camping in 2016: Still Not Enough