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Old 08-03-2014, 11:29 AM   #1
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Check those spare tire mounts!

We were on our way up the PA turnpike,Rolling with A group of campers. Went through the Lehigh Tunnel, After exiting the tunnel I glanced in the rearview camera to find A Pa State Trooper flashing me over.
Found A wide enough safe area to pull over, When the Trooper came up to the passenger side of the truck, He informed me my spare tire was hanging down on the 5er.
I got under the camper to find that the weld had gave way on the spare tire hanger.
The trooper stayed while I removed the spare and installed A self tapping bolt in the bracket.

Check those welds! That 16" spare bouncing free on the highway would be A disaster.
BTW. It is reinforced and welded properly now after returning home.
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Old 08-03-2014, 11:46 PM   #2
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Sounds like you fixed the damage but you may not have fixed what caused it. Take a look a post by Mikey in this forum where he fixed the issue with the spare loosening which allowed the tire to bounce which most likely broke the weld...
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Old 08-04-2014, 01:28 AM   #3
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Was your tire mounted underneath? Not sure how the Cedar Creeks are done as I haven't looked that close. Our spare just sits flat in that front storage bay where a generator would normally go. However, that bay is supported by very thin angle with small stitch welds. With the tire in there, the angle sags a bit. Replacing that angle and replacing the thin plastic floor in the front bay has been on our list, just haven't done it yet. I always invisioned that angle snapping and dropping that floor.
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Old 08-04-2014, 06:48 AM   #4
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I picked up a never used 16" marathon st LRE once in the middle of the road undamaged. Ran it all over fb but never found owner. Pieces of the mount were scattered around it.
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