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Old 07-08-2014, 04:00 PM   #1
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Columbus tire carrier

Travelling with big dogs requir stops in opportune spots. Well I pulled off at a abandoned building with a deeper than thought mud hole. As a result the tire carrier was damaged and almost lost the tire if an alert driver warned me. At this point I wish Columbus had put in front of the axles where if would be higher up. Has anyone had this issue and I hope this puts other Columbus owner's on notice.

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Old 07-09-2014, 04:07 PM   #2
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We all but ripped ours off getting our brand new 365 onto our seasonal site. Level road, uphill driveway to site. Bad combination. Damaged it to the point where it needs to be replaced/removed before we hit the road again. It's a nice, clean look having the spare underneath, but not practical unless you always pull into ideal spots, which we all know isn't always the case. I'm not so sure I'll replace it with another under-chassis mounted carrier. Seriously thinking of putting on a rear bumper mounted carrier, or just carry the spare in the truck bed. The factory spare carrier is mounted so low, I'll bet A LOT of them get damaged.

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Old 07-12-2014, 06:36 AM   #3
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My neighbor moved his to the front of his 365 and it now works well. His was hitting when backing in his driveway

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Old 07-13-2014, 12:47 AM   #4
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We had problems with our 365 and eventually mounted it on the rear bumper.

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Old 07-13-2014, 07:49 AM   #5
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A bunch of people have moved the spare tire. All kinds of methods up to and including putting it in basement storage area, front storage area, truck bed, etc. Get creative and just do it. The longer your RV is, the worse the problem will be. Even the shorter 320 model has this issue.

Also, the mount for it gets jammed up, rusted out, etc. so you can't get tire down is another complaint. Even if it didn't hit via bottoming out when driving, you still have another problem of a crappy mount for when you have a flat/blown out tire.
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Old 07-23-2014, 11:10 AM   #6
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I recently knocked our spare off, when backing the trailer out of our back yard. It requires backing off the curb (no driveway, yet) and when it came down, the spare hit the street and popper off. Fortunately it did not damage the carrier mount or winch cable mechanism.

Needless to say, I will be relocating it, just not sure where yet.

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Old 08-08-2014, 04:46 PM   #7
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We pulled up onto the scales and felt it drag. Luckily the GF looked that way when we went into get the slip. The tire was laying on the ground. Now to figure out where to carry it seeing the mount is bent.
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Old 08-09-2014, 07:26 PM   #8
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Seems to be a common occurrence, especially with the longer models. There have been some with this problem over on the FB site. Maybe Columbus will see these posts and make a change. In the mean time, you might consider relocating the spare to the bed of your TV.
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Old 08-11-2014, 06:30 PM   #9
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I hope Palomino reads this also and comes up with a solution. This can become a serious situation. Appreciate the other posts.


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