Originally Posted by bob1305
We have a 2022 East to West Tandara 320RL, looking for a hoist or some way to improve the acess to the spare tire.
Thanks and Happy Camping.
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There's hardware you can buy for the hoist but you've got to fabricate custom braces to attach it and you've got to know if your undercarriage has obstacles for the rod and handle to raise and lower it.
In the unlikely event I need my spare I came on an alternative posted by someone who used a couple ratcheting tow straps strung under the tire to support its weight while unscrewing the retaining plate. Then use the ratchets to lower the tire carefully. It's more work than a hoist but there when needed in an emergency. I would also put plastic leveling blocks I carry under the tire to aid in support and lowering the tire.
While waiting the 2-4 hours for Roadside assistance I'll have plenty of time to rig the straps and get the tire out!
No, I don't carry a bottle jack and jack stands. Don't want to carry the weight or take the risk but some do. Btw, been under my spare tire and good opportunities to hook up the tow straps to frame and crossmembers and under the tire
I bought these CAT tow straps at Costco and carry them with me.
Before I'd invest the time and hardware into a hoist I'd invest in a good TPMS, metal bolt in valve stems, and a quality portable air compressor - stuff I really need.
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