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Old 03-24-2017, 04:18 PM   #21
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All I need is the crank handle and drop it down.
Crank handle? At least not on mine... As other have said just a threaded bolt stud with a nut and washer holding the spare against a cross frame member. And that cheap "safety chain" that was wrapped once around the cross member on the GTS. Young and strong describes my 30 something son...and he was having "fun", even with me helping, on that POS of a setup. I can assure you that it wouldn't be a one person job in the dark....

And you can definitely forget about me bench pressing the flat tire back in place, and holding it up, while I redo the nut and washer. Instead I'll just roll it over to the Roadmaster, bolt it on, then raise it up with the supplied lift assist rod...

I looked at buying a eBay crank setup but the rear body work, and the frame extension, on a GTS isn't very conducive to adding one.
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Old 03-24-2017, 06:31 PM   #22
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As far as accessing the spare, you can do one of several options...
Get a crank down style spare tire carrier from a late model 3/4 or 1 ton pick up truck. The type that has a long handle you use to lower or crank up the spare.
There all over e-bay, junk yards. Rig it up the way you want to.
Or, if you have a 2" receiver on your rig and don't tow a toad, get a Curt Spare Tire Carrier. Fits the 2" receiver, runs around 75 bucks.
Or, if you do tow a toad, get a Roadmaster 077-2 (2" drop) or 077-4 (4" drop) dual receiver insert, about 95 bucks (really heavy duty) and the Curt Spare tire Carrier. Lets you mount/carry the spare and tow.
This is the set up I use.
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Old 03-24-2017, 07:43 PM   #23
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I guess some improvements have been made recently.
Flip down my license plate, and there's a hex, crank handle is in the Rv, stick it in and away you go.
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Old 03-30-2017, 08:36 PM   #24
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We have an SOB, mounted high on the back. Only problem, we bought used and no one had a key to the hard shell tire cover. Some day we'll wander into the big city and find a locksmith. If we need to use the spare in the meantime, we'll just have to tell Good Sam there's no spare to use.
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We have an SOB, mounted high on the back. Only problem, we bought used and no one had a key to the hard shell tire cover. Some day we'll wander into the big city and find a locksmith. If we need to use the spare in the meantime, we'll just have to tell Good Sam there's no spare to use.


Being retired, we are not in a hurry... and most of my tire problems have been on the inside dually... Coachnet worked great the one time we needed it. No way am I working on my RV next to the river of fast-moving traffic on most highways. Safety first!

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Old 04-03-2017, 08:13 PM   #26
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It's so easy, even a four year old can do it!

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Old 04-03-2017, 09:05 PM   #27
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Cool! Start em' young!
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