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Old 08-28-2016, 06:34 PM   #1
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BAL Hide-a-spare

Before I get under the rig to start taking measurements... Has anyone tried installing a BAL Hide-a-spare on a Greyhawk. This seems like a very simple solution to the lack of spare tire on these units. Of course simple solutions rarely seem to function as advertised... I noted in their promotional video they don't actually demonstrate it's installation... Which always seems to be a bad sign!

My other concern would be weight. I am sure it is fine for a 16" TT spare... Not sure how it will do with the bigger MH tires.
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Old 08-28-2016, 06:51 PM   #2
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I installed one on my camper and love it, simple to install and spare out of sight. The instructions state not for motorhomes, I think the weight limit is 100 lbs which may be less than a motorhome tire and wheel.
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Old 08-28-2016, 08:33 PM   #3
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Thanks Sundancer. sounds like it will not be the easy solution I was hoping for... As expected
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FWIW, the spare tire and rim I bought for my MH weighs 100 lbs. I'm thinking the biggest problem would be trying to figure out where to put it under the MH. I just put mine on my hitch which can be a pain when I want to tow. I rigged up a lift on my RV port to make it easier to handle when taking on and off. When on the road I'll be calling road service.
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Weight distribution

Hey Hopper, I have looked at that solution as well. Three problems for me. First I have a rear slide on the ME so the tire would either have to fit beneath it or come off. Second I have a basement door at the rear I would loose access to. And finally and really my biggest concern is weight distribution. I just removed a few hundred pounds from my rear storage compartment to improve driving performance. Hanging an extra hundred pounds off the back end will defeat that effort.

My hope with the BAL was to put that weight as close to the rear Axel as possible to try and even out the distribution.
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Griswald,did the lift work out for you on your MV ?
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That was the first product that we looked at, but when we contacted them, they said that they wouldn't warranty it on our MH (which also brought up insurance concerns).

Also, we would have had to find a way to protect the tire from road salt, debris, etc.

This is what we finally ended up getting... and we can still tow!

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I mount my spare on a hitch receiver I had installed on the front. Although I have not been through Death Valley in the summer with this system, it has not affected cooling at all that I have seen. I did this because of the towing, rear access hatch, and especially weight distribution issues discussed above.
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