Originally Posted by VirginiaG
Hi all. We bought our first rv from a private owner. We didn't see a spare tire and wondered where does the spare mount go. I think it's behind the bumper, just underneath, but not sure. I appreciate you replies.
When Ford ships the E series cab/chassis to the manufacturer, it has a spare tire/rim under the rear, behind the rear axle. It is not on a hoist, but simply has a threaded attachment with bolt, and a chain securing it.
It is not uncommon for the manufacturer to take it off during the build, and NOT re-install it.
Do you need it and should you carry one ???
That's up to you and either your ability to change a flat (not hard if you have the proper tools) or your road service, if you have one.
Class C tires are common, but as been posted, you are at the mercy of the service as to what type of tire they will bring. If you have your own, than your home free, they will just mount your spare.
But, there are many areas where you may wait for hours (many) for a service to respond, and all the phone calls in the world will not hurry them up. I am familiar with several cases on the Alcan where some waited for several days to get someone to respond.
If you ever plan on that route, you must bring a spare with you.
If you are physically able, and have a proper heavy duty bottle jack and axle saddle (SafeJack Brand), a good quality battery impact (Kobalt or DeWalt....both have 450 lbs impact) than changing a flat is no harder than on a dually pick up truck.
Our previous rig, a Forrest River Lexington, I always carried a spare, and in my 70's, changed/rotated my tires myself.