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Old 04-09-2020, 02:03 PM   #1
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Swing Away spare tire carrier

Hi
New person on the block here.
Looking for input on a swing away spare tire carrier for our "new to us" 2011 Airstream Avenue.


Our's came with a fold down spare tire carrier. It's heavy as heck to lower and in order to get into the left rear door, it has to be out of the way.


Have you seen one? Read about them or installed one ?


Thanks in advance...
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Old 04-21-2020, 05:53 PM   #2
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A question just popped into my head.


I agree the drop down tire is very heavy and a general pain. But don't you have only limited space under your rear bed? I believe your model has a bunch of electrical and water heater under there; particularly on the street side behind the spare.


Is it really that hard to access it by reaching in from the curbside door? Or an I not recalling your model correctly?


This is TrailRunner1's pic of his Avenue Lounge rear storage area. My model has nothing but the seat supports there so, unlike his, I have a fairly large 42"w X 32"d storage area which would make an easy-opening left-door a great asset.
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Old 04-22-2020, 12:43 AM   #3
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A question just popped into my head.


I agree the drop down tire is very heavy and a general pain. But don't you have only limited space under your rear bed? I believe your model has a bunch of electrical and water heater under there; particularly on the street side behind the spare.


Is it really that hard to access it by reaching in from the curbside door? Or an I not recalling your model correctly?


This is TrailRunner1's pic of his Avenue Lounge rear storage area. My model has nothing but the seat supports there so, unlike his, I have a fairly large 42"w X 32"d storage area which would make an easy-opening left-door a great asset.

Hi, yes you are correct. There isn't much space behind or under that bed area so I understand you wondering why we need to get into that space at all.

It's just a dumb design and I thought there was a chance that someone had invented a swing out model to replace this fold down version.


I can't remember a single time that we've used a spare or needed a spare in all the years we've traveled. That would be from 1987 to now.



The truck camper we just sold has a spare but you can not get to it unless you off load the camper.



Now I'm wondering why keep the spare at all. I'd rather have a small storage pod that attached to where the spare is.


Sorry but I have not had time to be on this forum lately. Thank you for posting to my question.
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Old 04-22-2020, 12:13 PM   #4
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That raises another, and equally interesting question, about whether to carry a spare tire at all. Like you, I've not needed to change a spare in over 40 years. Yet I feel like if I don't carry one, I'd be tempting fate and get my comeuppance.

It has been discussed previously at either this forum or another I follow about whether to carry a spare. One point that was made is do we really want to be changing a heavy spare on a heavy vehicle? Possibly trying to change it on a roadside in danger of being hit by other fast moving vehicles.

I for one hope it never comes to that, but by having a spare, I'd only need roadside assistance to mount the spare tire. That is a service any place you call should provide.

I would also want to avoid a tow at all costs. Not only for the delay, but I've heard horror stories that they don't always send the proper tow truck for a vehicle the length, height, and weight of a class b. Interblog on this forum once posted her trials and tribulations on getting her rig towed in for service. It was a story not for the faint of heart.
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Old 04-24-2020, 07:53 AM   #5
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From a posting on Facebook AI page...

https://www.rigdsupply.com/products/rigd-ultraswing-hitch-carrier-mega-fit?fbclid=IwAR3zWBsHdVXpTPHTTI8_canNOyPiRWnQZvl1q o5Jt6oN53kyhDc6TH46R50
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https://www.rigdsupply.com/products/rigd-ultraswing-hitch-carrier-mega-fit?fbclid=IwAR3zWBsHdVXpTPHTTI8_canNOyPiRWnQZvl1q o5Jt6oN53kyhDc6TH46R50
Those swing-aways appear to be well made. I guess $1000 is not unreasonble and the going rate in today's market.

I did not know there were so many considerations on finding one that fits. I thought hitch size was it. But this video shows how customized they are. Wonder if they make one that would fit the OP's Chevy Express?

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Old 04-25-2020, 12:50 AM   #7
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That was helpful info

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https://www.rigdsupply.com/products/rigd-ultraswing-hitch-carrier-mega-fit?fbclid=IwAR3zWBsHdVXpTPHTTI8_canNOyPiRWnQZvl1q o5Jt6oN53kyhDc6TH46R50




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Those swing-aways appear to be well made. I guess $1000 is not unreasonble and the going rate in today's market.

I did not know there were so many considerations on finding one that fits. I thought hitch size was it. But this video shows how customized they are. Wonder if they make one that would fit the OP's Chevy Express?


That was very much appreaciated. I knew someone had to know something about it more than I, at this point. The Avenue has been out long enough for others to have asked these questions already.


We are dealing with some other issues... the macerator location... the black valve and gray valve accessibility stinks. Hubby has made some modifications but it's still necessary to get almost face down in the dirt to reach those valves. I'll take pictures later. That will be on a different post maybe weeks from now.


AT some point, after delays due to the covid 19 restrictions... we will complete the sale/closing on our house. (We have a buyer but getting their lender's required appraisal done has been strung out for weeks. Finally just got it done.) We will move into our new senior housing apt. Friends will come from Colorado to get the Winnebago. Other friends will get the truck / truck camper. We bought the Airstream Avenue to get down to one vehicle. I think we can get all the modifications done ourselves but the list of things the dealer was supposed to fix has not even been started. I guess we better hang onto our Toyota Highlander until those are completed just in case it takes a few back-and forth's to get through that list.



So if my time on the forum here is a little sporadic... I think you understand why now. It's important that I learn what others have already found to be a problem in owning this particular class B. I think a swing away hitch with a storage pod on it would be nice to have on a long trip. I'll look into it more. Thanks for the tips and the video links.
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