RayS said:Following my last posting I've had a browse round and found something i should have been well aware of but was not.
Several 4x4 /SUVs have their full size spare suspended under the boot floor on a simple winch mechanism. Yo release the wheel you simply wind it down onto the ground and there appears to be sufficient extra cable to be able to pull the wheel out from under the vehicle to release the attachment device.
I guess a full size Range Rover roadwheel is likely to weigh more than the average caravan spare wheel, so that should be no problem. The device looks very much like the Prima device used on Bailey vans and seems to be available on ebay etc. for around £100 or so.
The only snag I can see is to be able to find sufficient underfloor area such that the wheel could be positioned with the winch in an accessible but acceptable position in the body of the caravan. For my Coachman 545 this looks possible by re-running the shower drain pipe around the edges of the space rather than straight across the centre, but that should not be a problem.. This would give the winch position in the space under the rear fixed bed - prefectly ok.
Has anyone tried this and if so, how did it go and which car winch was used ?
Equally can anyone see other snags ?
Tourer-Ted said:I was away on site last year. A couple arrived in their car minus their caravan. This turned up a few minutes later on the back of a low-loader!
Turned out they'd had a puncture on the way. They couldn't remove the spare from the Al-ko carrier as it had seized. The owner and the recovery driver were both big burly chaps and they couldn't budge it. He ended up cutting it off with a hacksaw.
Seeing that and reading this thread, I'm glad mine sits in the gas locker!
Assume you mean the caravan bed and not the house bed.camel said:These days my spare wheel is under the bed, it seems that in many cases the spare wheel never comes off the carrier what is needed is plenty of grease so the carrier comes apart easily, the other problem is that caravanners are not familar with jacking up a caravan with a flat tyre, last one I had was years ago,
The thing that concerned me, was not the unloading, as you say, pull it up on a ramp, it was more the indentations to the tyre