TBH many of us have removed the ALKO spare wheel carrier and either carry the spare inside the caravan or in the front locker. Spare wheel carrier can be a real pig to get out from under the caravan, but wait and see if any one else says the same.Morning
I have a Bailey phoenix 420 and was hoping to fit a alko spare wheel carrier. But it looks like the battery box is located where the carrier would go? Any ideas as would like to free up the space in the van for storage
Thanks in advance
TBH many of us have removed the ALKO spare wheel carrier and either carry the spare inside the caravan or in the front locker. Spare wheel carrier can be a real pig to get out from under the caravan, but wait and see if any one else says the same.
I am completely in agreement with Buckman and others who have removed the carrier. I haven't actually removed my carrier yet but it is a priority job for early Spring.
It is a vile contraption and extracting the spare wheel from it is a pig. Fortunately I've only ever done it once and that was in the storage yard in daylight on firm level ground. Even then I was surprised just how high the caravan had to be jacked up to be able to drag the wheel off the carrier without it fouling the caravan skirt.
What makes it worse is that to actually release the carrier this is best achieved lying down on the ground.
The idea of doing it at the side of the road at night in the pouring rain doesn't bear contemplation.
Avondale dropped the idea after a couple of years but I have no idea why.
I thought that they carried on manufacturing statics. I do vaguely recall issues with panels. Earlier models were quite well built and sturdy.Avondale didn't drop the idea "after a couple of years". The under-floor wheel well was a feature of their superior build quality over many years. Avondale's troubles began in 2006 when the accountants began to have more influence than the quality control managers. Cost-cutting brought about the end of the wheel-well and also because of slip-shod methods on the production lines, caused many caravans to be returned to the factory with split rear panels. The financial crisis of 2008 brought about the closure of the business.