Did your motorhome come with a spare tire? Ours didn’t. Before we discovered the Roadmaster spare tire carrier, we had talked about getting a roof rack for the Jeep to carry a spare and a few other options. Then we met Don Simpson at the 2016 Florida RV SuperShow. After we saw Don’s demonstration of the Roadmaster Spare Tire Carrier, we knew it was the solution we had been looking for. This hitch mounted carrier works on almost every type of RV with tire sizes ranging from 16” to 24.5”. If you’re in the market for a spare tire carrier for your motorhome, read our Roadmaster spare tire carrier review to see if it’s the right fit for you.
Roadmaster Spare Tire Carrier Review
What We Received:
Roadmaster Spare Tire Carrier
Note: Rim and tire must be purchased separately
What We Like:
Peace of mind. If we blow a tire, we have a spare that can be put on quickly by roadside assistance. We’ve also heard stories of people who damaged their rim as they were trying to get to the side of the road on a blown tire. With as much trouble as we had finding the spare rim, I don’t want to imagine how hard it would be to find one if we are in the middle of nowhere. Hopefully we never have to use it, but having the spare gives us peace of mind.
Simple install. The Roadmaster Spare Tire Carrier comes in a few pieces that have to be bolted together and mounted to the receiver hitch of the motorhome. This was an easy process and the instructions were clear and easy to follow. Since the carrier weighs in at 75 lbs, we decided to mount the base in the receiver first and then assemble the rest of it.
Easy to use. To mount the tire to the carrier, the back plate pivots downward on either side and all I had to do was roll the wheel over and bolt it to the back plate – there is no need to lift the wheel, which is great, especially when it can weigh in excess of 100 lbs. To pivot the wheel back up, Roadmaster provides a long lever that makes it easy to lift the wheel. Once it’s in place, the the auto-latching mechanism catches. This latch prevents the wheel from swinging to the other side and locks it in place. An additional bolt is installed in the back once the wheel is in place – Roadmaster gave us a bolt with wings mounted on it so we could install/remove the bolt with our hands.
Out of the way. We have been driving around with the Spare Tire Carrier for over a month and it stays out of the way. One modification we had to make was to zip tie our license plate to the wheel because the carrier covers the license plate holder. For those who own a diesel pusher, it’s easy to lower/raise the wheel when you need access the engine.
Well made. This Spare Tire Carrier is made of steel and has a powder coated finish. The unit it very sturdy and well made so there is no concern of the spare tire falling off or coming loose while we’re driving down the highway or down bumpy roads.
We can still tow our Jeep. The carrier has a standard 2” receiver and a capacity of 10,000 lbs. The receiver on the carrier sits 2” lower than the receiver on the motorhome so we had to compensate by lowering the tow bar bracket on our Jeep. Since the tow bar is mounted to the end of the carrier, it now sits about 12” further away from the motorhome. We haven’t noticed any issues with towing the Jeep due to the extension.
What We Don’t Like:
It’s expensive. The Roadmaster Spare Tire Carrier is around $595, which isn’t a bad price considering what you are getting, but you also need to factor in the cost of the spare rim and tire. Buying used can save quite a bit of money, but it can be difficult to find a quality used rim and/or tire. For the tire and rim, we were looking at spending around $300 for a used rim (or new knock off) and around $150 for a used tire in good condition. When it’s all said and done, the cost can get up to $1,000.
Sourcing our spare. We thought finding a used rim and tire would be as easy as calling the local RV dealership or their tire supplier. We tried numerous places in Florida and no one sold the rim we were looking for. The tire was easy to find, but the rim was nearly impossible. The only option left was to buy a new or used rim off eBay and have it shipped to us – which would have cost us about $300. The difficulty of finding a used rim will vary depending on your rim size – we found that the rim on our coach is only used on the Ford RV’s, which is why they are difficult to find. Motorhomes that share a rim size with big rigs or vans will most likely have an easier time sourcing a spare rim. Luckily, we found a used rim at Independence RV with some cosmetic damage. Since they couldn’t sell it we were happy to take it off their hands.
Other Things to Note:
Affects RV tongue weight. The Spare Tire Carrier and wheel weigh in around 200 lbs and we have a 500 lbs max tongue weight. If we chose to tow a trailer, this would prevent us from towing anything with a tongue weight greater than 300 lbs. If you have a motorhome with a greater max tongue weight, you will be limited by the 400 lb max tongue weight of the Roadmaster Spare Tire Carrier.
Since we use the Roadmaster Spare Tire Carrier and tow our Jeep, we’re unable to add a hitch mounted bike carrier or motorcycle carrier to the hitch. We decided that we would rather carry a spare than anything else with the hitch.
We would recommend the Roadmaster Spare Tire Carrier to anyone in the market for a hitch receiver spare tire carrier. It is well made and offers peace of mind and insurance against a tire blow out.
You might wonder why we wanted a spare tire for our motorhome. While we were cruising along Interstate 10 one day, Kait looked at me and asked “Why is it that every big rig we see has a spare tire but we don’t have one?” This sparked an interesting discussion and we began to talk about what we would do if we had a flat. We have roadside assistance through Ford and they will change a tire, but will not bring one to us. Other services will bring a tire, but if they don’t have one available, they will need to source it and charge an additional fee. Plus, there is the wait time for them to find the tire.
We’ve met fellow RVers who were charged 2-3 times the amount of the normal cost of the tire by the roadside service and were stranded on the side of the road for half a day or longer waiting for the tire. We decided to carry our own spare so we would hopefully never run into that situation. We’ve also had to change the tire twice on our Jeep Wrangler and it stressed the importance of having a spare for the motorhome. Before we get on the road, we always check the tires as part of our pre-departure routine to ensure the tires are properly inflated and there aren’t any nails or other concerns.
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Disclosure: Roadmaster provided the Spare Tire Carrier free of charge in exchange for an honest review. This review represents our own opinions of the product.