Aluminess Rear Tire Carrier

Most people who opt for the Sportsmobile rear spare tire carrier also order custom bumpers, and the design of that rear spare tire carrier seems to be better than the standalone one we got. We ordered our van with the Aluminess Trojan rear tire carrier — one that's designed to work without a custom bumper. (Here's another photo.)

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Unfortunately, it tends to shake and flex, and over time this makes the swing-away more difficult to latch/unlatch. The problem is the top attachment connecting to the rear door hinge. This a two-point link that can rotate, allowing the rear tire carrier to sag outward, leaning away from the van. With years of bouncing and wear, this problem gets more and more pronounced.

A fix I came up with was to replace this two-point link a three-point one which I fabricated out of a flat piece of steel. Bolted in three places instead of two, this new link cannot easily rotate.

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Aluminess Rear Tire Carrier - Custom Strengthened Support

Also, Aluminess was willing (for a small fee) to drill out the worn joint holes and install proper bushings. Of course I had to ship my carrier back to Aluminess to get this work done!

Aluminess Rear Tire Holder - Worn Joints