Friday, November 22, 2013

Safety Issue: Continental Spare Tire Carrier Failure

I feel compelled to share this. One morning before heading to work, I decided to check on my spare tire and noticed that it was loose as if it was unbolted from the carrier. I immediately removed the plastic tire cover and to my demise, the flat metal bracket where the tire is bolted on has completely broken off and the tire was just hanging by its rim on top of the remaining broken bracket.  The failure was at the 90-degree bend of the bracket and to the weld joint where it meets the vertical square tubing (see picture). The welded spot has probably failed first as evident by some rust stains along the weld joints, then from shear load of the tire and road vibrations the bracket just could not handle the stress and broke off at the weak point. The welding looks sloppy with bad metal penetration and to make it worst, it was only welded to one side of the bracket. If I have driven the RV that day without noticing it, the tire could have simply slid out and have fallen on the road, which could cause a vehicle crash. I took the broken tire bracket to a local weld shop and have gussets added to corners for more suport.
For anyone with the “Continental Tire Carrier” option, it would be wise to thoroughly inspect it for signs of failure.

After painting, it's way better than new.


  1. Roadtrekker,

    thank you, thank you, thank you. I stumbled on this blog and because of it I discovered that I have the same identical failure. It would have gone undiscovered until the tire fell off, as I have never used/checked the spare. Thank you for sharing your work/mods in such useful detail,

    2012 RT SS Agile

    1. You're welcome, glad you discovered it before it turns into a disaster. RT should recall this thing before someone gets hurt. I'll shoot them an email to let them know about the failures.

  2. I contacted Roadtrek and they said that the current carriers have been redesigned and now stronger in these areas. They believe that the numbers of these failures is small. If anyone is having a problem with their carriers you can contact Roadtrek directly at 1-888-ROADTREK(762-3873). Thank you.


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