Subject: Rear wheel carrier Mon Mar 21, 2016 5:55 pm
Some of you might know that i have been fiddling with the issue of what to do with the spare wheel since i bought Betty last year. I started with the wheel on a roof rack which was great except for I found it hard to park in France, Italy and Spain due to the number of height restrictions. I also had a 25% surcharge put on me by the IW ferry company due to being classed as over height.
So i looked on the net and Ian at Brazilian Campers sent me a link for a Landrover unit which could be 'fettled' to fit.
After a number of months carting the wheel around inside the camper i finally decided to take the plunge and buy a unit.
I tried to use the existing wheel mount position the same as Landrover, but cutting the studs off and trying to position the carrier only showed that this wasnt going to work as it blocked the number plate
As the Landy unit comes with straight backing plates the next job was to try to ensure that the two fixing positions could be altered so that they were the same as the body shape. To do this i made up two body templates
The wooden patterns were great as i was able to bend the steel inner brackets by using a lump hammer and the twisting with mole grips once held in a vice. This gave the fabricator a pattern to follow for the important bottom bracket
The fit was slightly tricky as there is a cavity where one fixing needs to be so the top bracket was modified along with the rear bracket so two fixings could be made just clear of the cavity. Eventually an m8 rivnut was fitted in the cavity area to give a firm anchor point
As stainless bolts and captive nuts are in plentiful supply here from chandelery oulets i used these for all fixings. When fully fitted the unit locks when closed against the vehicle and when fully open so no danger of the wheel swinging back when on a slope, also no need for a gate latch fitting to keep it closed.
Downsides, it does partially obscure the offside reversing light, the locking unit has play in the mechanism so it can be moved when locked. This can be eliminated by tightening the bottom nut. It is just out of square so i am going to mod the bottom locking slot so it sits perfectly square.
Subject: Re: Rear wheel carrier Tue Mar 22, 2016 8:48 am
Yeah, thanks for sharing - good job
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Subject: Re: Rear wheel carrier Thu Mar 24, 2016 6:13 am
Ok so the lastthing to do was to get the wheel to sit square to the back of the camper. This was acheived by cutting the bottom bracket and then fitting a new steel locking template on the top of the bracket with four shallow headed bolts and captive nuts