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Post by Molly3 on Sat Jan 20, 2018 12:16 am

How do I fit the spare to a2014 nuevo, the van has alloy wheels ,the spare is steel ,should I have steel wheel nuts  or how do I fit the spare, Is it a problem to remove spare dose the lowering mechanism work OK,  or dose it need some  maintenance ..
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Post by Paramedic on Sat Jan 20, 2018 2:56 am

Assume you have read your owner manual for an insight on how to change a wheel. On our previous Nuevo in storage, I decided to do it myself rather than call the AA. The method and mechanism are quite irksome not to mention how difficult it is to lift and correctly position the spare onto the hub. Overall it's a get down on your hands and knees exercise and grovel in the dirt and I wouldn't attempt it on the roadside. Recently had to put the spare steel wheel on our Renault Clio and there was instruction to use the correct nuts that have a subtle difference to the alloy ones that fortunately came with the car. Not sure if it is the same for motorhomes but there isn't any different ones for the steel spare.

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Post by BarryP on Sat Jan 20, 2018 5:07 am

Can't comment on the steel/alloy bolts issue but can say that in my experience the mechanism is a nightmare. There appear to have been a variety of cradles and mechanisms. Ours seized solid and after much struggling managed to loosen and remove one of the securing bolts. The other needed to be cut off. Despite much effort was unable to locate a replacement as the Peugeot dealers had three available - none of which matched what we had! Eventually gave up and made do with the single usable bolt and a ratchet strap ( not ideal but it worked). Quite obviously, this kit suffers the worst of road detritus being thrown at it and it all rusts solid. Maintenance by way of heavy lubrication therefore seems advisable - if yours has not already reached seizure point. My assumption was that Peugeot buy in a certain number of carriers and when they have been used they get another batch from somewhere else. Not only that, but the jack supplied didn't look anywhere near man-enough for the job anyway. The tool kit supplied (like every caravan/MH we have ever owned) appears to be more for show than for actual use. IMHO changing a wheel is a job for AA/RAC unless you wish to risk life and limb. Not for the faint-hearted!
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Post by Paramedic on Sat Jan 20, 2018 7:17 am

The subtle difference being, the alloy bolts had a tapered type of  sleeved washer unlike the bolt for the steel wheel. With the spare in situ, it was only a distance of one mile to the local ATS and to have the puncture repair. Don't suppose there was any danger if I had put the alloy bolts on?

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Post by spanner on Sun Jan 21, 2018 7:58 am

One of the first things I checked on our van was, could I remove the spare wheel.

Easy enough to lower the spare wheel with the tool supplied in the kit under the passenger seat but after 3 years stored underneath the van the steel plate on the end of the lowering cable was difficult to remove from the spare due to the single plastic covered wing nut being rusted solid onto the fixing stud.
The plastic covered tubular wing nut is a very poor design with an open top that fills with water, I broke the plastic part away from the nut which was then easy to remove with a socket. 
When you fit the new nut just fill the open end of the nut with grease to keep the water out.

The normal wheel bolts are exactly the same for both steel and the original alloy wheels.
As the alloy wheel has a much smaller centre than the steel spare wheel an adapter plate is supplied along with three special bolts to attach an alloy wheel to the carrier lift cable.

If you safely run the rear wheels onto levelling ramps the spare wheel is easier to access, no jack needed.

The scissor jack supplied does work fine but a nice piece of thick plywood is useful to place under the jack if the ground isn't good.

In the event of a puncture whether it's you or the breakdown man it's essential that the plastic headed wing nut is not seized up, all part of good maintenance but probably ignored by the dealers.

I hope this is helpful to you all.

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Post by Molly3 on Sun Jan 21, 2018 12:50 pm

Thanks for reply I found a round plate and bolts now I know what there for  Bazz
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