There is nothing quicker to disable a vehicle than a flat tyre. In off-road conditions, punctures are ever frequent. The worst score we had was five punctures in one day. Some will suggest that there is no need to carry a second spare. Others will tell you that it is easier to simply carry a tyre with no rim to save weight and hope that you can find somebody that can change the tyre before your next puncture occurs.
Others will tell you that you can get by simply by carrying a puncture repair kit and an air compressor. However many of the punctures we've experienced in off road conditions have been irreparable. It is for all of these reasons that we believe carrying a second spare in outback conditions is essential. This then creates a problem in how to carry that second spare. The most obvious place is on the roof and that is where we carry our second spare. However it is heavy and extremely difficult to remove when required without injuring yourself.
This is why many people opt to fit a rear wheel carrier bar. Generally these will swing to one side to allow access to the vehicle. It is much easier to accommodate your spare tyres on a wagon if you have one of these. However, if you have a ute, we recommend you exercise caution should you choose to fit one of these because they are fitted well behind the rear axle and if you also tow, significant additional forces are applied to the rear axle. In extreme cases, a bent or broken chassis can occur.
Note that our rear wheel carriers are not designed for towing so if you wish to tow, a separate towbar is required.VMN has a range of rear wheel carriers in both single wheel and dual wheel configurations options you can also remove one of the wheel carriers and replace it with a dual jerry can carrier.