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Old 05-20-2015, 11:31 PM   #1
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Creative way to mount spare tire on Airflyte

Has anyone come up with a creative solution to safely mount the spare tire?

I was thinking of having the back frame reinforced to support a mount, but worried how that might affect the balance of the camper towing.

Found a colored matched hardcover just need to figure where to mount if possible.
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Old 05-21-2015, 12:18 AM   #2
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On my last few rigs I've always opted to mount them underneath the front underside just forward of the leading axle, but as far back as possible. I generally raid a local junk yard and rob one of the crank winches from a Ford and have it mounted between the frame supports.

Drop the cable into the wheel-well and crank it right on up.

On this rig I picked one up for $35 and it cost me $45 for labor from a local welder.

They work fantastically, but a major draw back is a lot of these newer model winches require a propriety "key" to connect to the winch. Requiring you to carry a winch bar that will marry to the key. I'm not sure what other makers have in that regard, but certainly worth giving your local junk yard a call.

All told it's still a bit less expensive than some other storage solutions, but it DOES work like a charm. Tight up out of the way, but ready to go with a few cranks.

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Old 05-22-2015, 11:12 PM   #3
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THX for the info. I have an appointment with a guy that specializing in trailer setups. We plan to re-enforce the frame and mount the tire on rear just below the window and reposition the license plate. Will post pictures if successful. Estimated cost is around $300.
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Old 05-22-2015, 11:25 PM   #4
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What are you mounting the spare tire to? TT, pop-up...?
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Old 05-23-2015, 12:09 AM   #6
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That is awesome! I'm digging those wings!

I'm guessing a 14 inch wheel for this beauty so the bumper looks to be sturdy enough to handle that. Trick would be to have the spare mount angled back to clear that slope on the back of the trailer.

Where's OC when ya need him?
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I'm guessing a 14 inch wheel for this beauty so the bumper looks to be sturdy enough to handle that.
Need to back peddle...

The original Airflyte apparently did not come with a spare. The reissue version has retained that tradition.

It appears that attaching anything to the frame (like a spare tire) will void the warranty for the frame.
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Inside floor of the trailer, that's where ours will go.
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Inside floor of the trailer, that's where ours will go.
Yep, that'll work!
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On my last few rigs I've always opted to mount them underneath the front underside just forward of the leading axle, but as far back as possible. I generally raid a local junk yard and rob one of the crank winches from a Ford and have it mounted between the frame supports.

Drop the cable into the wheel-well and crank it right on up.

On this rig I picked one up for $35 and it cost me $45 for labor from a local welder.

They work fantastically, but a major draw back is a lot of these newer model winches require a propriety "key" to connect to the winch. Requiring you to carry a winch bar that will marry to the key. I'm not sure what other makers have in that regard, but certainly worth giving your local junk yard a call.

All told it's still a bit less expensive than some other storage solutions, but it DOES work like a charm. Tight up out of the way, but ready to go with a few cranks.

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Could you post some pictures of how you did this? Would love to see your handiwork!
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