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Old 04-30-2019, 02:38 PM   #1
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Under trailer spare tire storage

Hello, this is my first post. I have ordered a Surveyor Lux 267rbss with an under trailer spare carrier. Anybody have anything good or bad to say about this feature. I hope it doesn't hang too low and reduce my ground clearance. I'm following the script for rv ownership. Tent camping... pop up camper... hybrid trailer (Jayco x23b) and now to a hard sided trailer. I think I'll not go forward to a 5er or motorhome, but who knows? My Cincinnati dealer said 7 weeks so I'm really excited. Any good camping close to Cincy?
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Old 04-30-2019, 03:08 PM   #2
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I don't have your unit but my last two 5th wheels have had the spare mounted underneath. The first one towards the front and the current towards the rear.

No issues whatsoever.
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Old 04-30-2019, 03:14 PM   #3
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Hello, this is my first post. I have ordered a Surveyor Lux 267rbss with an under trailer spare carrier. Anybody have anything good or bad to say about this feature. I hope it doesn't hang too low and reduce my ground clearance. I'm following the script for rv ownership. Tent camping... pop up camper... hybrid trailer (Jayco x23b) and now to a hard sided trailer. I think I'll not go forward to a 5er or motorhome, but who knows? My Cincinnati dealer said 7 weeks so I'm really excited. Any good camping close to Cincy?
If the spare tire is far enough forward (preferably in front of or immediately behind the axles), you won't have a problem with it. If it is very close to the rear bumper, it could pose a problem hitting the pavement once in a while when the trailer is on a short downhill grade.

Good campgrounds near Cincy? Try Little Farm on the River in Rising Sun, Indiana.

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Old 05-01-2019, 08:54 AM   #4
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No issues here. Mine is mounted about under the entry door ahead of the axles. No ground clearance issues at all.
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Old 05-01-2019, 02:34 PM   #5
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I have one. Surveyor uses only the one for underbellies that are not enclosed. So if your underbelly is enclosed it hangs below versus sitting on top.
It damage the side wall of my spare after 2 years. I had to replace my spare last year. Dealer attempted to make modifications. That didn't help. I checked tire and it started to have marks like last spare.
So I called Surveyor they say no one else has complained. I then called BAL they say it can be mounted that way also received no complaints. I have ordered the correct brackets and will be installing.
Once I complete it I will be sending Surveyor before and after pictures and pictures of the sidewall of my tire. I don't think they will be of any help. Big design flaw by Surveyor.
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Old 05-01-2019, 02:48 PM   #6
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Hello, this is my first post. I have ordered a Surveyor Lux 267rbss with an under trailer spare carrier. Anybody have anything good or bad to say about this feature. I hope it doesn't hang too low and reduce my ground clearance. I'm following the script for rv ownership. Tent camping... pop up camper... hybrid trailer (Jayco x23b) and now to a hard sided trailer. I think I'll not go forward to a 5er or motorhome, but who knows? My Cincinnati dealer said 7 weeks so I'm really excited. Any good camping close to Cincy?
I have stayed at Eastfork State park about 25 miles east of Cincinnati. It's a huge park that the state has let run down a lot. It has a lot of pretty campsites with good electric but only water hydrants spaced around a couple places on each loop. They have a very limited number of full hook up sites.
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Old 05-02-2019, 09:05 AM   #7
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You need two spares

I have previous experience with twin axle front tire hitting something and it blew. The second either hit the same object or couldn't take the weight and blew as well. Learned then and there you need two spares. I have an under carriage carrier and I moved it to the left side and went on Amazon and bought a second and mounted it on the right side. Well worth the cost if you have a problem like I had.
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Hello, this is my first post. I have ordered a Surveyor Lux 267rbss with an under trailer spare carrier. Anybody have anything good or bad to say about this feature. I hope it doesn't hang too low and reduce my ground clearance. I'm following the script for rv ownership. Tent camping... pop up camper... hybrid trailer (Jayco x23b) and now to a hard sided trailer. I think I'll not go forward to a 5er or motorhome, but who knows? My Cincinnati dealer said 7 weeks so I'm really excited. Any good camping close to Cincy?
We have the 267rbss. We have had no issues with cleaeance and it is located between the pass through storage and trailer axles.
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Old 05-03-2019, 08:52 AM   #9
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I liked the idea of mounting the spare under the rig so much I fabricated a lift and installed it under the front of our 5th wheel. The tire rides higher then the axcel so there is no problem at all. By mounting underneath it reduced the overall length of our rig by over 12" which has made the difference twice so far in our travels. Previously the spare was mounted on the flimsy rear bumper.
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Old 05-19-2019, 01:52 PM   #10
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I agree with "Dusty", and removed my spare tire before it was damaged.
Instead, I bought a spare tire holder that mounts to the back bumper, but have not used it. Currently, I carry the spare in the back of my truck, just like I carry the spare for my boat trailer.
I could not every imagine crawling under the TT to retrieve the spare tire.
So yes, a bad design by Surveyor.

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