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Old 07-21-2012, 11:56 AM   #1
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How is your spare tire mounted?

My spare tire is loose and was thinking of mounting it under the trailer. Anybody's trailer come this way? Bracket system? Bolt hanging down from the floor?
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Old 07-21-2012, 12:23 PM   #2
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My spare was on the back bumper like most.
I don't like it there for many reasons.
Wasps get under the cover.
It sticks out 8".
It's ugly.

I took a piece of angle iron about a foot long and drilled it for 2 long carriage bolts.
I put the angle iron in the floor of my front pass thru storage area just right of
my center mounted water tank.
Said a "hail Mary" and drilled 2 holes thru the floor.
Stuck the long bolts thru and put nuts and washers against the floor.
Then put the tire up against the floor from underneath with the 2 bolts sticking
thru 2 of the lug holes in the wheel.
Add 2 more washers and double back to back nuts on the bottom.
That way the nuts wont work loose.
Be sure and put the valve stem down so you can check pressure from time to time.
This fits flush against the bottom, in between the frame rails.
It's barely visible from the side.
You have to stoop over to see it at all.
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Old 07-21-2012, 12:42 PM   #3
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I saw a rig (fiver?) yesterday with the spare behind the rear axle mounted below the frame rails. Looks like the worst place imaginable to mount it.
Are you wanting to lay in the mud to get to it?
Do you want to lay on 140 degree asphalt to get it?
I like mine on the bumper. I can just walk right up to it hardly bending over at all.
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Old 07-21-2012, 12:45 PM   #4
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I saw a rig (fiver?) yesterday with the spare behind the rear axle mounted below the frame rails. Looks like the worst place imaginable to mount it.
Are you wanting to lay in the mud to get to it?
Do you want to lay on 140 degree asphalt to get it?
I like mine on the bumper. I can just walk right up to it hardly bending over at all.
Agree, ugly, but sure better than crawling around to check pressure and trying to pull the d--- thing out if needed.
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Old 07-21-2012, 01:21 PM   #5
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I saw a rig (fiver?) yesterday with the spare behind the rear axle mounted below the frame rails. Looks like the worst place imaginable to mount it.
Are you wanting to lay in the mud to get to it?
Do you want to lay on 140 degree asphalt to get it?
I like mine on the bumper. I can just walk right up to it hardly bending over at all.
Ours is right behind the axle, on our Silverback. Thinking of moving it elsewhere, just not quite sure where. Probably in the back of the pickup...
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Old 07-21-2012, 01:28 PM   #6
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The back of the p/u is where mine is now. No rear bumper mine is a Toy Hauler with rear ramp...
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Old 07-21-2012, 01:56 PM   #7
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Been looking at a Tire Hoist like what comes on the Truck...That may work!
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Old 07-21-2012, 01:57 PM   #8
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on a travel trailer that I had, I mounted a spare tire cable wench from a chevy pickup under the trailer between the frame rails, attached a shaft so I could use the same crank handle as the stabalizer jacks, worked out really good. Now on my wildcat 5th, mounted the spare in the front storage area, stands up out of the way, nice to have it out of the weather and sun.
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Agree, ugly, but sure better than crawling around to check pressure and trying to pull the d--- thing out if needed.
Fine for you. My storage shed is short. I back in until the ladder is touching
the back end.
Spare tire on the bumper stuck out way more than that.

Mine is up front on the side right next to the frame on the right side.
I check the pressure a couple times a year and I lay on an old piece of
carpet.
In 9 years of RVing I've never had a flat. With those odds I'll take my
chances of "laying in the mud" to get it."
In the far off chance I need it on the road I've got blue tarps, blankets
and rubber mats.
I won't be laying in the mud to get it.
AND it's out of sight and out of my way in the mean time.
With the bumper mount and cover wasps got in there EVERY spring.
I HATED to check pressure because I knew those bas--ds were in
there.
No problem under neath.
It works for me!
YMMV
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WHOA there KyDan, wasn't being critical of what you did, it is a good idea and well executed. Was just stating that it was not for me. I have open area to park and I agree with the yellow jackets/mud daubers & wasps building nests. The only thing going for that position is I have a little better chance of running!
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