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Old 09-03-2012, 07:20 AM   #1
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Spare tire storage '65 Caravel

My spare tire is supposed to set on the A frame in back of the gas bottles but it's to wide. Is there a different size tire to use for the spare? How did airstream make it work?
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Old 09-03-2012, 08:18 AM   #2
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My spare tire is supposed to set on the A frame in back of the gas bottles but it's to wide. Is there a different size tire to use for the spare? How did airstream make it work?
The old style tire carrier, was "J" shaped and was installed below the window, that also had a cross bar near the top of the "J".

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Old 09-04-2012, 06:21 AM   #3
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I think I have the original tire carrier which is channel iron welded to the A frame under the front window and behind the gas bottles.
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Old 09-04-2012, 08:05 AM   #4
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I had a friend make a custom one and weld it to the A frame in front of the bottles, because my bottle's mount was already welded on as far back as it would go.
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Old 09-04-2012, 09:06 AM   #5
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I mounted my spare under my propane tanks. I did this several years ago. See posts #20 and 22 in this thread. http://www.airforums.com/forums/f438...r-41271-2.html
As I mentioned I created this several years ago because my TV is a convertible and I have no 'handy' place to carry the spare. I had considered cutting a recess in the belly pan but my arthritis almost makes it impossible to retrieve let alone replace the tire there. This way all I do to lower the tire is rachet the holding nut, up or down to git ter done. 2 summers ago I did have a flat and I had no problem with this set up. As for ground clearance.....the hitch on my car would scrape any high portions on the road or ground before the tire would. Here is a recent photo of my solution.
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Old 09-04-2012, 09:14 AM   #6
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I mounted my spare under my propane tanks. I did this several years ago. See posts #20 and 22 in this thread. http://www.airforums.com/forums/f438...r-41271-2.html
As I mentioned I created this several years ago because my TV is a convertible and I have no 'handy' place to carry the spare. I had considered cutting a recess in the belly pan but my arthritis almost makes it impossible to retrieve let alone replace the tire there. This way all I do to lower the tire is rachet the holding nut, up or down to git ter done. 2 summers ago I did have a flat and I had no problem with this set up. As for ground clearance.....the hitch on my car would scrape any high portions on the road or ground before the tire would. Here is a recent photo of my solution.
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Same here. But instead of a standard tire that limits ground clearance, my spare is one of those skinny emergency tires off an old Chrysler.
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I moved my propane tanks towards the hitch and made this custom c-channel strap to keep tire from falling out.It works pretty good. KennyClick image for larger version

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I moved my propane tanks towards the hitch and made this custom c-channel strap to keep tire from falling out.It works pretty good. KennyAttachment 167455

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Kenny, what's funny is that I have been searching on here for an hour now about how I can mount my spare tire because I've given up on my rear mount, and I finally came across this post as my current favorite. And yet, it was also the only one I've seen in person, and forgot about it until I read this post! Go figure....

Anyway, hope you don't mind me copying it, (with a little tweaking of course)

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Here's mine. I got this idea from another Argosy owner. The tanks keep it tight. I am going to put a cover on it.
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Old 12-09-2012, 01:27 AM   #10
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When the Caravel was new, how did airstream get the tire in behind the gas bottles. Seems like nobody really knows. I installed a small emergency tire there which which will probably work. But I still would like to know how airstream company placed it there when they were selling them in year 1966.
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