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Old 09-20-2017, 11:59 PM   #1
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1978 Argosy No place for a spare!??

Ready to hit the road. All recommended maintenance complete including 6 new tires. Maybe I should have the spare checked before
I throw all the tires away. What spare!!???

I can believe a spare doesn't exists but no place to store a spare? Were spare tires optional back then?

Mechanic says there's no place or room to mount it underneath and he could rig a mount on the back bumper. I found a decent wheel and tire, which included the solid metal spare tire cover.

Is there an attachment I could purchase and have it mounted? I am fearful to just blindly trust a mechanic to "figure something out and make it work".. Has anyone else dealt with this?

Advice? Resources? Help!!

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Old 09-21-2017, 12:15 AM   #2
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There are quiet a few hitch mounted spare wheel carriers to chose from, and 'installation' is inserting the hitch pin.
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Old 09-21-2017, 12:27 AM   #3
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I considered that as the mechanic offered that as an option. My hang up is that we are mountain bikers (a huge contributor to pulling the trigger on the motorhome purchase) and will need to attach our bike rack to the hitch. The mechanic did say that we could get an extension so the bike racks could fit behind the spare tire hitch. My dilemma is, I am already out of my comfort zone driving a 26" vintage airstream and to add an additional 4"-5" really concerns me. My other car is a Prius. Lol!
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Hi Shannon If your Argosy is a Tandem axle you do not need a spare. It will drive easily on 3 wheels. Keep your speed below 51 MPH.

If it is a single axle there is a space prepped behind the A frame for a spare. I'm pretty sure the carrier from a 2018 will fit.
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Old 09-21-2017, 04:54 AM   #5
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Hi Shannon If your Argosy is a Tandem axle you do not need a spare. It will drive easily on 3 wheels. Keep your speed below 51 MPH.

If it is a single axle there is a space prepped behind the A frame for a spare. I'm pretty sure the carrier from a 2018 will fit.
It's a motorhome......
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I didn't realize that. Similar to the trailer though. You can run on three rear tires use inside tire. If you have to you can move a rear to the front position. Flats are rare on 10 ply tires.
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Both my 1977 20' & 24' had a bar across the rear end for the spare to bolt too. It allowed the tire to sit just above the bumper.
On the 24 footer with a rear bedroom, I ended up moving the spare under the passenger side bunk,along with the tire tools and jack.
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Both my 1977 20' & 24' had a bar across the rear end for the spare to bolt too. It allowed the tire to sit just above the bumper.
On the 24 footer with a rear bedroom, I ended up moving the spare under the passenger side bunk,along with the tire tools and jack.
Wayne, do you have any detailed pictures of the bar?

My 20' has the generator in the rear with a compartment door that folds down. I've been looking at options on how to mount the spare tire but haven't made any decisions yet.

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I dont have any good photos of the 24 footer mount, but I recall it as a bar behind the cabinet between the bunks with a mating bar on the outside. That allowed bolts through 2 of the tire mounting holes.
On the 20 footer, it had the rear bath and I did find a photo showing the bracket. It had a more professional looking mount. It used a steel plate that came from the framework behind the bumper. You can see it if you look close.

Also, unrelated to this topic, but I found a photo of some artwork that was in my 20 footer "Yelo Sub" It came with it and I wonder if others had a similar needlepoint work in theirs?
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Thanks for the replies this far all.
I appreciate the discussion and recommendations as I am pretty naive to most everything at this point, therefore learning every step of the way.

@bkahler when I first read your post I was excited that I would be ok w/o an actual spare but then I started thinking... my major concern is, if I have a flat in BFE the 19.5 tires r close to impossible to find in a metro area such as Denver, let alone in some off the path rural town I may be traveling through. We do lots of back country trips and end up in some pretty secluded towns.

I already purchase the spare wheel, tire, and cover from a junk yard for $125 knowing the tires and that wheel size can be somewhat hard to come by but I am beginning to think maybe I jumped the gun. I prob called 15 places before finding even a wheel so when I found one with the cover I went ahead and made the purchase.
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Thanks for the replies this far all.
I appreciate the discussion and recommendations as I am pretty naive to most everything at this point, therefore learning every step of the way.

@bkahler when I first read your post I was excited that I would be ok w/o an actual spare but then I started thinking... my major concern is, if I have a flat in BFE the 19.5 tires r close to impossible to find in a metro area such as Denver, let alone in some off the path rural town I may be traveling through. We do lots of back country trips and end up in some pretty secluded towns.

I already purchase the spare wheel, tire, and cover from a junk yard for $125 knowing the tires and that wheel size can be somewhat hard to come by but I am beginning to think maybe I jumped the gun. I prob called 15 places before finding even a wheel so when I found one with the cover I went ahead and made the purchase.
I can understand the concern and reasons for carrying a spare tire, I plan to carry one as well. Finding a viable option can be difficult. Have you considered mounting a carrier up front for the bicycles? I've seen a Airstream motorhomes with bike racks up front.
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my 77 argosy put spare behind propane tanks with a strap and a tire cover
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I dont have any good photos of the 24 footer mount, but I recall it as a bar behind the cabinet between the bunks with a mating bar on the outside. That allowed bolts through 2 of the tire mounting holes.
On the 20 footer, it had the rear bath and I did find a photo showing the bracket. It had a more professional looking mount. It used a steel plate that came from the framework behind the bumper. You can see it if you look close.

Also, unrelated to this topic, but I found a photo of some artwork that was in my 20 footer "Yelo Sub" It came with it and I wonder if others had a similar needlepoint work in theirs?
Sounds like some POs made some changes to come up with ways to carry a spare. I know Peanut had a rather large metal plate that was welded to the hitch frame, stood about 24" tall that held the spare tire. Unfortunately on Peanut it had obviously been pushed in in the back and gouged a hole in the rear skin.

I plan on fabricating a carrier that can be folded down out of the way so I can open the generator compartment cover.

As for the needlepoint work, at the moment my Argosy has NOTHING inside
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my 77 argosy put spare behind propane tanks with a strap and a tire cover
The discussion is about a 28' Argosy motorhome.
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