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Old 03-21-2012, 10:20 PM   #1
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Spare tire on the underbody?

Im looking to take the leap and buy an airstream, I found one close to home. New to the site, and airstreams in general. I went out and looked at the trailer, its in good shape, but this caught me as strange, it looks like somebody cut away some bellypan to fit a tire in there, I havent seen it before, would it be a big problem to fix or even need to be fixed? also the wiring kind of made me worried, I assume its the exterior lights running along the underbody. If somebody could help me out/ would it need to be fixed/replaced? and would that be hard?
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Old 03-21-2012, 10:23 PM   #2
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Also is there anything else I should look for? its a 73 overland. I checked for body seperation, there doesnt seem to be any, or any water damage, or weak spots in the floor. anything else i should keep an eye out for?
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Old 03-21-2012, 10:26 PM   #3
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As long as it is leak free it shouldnt be a problem. Takeing the spare tire carrier out and patching it should be simple as well. I added the same carrier to my 65 and love it! Make sure to check under all openings (windows doors etc) for water damage. Old gaskets can cause costly damage. Also see if you can get a peek at the frame.
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Old 03-21-2012, 10:43 PM   #4
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Heres some pics of the axles too. Does it matter if I just leave the spare tire there? and whats up with that wiring? or maybe it's the gas line?
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Old 03-21-2012, 11:14 PM   #5
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My '64 has the same carrier, and I wondered if it was an option. It was fairly well done and handy. When I replaced the floor, I put a sheet of aluminum under the plywood and over the spare to protect the plywood from moisture.
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My 88 has the same spare set up. Comes in handy to have if you get a flat.
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We have that spare tire bracket on our 2006 Bambi...nice to have the spare there...no where else to carry it.
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Old 04-08-2012, 03:18 PM   #8
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Spare carrier

My 73 does not have a carrier. I am building a new frame, so I could easily mount a device like that on mine. My one concern is if by chance the locking mechanism failed, the carrier would drop to the road, and possibly cause severe damage. I was thinking that if it hinged to the front, there would be a much less violent outcome, as it would just drop and drag.
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My 73 does not have a carrier. I am building a new frame, so I could easily mount a device like that on mine. My one concern is if by chance the locking mechanism failed, the carrier would drop to the road, and possibly cause severe damage. I was thinking that if it hinged to the front, there would be a much less violent outcome, as it would just drop and drag.
No need to worry, unless you feel that an axle could fall off and run over someone.

What your describing has never happened with that tire carrier.

The big reasons are that it has a hook latch, PLUS holes for a lock or bolt, to further keep it secure, not only in place, but in the case of a lock, from a simple theft of the spare.

I would worry more probably about the other goofy things that life has to offer.

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No need to worry, unless you feel that an axle could fall off and run over someone.

What your describing has never happened with that tire carrier.

The big reasons are that it has a hook latch, PLUS holes for a lock or bolt, to further keep it secure, not only in place, but in the case of a lock, from a simple theft of the spare.

I would worry more probably about the other goofy things that life has to offer.

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My 22' was delivered from San Francisco to Northern BC, and when I picked it up, I was shocked to see the pin holding the spare tire carrier did not have a lock pin. Somehow, this thing went 2000 miles with this loose pin and didn't pop out.

1/2 of the EQ hitch wasn't as fortunate... one bracket fell off and one spring bar was just swaying in the wind. At least the bar didn't fall off and destroy the trailer.

Anyway, somehow the pin didn't fall out, and if it did the latch would have been the only thing holding it...
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Heres some pics of the axles too. Does it matter if I just leave the spare tire there? and whats up with that wiring? or maybe it's the gas line?
The pipe to the right is you gas line. My 69 amb has it on the belly pan as well.
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My '64 has the same carrier, and I wondered if it was an option. It was fairly well done and handy. When I replaced the floor, I put a sheet of aluminum under the plywood and over the spare to protect the plywood from moisture.
Our 73 had the same cut out. We did the same with a sheet of aluminum.

I would be concerned that the weight of the wheel/tire in that area could stress the A frame. I have seen one Airstream with a slightly bent A frame that had the spare tire in the front belly location.
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Old 05-16-2012, 11:42 AM   #13
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It was a factory option on my '71 Caravel, and has been around for years. Andy sells them, and recommends them. I can't see how the weight there could bend the A frame. I sure would not worry about it anyway.
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That's the standard place for the spare on our '97
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