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Old 11-24-2010, 06:51 PM   #1
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Spare Storage

Need to make a new belly pan for my 65 Ambie and was considering the possibility of stowing the spare in the open space under the Goucho.
My thought was to use a spare tire cable assembly from a Chevy truck and have the gear hole come out behind the Propane tanks.There is a steel piece running across that I could bolt to.The belly would have a double door with two piano hinges and closed shut with camlocks.When spare is needed open both doors and crank tire down.
Does this sound feasable? Front area would include 37 gal. water tank and New Flexsteel couch.I am guessing weight in front would be about 475 lbs.with full tank ,couch and tire.Anyone attempted anything like this?
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FWIW, the late model trailers do have the spare in this area. However, there is no cable assembly. Instead, there is a sort of a hinged piece of square tubing that runs all the way across the tire and is held up on one side with a pin.

I have found tire winches to be problematic in the hour of need. I had one that jammed, and another one that broke loose from the frame, tire and all, unnoticed for thousands of miles.
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Jammer,
Do you think the spare holder assembly would fit? I notice 2 threaded holes on one of the stringers and a square hole in the 2' steel strap that runs across.It looks like something was there.Is the spare covered by BP or does the BP run on top and the spare is in the open?
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Old 11-24-2010, 07:26 PM   #4
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Jammer,
Do you think the spare holder assembly would fit? I notice 2 threaded holes on one of the stringers and a square hole in the 2' steel strap that runs across.It looks like something was there.Is the spare covered by BP or does the BP run on top and the spare is in the open?
The Airstream spare tire carrier, fits the new as well as the old model trailers, Argosy's included.

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Steve the spare tire carrier is in the open and a piece of aluminium from belly pan sits against the floor to protect the wood.
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Old 11-24-2010, 07:41 PM   #6
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I had a mount welded when I was doing frame repairs to mine. Thought about all kinds of cranks and pulleys and things to lower the tire, but in the end, we just kept it simple. Block of wood and a jack and it lowers right down. Hopefully won't have to do it often.

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