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Old 10-10-2002, 03:48 PM   #1
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Unhappy spare tire?

Does anyone have an idea where Airstream mounted the spare tires ( if offered) on their units? Specifically on mine, a 78 Argosy Minuet? I have seen a few which had it mounted on the rear bumper but always thought this was a definite no-no as I am already battling a minor degree of rear end separation as it is. ( Yes Andy, I swear I will get my wheels balanced) I thought about moving the LP tanks forward a bit and building some sort of tire cradle that I can slide the tire into from the curbside. It woiuld have to be off-center as I need room to access the fresh water tank door. The tongue is short as it is. Yes, it would be a squeeze. Maybe lengthen the tongue? Carry a can of Fix a Flat? Keep throwing the spare in the bed of my pickup???
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Old 10-10-2002, 04:00 PM   #2
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The newer models have the spare underneath the front of the trailer, but there is a factory provision for it in the banana wrap.
I have seen spare tires mounted behind the propane bottles, even under the propane bottles on some trailers.
I am battling the same thoughts. Maybe someone has a better suggestion??
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Old 10-10-2002, 04:20 PM   #3
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my 73 has a cradle under the front of the trailer. No spare, though...I can only assume this is what its for. I'll take a pic and post it tomorrow...
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Old 10-10-2002, 04:52 PM   #4
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I asked the same question this past summer while at the A/S factory and, I was told that they will sell you a "spare tire" mounting kit. It's installed under your Airstream just behind the A frame. I didn't ask about the price because upon looking at one already installed, IMHO..I didn't like the looks of it.
Having said that, I should say why..It looked to me that, this would leave the underneath exposed to the weather/rain from driving, etc

I wished I had taken a picture of it..Maybe someone out there will post one..
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Chuck, just read your post..That would be nice if you could post the pic...
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Old 10-10-2002, 05:31 PM   #5
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Old 10-10-2002, 05:35 PM   #6
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Old 10-10-2002, 06:26 PM   #7
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Is that a split ring wheel your using for a spare??


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Old 10-10-2002, 07:49 PM   #8
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Our '64 has it mounted on the a-frame behind the propane tanks. I don't know if it was a retrofit or not, my guess is "not" as everything else on the trailer is/was original unmodified equipment.

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Old 10-10-2002, 08:06 PM   #9
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Is that a split ring wheel your using for a spare??
You win Andy, but sorry, no prize. I was hoping sombody would notice that and post it. The tire and wheel are long gone. The rack, thanks to MarilynW, has been all cleaned up is now a shiny silver, along with the rest of the front frame.

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Old 10-11-2002, 07:59 AM   #10
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I just throw mine in the back of the truck, that way I'll never need it. You only need the spare if you leave it at home! The person I bought mine from bought a new rim and tire for a spare. He told me it was a "special" rim only used on Airstreams. Well, it fits my RidgeLane flatbed trailer too, so now I have a spare for that also!
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Does anyone know where I can get a spare trie bracket for an 2002 Bambi, used is good.
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Old 07-04-2005, 10:34 AM   #12
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Our spare is mounted in a bracket underneath the body, just behind the A frame.

When we first decided to replace the tires last year (they were new, in good shape when the trailer was purchased a few years earlier), we pulled the spare out as well to check on the thread condition. Lo and behold, the spare was a 5 lug pattern, P rated tire! The regular mag wheels are a 6 lug, LT rated tire (single axle). I wonder if the PO even realized this when he sold the trailer, or if he pulled a fast one. Good thing that there were no flat tires for the first two years...
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Old 07-04-2005, 06:06 PM   #13
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Hi Ferroequine,

I'm currently in the process of finding new wheels and tires for my 65 GT. Where in Calgary did you find replacement wheels & tires? Was there much of a selection? And if you don't mind me asking what was the $$?
I've gone down to the local Fountain Tire and all they said they could replace my rims and tires with were the standard "white" trailer rim. Quoted me a price of $485.00 for two, wheels and tires, balanced etc.

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Old 07-04-2005, 06:27 PM   #14
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This is what I did for mine. I built it out of angle steel.

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