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Old 11-02-2011, 07:11 AM   #15
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Do yourself a favor, buy the carrier,mount it under the front, out of the way, could even help with tongue weight.
Perry,

We have never had a clearance problem with the front carrier on the Classic.
IMO that would be the way to go.

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Old 11-02-2011, 09:22 AM   #16
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Am I understanding some of the above posts correctly in that the front carrier position does not impact ground clearance? My drive is rather steep, and I find I need to lower the tension on the WD in order to raise the rear enough to not scrape when backing up the drive. However, if I lower it too much, the safety chains scrape where they cross under the front of the A frame.

I have a spare mount, but have not mounted it due to concern of getting hung up on the spare and carrier.

In this scenario, would installing the spare carrier in the factory position result in a ground contact issue?
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Old 11-02-2011, 09:34 AM   #17
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If it did, you could just hop out, remove the spare, hop back in, and park.
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Old 11-02-2011, 09:40 AM   #18
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I still might do this as an interim thing because I just got through rehabing the rear end and it is ready to put a tire carrier back there. The front mount position might be better but I don't have 2 months to pull the skins, pull all the pink nasty stuff out, POR15 the frame etc. etc. etc. I have a spare that I would rather not put in my tow vehicle.

Ok let me ask you this, where do I get a tire carrier or do I just make one?

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Old 11-02-2011, 09:46 AM   #19
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Ok let me ask you this, where do I get a tire carrier or do I just make one?

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Any parts stocking AS dealer either has it, or can get it for you.
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New, a tire carrier cost approx. $150 plus shipping from an Airstream dealer. I did have some quotes higher than that when I was looking.
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Old 11-02-2011, 01:07 PM   #21
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Airstream mounts skid plates at the rear to protect the bumper from being damaged on steep ascents such as driveways and some ferries. Extending the skid plates downward would help protect a tire carrier and tire if you mount the tire at the rear.

We put the spare in the back of the pickup as far foreward in the bed as possible to take weight off the rear axle. I can understand not wanting to put a tire in the back of your Excursion. It takes a lot of space, but better there than getting damaged at the back. Looks like a battered tire, wheel and carrier would cost around $260.

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Old 11-02-2011, 01:34 PM   #22
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I think I can make a carrier. A quick and dirty way would be to just get some metal and weld a couple nuts to it and bolt the rim onto the bottom of the floor with that welded between frame members or the floor stringers that are between the main frame beams. The tire will be just behind where the BAL jacks attach. It is not like it is going to be under the bumper. It probably won't stick down more than the BAL jacks.

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