Originally Posted by 1953 Flying
I didn't see your spare tire location. A pic would be great. Well shoot. I really didn't want to cut a hole in the belly pan. I just might have to keep looking or really think outside of the aluminum on this one.
Ok, Robert I just in from taking, hopefully, enough pictures of my s-tire mount. As you know a convertible TV leaves little room to carry an additional tire and in spite of those who question the need for a s-tire with tandem axles I would feel more secure having the spare with me. Also during my recovery process from hip(s) replacement crawling around under to wrestle a spare was nearly impossible for me. I was tempted to have the spare mounted behind the propane tanks but like you the aluminum on the front of the coach is the most pristine I have and covering it with a spare was not really an option. Dave's suggestion is attractive to me so maybe when my hips are 'secured' in time I will reconsider that route.
So my solution intended to be temporary but do you know what?....it's working so moving the spare has dropped way down on my priority list. I thought the location may be unappealing to the eye but there is so much other 'stuff' going on the tonque that I and apparently others hardly notice it. In fact no one has asked me about it.
My mounting is basic. Draw the tire up against the A of the tonque and as far back as possible for it not to interfere with the WDH. I placed a C- channel across the tonque next to the front of the coach, drilled a hole for an all-thread rod and placed a bracket on the the bottom end of the all-thread to support the wheel. I used a perhaps a longer than necessary all-thread so that I can lower/raise the tire to the ground. You will note that I placed another 2 C-channels to protect the gas line. It is my intention to re-route the gas line then the tire can be 2" closer to the bottom of the coach frame. Also I am fortunate that I have those rare stabilizers that also conveniently help secure the tire. However I do travel with a safety chain to 'catch' the tire should the all-thread fail. That is probably THE weak link in this which I will change down my road of life. Perhaps it gives you an idea. THERE...it took longer to present this than it took to create the tire mount!