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Old 10-11-2006, 04:15 AM   #15
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I agree the tongue is an optimal place to mount a spare. I do have Scott's original tire carrier from his TW and hope to have it mounted as on mine by the weekend (Thanks, Scott! ) It's designed to be welded to the rear bumper, that's what Airstream did for my particular model in my particular year. That doesn't necessarily mean that was the *best* way to do it. But after looking at pros & cons for my trailer, I've choosen to install it the way it was originally intended.

We've all seen Airstream design issues that made us scratch our head and seen changes or improvements over the model years with some. The point is to research and evaluate the risks vs. benefits. Consider modifications involved and do you have the resources to carry them out. What will give you the most bang for your buck and what could cause problems with your trailer design, i.e. rear end sag, weight distribution, etc. Like Silvertoy says, a spare is imperative, a must-have item. Don't leave home without it.

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Old 10-11-2006, 10:16 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by cindy
Hi Bill,
Thanks for the diagrams and photo information. I'll measure up the space soon.

Presuming I do this type of carrier, how would you seal the under of the floor against the weather and highway muck?

Would you place the bellypan metal against the floor? If so how would you attach it? I can guess that vulkem would be involved too.


If you click on the diagram and then inlarge it you will see the instructions for repair of the belly pan. Basically, cut to shape and screw to plywood floor and rivet to sides.


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Old 10-11-2006, 10:28 AM   #17
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This is a little late now but as you can see wkerfoot has the same diagram as I have so thank you for posting that info so that I did not have to.

I have a question, can you still buy or get the mounting brackets??????

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