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Old 10-09-2006, 11:13 PM   #1
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Question spare tire location

Hi All,

I have a question about where I can locate the trailer spare tire on my 59 Traveler- 18 ft. single axle.

Front Facts:
The tongue area is full up...a big battery box in the same place the original battery box was located. and of course 2 propane tanks, regulator and the brackets for the weight distribution arms and the tongue jack.

Rear Facts:
Old battery box re-mounted on the left side of the rear center section.
Original rear compartment on the right side of the rear center section.

I'm wanting to know if there is any reason I shouldn't try to sling it under the rear area just forward of the rear bumper.

Would that be too much added weight for the frame?
Would it be advisable to put it in between the I Beam joists if it fits?

If that won't work is it too much weight to put on the top of the rear bumper?

I'd appreciate any experience / information you might offer about where to locate the spare tire on the trailer itself.
Thanks.
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Old 10-09-2006, 11:19 PM   #2
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You may be able to mount it underneath the front of the trailer, just behind the A-frame hitch area. That's where some are located. It would be a better choice than the rear as far as weight distribution goes, as well as not contributing further to tail sag.
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Old 10-10-2006, 11:07 AM   #3
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I agree the front would be better. I have seen a few diagrams showing the tire mounted in a recessed position behind the A frame up inside the frame but below the floor board. Of coarse this was with a few modifications and a mounting bracket but it looks like a good idea. This diagram is in my service and repair manual that came with my rig. Good luck!
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Old 10-10-2006, 12:00 PM   #4
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The favctory optional mounting position was under the tongue, just at the edge of the body.
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Cindy -- I just noticed that Bill Kerfoot says he just did something like this. You might post in his thread -- http://www.airforums.com/forum...r-17291-3.html -- see post #34. You might ask for pictures. You can bet it will take doing some aluminum sheet work and a bit of steel fabrication/welding -- not too bad once y'all get the hang of it.

McLogger -- do you have a scanner or digital camera to post that diagram? A 600x800 jpeg image works very well with the Forums software. PM me if you have questions.
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Old 10-10-2006, 12:29 PM   #6
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You may be able to mount it underneath the front of the trailer, just behind the A-frame hitch area. That's where some are located.
That is where we mounted one on our 1978 Ambassador. Jackson Center did the work. They cut out the belly pan behind the A frame and tucked it up into the frame of the trailer. There is a mounting bracket that will let you raise and lower the spare. Works out well.
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Old 10-10-2006, 01:26 PM   #7
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My PO welded an "A" frame behind the rear window of my Caravel... meaning I can open the back window only 6 inches before hitting the "A" frame. Not a great idea since I could (...hope I never) need to open the back window for an emergency exit.

And to boot...

The spare tire was the wrong size.

Good Luck.
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Old 10-10-2006, 01:59 PM   #8
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My PO welded an "A" frame behind the rear window of my Caravel...
Uh ... yeah. Not a good idea for the reasons you state and more! I've seen quite a few added on contraptions on the rear bumpers. The frame strength was not designed for bumping down the road with the weight of a tire bouncing that far behind the axle. Some will say they've done it just fine. The most significant majority on the Forums fear for rear end separation and similar issues. My Argosy lost the seal back there, had floor rot and frame damage without any added on weight at the rear bumper. Trouble will follow any bumper mount -- just depends on how close ya look.
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Old 10-10-2006, 05:00 PM   #9
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There is always the option to keep the spare in the TV

If you have a pick-up you can always keep the spare back in the bed. That is likely the option you'd end up with for one of them if you have two spares (for rough roads).
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Old 10-10-2006, 08:25 PM   #10
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Here is the page from my 1979 Airstream Service Manual regarding the factory spare tire holder. Also a picture sent to me with a home built spare tire holder. I straightened the frame on the Liner in order to replace the coupler and as a result have a very large spot between the frame rails for my holder, which is similiar to the factory one. You will need to make sure that there is enough room in an unmodified 1950s trailer for the spare.

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Old 10-11-2006, 01:06 AM   #11
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spare tire location

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.

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Old 10-11-2006, 01:09 AM   #12
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By the way, thanks for pointing out the search possibilities. I'll go check it out.
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Old 10-11-2006, 01:55 AM   #13
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I also agree that Bills placement is good .I also will say that airstream did in fact install tire carriers to the older trailers .I had one on my 60 trdwnd .
Sugarfoot has it now ,i keep the spare in the travelall in the back floor.I have
no frame problems ,bent frame or separation at the body or bumper .It was on there for 40 years ,they came with a cool aluminum tire cover that enclosed the spare and matched the trailer ,someone here in town had one on his 61 trdwnd .anyhow ,no arguement on the weight issue ,but not all
airsteams in fact did have these problems ,mainly later rear bath units with
lighter frames and tanks in the 70s .The archive photos show many older coaches with the rear tire on the rear bumper ,but again back under the frame in front is a good place , clearance will be the main issue ,going down driveways or up into parking lots can drag the spare if not high up enough or to far forward .Bills information is very good for the conversion .

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Old 10-11-2006, 02:27 AM   #14
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Here is my .02 cents for those that care to listen...

Hello all -

Been following this thread with some serious interest and, now here I am. What to do with me?? Seem a fair enough question......

Sooooo, hear me out!

I think that the front A-Frame area is a fine place to locate a travelling spare. There are numerous posts here and elsewwhere that detail the construction of one of them (Use the search feature ..... and KEEP!! looking on all reasonable variables that are similar....) I have seen lots of great info go to waste because of poor follow-up in the search functions.... they are a WEALTH of info to anyone that is willing to get in there and get 'dirty'..... and yelled at by the 'old guard' here and elsewhere.

Back to the A-Frame. There is loads of opporunilty to build a great looking and long lasting space for the spare below the unit with a bit of work. All this CAN be done on the tongue and with a very minimal increase in work, that will likely deter few, but will likely FIRE UP a few as well.

There are many rewards waiting for the unit owner that has the forsight enough to mount that spare in the front tongue. There is room a plenty, there is a "safe" position offered there that is hard to beat. Given the other possible locations discussed so far, there is really no other location that offers the coutless & numerous positives, with no negatives - other than Tongue weight. Piffle!!!!

Consider your unit, your plans going forward and how the usage will impact the spare locations choice. A SPARE IS A MUST HAVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! For those that don't KNOW it, then there are millions of examples that all point the fact that a terrific spare is GREAT thing to have. Even more so for a TT.

Give the whole thing a thought and if you find that your thinking had led you right back here. Basics of trailers, do that and all else is OK. The land of checking the tires before EVERY thip. The land of having front mounted Spare Tire holders.

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I hope that these situations all work out positively..... if not then perhaps there is work there that we can offer..... to others that fell like this was something other than about a novel/ unique & effective way to handle the spare tire situation..... i.e. Two to Tango!

I hope that we can go right thru/ past/ and around the feuding/ fighting that is likely to exhist.......
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