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Old 10-16-2014, 08:29 PM   #1
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Spare Tire Mount Question

I've installed my Sendel T02/Michelin LT225/75R16E tires on our '14 Flying Cloud 27FB (and the take-offs are going on the SOB I'll be selling soon, so they're going to a good home). Anyway, my question is which way should I mount the spare tire, shiny side up or down (or does it matter)? I needed the spare on our maiden voyage last month and I really didn't pay attention to the way it was mounted by the factory.

I decided to go with the stock aluminum wheel that matches the ones on the ground. (FWIW, I did a search before posting this but was unable to locate the answer.) Thanks!
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Old 10-16-2014, 08:49 PM   #2
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I like to mount them shiny side down so I can crawl under there with an air hose to check the air pressure and adjust if needed without having to remove the spare from the mount.

Do it before every trip just to be on the safe side.
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Old 10-17-2014, 03:26 AM   #3
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That makes good sense, Steve. I plan to carry one spare tire in the stock position (underneath the trailer) and another in the bed of my tv. I just don't think you can be too safe.

This tire upgrade gives me a lot of piece of mind. Our tire speed rating has increased from 65 to 106 mph (and with speed limits of 75-80 in the wide open spaces out West, this is important to us).

I ordered the Sendel wheels, Michelin tires, and McGard lug nuts based on the information I gleaned from Airforums and everything fit perfectly. Thank you all for taking the time to post your lessons learned to help your fellow Airstreamers, and I hope to see you on the road.
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That makes good sense, Steve. I plan to carry one spare tire in the stock position (underneath the trailer) and another in the bed of my tv. I just don't think you can be too safe.

This tire upgrade gives me a lot of piece of mind. Our tire speed rating has increased from 65 to 106 mph (and with speed limits of 75-80 in the wide open spaces out West, this is important to us).

I ordered the Sendel wheels, Michelin tires, and McGard lug nuts based on the information I gleaned from Airforums and everything fit perfectly. Thank you all for taking the time to post your lessons learned to help your fellow Airstreamers, and I hope to see you on the road.
As previously stated, I vote for shiny side down for ease of access to the valve.

Also, I would counsel against towing at 75 to 80 MPH even if the speed limit allows it and you are using LT tires rated to 106 MPH. Take your time and arrive safe.
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That makes good sense, Steve. I plan to carry one spare tire in the stock position (underneath the trailer) and another in the bed of my tv. I just don't think you can be too safe.

This tire upgrade gives me a lot of piece of mind. Our tire speed rating has increased from 65 to 106 mph (and with speed limits of 75-80 in the wide open spaces out West, this is important to us).

I ordered the Sendel wheels, Michelin tires, and McGard lug nuts based on the information I gleaned from Airforums and everything fit perfectly. Thank you all for taking the time to post your lessons learned to help your fellow Airstreamers, and I hope to see you on the road.
And did you consider Centramatics to minimize vibration? They dynamically balance the entire hub/wheel/tire assembly.
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Old 11-02-2014, 09:23 PM   #6
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Got 'em ordered. Of course, I've already installed the 16's but you live and learn.


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I just mounted the new 16" spare on my 25FB yesterday. I mounted it shinny side down to be able to access the valve stem. That is the way that the 15" OEM spare was mounted.

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