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Old 05-30-2015, 02:13 PM   #1
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Spare Tire Mounting Bracket help

I am wanting to build a Mount for the Spare Tire and could use a little help with what it should look like. I am moving the Propane Rack forward enough to allow for this mounting arrangement on my '58 AS Traveler.
Pictures would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 05-30-2015, 07:49 PM   #2
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Hi prairie schooner, I don't know if this is helpful. My 66 Trade Wind had this "J" shaped steel member riveted to the front of the trailer. The spare tire sat in the bottom of the J. I bolt was threaded through one of the lug holes of the wheel.

Here is a photo. I don't have one of just the spare tire carrier. Maybe someone else has a photo of theirs. It is made of steel about 3/16 thick. It had a cross piece toward the top. There were pop rivets holding the thing on, as well as sheet metal screws down at the front plate area.

Judging from the corrosion of the front skin, I'd say that spare tire carrier was dealer mounted when new.

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Old 05-30-2015, 08:45 PM   #3
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FYI, there is a thread that discusses a spare tire holder similar to what you are showing on this thread. Someone build the holder from scratch and posted these pictures. I was very impressed and saved the pictues for future reference in case I was to do the same thing.
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Old 05-31-2015, 09:24 PM   #4
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thanks guys! the last one is very interesting indeed! I was thinking of using something that would come out of a receiver but the pivoting one is a much better idea,
I haven't found the link yet so any help would be appreciated, thanks again guys both are helpful!!
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Old 05-31-2015, 10:48 PM   #5
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Here is a photo of my Argosy Spare Tire. It simply fits in the A frame against the front of the trailer and is held in by the gas tanks. It sits there by gravity, nothing holds it other than friction. There is no mount whatsoever. Been there for the 16 or 17 years I have owned the rig.
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Old 05-31-2015, 11:58 PM   #6
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thanks guys! the last one is very interesting indeed! I was thinking of using something that would come out of a receiver but the pivoting one is a much better idea,
I haven't found the link yet so any help would be appreciated, thanks again guys both are helpful!!
The person posting the thread about the tire carrier in the photos above is Onawayman here on the forums. He built it from scratch and says it works well. I will return here and post the thread name for you. Ed

The thread is listed as: Tongue Mounted Spare Tire Carrier. If you put it into the search box above on the blue tool bar it should direct you to his post. Ed
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Old 06-01-2015, 08:11 AM   #7
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I found the post for that;
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f438...-106407-2.html

This looks like it will work out well for me. Some discussion about the weight issue on the tongue but it should be better than on the rear and not enough clearance underneath.
Mine will be polished so I want a bracket to keep it away from the skin.
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Old 06-01-2015, 09:55 PM   #8
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Airstream offers a bracket/kit that goes under the front frame. I have it on my 1978 Argosy and gives you more space on the A frame to use an LP cover. Angy at Inland RV has it. Part # 10989
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Do you have a pic of it installed? still not sure about the ground clearance with it but a pic may help. Thanks
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Do you have a pic of it installed? still not sure about the ground clearance with it but a pic may help. Thanks
Here are a few pics of the current Airstream spare tire carrier.
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Here is the older "J" version remade with aluminum.

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Spare Tire Mounting

I needed to increase tongue weight and free up some "trunk" space so I moved my spare tire to the tongue. I thought about mounting it behind the LP tanks but that would have involved relocating LP lines, etc so I chose a simpler solution. The cross bar is aluminum channel and the vertical bolts are galvanized. Ground clearance is 9 inches and has not been a problem so far.
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My setup is identical to BambiTex's. I created mine 6-7 years ago and have had no clearance issues.

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I got a spare tire mount off of a small truck at a dismantler and put it in the frame then cut out the belly pay so when you turn the shaft it goes up into the frame about half way. Lots of clearance and low cost. There is some welding to do but not much. Been awhile for pics but here goes.
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Old 06-02-2015, 04:25 PM   #14
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Thanks for the help guys!
I do not have enough ground clearance to install the spare under the tongue and really don't want to remove any of the original belly pan.
Top's pictures answered my original question yet not sure that I want to add anything to the front of my Traveler simply because of leaks, etc.
I still like the idea of the spare mounted behind the propane tanks and upright. This will at least resemble what might have come originally. The pivoting bracket may be the answer and it could be removed easily with no issues. I am replacing the copper propane lines anyway so I'll just do that after I get a mount built. Next I need to get the wheel I picked up on CL painted and down America's Tire to mount the 7-14.5 tire I bought last year.

Thanks again for all of the advice on this it has been very helpful in making my decision.
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