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Old 05-04-2011, 06:34 PM   #1
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Spare Tire Mounting question

Not sure if this is the appropriate place for this inquiry, but here goes.
I see that there is a spare tire mount available for Airstreams. I gather that it mounts in the front. Does it mount into the "V" formed by the
A-frame ?? In other words below the propane tanks. When I re-did my trailer light cable I installed a junction box on the inner frame rail in the "V" and I don't think a spare would mount there. Directly aft of the propane tanks there is an area under the trailer ( at least on mine) that would work. The frame rails form a rectangular space large enough for the spare. So if it mounts in that location I could manage it. Otherwise I would have to move my cable junction box. Not the end of the world but I'd rather not.

I'm hoping someone out there in AS Land has one and can advise my just how and where they mount. Otherwise, I'll just keep in in the truck.
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Old 05-04-2011, 06:45 PM   #2
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There is a formed recess in the front belly pan that the spare fits in...
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Old 05-04-2011, 06:58 PM   #3
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You didn't indicate what model/year. They may be different. I have an '08. The carrier pivots from the 2nd crossmember about 3' behind the front of the trailer body. There is no belly skin in that area so the tire parks in the recess against the floor. The carrier latches near the point where the a-frame meets the frontmost crossmember on the curbside inside the a-frame. When released, the tire can slide forward onto the ground under the a-frame. I find it easiest to put the tire back by sitting on the ground and using my legs to push the tire back up on the carrier, then lift the front of the carrier and latch it with the pin.
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Old 05-04-2011, 07:38 PM   #4
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There's a tire holder for sale on our Classifieds. Used, but powder-coated. Looks interesting.
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Roger here is what the space for the spare tire carrier looks like. It mounts up under the body of the trailer forward of the first crossmember and aft of the front edge of the shell.
This is the view looking forward. You can see the edge of the shell and the tongue in front of that.
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This is the view looking rearward from the front of the trailer. The edge you can see is the first crossmember.
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Old 05-05-2011, 08:31 AM   #6
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Thanks all. My trailer has had some work done by the previous owner so I was not sure if this area was used for the spare. PO had a new and heavier "A" frame welded in after the batteries had leaked and rotted through and corroded the steel frame. I see the area mentioned but wasn't sure if it was usually covered by the belly pan or not. Thanks, I plan to consider the spare mount.
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