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Old 05-24-2013, 08:25 AM   #1
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Spare tire won't fit

I have the spare tire carrier under the front of the trailer, just aft of the a frame. There was nothing in it when I bought the trailer so I got a fifth tire and new wheel when I replaced the tires with Michelin 235 75 R15.

My problem is that my tire won't fit in the carrier. Has anyone modified theirs to make it fit a slightly larger tire? I think it I lowered the carrier about an inch things would be perfect.
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Old 05-24-2013, 08:40 AM   #2
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Way cheaper to just trade the newer/big tire for the old smaller size. The tire is an emergency type item and the temporary use as a spare won't hurt.
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That's not an option - I can't return the tire now. I stayed with the same size as before too, I'm guessing they weren't radials when the carrier was last used.
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That's not an option - I can't return the tire now. I stayed with the same size as before too, I'm guessing they weren't radials when the carrier was last used.
Right, the original size was 7.00x15, which is a slightly narrower and taller tire.
What you can do is let the air out of the tire, put it in the carrier with the valve stem accessible, and reinflate the tire after latching the carrier back in place. If you ever have to use the spare, it will drop down inthe carrier, and the tire you will be putting back in there will already be flat.
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Old 05-24-2013, 11:13 AM   #5
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Great suggestion, thanks - that's much easier than modifying it! I'll do that this weekend.


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Right, the original size was 7.00x15, which is a slightly narrower and taller tire.
What you can do is let the air out of the tire, put it in the carrier with the valve stem accessible, and reinflate the tire after latching the carrier back in place. If you ever have to use the spare, it will drop down inthe carrier, and the tire you will be putting back in there will already be flat.
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