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Old 01-07-2007, 09:35 PM   #1
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Where's the best place to mount the spare tire for our Safari?..we have been taking it w/our TV..what's the best way to mount it?
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Old 01-07-2007, 09:44 PM   #2
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Where's the best place to mount the spare tire for our Safari?..we have been taking it w/our TV..what's the best way to mount it?
Underneath the front of the body, between the frame rails.

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Bill, would that be kind of low underneath?
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Hey Paula, How about a Continental Kit on the back of the AS. And when we are all checking it out at the next Forum Rally you can serve us some of that wonderful avatar pie you're showing off!!!
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Old 01-07-2007, 09:59 PM   #5
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What is a Continental Kit?..I still haven't decided yet on the potluck item..you'll be surprised, so will I!!!
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Old 01-07-2007, 10:02 PM   #6
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How about a Continental Kit on the back of the AS.
The usual recommendation is to avoid spare tire mounts on the rear bumper. My coach had one for nearly 35 years, but was removed as part of repairs for rear end separation. The rear mounted spare tire carrier was identified as the proximate cause for much of the separation on my coach; and there has been no evidence of the separation problem redeveloping in the ten years since the repairs were made.

On a modern coach, I would go with the factory mount that places the spare below the front window between the frame members. My plan is to try to have one of the factory style behind the LP tank mounts fabricated for the spare on my Overlander as I, too am tired of the necessity of dragging the spare into or out of my tow vehicle.

Good luck with your research!

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remember when we were kids- some of the T-Birds had the tire hanging off the back bumber- thats a Conny Kit. OH gee you cannot do that on a AS, how bout the pie anyhooo.
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My spare is mounted up front under the gaucho
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Old 01-07-2007, 11:17 PM   #9
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Bill, would that be kind of low underneath?
You remove the belly pan and insulation, the tire is up against the floor and sticks down the difference between the depth of the frame and the width of the tire. That is what I am doing for a spare tire mount on the Liner.

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Old 01-07-2007, 11:18 PM   #10
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remember when we were kids- some of the T-Birds had the tire hanging off the back bumber- thats a Conny Kit. OH gee you cannot do that on a AS, how bout the pie anyhooo.
It was also used on several models of the Lincoln and a fake continental kit is part of the Mark series.

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If you have tandem axles Airstream says you can tow on 3 wheels. A friend of mine had a blowout and lost a wheel and drove on the 3 wheels with no apparent damage done.
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Towing on three wheels is an emergency. I'd only want to count on that for a short distance (like next off ramp) or if you have two flats. For instance you get a flat and then fine the spare is also flat. Remember that it you ran over something that caused a flat there's a good chance the other tire hit it too.

Besides the separation issue the spare, a fairly heavy object mounted at the extrem rear is about the worst thing possible for weight distribution. It might also be in the way of your electrical and dump facilities.

Cutting the belly pan and removing floor insulation seems like a bad idea for my use of the trailer. The belly pan helps keep heat in, water out and remember; aerodynamics under the coach are as important as top side. Besides that a spare out of site is out of mind and, for me anyway a sure recipe for not checking the air pressure regularly. For me the decreased ground clearance makes it a non-starter. Plus if you've owned a vehicle that neatly tucks the spare up into a cubby hole under the frame you know what a hassle it is to get in and out even under ideal conditions. Try it at night along the shoulder in the rain!

I really like the between the frame and the propane tanks location. My tanks are just a hair too close to the body to squeeze in the tire but I doubt that's a huge job to remedy. Who makes a kit, even better one that includes a polished tire cover, for the front?

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Tips for front tire mounting

We have a 22ft 67 Safari (single axle.) We want to mount our spare tire on the front, behind the tanks. Does anyone have a picture of their mount? My husband can weld so we're planning to make the mount ourselves. Any tips out there?
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I think we're moving toward putting the spare somewhere sitting between the front of the Safari and behind the 2 propane tanks..looking for some kind of bracket/support setup..
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