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Old 03-25-2014, 12:22 PM   #1
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Where do "you" keep your spare tire ?


I'm new here so please be gentle,lol.

I just purchased a 1966, 28' International Ambassador (twin). Of hundreds of photos I've viewed on vintage AS's, I almost never see spare tires mounted on the rear bumper. A few have their spares behind the propane bottles. I have the original manual and as I'm sure you all are aware, the trailer came with (4) tires and no spare.

Of course I can put the spare anywhere, but I'd like to hear your "spare" tire location.

Also, the battery is a maintenance free type and is located under one of the beds. Originally, the battery was stored behind and underneath the bathroom in the back. The original owner did a complete interior restoration in the 80's and move the battery. Do I need worry about gasses with the battery under the bed ?


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Old 03-25-2014, 12:54 PM   #2
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Spare tire is in back of the truck...

Sealed AGM batteries (which it sounds like you may have) are fine inside (though you will get differing opinions)

Otherwise then yes you need to worry about the battery. It should be vented to the exterior and air tight to the interior.

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Old 03-25-2014, 12:59 PM   #3
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Hidden under a very tight belt!!!!!!
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Old 03-25-2014, 01:26 PM   #4
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Back of the truck. Sometime I will secure it with a cable and lock, depending on the camping location.
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Old 03-25-2014, 04:23 PM   #5
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Mine is on the front A frame. Had to move the gas bottles forward to allow for it.

I have also carried it on the back . I now carry an aluminum box back there for water jugs and blue tanks as we usually boondock. Nothing heavy. Added a brace and a 2 inch receiver to hold whatever I want on the back within reason.
Also at one time carried 2 bikes ( pre Box) but found we hardly ever used them so they stay home now
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Old 03-25-2014, 04:26 PM   #6
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I used to carry the spare in the bed of the truck. I installed the Airstream tire carrier which mounts under the front of the trailer. The truck is not as crowded any more.

If they are AGM's you should most likely be OK, but AGM's will out gas under certain conditions and I believe that the RV code still requires them to be in sealed and vented boxes. Regular lead acid batteries would be a real issue. If the battery has caps to check the water level, it is a lead acid.


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Old 03-25-2014, 05:42 PM   #7
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Masseyfarm yo need a bigger belt and I should know cuz I had to get me one! The a frame for me but only because the caravel is a bit small for the under mount. As for the battery a sealed and vented box I don't care about the type of battery because the wife (my best friend) will be sleeping in the airstream and I will take NO chances.
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Old 03-25-2014, 07:09 PM   #8
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2 batteries, I use the bottom of a tall closet. Sealed, hinge top battery box on a sliding pull out, vented top & bottom to the exterior. Enough slack in the vent hoses and wires to slid out the box for maintenance. Spare on the A frame. Only disadvantage I've found w/spare is it holds debris against the body and must be removed to wash.
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Old 03-25-2014, 09:58 PM   #9
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We have a "lovely" little spare tire holder on the back of our vintage trailer:

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However, this is not where we carry our spare tire. We have 15'' tires on our trailer now. The spare won't fit on our lovely little rack. Nor did the tires that were on the trailer when we bought it fit (14 1/2'' lowboys.) Weird.

For a while, the spare rode in the trailer. Then we decided we didn't enjoy hauling it in and out of the trailer when we got to the campsite.

Now, we carry our spare in the rear of our SUV. For quite some time, after this little incident, we carried not one but TWO spare tires in our SUV!

Spare tire carriers that mounts under the front of the trailer are available. Eventually, we'll probably get one of those.

Here's another thread about spare tire carriers that you might find helpful.

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Old 03-25-2014, 10:56 PM   #10
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Originally Posted by azflycaster View Post
I used to carry the spare in the bed of the truck. I installed the Airstream tire carrier which mounts under the front of the trailer. The truck is not as crowded any more.
This is the best way. It took me a bit to install it, but having the tire in the factory mount under the trail is great. It's out of the way, but easy to get to.

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Old 03-25-2014, 11:42 PM   #11
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On my 20' Argosy, I mount the spare behind the propane bottles. Fits between the frame rails fine, gravity holds it in place. It does rub on the paint.

On my FC 20' the spare (original factory equipment) is located in the underside spare tire carrier. I think they can be mounted on the older ones like your '66. Andy at Inland RV can tell you for sure, and supply one for you. I think the cost is under $200. It is what I would vote for.
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Old 03-25-2014, 11:57 PM   #12
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Thank you all very much. I like having multiple choices.

Stay tuned,

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