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Old 06-11-2008, 09:17 AM   #1
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I can't remember how to put the spare tire mount on the back of my trailer. Here are some photos. There is a plate that fits in the tire and bolts the tire to the mount. (no photo of the plate) I thought that the bolt in the mount went threw the whole in the bumper (note hole in photo) but the hole in the bumper is smaller than the the bolt in the mount and mounting that way just seems auk-ward. thanks Judy
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Old 06-11-2008, 11:06 AM   #2
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Never thought I would suggest that someone not mount something on the rear of their Airstream. But in your case I think a tire mounted to the Older Small Frame is going beyond the trailers limits. Even if you bumper would support the weight bolting through the body skin to take the rotational moment of the mount would tear the skin in short open order. Even if you put a plate on the inside of the trailer and caught 2 of the vertical structural members I would have reservations.

Where did you get that mount and what lead you to believe it was to be mounted on an Airstream?
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Old 06-11-2008, 01:10 PM   #3
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I'll second HowieE's opinion that spare tires and rear bumpers don't play well together. Mine had one from a P.O. and you can see where the frame just forward of the wheel on that side is pulled in a bit from the fulcrum effect of adding weight to the bumper. A better place is below (front) tongue a-frame, standard on many.
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Old 06-12-2008, 09:04 AM   #4
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Howie your kayak is beautiful. Interesting my son is a photographer in Chicago and his friend built a canoe out of wood. I will try and remember to send you a photo when we return. Where did I get the idea about the spare thats where the thing was when I hauled the trailer home and the tire was in the trailer. I will not be taking the spare like you both stated thats what road service is for. Have brand new tires on the car and trailer. This is a first for towing a trailer and driving it. Can you answer these questions for me?
I have a new dometic frig. battery and trickle charger for it our hook ups may be days in-between. Will the frig drain the battery while hooked up to the gas? Will the 2 tanks last a mo.? I am not self contained as have no gray water tank nor water tank. Will take large bottles of water and it will be like camping in a trailer instead of a tent when we have no hook ups. Have mounted led lights in the trailer. We waited to long to make reservations but will have internet and GPS so maybe we will luck out at some of the first come first serve sites.
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Old 06-12-2008, 03:22 PM   #5
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Not sure what the last owner intended that frame to be used for but I am sure it was not for a spare tire on the back. That much weight on the older frame would cause what is known as body separation. The body skin will come free of frame across the back of the trailer. This is real expensive to fix so don't risk it.

2 tanks of gas will last you all summer and then some running the frig. on gas. As for the batteries the frig will have very little effect on them. Your light will be the bigger draw.

Panera Bread has free internet as do a lot of the coffee shop.

Thanks for the comments on the kayak.
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Judy, I read somewhere that the average amp draw per hour for the refrigerator control panel is .3 amp so you should be in good shape if you have installed LED lighting.
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