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Old 04-17-2021, 05:08 PM   #1
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Exclamation Spare tire resolved !!!!

Finally bought correct wheel & tire.....fits in aft cargo area....removed cosmetic bulkhead under bed..... fits fine....
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Old 04-18-2021, 07:21 AM   #2
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Finally bought correct wheel & tire.....fits in aft cargo area....removed cosmetic bulkhead under bed..... fits fine....
That does seem to solve one problem but... I have spent hours rearranging what i call my necessaries under the rear bed area. Are you planning on towing or using a external storage or just traveling light?
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Old 04-18-2021, 08:39 AM   #3
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Good for you if this is what you need for peace of mind. I would not be able to give up the cargo space. Our AI has a full size spare under the rear bumper. Quite honestly unless we were somewhere remote I would use our roadside assistance we pay for if we have a flat. Our peace of mind came in the form of air pressure sensors and inspecting tires before a trip. Of course that doesn’t cover damage that can occur by road debris. My son is a mechanic and predicts we will all be driving with run flat tires in the future.
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Old 04-18-2021, 09:48 AM   #4
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Thanks for post and picture! We are still pondering possible solutions hoping to come across better choices than what we have found so far. The hitch swing outs which are smaller and not out of character to an AI 19 looked good but we have been cautioned they may not work because of the AI bumper. For rear door mounts we looked closely at Agile and Aluminess. Agile support looks best aesthetically but requires a hole to be drilled and replacement of the MB badge. Aluminess is presently at the top of the list. No issues with calling roadside assistance to change out a flat but we lack confidence that the correct wheel and tire would be available.
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....No issues with calling roadside assistance to change out a flat but we lack confidence that the correct wheel and tire would be available.
Bingo. I routinely travel in areas where I don't believe there's a spec tire to be purchased within 250 miles of my location. I'd be looking at days of stranding until it could get delivered to me.

It's also necessary to read the fine print on response contracts. I blew out about 6 weeks ago and roadside assistance (Good Sam) simply couldn't help me - they didn't have a protocol for my situation. I had to hire my own tow and have them deposit my disabled Interstate at a truck stop. From there, my husband and I mounted our spare, replaced the severed brake line, and drove under our own power to a Discount Tire for a new replacement of the blown tire.

It's a pain in the butt carrying a spare, but if you ever need one and don't have one, life can get very difficult very quickly.

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Old 04-19-2021, 05:20 AM   #6
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Talking Rear Spare location

I have given up reasonable storage....but my wife & I do not really “camp.” We use the Tommy Van as a travel van.....and daytrip for bicycling; plenty of room inside for clothing, and travel food. For extended travel in ‘21 & ‘22 we plan on a hitch cargo shelf or box. Plenty of room along spare for maintenance tools & parts.
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Old 04-19-2021, 05:53 AM   #7
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... For extended travel in ‘21 & ‘22 we plan on a hitch cargo shelf or box. ....
Depending on your specific carrying needs, you might want to consider custom. When we faced that decision, we found poor options on the market - bulky, expensive, prone to leaking, with poor security features. So we welded our own, which is a combination shelf (with tie-down rings) and carrier for our cooler and gas can. The gas can bracket can be removed, and the cooler can be swapped out to carry other cargo on that side, so it's a Swiss army knife of hitch carriers. Details here.

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Thumbs up Excellent cargo rack !!

Nicely done......gave me some great ideas....
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Excuse my ignorance, but the AI 19' not have a full spare?
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Unhappy No Spare....

Dear Mountain.......no spare at all........
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Dear Mountain.......no spare at all........
And no options for ....
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Would this be an optional carrier?
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That is one of the better looking ones. To install it requires the drivers side door to be somewhat taken apart and a hole drilled. Trying to avoid altering, drilling holes, and dismantling. Evaluating this one and a couple of others each has a plus and a minus list but no one model has it all. Being fussy doesn't make it any easier. Ideally a carrier could be found that looks like it came with the Airstream, not salvaged off a farm tractor.
Thanks for the link! Appreciate help and suggestions!
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