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Old 05-04-2020, 05:47 PM   #1
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Spare Tire Holder/ Hitch

Does anybody know where I could find a replacement hitch with a spare tire holder?
I have a 1979 Airstream thatís painted so it has a lot of commonality with the Argosy group as well as the Classic group.
Hereís a pic from the service manual. Mine never had a spare tire holder and the tow box is bent and rusty...
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Old 05-04-2020, 10:23 PM   #2
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Buy an under tongue spare tire carrier. It's been envogue since 1964...
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Old 05-04-2020, 10:59 PM   #3
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Buy an under tongue spare tire carrier. It's been envogue since 1964...
He is talking about a painted 1979 Airstream Motorhome, not a trailer. Airstream MHs were offered painted or clear coated in 1979.

The Airstream trailer under tongue spare tire carrier became an option sometime in the 1970s as far as I know. Definitely not as early as 1964.
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Old 05-04-2020, 11:08 PM   #4
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Does anybody know where I could find a replacement hitch with a spare tire holder?
I have a 1979 Airstream thatís painted so it has a lot of commonality with the Argosy group as well as the Classic group.
Hereís a pic from the service manual. Mine never had a spare tire holder and the tow box is bent and rusty...
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LongwayRob, This assembly may be as rare as hens teeth! But judging from your manual parts blow-up of the assembly you may be able to get a metal fabrication shop to built out one for you. You will need to supply them with measurements if you can contact someone with one mounted to their MH! Hope this helps, Ed
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Old 05-05-2020, 12:24 AM   #5
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Fairly sure Brad installed one of these Reese Towpower 37042 hitches directly to the chassis of his Argosy.

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Check out his thread for more details.

Once you have the hitch any of the hitch mounted spare tire carriers can be used.
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Old 05-05-2020, 11:56 AM   #6
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I think a welder could easily fabricate something like that.. be careful about tail dragging my hitch was ground down quite thin, from many scrapes.
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He is talking about a painted 1979 Airstream Motorhome, not a trailer. Airstream MHs were offered painted or clear coated in 1979.

The Airstream trailer under tongue spare tire carrier became an option sometime in the 1970s as far as I know. Definitely not as early as 1964.
I have removed several oem round tube versions from trailers as early as 1964 (so far) the forward most crossmember has holes threaded for Mount holes.
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Old 05-05-2020, 01:21 PM   #8
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I have removed several oem round tube versions from trailers as early as 1964 (so far) the forward most crossmember has holes threaded for Mount holes.
While I have never personally seen a proven case of an under mount spare tire (or a price list showing it as an option) before the 1969 body shape change with it's the accompanying increase in frame depth from 4" to 5" and possible widening of the space between the frame rails, I suppose it is possible that they did add provisions starting in 1964, even if the early installations were only done by dealers. Hopefully a price list or brochure will surface that clears up the mystery as to whether it was a factory option.

I can say that factory spare tires mounts were on the rear bumper in the 1950s thru 1962. The spare tire mount was above the tongue behind the propane bottles in 1963, though I have never seen a spare tire in that location in 1964 or later, which could also support your observations of a change to under mount for 1964.
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If your 280 is a rear bath like mine the hitch is kind of a shoe horn fit because it lives back there with the holding tanks. An after market hitch simply won't fit. If you can't do metal fabrication yourself, take it to a local shop and have your hitch repaired and beefed up as needed and add a mount for the spare.

Here are the repairs I did to my hitch, https://www.airforums.com/forums/f31...ome-76406.html it starts at post #16.
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Gotta love how threads like this become a confusing mess as the trailer guys comments on a motorhome questions.....just saying!
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If your 280 is a rear bath like mine the hitch is kind of a shoe horn fit because it lives back there with the holding tanks. An after market hitch simply won't fit. If you can't do metal fabrication yourself, take it to a local shop and have your hitch repaired and beefed up as needed and add a mount for the spare.

Here are the repairs I did to my hitch, https://www.airforums.com/forums/f31...ome-76406.html it starts at post #16.


Your setup was just like mine so I really appreciate the pics and ideas!
Currently Iím trying to get the previous hitch out of the receiver. Iím using a 20 Ton press with no movement whatsoever. Click image for larger version

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If your 280 is a rear bath like mine the hitch is kind of a shoe horn fit because it lives back there with the holding tanks. An after market hitch simply won't fit. If you can't do metal fabrication yourself, take it to a local shop and have your hitch repaired and beefed up as needed and add a mount for the spare.

Here are the repairs I did to my hitch, https://www.airforums.com/forums/f31...ome-76406.html it starts at post #16.


Hereís a closeup of what Iím trying to do with the press. It is a Harbor Freight so not as strong but still...Click image for larger version

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Hereís a closeup of what Iím trying to do with the press. It is a Harbor Freight so not as strong but still...Attachment 367342


Hereís what the back of my motorhome looks like. Iím also dealing with just extensions to the frame due to the rear bath configuration. Click image for larger version

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Yeah it looks like you are having fun. I have two suggestions. One is lots of heat and cooling cycles. The slight movement from expansion during the heating and cooling can break the rust loose. Also mix up a solution of 50% acetone and 50% ATF and apply liberally over several days. It's the best penetrant around. You can also alternate heat and penetrant. If all else fails cut it out and weld a new receiver in place. Good luck.
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Your setup was just like mine so I really appreciate the pics and ideas!
Currently Iím trying to get the previous hitch out of the receiver. Iím using a 20 Ton press with no movement whatsoever. Attachment 367335
I never did get the draw bar out the receiver on my Argosy. Thats one of the reasons i replaced all of the hitch assembly.
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Gotta love how threads like this become a confusing mess as the trailer guys comments on a motorhome questions.....just saying!
The trailer guys do kinda confuse things, don't they
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