Spare tire on back of trailer - Fiberglass RV


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Old 05-09-2009, 12:38 PM   #1
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How tight should the spare tire be on the back?

1 Tight to the fiber glass trailer (Then it rubs on the trailer, also could rub a hole in the fiberglass)

2 Not touching the fiberglass trailer ( It jiggels on the back of the trailer could break the mounting bracket or could crack the fiberglass at the mounting area)
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Old 05-09-2009, 05:38 PM   #2
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I kept mine pretty tight on my Alaska trip and the raised lettering imprinted itself on the fiberglass, but I doubt it would wear a hole with the whole surface in contact, at least not in my lifetime. Strangely, the lettering on the tire didn't wear off...

You might try a doughnut of plastic foam between the tire and fiberglass.

I don't worry about it because the tire covers the blemish.
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Old 05-09-2009, 06:57 PM   #3
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Here's the bracket I made from a piece of tubing, some bolts and a couple of short pieces of pipe from CTC. It holds the spare about 1 inch from the trailer and even with hard knocks it doesn't touch.
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I wanted my tire firmly touching the fiberglass so there was less stress on the bracket and glass, esp on some of the rough roads I often travel.
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Old 05-09-2009, 09:45 PM   #5
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Pete, I feel the same way you do, Actually I took the tire off and spun another nut onto the threaded rod but way out from the trailer then took a piece of steel 1/2" thick by 1-1/2' wide by about 7 or 8" long drilled a clearance hole in the middle of the steel bar then put that on the rod before I put the tire on. I then put the tire on , the big washer on and tightened it up against the nut and bar. I then measured the distance from the back of the tire to the trailer and in my case it came out to be 7/8". I then took the tire back off and turned the nut in toward the trailer about 1-1/4" and then put everything together again. Now I can tighten it as tight as I want to because its just tightening against the new nut and not the trailer.
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