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Old 03-25-2008, 03:54 PM   #15
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This may sound crazy but, Would it be possible to mount the tire on front of the door on some sort of swing down arrangement to make the tire a step?
That would solve two problems at once.
Not sure if their is a solid place to mount too but a welder could do that if so. BUTTTTTTT.. the experience of the jeeper world from many years back.... side mount spare tires attract things to whack them into. Thats why no one uses side mounts anymore
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Old 03-25-2008, 04:02 PM   #16
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Not sure if their is a solid place to mount too but a welder could do that if so. BUTTTTTTT.. the experience of the jeeper world from many years back.... side mount spare tires attract things to whack them into. Thats why no one uses side mounts anymore
Sorry, I thought the Compact had a rear door. My mistake.
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Old 03-25-2008, 08:15 PM   #17
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This may sound strange and also may not be practical but here goes.

When I picked up the Fiberstream I could not figure out where the spare would ride either.
While giving me the tour I was shown an obvious solution that I never would have thought of on my own.

The tire slides onto the jack handle and just rides atop the jack,sitting just as far as it sits on its own.
Now keep in mind that Fiberstreams have tiny 12" tires but it seemed like a stroke of genius to me.

If it fits,I will use it.
I do have to remove it to hook and unhook the truck but it also sits on the hitch latch and helps insure that it does not open during towing,as does the pin I stick in there of course.

You can sort of imagine what I am talking about in this picture,sorry it is as close as I can find right now.
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Old 03-25-2008, 08:29 PM   #18
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Another alternative is to mount the tire on the tongue and then put the battery or LP tank on top of it. Might be inconvenient to use, but I've only used spare tire once in many tens of thousands of miles (back roads at low speeds, not super-slabs)
That's what I do. The LP tank sits on the tire (fits great) and both are strapped down.

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Old 03-25-2008, 10:14 PM   #19
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[quote]That's what I do. The LP tank sits on the tire (fits great) and both are strapped down.

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Hmmmm, that actually looks pretty good Bobbie, but my Compact's already got a mount for the LP tank and a nice toolbox for wheel chocks and such mounted on the tongue, so Im kind of hesitant about rearranging those things.
I think the two options for me at this point are either to mount the tire underneath the tongue, or to make it into a base to use for my outside table idea. We'll see what happens! Joe
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Old 03-25-2008, 11:33 PM   #20
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This could be a rather interesting subject and/or study.
Let's take a quick look. What is the problem requiring a solution?
As I see it we have this spare tire and don't quite know what do with it, if anything.
Maybe we should start with do I really need this spare tire, more to the point do I need to carry it with me?

Which brings up more questions.
What happens if I don't bring it with me? Risk analysis and probabilities.
If do get a flat tire is the spare necessary or is there other alternatives such as AAA or GSERS?
If I did get a flat tire would I change it or would I call my emergency road service?
Am I going to be places where "self rescue" is important?

With a group like this and a bit of thinking outside the box many problems will have an elegant solution. First the real problem needs to be identified. Then possible solutions can be explored, which usually will lead to a good solution which may not answer the original question.

The solution will not be a one size fits all either.


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Old 03-25-2008, 11:52 PM   #21
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I generally will not call road service to change a tire. It may be dirty, but it does not take very long to do and it's not rocket science. (We will see what I say when my bones get worse, however)

The last time I called road service I was in a far away place and it took several hours to get my 2 gallons of gas. If I wasn't set up in camp and not in any hurry (They could have showed up the next day as far as I was concerned) I would have been pretty put out and miffed.

Of course, waiting in a trailer is different than sitting in a car, but I still would hate to lose the time. And if you have no spare, now you have a bad tire to get repaired and back to your trailer. OR have your whole rig towed to the repair shop. More time and hassle. I saw my 13 go up on a flatbed once. It was.. un nerving to say the least.

Coming back from Quartzite I discovered a slow leak in one of my tires. I put on the spare and got the bad tire to a store. It turned out to be a leaky valve stem, but I sure was glad I wasn't dead in the water, and not being dependent on a tow truck sure made the whole process faster.
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Old 03-26-2008, 12:02 AM   #22
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I can count on one hand the times I've used a spare tire (even before I had AAA.) But at least one of those times was a blowout and the stuff in a can or a 12 V inflator would not have helped. I like to have a spare.

On the other hand, it was probably okay carried up under the seat (even as a bed) as I will be unlikely to use it very often.

On the third hand, if I have a flat and it is hot (or cold) and I'm mad and frustrated already, having to dig it out from under the bed is not going to improve my temper. So even if I am not going to use it often, I want it accessible.

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Old 03-26-2008, 09:37 AM   #23
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The main problem I see of mounting a tire underneath, whether under the tongue or under the floor in the rear, is dragging it and possibily doing major damage to the frame when going in and out of driveways. My Scamp sits higher than most, but when I pull out of my driveway, there's only about 4 inches of clearance beneath the lowest part of the tongue and concrete. I'd be scrapping the heck out of something for sure, if it was mounted low.
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OK, let's try a bit more thinking outside the box.
Is a full size spare necessary?

We can rationalize anything we want, but is the rationalization the best solution. Granted it results in a solution or at least a reason to keep looking for an answer to the original question, which may be a valid a question. That said it might be benificial to look at other alternatives.
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Old 03-26-2008, 10:34 AM   #25
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I am seeking some wisdom about where to store the spare on our Compact Junior. I want to move it from being inside, having to be moved all the time to outside. There is already a large propane tank and battery on the tongue. Some people have been able to fit the spare in front of the trailer sitting in the a portion of the tongue but I do not have room unless I go to a smaller tank. The gallery pictures shows an arrangement with the tire under the tongue. I have wondered about a spare tire holder mounted to the tongue like what might be seen on a boat trailer. Would you put such a holder on the road side or curb side. Any comments or wisdom to share.

Rear bumper is not strong enough plus the door is in the back. Do people carry the spare in the tow vehicle?
How about in s small cartop carrier? http://www.rackoutfitters.com/car-racks/pc...stall238_lg.jpg

Or in a roof rack? http://www.a1-autoracks.com/car-rack-special.html

I think both would work, and allow you extra space for other goodies as well.
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One note of caution -- When I did my Alaska trip, I had a spare tire/wheel for the truck and for the trailer, plus a second spare tire (no wheel) for the truck. My thinking, like that of the BulgeMobile folks, is that even if I didn't have the tools to mount the tire on a wheel, when I found someone with the tools I would have the parts. Turned out that in over 12,000 miles of almost all the roads in BC, YT, NWT and AK, I never had even one flat.

However, I carried the extra tire on the truck cab roof, with a towel between it and the paint, but some paint was still rubbed off... So, mounting is important.
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Old 03-26-2008, 02:48 PM   #27
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Not that it will work here, but I remember reading about someone who was able to use the temporary spare for their vehicle on their trailer, so if that one fits, you would be fairly safe with one spare for both (what are the odds of two flats?).
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Old 03-26-2008, 02:59 PM   #28
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My 13 ft. Scamp has space under the dinette floor. Just bolt it through the floor or weld a bar across the crossmembers for bolts. It's not quickly accessable but you probably will never need to use it anyway.
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