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Old 03-26-2008, 05:32 PM   #29
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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?).
I put 15" Chrysler automotive wheels on my Jayco 16' (before I knew about the lug/hub-centric thing) and they had the same lug spacing as my Dodge truck, so I had six wheels on the ground with the same spacing. I had also replaced my truck's compact spare with a junkyard wheel and a tire. On a bad road in Arizona, I slit the sidewall of a front tire on the truck. Turned out the spare would NOT go over the disc brakes (I had tried it out on a rear wheel when I got it, but didn't think about the front being different. I wound up taking a trailer wheel off, putting that on the front and putting the spare on the trailer.

Had I really been stuck, with say my Scamp wheels, I could have turned the spare wheel around and mounted it sticking out, but would likely have sliced another sidewall on the volcanic rock.
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Old 03-26-2008, 07:35 PM   #30
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My 13 ft. Scamp has space under the dinette floor.
Now theres an idea. You could build a false floor, like a step up and mount your table on the top, with a drop down, (or up depending on preference) face and just slide the tire into that to hide it.

If you have big long legs, this may not work for you, but since you sit, not walk where the table is, it could make a nice foot rest of sorts.
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Old 03-26-2008, 10:18 PM   #31
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Gina,
The Scamp has a step up at the dinette. The gray water tank is under the step up. I don't know if there's enough room to put a spare along with the gray water tank. Wouldn't be a problem without the tank. You might be able to use the same type of thing that under SUVs and Pickup Trucks.

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Some Scamps are the simpler, more rustic models and don't have things like built-in gray tanks...
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So do Bolers and a couple others.

Kent has a CJ, not a Scamp. Flat floor for the whole length of the trailer. Using the same concept....build a step up and put the spare there. Slide the spare in flat to the floor.. like your are sliding something into an envelope.
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So do Bolers and a couple others.

Kent has a CJ, not a Scamp. Flat floor for the whole length of the trailer. Using the same concept....build a step up and put the spare there. Slide the spare in flat to the floor.. like your are sliding something into an envelope.
Oops. Lost my place or something like that.
I like your idea.
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Do any of the Roadside Packages like AAA cover trailers when you're hauling?
They usually send gas, flat repair, or a tow out to you.
If so you could get one of those and leave the spare at home.
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Old 03-26-2008, 11:11 PM   #36
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Do any of the Roadside Packages like AAA cover trailers when you're hauling?
They usually send gas, flat repair, or a tow out to you.
If so you could get one of those and leave the spare at home.

AAA PLUS RV covers it all so does Good Sam RV Emergency Road Service.
I don't know about others.
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this is the concept.

I suck at using mech. drawing programs, excuse the 3rd grade look.

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Do any of the Roadside Packages like AAA cover trailers when you're hauling?
They usually send gas, flat repair, or a tow out to you.
If so you could get one of those and [b]leave the spare at home.
Even with AAA+RV coverage, you still need to have a spare with the vehicle. The tow truck driver will change a flat on the trailer for you IF you have a fully aired up spare. (been there, done that) Otherwise you have to negotiate for a flatbed truck, which would not be their dispatcher's 1st choice to send to you... I had a breakdown with my tow vehicle on another occasion, and had the dispatcher look for a sub-contractor who had a flatbed with a trailer hitch so he could get both vehicles with one tow.
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Even with AAA+RV coverage, you still need to have a spare with the vehicle. The tow truck driver will change a flat on the trailer for you IF you have a fully aired up spare. (been there, done that) Otherwise you have to negotiate for a flatbed truck, which would not be their dispatcher's 1st choice to send to you... I had a breakdown with my tow vehicle on another occasion, and had the dispatcher look for a sub-contractor who had a flatbed with a trailer hitch so he could get both vehicles with one tow.
You do bring up an interesting point. Around here almost all tow trucks are of the flat bed type, except for ones for Class A MH and large trucks. Might not be true in other places. I suspect the main reason is that we have a lot of 4x4 and AWD vehicles. The newer 4x4s and most AWDs can't be towed with any wheels on the ground.
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The newer 4x4s and most AWDs can't be towed with any wheels on the ground.
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Types of Towing Equipment (from Wikipedia)

Five general types are in common usage, usually based on the type or size of vehicle to be towed truck chassis:
* Boom - not specifically for towing, many trucks are equipped with an adjustable boom winch for recovering vehicles that are in a ditch, culvert, over an embankment, or any place the vehicle cannot be safely backed-up to.
* Hook and chain (also known as a "sling" or "belt lift") - chains are looped around the vehicle frame or axle, which is drawn aloft by a boom winch to rest against a pair of heavy rubberized mats so the customer's vehicle can be towed on its other axle. Slings are not used much today because they can scratch the bumpers of cars. But they are sometimes used for towing vehicles that have been in an accident or have one or two of the front or rear wheels missing or for pickup trucks and other vehicles that have steel bumpers
* Wheel-Lift - evolved from the hook and chain technology to produce a large metal yoke that can be fitted under the front or rear wheels to cradle them, drawing the front or rear end of the vehicle clear of the ground by a pneumatic or hydraulic hoist so it can be towed. This apparatus generally picks up the drive wheels of the vehicle (ie the front wheels if it is front wheel drive, the rear wheels if it is rear wheel drive) touching only the tires.
* Flatbed (also called a Rollback or a Slide) - the entire back of the truck is fitted with a bed that can be hydraulically inclined and moved to ground level, allowing the customer's vehicle to be placed on it under its own power or pulled by a winch.
[b]* Integrated (also referred to as a "Self Loader" Snatcher, Quick Pick or Repo Truck) - boom and wheel-lift integrated into one unit. Used in light duty trucks to repossess vehicles or move illegally parked vehicles. Most have controls for the apparatus inside the cab of the tow truck to make quick pickup possible without the inconvenience of exiting the truck to hook up the vehicle. Heavy duty trucks are also manufactured with integrated lift.
Most tow trucks in San Diego are the familiar short wheelbase with a crane-like hook in back. They'll put dollies under the wheels if they cannot tow with them on the ground, and charge you a LOT more for having to do so.
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Old 03-27-2008, 10:20 AM   #41
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I was hoping to get some idea's about where to mount my spare tire but I see this thread has been hijacked by off topic discussions . Any chance we could get back on topic??

Does anyone have a picture of a Trillium spare tire rack on the back bumper - without the spare tire on it - so that I could get an idea of what it looks like and make one up.

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