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Old 03-23-2008, 06:18 PM   #1
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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?
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Old 03-23-2008, 07:24 PM   #2
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I have a Compact 2 and carry my spare in the tow vehicle. I also mounted a piece of plywood on top of the spare tire so I can use it as a step by the back door if I'm in a campsite where I need to lower the front jack to be level. The step into the door is very high then and the step on the spare is just the right height.
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Old 03-23-2008, 08:19 PM   #3
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Is there enough room to mount it UNDER the tongue?
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Old 03-23-2008, 08:47 PM   #4
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Is there enough room to mount it UNDER the tongue?
I moved my spare from inside the trailer to [b]under the tongue, using a simple Spare Tire Bracket.

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I have a 3rd frame rail in the center of the tongue, and the bracket hangs the tire off of that.
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Old 03-23-2008, 08:58 PM   #5
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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 on the outside of the tonge?

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Old 03-23-2008, 10:15 PM   #6
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By switching to a smaller propane tank, I was able to create space on the tongue for the spare. The link shows a photo of my temporary attachment method. I need to have a bracket welded to hold the spare in place. With no hot water heater, furnace, or propane frig, the 5 lb. propane tank has lasted more than two camping seasons.

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Old 03-24-2008, 01:39 AM   #7
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How about on the back... got a bumper? Helen
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Old 03-24-2008, 01:41 AM   #8
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Oops didn't read the whole message 'no room on the back' . Sorry. Helen
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Old 03-24-2008, 02:10 AM   #9
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As a fellow Compact owner, I too have pondered this issue. My spare tire currently resides under the 'bed' (I leave my dinette in bed mode just about all the time.) I have lately thought more and more about how that space could be useful for other storage though, like my luggage! hehe The biggest valuable commodity that we Compactors are short on is interior space, so every inch is PRECIOUS! hehe
So from what I see, we have a few choices:
1. Mount it underneath the hitch.
2. Mount it to the side of the hitch.
3. Rearrange your things on top of the hitch and mount it there.

I agree with the previous comment, it's fairly impossible to mount it on the rear bumper. I think at this point the idea that seems most attractive to me is mounting underneath the hitch. I would imagine you could always just tilt the trailer up in the air to access the spare tire then, right?

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to get a different take on what to do with your spare go look at some offroad websites and see what they have done with their spares. Lots of ideas from swing out tire carriers on small off road rigs to mounts up high with a hand winch to lower/raise them on large expedition campers
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Old 03-24-2008, 11:28 AM   #11
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On Sis' Compact Jr, I moved the battery inside (forward end of the passenger-side underseat locker) and put the spare tire between the propane tank and the front of the trailer. A strap over the top keeps it from bouncing around, and a cable and padlock keeps it from walking off. I added some aluminum chafe strips to the trailer where the tire contacted the fiberglass.

At first the chafe strips were wood, but when I looked at them a year later (this last fall) they were scorched (!) from the tire rubbing against them. Disturbing.
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I have a Compact 2 and carry my spare in the tow vehicle. I also mounted a piece of plywood on top of the spare tire so I can use it as a step by the back door if I'm in a campsite where I need to lower the front jack to be level. The step into the door is very high then and the step on the spare is just the right height.
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.
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Hey Folks,
Another thought I'd had was using the spare tire as a base for an outside table. I've heard of some folks replacing the table top, that's currently doing duty as part of my bed, with a good sturdy piece of plywood and then actually using the table top as a table outside. I think that would be very handy, to have an extra table outside. But would the spare tire be enough for a base? Anybody else do anything like that? Just curious...
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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)
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