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Old 08-14-2007, 07:13 PM   #1
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Hi, How would I add a spare tire holder to the PlayPac? I don't think there's room on the tongue and the back bumper is part of the frame, so it should be stout enough. Is there something after market that will work with a skinny tube bumper?

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Old 08-14-2007, 09:43 PM   #2
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I think most Scamps and Casitas actually put bolts thru the body of the trailer to mount the spare tire to, rather than mounting a holder on the bumper.
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Old 08-15-2007, 10:35 AM   #3
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Darn. I don't want to poke holes in the body. It might just havta ride in the Jeep. I'll keep looking.

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Old 08-15-2007, 12:23 PM   #4
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Bonnie,
If you check at a boat trailer supply business or someplace like Northern Tool, they sell brackets that clamp to the side of the tongue and provide a mount for a spare.

I didn't have room on the tongue for a spare due to the size of the propane tank. Since our trailer only uses propane for the cook-top, which we rarely use, I downsized the propane tank to a 5 pound and that made room for the spare. It has worked great.

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Old 08-15-2007, 12:38 PM   #5
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Besides the side mount option, you might also take another look at the tongue from the perspective of mounting it underneath the tongue with U-bolts.

The problem with mounting it on the rear bumper is partly the weight and partly the torque it will have on the bumper from moving forwards and back, which is why the rear-wall mounts on several brands.

Don't overlook the fact that one reason fiberglass trailers are better than some others is that it isn't an irreversible step to drill holes in them to install fasteners.
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Old 08-15-2007, 12:41 PM   #6
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Bonnie,
The spare tire holder on my Bigfoot bolts onto the bumper without drilling holes. It came this way when I got it but I am assuming it is an aftermarket add on.
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Someting like tis might be able to be added to the tongue if you have room also.
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Old 08-15-2007, 02:59 PM   #7
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The factory stock spare tire bracket on the rear bumper of my Boler B1700 is very similar to the one posted by Lainey. That bumper, and the frame to which it attaches, are more substantial than the corresponding parts of a typical 13' egg.
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Old 08-15-2007, 03:28 PM   #8
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chment]Bonnie, i just removed a plywood box from the back of my 13' Boler and mounted the spare tire holder directly onto the bumper. I have seen some mounted directly thru the shell, but it is a 1970 and i didn't want to stress the fiberglass shell if at all possible.

Was pretty straightforward to mount it, although i did have to get some custom u-bolts made in order to fit the bumper as it is pretty narrow. i got the ubolts done at the local spring manufacturing shop -- they install leaf springs, do lots of frame repairs etc.,

i have attached 3 pics, one of the "naked" bumper, a side view of the spare tire mount and the rear view. the mount was recycled, but is a pretty standard after-market model. came with a couple of bolt-on brackets.
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My spare hides under the dinette floor. I had a welder (me) attach a steel support across the frame low enough for the tire to slip under the floor. Drilled 2 bolt holes thru the steel and mounted the wheel. Out of the way and close to the axle.
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Old 08-15-2007, 04:43 PM   #10
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I traveled across country with a spare tire on a bike carrier. It worked great.

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Old 08-16-2007, 09:18 AM   #11
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Trillium has factory spare tire mount welded to rear bumper.

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Old 08-19-2007, 10:01 PM   #12
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The previous owner of my Burro had mounted the tire to the back fiberglass. At first I liked it, but I noticed that it was actually creating cracks in my shell. I definately wouldn't recommend it.
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Old 08-22-2007, 02:29 AM   #13
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May have found the spare tire solution. I'll be towing the PlayPac to the local trailer shop sometime soon -- Friday or Saturday. They've assured me we can work something up. They actually have a 'light' duty bolt on that should work. I'll post pictures when it's done.

Another $100 or under.

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Old 08-28-2007, 10:59 AM   #14
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How about $10.75 including tax?

HF Spare Tire Mount

Rated for 100lbs. Fits the bumper; will mount the tire later, after it cools down.

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