The spare tire on my 2014 Spirit Deluxe sits on the bumper. Looking around at other owners photos, it appears that most spares don't rest on the bumper. The solitary long bolt extending out of the rear body of my trailer for mounting the spare is currently (and I believe came this way from the factory), going through the hub of the wheel and then has the round fiberglass
disc over it and the nut installed. I'm afraid to tighten the nut enough to hold the tire off of the bumper for fear of pulling that long shaft out of the body of the trailer. Should the tire be mounted that way?
I had thought of getting a bumper mounted tire carrier and getting the tire off of the body altogether, but have heard enough horror stories of that breaking the welds that hold the bumper tube onto the frame. I also considered adding the rear bumper support brackets and then using the bumper mounted carrier.
What are other members thoughts? should I just leave t and be good with it sitting on the bumper? The current mounting method makes foor an ugly tire cover as I can't tighten the nut and put the cover on afterwards as it won't go around the entire tire.
Thank you for your thoughts!