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Old 10-10-2012, 07:38 PM   #1
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Question Spare wheel mounting?

I've been reading several threads which make me think of the benefits of carrying a spare. (My Thor ACE did not have the option). My previous MH, a Monaco Montclair B+ had a spare mounted on the back wall. I never had need to remove it so I don't know exactly what the mount looked like, but it was certainly attached directly to the wall, and not on a bracket to the bumper or tow bar. Does anyone know where I might be able to buy such a mount? Alternatively, where else could I stow a spare (other than the main storage compartment)? There is an interesting space between the frame rails and the underside of the floor right between the back wheels (F53 16,000# chassis). It looks like it would accommodate a spare strapped down to the rails, but to get it in and out might involve removing the doubles on one side. Any thoughts or possible solutions?
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You didn't use it on the last rig, so why do you think you need one now?
Out last three MH's (Type A's) have never had a spare and we've never needed them either. That's 14 years with no flats so I'm not going to start carrying one now. Besides, a 22.5 mounted weighs over 200#'s, and that's more than I want to load or change!
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Old 10-10-2012, 07:55 PM   #3
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You didn't use it on the last rig, so why do you think you need one now?
Out last three MH's (Type A's) have never had a spare and we've never needed them either. That's 14 years with no flats so I'm not going to start carrying one now. Besides, a 22.5 mounted weighs over 200#'s, and that's more than I want to load or change!
Good point. My MH uses 19.5's, but they'd still probably weigh 150 plus. I think my concern is that if I ever did have a flat and had no spare, mounted or unmounted, now I'm at the mercy of the roadside assistance service who might bring any old make of tire and charge an arm and a leg for it.
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Old 10-11-2012, 09:55 AM   #4
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Alot of pickups have a cable/ratchet assy under the rear to raise/lower the spare. I would think you could get one from a salvage yard fairly cheap ? Then as you say, you have room under the rear for the spare. Personally I like the idea of a mounted spare, But ours are only 16" ,(built in carrier on the outside rear wall) so in your case you would need a suitable jack and lug wrench. It could still save you $$ or hassle of finding a tire road service in the middle of nowhere that would have a 19.5 tire they could bring you. If you have a spare, any tire service could change it for you...
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This might help you.....with some ideas anyway.

Spare tire carrier for a class A

Good luck and keep us posted.
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I carry my spares in my cell phone.

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If your coach has Goodyear G670s, you need a spare.....

Finding a replacement tire while stranded on the side of the interstate on a holiday weekend will ruin the rest of your vacation. Can easily delay you for several days.

Carry a spare.
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I carry an unmounted spare - stored under the bed.
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My coach has a spare built in down in the basement just fore of the entry door.

I was told to take it out and throw it away, that I'd never need one, and that I can't change it anyway. These are my thoughts:

I'd rather have one and not need it than not have one and need it.

I'd rather have one even if I do have roadside assistance. It could take hours or days depending on where I'm at to find a replacement tire...

Now, would I go out and buy one and place it on my coach if it didn't have it? Probably not.

But since I do have it and it is in its own little cubby, I am sure not going to get rid of it. If I were going to get rid of it, it would have been last winter when I was hunting for a place to carry my exercise pens for the pups.....which coincidentally would fit perfect in the spare tire compartment...

However; BDickson did not ask me if I do or don't carry a spare, or what my opinions are on carrying a spare, so my opinion is irrelevant.

I hope you can find the necessary hardware to get your spare mounted.

Keep us posted and good luck!
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bdickson,

If you have the Goodyear G670's the unmounted spare weighs 70 lbs. I'm guessing you'd easily double that if you mounted it on a wheel, and the ACE's don't have a lot of excess CCC to begin with. Also, I'm not certain, but I don't believe all 6 wheels are the same, so I think you'd have to decide what kind of wheel (front, inner or outer rear) you'd want to mount the spare tire on. I carry the unmounted spare for the reason mentioned by jcthorne. As you know, there's plenty of room in the mega storage compartment, but if you wanted to strap it underneath between the frame rails I'm sure you could do so.
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If your coach has Goodyear G670s, you need a spare.....

Finding a replacement tire while stranded on the side of the interstate on a holiday weekend will ruin the rest of your vacation. Can easily delay you for several days.

Carry a spare.
Two G670 blowouts in 4 years and I now carry a spare.
First one caused a 2 day delay in Wyoming (not a single 245/70/19.5 in the state). The second caused me to pay $500 for a no name at midnight in south Georgia.

I actually have it just where the OP is looking at putting one. It sits on something that looks like a gurney and slides in above the duals.
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Talk to GatorB8......

Spare tire carrier for a class Apost1208207

Look at Post #30.....this might be what yer needin....

Also, I copied this from his post too:

http://www.tecaassembly.com/rv.html
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