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Old 02-07-2021, 07:07 PM   #1
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Will a 22.5" tire fit in the basement pass through?

Wondering if anyone has tried putting a spare tire in the passthrough? This is the space between the lockers in each side of the coach. On my coach it will fit through the opening of the locker just to the left of the entry door.

There's no way a tire on the wheel would fit but I measured it today and it looks like an unmounted 37" diameter tire (245/75R22.5) will just make it.

Seems like a good place to carry the extra 90 lbs. as it's centered between the two axles.
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Old 02-07-2021, 07:17 PM   #2
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I modified the tray on my 2003 National Tradewinds so the weight of tire sits on floor rather tan sliding tray. Tray slides around it and don't lift the tire just lean it against and tip it in!
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I modified the tray on my 2003 National Tradewinds so the weight of tire sits on floor rather tan sliding tray. Tray slides around it and don't lift the tire just lean it against and tip it in!
That's a nice solution. Unfortunately, our pass through is up higher in the Workhorse gassers and it's only about 9" tall. It's in between the chassis rails and the floor of the house. I know there's room based on the diameter of the tire, but the width is what I'm not sure off. Toyo shows the tire to be 9.5" wide, but that's mounted on the rim and inflated. I'm thinking it just might fit with the tire off the rim and was hoping someone here has tried it. Depends how flexible the sidewall is I suppose.

My steers are going on 5 years old, so I'm thinking to replace them and save one as a spare. Just might save me a few days of waiting for a new tire to arrive if I ever have a problem on the road.
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I carry a 255/70/22.5 tire only in that area on my 2002 Dolphin.
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I carry a 255/70/22.5 tire only in that area on my 2002 Dolphin.
Ok, that's great to know. Thanks!

Guess I'll go ahead and order new Toyo steers then. The Sumitomos on there now have been fine but I'm curious to see how the Toyo M-154 compare. The Sumi's are only 4.5 years old, but we're going to be on the road a lot starting mid-April and I'd feel better starting out with fresh rubber on the front plus a spare.
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We are able to carry a mounted 22.5 inch inflated spare.... partially sitting on the pass thru shelf in the first compartment, passenger side. 1/3 sits on the shelf and 2/3 is held up by a piece of 1/2 inch rebar running fore and aft. There is a piece of notched 2x4 holding up the rebar and nailed to the compartment floor. Works great. Has not moved in 9 years.
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I carried an unmounted spare in my 2003 Dolphin 5320 when I owned it. I carried the wheel in one of the bays upfront drivers side. Don't think I could have handled a mounted spare anyways.
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Thanks for the responses. I'll know for sure on Thursday as I'm having the new steers installed and will have to put the spare somewhere. Might end up on the bed, lol.
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Thanks for the responses. I'll know for sure on Thursday, as I'm having the new steers installed and will have to put the spare somewhere. It might end up on the bed, lol.
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Hmmm, not sure how that previous double post happened, but in any case the spare tire (sans wheel) does fit in the locker behind the entry door, though we had to remove one of the struts that hold the door open to get it in. The clip that holds them on easily comes off with a screwdriver, so no big deal.

I had Sumitomo tires all around, but they were 4-1/2 years old and one of the fronts had worn a little funny from having had a bent wheel previously, so I decided to replace the steers only. I replaced them with Toyos, mostly out of curiosity because of the good reviews they get, and kept the best Sumi as the spare.

My initial impressions after a 90 mile drive home are that the Sumitomos ride a little better, have less vibration and are more responsive, but they have one nasty trait that the Toyos don't. If you happen to drop a steer wheel onto the shoulder, getting back over the transition between roadway and shoulder can be unsettling with the Sumitomos. Not so with the Toyos. They seem to follow the ruts less and track straight ahead better. I wish I could have the best qualities of both brands, but the Toyos really are fine and I'm mostly just being fussy.
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Didn't get back to my last post in time to edit it, but in fairness to Sumitomo I should mention that I had an alignment when I got the new tires, so that could be the reason that the Toyos seem to track better.
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