BUDGET MINDED CUSTOM SPARE TIRE HOLDER FOR SMALL SINGLE AXLE TRAVEL TRAILER?

looking for some feed back and ideas! i need to be able to carry my spare on the outside of the trailer. i've seen them mounted off the rear bumper and tongue. the tongue is pretty small so i'm thinking the rear bumper. short of full on custom fabrication, any shortcuts? appreciate any help! steve

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Comment by Pat Daly on July 1, 2011 at 3:08pm
 Na, steve sold that a year ago to focus on his kids and surfing and surfing and kids.
Comment by Sandy & John Bressler on July 1, 2011 at 11:18am

...but do you still have this trailer?

 

Comment by Sandy & John Bressler on July 1, 2011 at 11:05am
YES!!  We have the same type of bumper as you on our '75 trailer...we went to our local "graveyard" of used parts...and after some searching...FOUND ONE...he only charged us $20 for it and it's perfect.  I did take measurements of the spare and photos...but they ended up finding an old Drexel/Fayette tire to be sure it was the right one.  We spent almost an hour opening boxes of newer versions and NONE would have fit.  I even was going to opt for special ordering one...but the owner knew he had one and finally found it.  Having the spare with you would also help them insure you get the right one.  We are now trying to insure we get the proper bolts (8 gauge versus 5) in order to install it and be 100% sure it doesn't fall off during transit.  I've heard stories of bolts sheering off and we don't want to fret over that!  Also, I'm now searching on Craigslist for an old & free car cover that is UV protected so I can sew a cover for the tire.  Most covers on Ebay aren't cheap and I still doubt what their UV protection is.  We also thought we might store the spare in the garage rather than leaving it on the trailer when we're not using it.  Check out the local Used parts dealers!
Comment by steve pulver on January 26, 2009 at 12:09pm
thanks jim! great ideas! and ya, let me know what you end up doing.

i'm leaning towards mounting on the rear bumper but the thing's so whimpy i think reinforcements are in order, going w/ a store bought universal type. i'd like to carry a couple of beachcruisers back there too. i was thinking there'd be less tongue weight if mounted in the rear? does that make sense? i need all the clearence i can get unless i'm able to do a lift on the trailer and the jeep. i'm waiting to see how my taxes go this year....$$$
Comment by Jim on January 26, 2009 at 10:52am
Another consideration I've been working on myself.... My buggy trailer does not have a spare. Every time I've gone out with it, I see trailer owners on the side of the road dealing with a flat. I have been either crazy lucky, crazy stupid, or both as I have to be prepared, leaving the dune buggy on the side of the highway waiting for a tire is not an option. So, I too am looking at spare mounting options and have a few ideas.

Idea #1: Spare tire would ideally be temporary use. Whats wrong with getting one of those mini-spares used for cars now? Sure, the trailer will tilt until you get the tire fixed but a tilting trailer is better than one stuck with a flat, right? I see those temporary spares at the swap meets and on craigslist for pretty cheap. Smaller and lighter to store and carry too.



Idea #2 On my old Chev pickup, the spare was carried by this long bolt that went through a frame crossmember, and there was a threaded 'lock' that held the tire up. Just like a real long tire lug, you just screwed it on with the single bolt to hold it up. With a simple piece of flat steel, you could mount a spare under, and inbetween the front A on the trailer in the same manner.If you have access to the top of the bolt (unlike under the pickup truck bed) you could reverse the bolt and have the nut and threads accessed from the top for an easier release.

I'll let you know what I finally do about a spare...
Comment by Jim on January 26, 2009 at 10:21am
Harbor Freight Tools:

http://www.harborfreightusa.com/usa/itemdisplay/displayItem.do?itemid=93341&CategoryName=&SubCategoryName=
Comment by steve pulver on January 22, 2009 at 5:31pm
thanks pat! both my frame and bumpers are pretty thin comparatively speaking, plus the 15 inch rims have me thinking on it.
Comment by Pat Daly on January 22, 2009 at 11:50am
Hey, Stever that sound like a good price!! Check out the RV Parts links on our rv community site. RV Parts has several different rv trailer spare tire mounts. they are a good comany I know. we don't get any bucks from any links but may help.

I also always PAINT the u bolts and spray with silicon and use lock washers in addition to regular washters when I do this attachment. Some people also cut a piece of bicycle innertube and place it UNDER the clamps and metal when they attach so that it doesn't screw up the bumper or frame. Haven't tried it myself, but I do like the idea. Have fun!!
Comment by steve pulver on January 21, 2009 at 2:07pm
found a universal clamp on type at camping world that should work...about 35 bucks!

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