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Old 08-10-2019, 10:05 PM   #21
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I bought a new 2017 Axis 25.4 from the local dealer, as part of the deal I wanted a spare tire an wheel, it took them almost three week to get the wheel, I ordered a spare tire winch for a 2017 Ford E- 450 van from Amazon, it’s the same OEM winch that Ford uses, I welded up a couple of lengths of 2 inch channel an mounted it across the top of the back of the frame, it sits up there just like a Ford Pickup, more than plenty of room an no worry of ground clearance,
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Old 08-10-2019, 10:57 PM   #22
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Nice! That option sort of alleviates my concerns about a cross-country (or even to Alaska and back) trip in a couple of years. How's the "fit" though? Any mods necessary to accommodate clearance to rear ladder?
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Old 08-10-2019, 11:50 PM   #23
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We have AAA RV service to do the labor. All I carry is the spare for them to change. At 75, my days of changing tires, especially on something as heavy as our Axis are over.
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Old 08-11-2019, 12:14 AM   #24
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Spare tire under my Vegas
So, is the tire just laying on top of the steel channels, or is it secured somehow?

Also, was kind of channels did you use?
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Old 08-11-2019, 01:23 AM   #25
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So, is the tire just laying on top of the steel channels, or is it secured somehow?
Also, was kind of channels did you use?
Tire was placed into location with 0 air in it
That way I could force it into place, above the hitch and cross brace between the I-beams of the E450 frame.

Then I placed the two pieces of aluminum ďstrutĒ material (ez to cut and work with) above the E450 beams and aligned at the current holes (no drilling needed).
Finally, after strut material is secured & tire is properly located, I inflated the tire to about 20 pounds. That was enough to secure it tightly into place, does not move.

To remove (we all hope it never happens)...
Iíll deflate the tire completely, remove the 4 nut & bolts that hold the strut material, remove strut material, then drop the tire after moving it into place.
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Old 08-11-2019, 01:42 AM   #26
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Mo Mike, the tire and wheel are pulled up by the winch and its positioned between the two frame rails, the 25.4 Axis has plenty of room in this area, its positioned between the back of the fuel tank and the trailer hitch, it lays horizontal and is held in place by the cable from the winch, if you have looked under a newer pickup you can get an idea of how it works, for some of you who do not want to deal with changing a tire on the road having a spare tire and wheel can make a big difference in how much time you spend on the side of the road, as one of the others who posted the wheel on the Thor coaches are different than that of a E-450 van, if your wheel gets damaged you could be stuck for a long time waiting for some one to find you a wheel, I used 2 inch steel channel and one of the other guys who did a post has built the same kind of mount as mine, he has posted a picture, I have not had any luck posting pictures on this site
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Old 08-11-2019, 09:02 PM   #27
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We did same trip left Fl 28 June headed up through east coast to Nova Scotia and did Cabbot trail and New Brunswick then back to Me, NH VT, NY Niagara Falls PA Oh then back home. I didnít want to be without a spare so got Curt mount new rim and new tire asked DW to pick out tire cover so she made one. Did 5,000 miles 5 weeks only issue was usb center quit working. 2017 Vegas 24.1
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Old 08-11-2019, 09:08 PM   #28
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Old 08-11-2019, 09:19 PM   #29
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We did same trip left Fl 28 June headed up through east coast to Nova Scotia and did Cabbot trail and New Brunswick then back to Me, NH VT, NY Niagara Falls PA Oh then back home. I didnít want to be without a spare so got Curt mount new rim and new tire asked DW to pick out tire cover so she made one. Did 5,000 miles 5 weeks only issue was usb center quit working. 2017 Vegas 24.1
Which USB???

My bedroom USB is finicky.
I might need to replace with something else
(Iím still in warranty, but too much trouble)
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Old 08-12-2019, 03:32 AM   #30
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Tire was placed into location with 0 air in it
That way I could force it into place, above the hitch and cross brace between the I-beams of the E450 frame.

Then I placed the two pieces of aluminum “strut” material (ez to cut and work with) above the E450 beams and aligned at the current holes (no drilling needed).
Finally, after strut material is secured & tire is properly located, I inflated the tire to about 20 pounds. That was enough to secure it tightly into place, does not move.

To remove (we all hope it never happens)...
I’ll deflate the tire completely, remove the 4 nut & bolts that hold the strut material, remove strut material, then drop the tire after moving it into place.
SO, what is the size of the rim for the VEGAS/AXIS is it a 19.5 x 6.75 and is it a 10 lug wheel or is it a 16 X 6 with 8 lugs?

I just want to make sure I am looking at VEGAS/AXIS E450 and not the F53
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Old 08-12-2019, 05:43 AM   #31
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That's the same one I use.Works great..snip .. Well done.
Yep, I have the Curt also. It does not come with bolts, not a big deal. I welded the bolts in place.
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Old 08-12-2019, 02:10 PM   #32
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SO, what is the size of the rim for the VEGAS/AXIS is it a 19.5 x 6.75 and is it a 10 lug wheel or is it a 16 X 6 with 8 lugs?

I just want to make sure I am looking at VEGAS/AXIS E450 and not the F53
This is the rim I purchased on Amazon:

Vegas/Axis Spare Wheel

FITS DETAILS -
✓Fits : 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 Ford E350SD

ITEM SPECIFICATIONS -
✓Size: 16"x6";
✓Bolt-pattern: 8-165.1mm or 8-6.50"
✓Offset: 136mm;
✓Center-Bore: 124.25mm
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Old 08-28-2019, 07:30 PM   #33
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Spare tire carrier

No matter how much I fiddled, I could not get a fully inflated spare tire between the frame rails and hitch frame in my 2017 Vegas 24.1. Using the hitch mounted spare tire carrier was not an option because it would take the hitch. Unsuccessful in finding a spare carrier that still allowed towing, so I built this on a 7" hitch extender:

http://www.thorforums.com/forums/att...1&d=1567016789

Does anybody make these? If not, there is an opportunity here.
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Old 08-28-2019, 08:19 PM   #34
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No matter how much I fiddled, I could not get a fully inflated spare tire between the frame rails and hitch frame in my 2017 Vegas 24.1. Using the hitch mounted spare tire carrier was not an option because it would take the hitch. Unsuccessful in finding a spare carrier that still allowed towing, so I built this on a 7" hitch extender:

http://www.thorforums.com/forums/att...1&d=1567016789

Does anybody make these? If not, there is an opportunity here.
Nicely done!
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Old 08-28-2019, 09:09 PM   #35
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why all the work???? why not just bolt the hanger to the wall of the coach....you, know....like they did for years????
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Old 08-28-2019, 09:14 PM   #36
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also, if anyone in vegas needs a wheel, I have spares for E350/450... chevy work horse, and ford f53 10 lug...and yes for free, and no I won't ship them....

also have 6 225/75 16's...tires are like new garage kept... but 2015 date code so I took them off... great for spares though...4 of the tires are on chevy work horse... come and get one if you need one..
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Old 08-28-2019, 11:26 PM   #37
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also, if anyone in vegas needs a wheel, I have spares for E350.. come and get one if you need one..
I might do that, just for the trip. I can afford a wheel and tire, but I can't buy the fun of the trip and the meet-up.
We're near the grand canyon south rim, so three-ish hours from Henderson, What part of Nevada are you in?
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Old 08-29-2019, 04:09 AM   #38
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Spare tire carrier on Vegas 25.2

I added the RoadMaster, a bit on the expensive side but worth it, swings down out of the way of the rear slide, and you still have receiver access.
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Old 08-29-2019, 05:29 AM   #39
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I might do that, just for the trip. I can afford a wheel and tire, but I can't buy the fun of the trip and the meet-up.
We're near the grand canyon south rim, so three-ish hours from Henderson, What part of Nevada are you in?
north west off ann road...
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Old 08-31-2019, 06:14 PM   #40
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Put a spare rim and tire on my ACE 30.2. Used the Roadmaster carrier to mount it. Can even mount the bike rack or a toad to the Roadmaster thru-receiver.

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