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Old 06-28-2017, 11:06 AM   #101
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Yolo44,
I have the same problem stuffing an oversize motorcycle tire on the back of my bike. I have to deflate first, then inflate it once it's on the bike.
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Old 06-28-2017, 11:44 AM   #102
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Why does the wheel and tire lean back rather than stand upright?
They do that for two reasons, clearance, and getting the weight more centered on top of the post.

For anyone who has or is considering a hitch mounted carrier I strongly suggest you purchase and use a hitch tightener. The weight of a spare bouncing on a hitch mount can cause damage to the receiver and hitch if not properly secured.

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Old 06-28-2017, 01:11 PM   #103
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Seeing as how our Vegas is using the Curt hitch spare tire mount I agree with what SuperD says regarding the hitch tightner...it is a good addition.

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Old 06-29-2017, 05:38 PM   #104
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Metalman:It sure is ,that wasn't the problem though. I had the same difficulty as JoeDS posted, but by letting the air out of the tire I was able to wrestle it into the space between the hitch and cross member. Again I'd like to thank mrc1010 for his post I really wouldn't like to have a spare hanging off of the back of my coach.
Now that i'm back from our trip I will tackle this again. I hate to have to deflate though. Because then you will have to deflate to get it back out I suppose. I also believe I will have to relocate the trailer towing electrical plug to get more space.

Incidently I bought the Hitch mount carrier, and it will work, but if you are going on a ferry you might have to pay extra for that additional 1.5 feet. We just went to Newfoundland then Labrador. 4 ferry trips. They charge by the foot.

PS the ferry from Nova Scotia to Newfoundland was an overnight. We got a room on-board since you cant stay with your RV. I was super fun. Large ship, nice cafeteria and dinning room Highly recommend it. The room is almost free since you don't have to pay for a campground before you leave and when you arrive since it takes 8-12 hours for the trip depending on which ferry you take.
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Old 07-16-2017, 10:28 PM   #105
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I too hate the idea of no spare tire. I posted my MOD last year on this Forum, so for those who have seen this MOD before please forgive my repeat.

Curt 31006 Spare Tire Mount for 2" receiver for $71.04 with tax P&H $80.92.

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This could be an extremely "dumb" question, but how far above the rear bumper does the top of the tire ride?

We have a 25.2 (and of course the rear slide)

Was wondering if the rear slide might clear the tire on this setup...

I know it would block the rear baggage compartment, however, that could be a solution if the slide would clear
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Old 07-16-2017, 11:05 PM   #106
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Doc

This could be an extremely "dumb" question, but how far above the rear bumper does the top of the tire ride?

We have a 25.2 (and of course the rear slide)

Was wondering if the rear slide might clear the tire on this setup...

I know it would block the rear baggage compartment, however, that could be a solution if the slide would clear
If it doesn't work, check out the Roadmaster version, which you can pivot to the ground to easily get tire on/off, so maybe you could pivot it down before opening rear slide.
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Old 07-17-2017, 02:20 AM   #107
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MoMike,

I just checked it is 24" above the bumper. BUT, looking at the Curt tire mount, the Vertical bar could be shortned 4" to 6" with a little bit of cutting and rewelding.

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Old 07-17-2017, 03:31 AM   #108
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Had my spare mounted on a Curt tire mount until today.
We are going to be carrying 2 electric bicycles on a hitch mount and the Curt mount was in the way.
Moved the tire into the drivers side rear storage area of my 24.1.
It fits very well so that's where it will live for now.
The Curt mount has taken up residence in the attic for the time being.
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Old 07-17-2017, 04:05 AM   #109
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I just checked it is 24" above the bumper. BUT, looking at the Curt tire mount, the Vertical bar could be shortned 4" to 6" with a little bit of cutting and rewelding.

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Thanks for the quick reply, Doc..

We are trying to decide between a rear mount (since it looks like yours wouldn't block our rear slide) and an under coach arrangement.

Was crawling around measuring, and it looks like a spare and rim could fit between the CHASSIS BEAMS behind the gas tank...
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Old 07-17-2017, 04:13 AM   #110
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Thanks for the quick reply, Doc..

We are trying to decide between a rear mount (since it looks like yours wouldn't block our rear slide) and an under coach arrangement.

Was crawling around measuring, and it looks like a spare and rim could fit between the CHASSIS BEAMS behind the gas tank...
FWIW, this is the Roadmaster one I've been looking at. One, it will rotates down for easy on/off (as well as out of the way if you have rear access/door/slide) and there is a model with a built in hitch extension so it can be used in-line with a Toad.



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Old 09-03-2017, 02:37 AM   #111
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Finally found a wheel and mounted the spare tire underside in the space provided. Close fit, but did sit in the space nicely. I used a 2x6 mounted to the channel frame with 1/4" lag screws. The front area of the tire to rest on the 2x6. The rear area rest on the tow hitch member. The tire is clamped down with perforated hanger strapping and 1/4" machine scr's, washers, nuts. No drilling was required for the mounting. The only draw back from my point of view is that the tire and wheel are quite heavy. Maybe weighing in around 60-70 lbs. and an old dude like me had a time leveraging it into place.

The total cost of tire, wheel and mounting came to around $200. It may not be worth the time and money for some who don't travel in remote areas. For me, it is more of a convenience and independence than anything. I would not want to wait for hours in a remote area for a tire repair. I have a tow and emerg. road service thru CoachNet, but they only pay for changing a tire, not mounting a tire. A neighbor of mine had to call a tire repair out to his coach and the charge was over $100 for mounting the tire. Maybe some folks on the forum have had a tire changed and can jump in with some info tire mounting.

Below is where I bought the wheel. I don't have any connection to the company other than being a customer. It was the best price I could find. The dually rims are not as easy to find around my neck of the woods as I thought they would be.

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Using the same method I did mine today. I used all of my MMA grappling skills to get the tire into position. It fit. A tight fit indeed. Thanks for the idea.
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Old 09-03-2017, 04:08 AM   #112
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Here is where I mounted a 22.5 wheel and tire on the front of our motor home. I built the brush guard for protection and it worked well to hold the wheel/tire. Getting the tire up on the mount was a bit of a grunt, but leaning the wheel/tire against the front of my legs/thighs, I was able to raise it to the necessary height, using my legs and arms. I welded a step for the bottom of the tire, so I didn't have to hold it up while I attached it to the rack. After all that work, I never had to change a tire while on the road, but I did replace a worn front tire with the spare.

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Old 09-10-2017, 02:51 AM   #113
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Using the same method I did mine today. I used all of my MMA grappling skills to get the tire into position. It fit. A tight fit indeed. Thanks for the idea.
Update. I modified my underside spare tire mount to move tire farther forward to protect the hitch elect connector. Added 24in 2 in sq tube to the 2x6 board. Tube is inserted about 3 inches into backside of hitch receiver. I feel better about it.
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Old 06-03-2018, 02:22 PM   #114
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Fair questions. Vegas is on a E350 chassis. There was a thread a few months ago with opinions about what if Thor built a Vegas on the E 450

To me, that bumper doesn't look sturdy enough to hold a spare tire. On the 25.2, a spare there would block access to the rear storage.
My vegas 25.2 2016 model is on E450 chassis
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Old 06-03-2018, 02:58 PM   #115
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My vegas 25.2 2016 model is on E450 chassis
Note that when Mr Sunshine posted that all Axis/Vegas units were E350's, now almost all are E450's (You can occasionally find the odd 24.1 that is still on an E-350--Thor is showing all 2018's as E450).
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Old 06-03-2018, 03:02 PM   #116
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Old 06-07-2019, 02:37 PM   #117
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Great thread on mounting a Spare on an Vegas/Axis
Iím ready to proceed

Will source the rim from Etrailer or Amazon (both have it)
Will source the tire (used) from EBay
(Or check craigslist for both)

Then will mount on underside behind gas tank
Or
I can cram into driverside rear storage above the generator for the time being (although it limits items already in storage)

Iíve got HWH levelers so that will be my jack
All I need is a good breaker bar/socket wrench and Iím golden

More to come...
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Old 06-07-2019, 02:46 PM   #118
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Great thread on mounting a Spare on an Vegas/Axis
Iím ready to proceed

Will source the rim from Etrailer or Amazon (both have it)
Will source the tire (used) from EBay
(Or check craigslist for both)

Then will mount on underside behind gas tank
Or
I can cram into driverside rear storage above the generator for the time being (although it limits items already in storage)

Iíve got HWH levelers so that will be my jack
All I need is a good breaker bar/socket wrench and Iím golden

More to come...

As a safety measure be sure and use some jack stands after you lift the unit with your hydraulic levelers.



After I bought the rim I just went to Walmart and bought an inexpensive tire from them.


Currently I do keep it in my storage compartment above the Generator. Cant seen to get back to trying again on the underside mount. I don't really need the space so i guess it hasn't been a push to get back to it.
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Old 06-08-2019, 06:20 PM   #119
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Currently I do keep it in my storage compartment above the Generator. Cant seen to get back to trying again on the underside mount. I don't really need the space so i guess it hasn't been a push to get back to it.
Iíve analyzed the ďunder-coachĒ mounting position between the gas tank and the trailer hitch.
It looks very do-able based on measurements, plenty of room.
Iíll probably incorporate a couple of pieces of 2Ē channel iron, side to side, using existing holes already in the frame (look underside to see the location on your rig).

The only thing that needs to be moved (6-8Ē to the passenger side) is the hitch/trailer electrical connection, as the wiring loom is in the way & will be damaged
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Thor Vegas on e350. The problem w bumper mount is rear door stowage blocking of.
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