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#1 David Brown OFFLINE  

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Posted May 23, 2014 - 05:35 PM

Straight from the "What in God's name do you call that?" shop, I offer the following.  I wanted a spare tire carrier for my trailer.  After looking around and seeing what's out there for the money I thought, I could build one worse, and here it is.  I had some parts from a very old bottle jack (it was never complete), some plates that I had laying around and two muffler clamps that I bought and never used.  Ahhhh, now I know why I bought them.  Anyhoo, I put them together to make the masterpiece you see in the following pics.  It ain't pretty but, as long as my welds hold, it will be fine.  Now, I'm not a welder.  I'm guy guy with a welder who tries to stick things together in permanent fashion, then I pray a lot.  The water buggy I built has stood up to the first year with 55 gallons of water in it so I figure I'm ready for the road.  We'll see.

 

The threaded stub bolted to the trailer.  The other piece is shown behind on the trailer deck.

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With female portion installed.

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Spare installed.  Hope it holds.

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Ta Da!

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The only bad thing about this is there is nothing to hold the spare up while I loosen the nut.  Maybe in the next 10 years I'll think about that.

 

Pay no attention to the date stamp.  Whenever I take the battery out to charge it resets.


Edited by David Brown, May 23, 2014 - 05:37 PM.

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Posted May 23, 2014 - 08:26 PM

Spare tires are for sissies.


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Posted May 23, 2014 - 08:33 PM

Spare tires are for sissies.

Dude!  Why you gotta be like that?


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Posted May 23, 2014 - 08:33 PM

I wouldn't call that hillbilly engineering. That looks professional.

Hillbilly would be tieing it in with an old coat hanger!
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Posted May 23, 2014 - 09:07 PM

Doesn't look hillbilly to me at all. Definitely getting the job done. One of these days I will get around to do doing something for our trailer.


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Posted May 23, 2014 - 09:22 PM

Spare tires are insurance that you'll never have a flat again!



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Posted May 23, 2014 - 09:30 PM

Nice job. 

Any safety to keep it from backing off??? 


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Posted May 23, 2014 - 09:37 PM

Nice job. 

Any safety to keep it from backing off??? 

Not really.  It takes a long time to screw it on or off.  I figure its got enough thread that it would take about two years to fall off.  To be honest, I'm more concerned with the welds.



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Posted May 23, 2014 - 10:01 PM

I like your design. Like you I always take a spare with me. If I never have to use it that's fine. At least it was one less thing to worry about.


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Posted May 23, 2014 - 10:47 PM

Real nice job especially using what you had. I never tow anything without a spare. The past two weeks I have seen two boats & a utility trailer with an old Cub in it sitting on the side of the expressway with a flat tire.


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Posted May 24, 2014 - 12:59 AM

Here's a "Hillgranny" holder-upper' lol. Find two more pieces of plate, the first one long enough to reach from the stub to the bottom of your spare. Weld the second one at a 90degree angle at the bottom to make a shelf for the tire to rest on. Cut a hole in the top of the verticle  piece and slide it onto the stub, then slip the tire on the stub, tighten, and voila! a tire holder- upper that can be removed easily when not needed, but stays in place while in use because the tire holds it there .


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Posted May 24, 2014 - 01:31 AM

Nice spare carrier. I don't mount any of my spares to my trailers. Some of my trailers actually share a spare which I throw in the back of the truck. None of my trailers actually have a good spare mounting location either. I have trouble enough with the road tires getting in the way when trying to secure my loads, so no sense having the extra in the way. But simple enough concept you got there that it coud be adapted to use in the bed of the truck to mount the trailer spare upright.
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Posted May 24, 2014 - 06:12 AM

Cool spare holder! I want to get a pickup spare holder (the kind with a cable to pull the spare up) and attach it in between the tongue of the trailer. It would be out of the way under there on the 2 axle!


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Posted May 24, 2014 - 06:22 AM

    Nice job, the only thing I can say is to keep an eye out for cracks.  Stuff like that tends to wiggle allot, every bump and so on and you would be amazed at how that will loosen and crack thing's.  Otherwise very nice.

    I always try to carry a spare with me, almost every time I have a spare!! and the only times a get a flat is when I am in A hurry and say (  I wont need that today I am only going around the corner )  sure as ^%* I get a flat before I get home.

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Posted May 24, 2014 - 06:28 AM

Cool spare holder! I want to get a pickup spare holder (the kind with a cable to pull the spare up) and attach it in between the tongue of the trailer. It would be out of the way under there on the 2 axle!

Every time I need a spare that is held up with a cable mechanism, it is rusted solid.
We are in the road salt capital of the world and it does do a number on those units... One time I had to take a car to the garage for them to get the spare out so I could work on the leaking gas tank. With the leaks, I didnt want to run the grinder or torch to cut the cable.
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