Originally Posted by CarlB
As I prepared for my Alaska trip, I bought this - Curt Spare Tire Mount
Luckily I never needed it. Glad I had it because even if I had full tire protection package from any vendor, it would not have mattered, as ther were days without cell coverage to call for help...
I also use the above Curt mount for the spare, except I had a hitch receiver put on the front of the vehicle, and the spare goes there. I did this for two reasons: Firstly, the 31DS is already kind of tail-heavy, so I wanted to get the spare away from the rear; secondly I could not use the rear hitch receiver because I tow a car.
The front mounted tire works great, even though it is not the most attractive thing in the world.