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Old 03-26-2014, 02:30 PM   #1
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Does anybody cover their spare tire that is mounted onto the underside of the A frame on their trailer?
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Old 03-26-2014, 02:34 PM   #2
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I have not, but I have thought about it, just to keep the sun off of it. I would be a little cautious just from keeping the water in, causing rust to form on the rim and hanger.

If you come up with a go method, please share.
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Old 03-26-2014, 03:03 PM   #3
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I was hoping someone had come up with a method, because I have the same concern as you.
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Old 03-26-2014, 04:17 PM   #4
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Nope, the only sun my spare tire gets is when we are actually camping. Trailer is stored inside my shop building when not in use.
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Old 03-26-2014, 10:42 PM   #5
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Food for thought your tire under the truck is not covered and look at all the salt in the winter that sees. Most of the tire is being shaded by the battery and propane tanks. Not having it covered means your most likely to check the air and condition of the tire before each trip.
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Old 03-27-2014, 09:09 AM   #6
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I think that with the tanks battery and a frame keeping a majority of it shaded,it would actually see less ultraviolet.
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Old 03-27-2014, 10:09 AM   #7
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Thanks for the advice. I had not thought about the spare on my truck. That's why I ask for your advice because I am not that smart.
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When we had a tt I put a spare tire cover from a car trunk, tire sized round fiberglass plate, underneath the spare and covered the top with an elasticized tire cover to keep the road dirt off of it. It was mounted on the underside of the A frame. I removed and cleaned it regularily.
With the 5th wheel I lower the spare and cover it from the bottom with an elasticized tire cover and raise it back in to position. On our 2008 5er it never collected dirt or water, I inspected it regularly.
On the 2012 5er I only had it on for about a week on the first trip and experienced lots of rain. When we got stopped and setup the neighbor asked me what that domed shape thing was at the rear underside of the unit. Said I don't know. Got down on all 4 and commenced to laughing. It was a huge beach ball sized tire cover stretched almost to the ground. I pierced a hole in the center and drained it. When we got home 4 weeks later I put a large grommet in a hole where I drained the cover. I check it regularly and inspect the tire to make sure it is staying dry.
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