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Old 04-08-2012, 06:04 PM   #1
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Adding spare tire to Melbourne 29D

My 2011 Melbourne did not come with a spare tire although the space where it used to be is still there. So after a year of wondering what I was going to do if I got a flat, I installed a spare tire hoist with the help of a friend.

You need to add cross-member between the main frame rails to support the tire hoist. You also need to add members for the tire to react against as it is snugged up in place. I used some spare 2.5" x 2.5 structural tubing left over from another project for the hoist and bought 2 @ 1" x 1" angle iron at Sear's for the tire support.

I didn't want the spare tire to become the new low point in the back (got enough of those already), so we worked the design to get the hoist as high as possible.



This is the hole where the spare should be. That angle iron seen on the right needs to be removed.



We side mounted the TECA hoist to the 2.5" x 2.5" tubing. By putting that silver spacer in there, we were able to mount the hoist flush with the top of the tubing.



Here's the TECA #500-100 tire hoist mounted. You can see the angle iron tire supports fore and aft of the hoist.



And here we are with the spare tire mounted. You can see the 3" flat bar side supports for the hoist tubing. You can see the drive tube coming out to the left. A 3/4" socket and ratchet allows you to raise and lower the tire.

Bob in Houston (helper)
Jim (welder and fitter)
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Old 04-08-2012, 06:17 PM   #2
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That looks like outstanding work! Maybe you can PM me and tell me how I might reach Jim. I've not had much luck finding a welder who is willing to help me fabricate a better hitch mount for my bike rack.

p.s. Welcome to the JOF, Travlr45!
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Old 04-08-2012, 06:19 PM   #3
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Very professional installation. Great photos.

Thanks for sharing. I've considered installing a hoist for my trailer and moving the spare from the bumper.
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Old 04-08-2012, 07:46 PM   #4
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nice work there! looking to do something similar with our greyhawk.
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Old 04-11-2012, 02:47 PM   #5
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I had done that with my old trailer for a second spare as we are off roaders.
I noticed my original spare always seemed to loosen up just a bit.
So with the addition I also secured both with rachet straps to keep them from getting loose again, after a few trips I checked and they were still snugged up tight.
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As an aside what size tire is that you are using.
I would like to add a spare mount to my Seneca.
It has 245/70/R19.5 tires.
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Old 04-14-2012, 07:21 PM   #7
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I just looked. My new to me 2009 29D Melbourne came with a spare
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Old 04-23-2012, 01:50 PM   #8
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As an aside what size tire is that you are using.
I would like to add a spare mount to my Seneca.
It has 245/70/R19.5 tires.
The 29D has 16" rims; the OD of the tire was 28". The rails are 42" on centers w/ 3" flanges so the clear distance is 36". You R19.5 tires may be a tight fit.

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Old 08-28-2012, 09:27 AM   #9
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Looks great! Just a question about the welding, did you have to remove the bulbs in the rv, or disconnect the battery before you welded this up? Just wondering if that is necessary. Thanks!
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Looks great! Just a question about the welding, did you have to remove the bulbs in the rv, or disconnect the battery before you welded this up? Just wondering if that is necessary. Thanks!

Hmmm, never even though of that. We just welded away with no problems. Disconnecting the house batteries would have been a b*tch!

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