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Old 05-15-2014, 06:24 PM   #11
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The 17B in my driveway, with 2" receiver for bike rack, and dual 6V batteries, has the spare tire mount centred on the rear bumper.
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Has anyone requested a spare mounted under the tongue? Lance is one of the makers doing that - makes it very easy to use the spare and a leaves a clean looking posterior.
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Old 05-15-2014, 09:11 PM   #13
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I don't see how that would be easier, or cleaner. I presume you would have to remove weight distribution hitch bars to access the wheel, and lay on your back to lower it? It would also add substantially to the tongue weight.
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I don't see how that would be easier, or cleaner. I presume you would have to remove weight distribution hitch bars to access the wheel, and lay on your back to lower it? It would also add substantially to the tongue weight.
Depends on the design. No need to do anything like that on a Lance trailer, just unlock the support bar underneath the tire from above the A-frame and lower it.

I've sent Escape a request to implement on my trailer, we'll see where it goes.
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Old 05-15-2014, 10:04 PM   #15
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Our 17B has a 12 volt system with the battery mounted on the passenger side of the rear bumper with the spare tire offset to the drivers side. Just one more little complication to deal with should I decide to convert over to 2 6 volt batteries. Will need to centre the tire and put a battery box on each side.
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Old 05-15-2014, 11:20 PM   #16
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I presume you would have to remove weight distribution hitch bars to access the wheel, and lay on your back to lower it?
If I were to do this, I would probably use a spare winch like a pickup truck or my van - no laying underneath required. I would be concerned about road clearance, even with a 19' or 21' - between the frame rails under the rear floor behind the water tank might be an option if there is enough fore-aft room.

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It would also add substantially to the tongue weight.
I agree: moving 50 pounds from well behind the axle to far ahead of it would add perhaps 70 pounds to the tongue weight (very roughly).
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The 17B in my driveway, with 2" receiver for bike rack, and dual 6V batteries, has the spare tire mount centred on the rear bumper.
I was thinking of the single-battery 17... of course the dual-battery has this nearly symmetric configuration. Is the spare tire mount exactly centred, or just a couple inches off? If exactly centred, it must be fastened differently from the example shown earlier (which is possible - details change with time).
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Old 05-16-2014, 12:56 AM   #18
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I was thinking of the single-battery 17... of course the dual-battery has this nearly symmetric configuration. Is the spare tire mount exactly centred, or just a couple inches off? If exactly centred, it must be fastened differently from the example shown earlier (which is possible - details change with time).
Centred.
There is a square tube a few inches above the 2" receiver tube - the upper tube is where the tire carrier is mounted.
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A spare on the tongue would likely have an adverse affect on hitch weight, what with removing the weight from the rear, and adding it to the front. Some balancing would likely be necessary.
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With a WDH rebalancing shouldn't be a huge issue as long as the tongue weight doesn't exceed TV ratings. Half a tank of fresh water should balance things close enough.
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