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Old 05-15-2014, 12:07 PM   #1
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Why are most of the spare tires offset from centre on the rear bumper? I wouldn't think they would be in the way of the bike-rack hitch.

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Old 05-15-2014, 02:32 PM   #2
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Just a guess, but are you thinking of specifically the 17' or 21' models? The battery is on one end of the back bumper of the 17' (for appropriate weight balance) so I can see mounting the tire toward the other end. The 21' spare also looks off-centre to the curb side; perhaps that's to balance the battery (or batteries)... I'm told they're inside under the rear dinette on that model - are they on the street side? The other models look pretty well centred to me.
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Our 15 has the bike rack ready and the spare tire is offset as can be seen in photo.
It looks like there is a bolt that goes through the bumper as part of the spare tire mount.
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Our 15 has the bike rack ready and the spare tire is offset as can be seen in photo.
It looks like there is a bolt that goes through the bumper as part of the spare tire mount.
Nice detail photo - thanks John.

That mounting hardware certainly requires some offset... although not very much.

One ETI photo of the 21'- 21Escape_rear_drivers_side_ext.jpg - shows much more offset than needed for the bracket. There must be adifferent reason for that, but ETI's posted photo isn't as detailed as John's so I can't see the attachment structure.
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Old 05-15-2014, 03:36 PM   #5
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The spare on our 19 with bike rack is offset just like John's. I think they should have put the Escape decal to the left of the tire where there is more room.
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Old 05-15-2014, 04:26 PM   #6
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I will be have the spare tire under the bed in the front of our 21. That way Over all length will still fit in our 20 ft storage stall ( sort of ) . the 21 with out tire is onlt slightly longer than a 19 with one. If I have to go to a 30 ft stall its alot more money a month. But I suspect the off set is to accomidate the bike rack ready option.
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Old 05-15-2014, 04:31 PM   #7
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Thanks for the info guys. We are ordering our 19 without the bike hitch, so I assume the spare will be centre mounted. We have a bike rack on the front of our current trailer, which we will be installing on the Escape 19.

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Old 05-15-2014, 04:44 PM   #8
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We did not order the bike rack ready option on our 2013 Escape 19. A 2" receiver was welded to the rear frame requiring the spare tire support mounting offset to the right.
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I assumed the bike ready option was the 2" receiver. Does it perhaps include something else?

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My assumption was the same as yours bouterse.
I think the receiver also requires an additional horizontal member to support the front end of the 2" receiver?
Perhaps Jubal got a free receiver due to oversight at time of frame fabrication?
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