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Old 09-10-2016, 07:48 PM   #1
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Relocate the spare?

I had to add a small extension to my rear receiver so the bike pedals would clear the spare tire, but while doing so I pondered relocating the spare tire to up front underneath the A-frame. I've seen this method on Lance trailers and wondered if anyone has done this on an Escape....
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Old 09-10-2016, 07:56 PM   #2
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Unless I'm misunderstanding something, I would be concerned about clearance and tongue weight.
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Old 09-10-2016, 08:03 PM   #3
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Unless I'm misunderstanding something, I would be concerned about clearance and tongue weight.
Clearance shouldn't be an issue that close to the tow, and my tow can handle the added tongue weight. I sent ETI an email as a possible option, will see what they come up with.
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Hello Charlie,

For us having the spare tire where it is at has most likely saved us from a broken rear window. Most modern bikes have wider handle bars (with the exception of road bikes) than bikes had a decade ago.

As I mentioned in a earlier post. When we hit rough roads on our way home on our inaugural trip, I noticed marks in the road grime on the back window from the handle bar coming into contact with the back window. I moved the 1 UP out a bit, but still had the odd hit due to sway from the occasional big frost heave that would sneak up on us. For us, putting the inboard crank arm up against the spare tire solved the window strike problems. Now I have a Escape tire cover with holes worn through it but my rear window is intact. Scott

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Charlie, have you considered either folding or removable pedals?
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Nifty!

Well, that hide-a-spare is a nifty idea! The things that exist!
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Old 09-10-2016, 11:08 PM   #8
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I would be concerned about clearance under the tongue. If the top of the frame is 21" above the ground (the top-of-ball coupling height), then the bottom of the frame is four inches lower or 17" above the ground, and even if the eight-inch-wide tire is pressed against the frame the bottom of it is then 9" off the ground. That sounds like it risks scraping on a speed bump or some driveway entrances.

I would consider a similar mounting system under the back of the trailer, below the dinette (or bed if you have a 19') and behind the fresh water tank. The frame is 4 inches higher there than anywhere from the axles forward. My fifth-wheel trailer has its spare in this location and mounted this way... as does almost every pickup truck and many SUVs.
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I would be concerned about clearance under the tongue.
Yes, that's the clearance I was thinking about and Brian's calculations of 9" would be of great concern to me--and I don't even drive off road.
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Both of my Lance trailers had the spare up front and exposed to dirt, grime, salt. In addition a lot harder to remove as well as replace than from the rear of the Escape. That said, both Lance models had large storage areas and I removed the spare and carried it inside in one of the storage areas, similarly in my T@da, it was inside the front storage area.
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