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Maximus posted 07-14-2004 10:17 PM ET (US)   Profile for Maximus   Send Email to Maximus  
Ryan's adventures with trailer tires have got me thinking...

Has anyone purchased a spare tire for their Montauk 170? EZ Loader has them the galvanized rim and tire for ~$100 and my local EZ Loader dealer wanted a little more than that. I was looking for somewhat of a less expensive alternative.

Knock on wood, but I only trailer the boat ~300 miles a year at most and have not considered a spare a neccessity yet.

Barney posted 07-15-2004 08:36 AM ET (US)     Profile for Barney  Send Email to Barney     
Maximus, These tire and wheel combos are expensive. I bit the bullet and ordered the exact match spare from EZ Loader's website I think it was around $90. I couldn't find a cheaper spare in that size anywhere. Jim
Moe posted 07-15-2004 08:49 AM ET (US)     Profile for Moe  Send Email to Moe     
Same as Barney here.

Knot at Work posted 07-15-2004 09:14 AM ET (US)     Profile for Knot at Work  Send Email to Knot at Work     
Jim and Moe, did you fellas mount it yet? if so where? I need to get a tire soon I trailer 60 miles round trip to where I launch.

(Pace to NAS Pensacola)

I need to get my tire soon....

Barney posted 07-15-2004 09:17 AM ET (US)     Profile for Barney  Send Email to Barney     
Knot, I mounted it behind the jackstand with a standard bracket from Bass Pro. I moved the jackstand forward some. It is a tight fit. Jim
Maximus posted 07-15-2004 09:18 AM ET (US)     Profile for Maximus  Send Email to Maximus     
Thanks for the info. It wasn't just me and my in ability to find a second less expensive alternative.

Camuyano posted 07-15-2004 10:47 AM ET (US)     Profile for Camuyano  Send Email to Camuyano     

I've bought three spare tires for different trailers within the last few years and they tend to run in the $100 range. When I bought the Whaler I got the dealer to throw in the spare tire. I think it's ridiculous that trailers don't come with spare tires. Anyway, I would also check to make sure that you have a jack in your tow vehicle that fits the trailer and the correct size tool for your wheel lugs. I haven't done this yet with the Whaler but the jack on my truck would not fit my last trailer.


Moe posted 07-15-2004 12:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for Moe  Send Email to Moe     
I mounted mine vertically, on the curbside of the trailer, with the EZLoader equivalent of this:

However, it blocks the front running light on the tongue, which something like this wouldn't do:

The only problem with the horizontal mount is that water may pool in the wheel and promote rusting.

So maybe I have the best compromise after all.


AQUANUT posted 07-15-2004 09:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for AQUANUT  Send Email to AQUANUT     
2004 montauk 170's come stock with the karvan has the swing-away horizontal is out of the question...the only place that works in the starboard side oposite of the winch station.

due the the outrageous price commanded by the trailer tire manufacturers...I use locking lugg nuts on all three of my wheels.

never could understand why american free enterprise adopted the idea that give the customer less and charge them more...
these trailer tires prices are RIDICULOUS!

Moe posted 07-15-2004 10:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for Moe  Send Email to Moe     
The vertical mount I got from EZLoader has a plate that covers the lugs that hold the tire on, and that plate has a slot that fits over a hasp that can be padlocked. Of course with the right sized wrench, the U-bolts can be removed and the thief abscond with the holder and the tire. Guess I should tack weld the nuts to the U-bolts.


Maximus posted 07-16-2004 12:09 AM ET (US)     Profile for Maximus  Send Email to Maximus     
Camuyano: Great idea on using a spare as a bargaining chip when purchasing a new 170. I hope someone else can take advantage of it.

As for stealing the spare, if they really want to take something, nothing we do will stop them.

I will probably order the spare through EZ Loader's website.

mikeyairtime posted 07-17-2004 12:33 AM ET (US)     Profile for mikeyairtime    
I ordered a spare tire and mount from West Marine. The mount actually has a spare hub with spindle and bearings and retails for $59 I believe. I got a spare tire and rim from the same source and I think retail was $79. If you know someone with a Port Supply card the price is less. It's kind of nice to be carrying a spare hub at all times. It fit vertically on the curbside of the Karavan trailer.
Jarhead posted 07-17-2004 08:55 AM ET (US)     Profile for Jarhead  Send Email to Jarhead     
Just a thought for location of the trailer spare.

The trunk of a passenger car is ideal for stowing a spare for two reasons. No exposure to UV and, the obvious, theft protection.

In my case, my truck is equipped with a locking hard Tonneau cover so...

Another thought for consideration. If you're going to store your rig outdoors for an extended amount of time it's a good idea to remove the spare, if mounted on the trailer, and store indoors.

Marsh posted 07-18-2004 10:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for Marsh  Send Email to Marsh     
Bought my spare wheel (painted) and tire from Northern Tool Supply. They have lots 'o trailer parts. Paid like $45 or so. Bought a squared off "U" bolt there also, and mounted the spare parallel with the ground, on the "Y" of the tongue, just behind winch. Granted, it's not galvanized like the OEM, but hopefully it will never be on the ground, or in the water, either. Also bought a spare set of bearings, races, seals, and dust cap, and found a spare set of lug nuts in my garage. Total cost was under $60. Put those and some clean grease in a bag behind the truck seat. Truck jack and lug wrench fit the Karavan, so I figure I'm all set.

Total cost: under $60.
Piece of mind: priceless.


Marsh posted 07-18-2004 10:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for Marsh  Send Email to Marsh     
BTW, the Northern Tool part number for the spare tire/wheel is 12121, if I recall correctly.


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