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- Dec 4, 2019
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- Central Coast CA
If they keep the current design (with the underbed storage cubby compartment) then it doesn't look like a full spare tire compartment is in the plans. I just came across this image today, hadn't seen it before.
This is an easy modification. By doing a little mod and fab with an "off the shelf" spare tire vertical mounting bracket I hope to install inside the bed along one of the sidewalls, as far forward as possible with the tire touching against the cab with the bottom bolt thru the floor and the top bolt anchored via the Ltrack strip on the top edge of the bed with a "U" shaped stand-off if necessary. (Retired Aircraft Structural Mechanic 21 years USCG)If they keep the current design (with the underbed storage cubby compartment) then it doesn't look like a full spare tire compartment is in the plans. I just came across this image today, hadn't seen it before.
I’m so glad it won’t be on the undercarriage!!!! As someone who lives in the Rustbelt, that setup sucks. The cheap little cable rusts into place in nothing flat. I’ve been burned twice already with flat tires and unable to free up the spare.It's too bad the skateboard chassis eliminates the undercarriage as a mounting place for a full size spare. I've always thought that was an efficient place to put the spare on a pickup.
Well stated on all points. Only a fool would venture out into the wild without proper protection and it's always good to have a "Plan B" instead of depending on "someone else" to come in and save the day.When towing a trailer, we recommend that you carry a full-size spare wheel and tire for both your vehicle and trailer. If you use the compact spare tire that came with your vehicle, it could adversely affect vehicle handling.
If you take a lot of road trips, routinely drive in places with long distances between service stations, or travel a lot on rougher roads, you need a spare tire. Getting a flat in rural areas means you could be a hundred miles or more to the nearest repair shop. If it’s after business hours, you could be looking at being marooned for hours, paying for a hotel for a night (or more if it’s a weekend), leaving a vehicle loaded with gear or belongings on the side of the road, and paying a hefty towing fee over a long stretch of highway.
Get a spare tire if you travel with small kids, especially if you're taking occasional road trips. Getting stranded with a flat and no spare can mean several hours of waiting for a tow, even in an urban area. This is sure to be stressful for parents and possibly unsafe for tots, especially if it’s a really hot or frigid day.
If you have medical needs that need daily attention, better have a spare.