carrying spares in the tray

Submitted: Tuesday, Sep 27, 2011 at 21:06
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I drive a HJ75 tray back and like to take 3 spare tyres on wheels when I go touring (I've needed 2 but never 3 - not yet anyway). I carry one under the tray on the rear fuel tank and have a large steel tool box up against the headboard of the tray and didn't want to sacrifice this to fix the other 2 spares to the tray headboard. I also don't want to put weight up high and put them on roof racks on the cab but am sick of tying them down in the tray.

Any suggestions for a convenient way to carry these 2 spares? Thanks
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Reply By: racinrob - Tuesday, Sep 27, 2011 at 21:21

Tuesday, Sep 27, 2011 at 21:21
No easy solution dermie, I also have a HJ75 tray back with a slide on camper and the only idea I could come up with was to carry a spare tyre case strapped to the bullbar. Carrying three spares on any vehicle is a big ask.

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Reply By: Member - Tony (ACT) - Wednesday, Sep 28, 2011 at 06:48

Wednesday, Sep 28, 2011 at 06:48
Could you move the box to the rear a bit and slide the tyres in between headboard and the box.
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Follow Up By: dermie66 - Monday, Oct 03, 2011 at 21:52

Monday, Oct 03, 2011 at 21:52
Thanks every one for your input. I'm gonna spend the week end testing the layout with Tony's suggestion, unbolting the tool box slide it back, insert the tyres and see how all the other gear fits with that configuration
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Reply By: Bob Y. - Qld - Wednesday, Sep 28, 2011 at 09:08

Wednesday, Sep 28, 2011 at 09:08
Have also carried 3 spares at times, but usually only when I had a bag and a swag, and was in a hurry. Now always carry 2, when on the dirt, and only one when on bitumen.

Don't have any room under the tray, so tie the tyres up against the headboard, or if we're going on a trip, put both tyres on driver's side, and the fridge goes on near side. Use a 1" ratchet strap to hold them in place, and works well on MT's.

In that photo, that's a 400L fuel tank, and it doesn't cause any dramas, being back behind the tyres. It's just easier to tie them to head board, rather than on floor of tray. Got to keep Mr Plod happy too, and keep his book in the car, eh.

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Suppose you could weld some nuts under the tray, and make up brackets to hold the tyres down on floor of tray? Then they are secure, but still accessible, to some extent.

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Reply By: equinox - Wednesday, Sep 28, 2011 at 16:12

Wednesday, Sep 28, 2011 at 16:12
Hi Dermie,

I carry four spare tyres however only 1 spare wheel. 1 under the tray, 1 behind the headboard with the wheel and two up top.

I can only suggest to fit another one underneath the tray. I could fit another one underneath if I lifted the tray another inch and a half.

Can you do without 1 wheel? I think you could probably have 2 tyres and 1 wheel up top, though 2 and 2 may be pushing it.

No easy solutions I think.

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