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ntropy
10-21-2012, 07:51 PM
I bought my first Mastercraft recently (hooray!) and it came with a single axle trailer. The dealership said that a spare is not included because I can get one cheaper elsewhere. Odd, but okay. I'm wondering if anyone has advice on how to mount the spare to the trailer frame. The trailer is for a 2012 X2. Thanks in advance.

DemolitionMan
10-21-2012, 07:55 PM
I believe the spare tire holder is under the trailer on the 2012.

Voodoo
10-21-2012, 08:05 PM
Nice...buy a 2012 MC and the dealer sends you on your way sans spare tire.

ntropy
10-22-2012, 08:43 AM
Thanks, DemolitionMan. I'll take a look.

bturner2
10-22-2012, 09:22 AM
That's actually quite true and a common practice with most boat purchases. Admittedly at the price you paid for the boat the price of a spare is probably a very small percentage of the total cost. The last two boats I purchased (used of course) did not have spares. The POs in both instances told me they didn't tow much and that the spare was expensive that they didn't order one.

Buying one of the MasterCraft wheels from the dealer later however is not cheap either as I later found out. I ended up buying a wheel that was close in design then putting a MC tire cover on it.

GoneBoatN
10-22-2012, 12:29 PM
... I ended up buying a wheel that was close in design then putting a MC tire cover on it...

Basically I did the same. Except the spare carrier is under the boat so I just mounted it upside down. The other thing that was expensive for what it was, was the hardware to hold down the tire in the carrier; I ended up just making my own.

ntropy
11-01-2012, 05:32 PM
I ended up just making my own.

Mind sharing the design and a few pics?

Ski-me
11-01-2012, 05:57 PM
That's actually quite true and a common practice with most boat purchases. Admittedly at the price you paid for the boat the price of a spare is probably a very small percentage of the total cost. The last two boats I purchased (used of course) did not have spares. The POs in both instances told me they didn't tow much and that the spare was expensive that they didn't order one.

Buying one of the MasterCraft wheels from the dealer later however is not cheap either as I later found out. I ended up buying a wheel that was close in design then putting a MC tire cover on it.

What wheel did you end up getting that was "close?"

GoneBoatN
11-02-2012, 05:11 PM
What wheel did you end up getting that was "close?"

I got this one - http://www.trailertirewarehouse.com/14X55-5-45-Aluminum-Trailer-Wheel-Type-04-TTW-HS145A045.htm

I got it for $65 because the one I originally was going to go with was out of stock so they substituted this one.

GoneBoatN
11-02-2012, 05:22 PM
Mind sharing the design and a few pics?

I'm guessing that you think I did a whole trailer tire mount. It was just the hardware that they wanted ~= $150 to mount the tire to the built in spare tire carrier on their newer trailers. It was essentially a bolt, wing nut (fancy one the size that you might find on your spare tire in your car trunk) and a hunk of plastic.

I'm also guessing that since you got a single axle trailer, you do not have a built in spare tire carrier?

If you don't have a built in spare tire mount then something like at http://accessories.etrailer.com/search?w=spare%20tire%20mount will most likely be your best option.

Ski-me
11-05-2012, 11:52 AM
I got this one - http://www.trailertirewarehouse.com/14X55-5-45-Aluminum-Trailer-Wheel-Type-04-TTW-HS145A045.htm

I got it for $65 because the one I originally was going to go with was out of stock so they substituted this one.

Any pics with the new wheels and are you pleased with them? They do look real nice. Are you happy with them over the original ones you were going to buy? Do you think getting them for $65 was a one time deal? Thanks!

bturner2
11-05-2012, 04:19 PM
Not sure what the brand or model was. I basically went to discount tire, opened the book and started looking at the cheap aluminum wheel section until I saw something that looked close to it to me. Here's a picture of the one I got mounted on the boat trailer.....

That's actually quite true and a common practice with most boat purchases. Admittedly at the price you paid for the boat the price of a spare is probably a very small percentage of the total cost. The last two boats I purchased (used of course) did not have spares. The POs in both instances told me they didn't tow much and that the spare was expensive that they didn't order one.

Buying one of the MasterCraft wheels from the dealer later however is not cheap either as I later found out. I ended up buying a wheel that was close in design then putting a MC tire cover on it.

bcd
11-05-2012, 04:52 PM
I did the same thing as bturner2 for my 2012 X-2. I don't have a picture, and the boat's in storage. I went online, found the cheapest white rim and tire combo I could find, then put the MC cover on it. My dealer sold me the mounting bracket for $30. I put it the same spot as bturner2, then made a couple of adjustments fore/aft to get it positioned correctly to not rub while loading/unloading the boat. It's not as good as the factory position, but it was a lot cheaper than the $660 factory spare option.

GoneBoatN
11-05-2012, 04:58 PM
Any pics with the new wheels and are you pleased with them? They do look real nice. Are you happy with them over the original ones you were going to buy? Do you think getting them for $65 was a one time deal? Thanks!

I only got one and as the spare it sits under the trailer in the spare tire carrier. Knock on wood, I've not had to use it. Because it does not match the other 4 tires, I have it mounted upside down - not that it matters because you really don't see much of it under the trailer while the boat is on it. Don't know about the "one time deal"; you could contact the company and see if they would match it again.

As far as looks, I'd have to say they are decent. Not as much "bling" as the Mastercraft rims as they are somewhat plain but a lot nicer looking than say the "modular" style. The picture on the web site is pretty accurate but be sure you "click to enlarge" to see the better image.

Snipe
12-05-2012, 04:22 PM
That's kind of odd. I just bought my first Matercraft (1998) with a single axle trailer, NO SPARE, but there was a spare mount on the starboard side of the trailer. Guess I was lucky.