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Dutton-Lainson Offset Trailer Spare Tire Carrier Review and Installation

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Review and How to Install the Dutton-Lainson Offset Trailer Spare Tire Carrier

Hi everyone. Out of, today we're going to be taking a look at the Dutton-Lainson spare tire holder. So the spare tire holder is going to be made of steel and it's going to have a zinc-plated finish to it, so it's going to resist against rust and corrosion a little bit better than those powder-coated holders. It is going to be able to hold tires from nine inches all the way up to 14 inches and also fit trailers that are five inches tall by three inches wide. So you are going to have a high offset of four and three-quarter inches. And, basically, what the high offset is, is from where we mount it on our trailer, our wheel, the top lug that we put in here is going to be about four and three-quarter inches.

So it is going to raise it up a little bit and the offset, which is basically where this plate meets all the way to our tire here, is going to be about four and a half inches.So be mindful when you have a thicker tire; sometimes if you go over a certain amount it will actually start hitting your trailer frame and you won't be able to bolt it up properly. So, in my opinion, this is definitely going to get the job done. I do suggest having a spare tire just because, if you're hauling your boat around, you're probably on a weekend vacation, maybe even a week vacation. You do not want to have a blowout and it's going to ruin your trip. You don't want that to happen because that is just a sticky situation.

So having a spare tire on board is always going to be a plus and a little bit of work right now will save you a lot of frustration in the end.And one thing I really would add with this setup is a lock. Sometimes people run off with our spare tires. We do carry a couple here at so definitely go on there and grab a lock just to give you that peace of mind.So we do have a lot of different options for spare tire holders here at etrailer. So we're going to pick a couple and compare them for you guys.So the Dutton-Lainson is going to be able to hold four and five lug nut patterns and that is going to be the same with the CE Smith. The CE Smith isn't going to be able to fit as many trailers.

It's going to be a little bit more limited and it's also going to have a little bit more different mounting hardware. But when we compare it to the Fulton, the Fulton will be able to do the four and five bolt patterns but also a six bolt pattern and it will be able to hold tires up to 16 and a half in diameter as well.So, as you can see here, we do have a decent amount of space and with the Dutton-Lainson we do have four and a half inches of offset, but we are getting a little close to our reflectors here. So I would definitely think if you guys had a little bit thicker tires, the Fulton does have seven inches of offset and you'll be a lot more safe there. So if we have a blowout, all we really need is a three-quarter inch socket and ratchet and basically just undo it. Take our nuts off and our washers.And this is going to be a lot quicker and simpler than being able to find a tire shop that might not even have the tire you need and who knows where you could be.

You could be at the lake or even five hours away from home. So it's going to be quick and easy and it's going to get you out of a sticky situation.So the first thing we want to do is find the best spot to mount our bracket. I'm going to put it up here closer to the front where it's not going to affect my trailer steps or my boat. I want to do it right here. So we want to put it up against our trailer here. Put one on both sides and top so it will kind of stay in a place a little bit. We're going to take our bracket here and notice these holes. I'm going to put the single hole up top and take the flat side of our bracket and face it in towards our trailer. We're going to follow that with our pressure washer and our nut. It's going to be the same for the other side.We can go ahead and do the bottom. As you can see, we do have three different holes so it's going to be able to fit even a smaller type trailer like so. But I'm going to use the center hole, so I do suggest getting them all hand tightened down. Make sure they're lining up pretty square and then you will need a deep well socket because we do have a little bit of stud sticking out here. So I have a deep socket, nine-sixteenths.I'm just going to basically jump from one to the other just so it doesn't get torqued down crooked. So we can go ahead and feed our bigger bolts through the back of this plate here and we can put our push nuts on there just to hold them into place. And once we do that, we can just go ahead and take our tire, line up the holes. Okay, is it on there And I do suggest doing the top one first. What we're going to do is we're going to put a washer on there, our pressure washer, and then our nut. I always suggest is hand tighten it down, both of them, and then come back with probably another deep well socket to tighten them down all the way. And I actually brought a three-quarter inch socket. We can get that tightened down.Now I'm going to go from one to the other, not tighten them down all the way at the beginning, just to make sure it seats on there real nice.Well everyone that just about does it for a look at the Dutton-Lainson spare tire holder.

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