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Old 02-13-2015, 10:34 PM   #11
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Our 2014 6501 tongue weight is within acceptable range with the spare in the storage compartment so we built a storage rack similar to what Flower did in that location under the trailer (there was not enough space between the fresh water tank and the front cross braces anyway). More room!
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Old 02-14-2015, 02:22 PM   #12
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Sounds good the extra cargo space is nice to have and the spare moved under the camper helps balance weight better. If possible I would be interested seeing a picture of what you did. Now that the 6500 series Vibes have been discontinued I don't think there will be to many more Vibe owners posting on this forum than there has been.I have added extra shelves for additional storage inside our camper.
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Old 02-14-2015, 10:25 PM   #13
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We have been modding a number of items since we purchased the 6501. Will post up pics soon.
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Old 03-01-2015, 06:11 PM   #14
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OK, pictures as promised-
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Old 03-04-2015, 06:26 AM   #15
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Your tire rack looks good, I find it a little difficult moving the heavy tire in place with ours but it's not something I will do very often. The benefits are well worth it, with the extra space in the cargo area and with us the weight is distributed better.
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Old 03-06-2015, 09:45 PM   #16
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Agreed, I spent some time experimenting with how to get the spare off the rack and found that dropping the rack down and using my legs worked well. Pushing the tire up the bars is more difficult, but as you said, one hopes it is a rare event.
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Old 05-12-2015, 05:43 PM   #17
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Custom Spare Tire Mount

Hopefully no one minds me putting some air into this old post.

Like you folks I found the lack of a spare tire mount a big issue especially since we have 3 little ones so ALLOT of gear we keep in the main storage space. I looked at a few different options, but when we then started talking about packing bikes too, really only one option stood out. We had a neighbor reenforce the rear frame, and weld up a spare tire mount as well as a 2" hitch to the back of our 2014 Vcross Vibe 6504. I'll get a few better pictures up of it the next time I have the trailer handy, the hitch and frame are said to be strong enough to tow a small boat, but it's only use will be to a 4 bike rack, or a cargo basket.

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