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Old 10-27-2014, 03:02 PM   #1
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Spare tire rack

Spare tire rack and aluminum fender extensions for Vibe 6503.
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Old 10-27-2014, 03:23 PM   #2
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Those are some very sharp modifications! Both much needed on my 6504 as well! I really like that spare tire rack. Did you build that yourself or would that be a kit?
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Old 10-27-2014, 03:47 PM   #3
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Thanks for the photos, this is way up on my list to do on my 6504, not sure where it might go, though...

Very cool!


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Old 10-27-2014, 04:03 PM   #4
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I made the rack myself out of materials I had on hand. Needed to buy some hardware but not much. As far as working for other model Vibes I do not know. The 6503 had a perfect space for it in front of the axle and behind fresh water tank. The ground clearance with 15" tires from bottom of rack is 8".
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Old 10-28-2014, 10:15 AM   #5
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About to break camp, been at a cool place on the Suwanee River, I will take a look!

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Old 10-30-2014, 05:24 AM   #6
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I loved this idea and was seriously thinking of doing this mod BUT....

... I also don't want to remove too much weight from the storage area as the Battery and Propane tank on the opposite side of storage area (6502) are heavy and want to make sure there remains a balance.


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Old 10-30-2014, 07:42 AM   #7
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I think it depends a lot upon the tow Vehicle as to how much tongue weight would be considered safe. Our tongue weight with camper loaded will be close to 500 lbs. With the model 6503 almost everything is located in front of axle, hot water tank, propane tank, fresh water tank and battery and now with ours the spare tire too. We only carry about 10 to 15 gallons of fresh water when traveling. With a SUV that may be to much tongue weight but with our truck a Ram 1500 it works out good for us. We use the Equalizer 4 point sway control WDH, and we have no problem with sway or bouncing.
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Agreed. If I could I would probably move the spare tire up front but I don't know that I have room underneath as well different layout and different vehicle than yours as well with the Nissan Frontier v6
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Just remember that the tongue weight must fall between 10 and 15% of total trailer weight for safe handling. Too light and you will have severe fishtail issues; too heavy and the truck will have steering problems (especially in a swerve).

Optimum loading is about 12.5% of total trailer weight.

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Old 10-30-2014, 09:30 AM   #10
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We are safely with in that range with about 13% of loaded trailer weight for our tongue weight. I agree proper tongue weight needs to be considered when loading a trailer for safety. I have heard of to many accidents where if the tongue would have been with in a safe range the accident may not have happened.
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