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Old 12-30-2011, 10:35 AM   #1
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Relocating Spare Tire

Looking to relocated my spare tire on my Crusader. I have a bike rack I took off my old Sierra that bolts to the back bumper I want to use. I looked at putting it under the front of the trailer like the Sierra was but there is not really a lot of metal under the front compartment on the Crusader to run channel iron like the Sierra was. Don't really like the idear of putting the spare tire rack on the pin box, it kind of messes up the lines of the trailer. Anyone have any idears?
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Old 12-30-2011, 10:59 AM   #2
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I have a Sierra & Iím actually looking to move my spare tire.
I want to install a set of JT Strong Arm stabilizers & the spare is in the way.

I installed a receiver on the front of my Silverado for my canoe & or bike rack. Only took 1hr & no drilling.

I wouldnít want to put any weight on the back bumper without extra support.
Just too flimsy right from the factory.
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Old 12-30-2011, 12:03 PM   #4
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Try and find a cable winch from a late model PU in a wrecking yard fabricate a bracket and stick it under your trailer. That's how mine is.
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Old 12-30-2011, 06:13 PM   #5
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Under carriage spare tire storage from Lippert.

Underchassis Storage Units
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Old 12-30-2011, 11:32 PM   #6
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Speaking of bike racks.....has anyone put one on the rear bumper of a Crusader? It doesn't look all that flimsy -- a 4-inch bumper welded to the frame.
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Old 12-31-2011, 07:34 AM   #7
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I would think if it can hold a heavy spare tire and rack it could hold a bike rack. What type of rack are you looking at NottieMatt?
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Old 12-31-2011, 09:52 AM   #8
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I put a receiver on the front of the truck:
Front Hitch for 2008 Ford F-250 and F-350 Super Duty - Curt C31008

and use a hitch-mounted platform rack:
2 Bike Carrier for 1-1/4" and 2" Trailer Hitches - Wheel Mount - Swagman XC Swagman Hitch Bike Racks,RV and Motorhome Bike Racks S64650

The bikes are in the way if you need to get under the hood, like to check the oil. Additionally, the bikes obscure the headlights. I don't often tow after dark, but it happens on occasion. Since I now have an RV with a real bumper, I was thinking of either mounting a receiver on it:
RV Bumper 2" Trailer Hitch Receiver Curt Specialty Trailer Hitches E-100

and using my existing rack there. That might also allow a small hitch cargo tray for light things:
20x45 Cargo Carrier for 2" Trailer Hitches Pilot Automotive Hitch Cargo Carrier CR-114N

Alternately, there's something like:
RV Bumper 2 Bike Rack for Around the Spare Tire - Swagman Around the Spare Mighty Rack Swagman RV and Motorhome Bike Racks S80500

Just thinking about options at this point. Comments welcome!
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