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Old 06-10-2014, 08:30 AM   #41
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I have considered taking the spare tire off the rear bumber and mounting a bike rack in the back. The bikes would weigh less than the tire and the tire rack.
The spare is not the problem.
It's the weight and leverage of the cantilevered bike rack.


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Old 06-10-2014, 08:32 AM   #42
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I have considered taking the spare tire off the rear bumber and mounting a bike rack in the back. The bikes would weigh less than the tire and the tire rack.
I only did it after having a friend who is a welder and fabricator looked it over and told me if it would hold.

Down side is I need to pack the spare tire in the bed behind the hitch.
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Old 06-10-2014, 08:37 AM   #43
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I only did it after having a friend who is a welder and fabricator looked it over and told me if it would hold.

Down side is I need to pack the spare tire in the bed behind the hitch.
You should consider using a "gm" or a "ford" spare tire mounting winch to stow your spare.



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You should consider using a "gm" or a "ford" spare tire mounting winch to stow your spare.



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I did very early on after some one (you perhaps) posted this in another thread.
We did look at a TT with the spare under mounted and after looking the thing over I did not like the idea of crawling/laying on the ground in traffic while trying to get the spare from under the trailer.
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I did very early on after some one (you perhaps) posted this in another thread.
We did look at a TT with the spare under mounted and after looking the thing over I did not like the idea of crawling/laying on the ground in traffic while trying to get the spare from under the trailer.
Makes sense.


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I like most of us have seen stories in the news where a tow truck operator or a road worker has been hit by someone who did not move over or was not paying attention.

I would like very much to NOT become another sad statistic.

If there was even the slightest bit of doubt in my mind I would not be pack the bikes were they are.
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Thanks for finally providing some info, Turbo. However, your setup looks pretty stock, no beefing up of anything. My receiver was installed by a certified welder and is beefed up, as in my previously posted pics.

And it's not your "word" that's the issue, as I've posted here before. If one doesn't have the full story (in your case, apparently no beefing up is pretty important), how can one make an informed decision?
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