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Old 10-12-2013, 12:02 PM   #1
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Bike rack/spare tire question

When you fold down the bike rack that makes the spare tire awfully close to the ground. Has anybody drug the spare on the pavement?
Maybe I should take the spare tire cover off so that it doesn't get torn up.
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Old 10-12-2013, 12:13 PM   #2
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Why not just remove it and put it in the TV?
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If it's in the bed its easier to steal. I may just have to leave the rack down and move the spare tire mount to the top side. It will take up some room but at least won't drag on the ground.
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If it's in the bed its easier to steal. I may just have to leave the rack down and move the spare tire mount to the top side. It will take up some room but at least won't drag on the ground.
Mine is welded to the rack, so I am getting a BAL Hide--a-Spare to put it underneath the rear of the trailer itself. Great idea.

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Mine is welded to the rack, so I am getting a BAL Hide--a-Spare to put it underneath the rear of the trailer itself. Great idea.

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Mine is welded to but my plasma cutter can remove it in a few minutes. I will look into your idea of using that mount and putting it under the trailer, that way I can still fold the storage rack up if I want too.
If you buy that and get it installed, please post here how you like it.
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Mine is welded to but my plasma cutter can remove it in a few minutes. I will look into your idea of using that mount and putting it under the trailer, that way I can still fold the storage rack up if I want too. If you buy that and get it installed, please post here how you like it.
It's on order and when it gets here I will post the install. I got mine through makarios rv, which I love to deal with, but it is not on their online catalog yet.

BAL just began producing them and mainly is targeting the OEM market, so is not actively marketing them to aftermarket. I think they are a great solution to hanging them on the back of the units and more secure. Not cheap tho.
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I took a look under my Surveyor. It's so low to the ground that if I mount it underneath it's going to hang down really low. If you have a trailer that is higher off of the ground or that doesn't have an enclosed underbelly that tire mount would work good.
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I took a look under my Surveyor. It's so low to the ground that if I mount it underneath it's going to hang down really low. If you have a trailer that is higher off of the ground or that doesn't have an enclosed underbelly that tire mount would work good.
good point. my vcross has loads of clearance and my install is behind but close to the axles so will be okay i think
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I took a look under my Surveyor. It's so low to the ground that if I mount it underneath it's going to hang down really low. If you have a trailer that is higher off of the ground or that doesn't have an enclosed underbelly that tire mount would work good.
I would guess that the bottom of the rear rack is way out of the question also, if you have that low a clearance. How about at the front of the rack and the bike's behind it?
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With my Grey Wolf I would remove the tire from the rack. Seemed to have too much weight out too far for my liking when the rack was down. Not a big deal, lockable cable min the bed of TV secured it. I also had a topper on my truck so that helped. Bikes would ride inside the topper OR on the rack. Just depended on how many bikes and what else I was taking.
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