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Old 04-09-2014, 02:55 PM   #1
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Spare tire on rear bumper?

I got the answer about adding a hitch to rear bumper a a big no and I now understand why. How about a spare tire carrier? I don't have room on the front. I saw a few different rat bumper mounts for spares. For reference I have a 2014 wildwood 185rb.

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Old 04-09-2014, 03:41 PM   #2
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My Crusader gas a rear bumper tire mount as did my previous Holiday Rambler. Nothing special about the bumper. Appears to be like any other I have seen. The mount is held on by 2 u-bolts with squared corners.

Hint: I keep a cable with lock wrapped around mine. Read a post somewhere that a guy went to take his spare off because of a flat and found that someone had stolen it and mounted their old tire in it's place. He kept a tire cover, as do I, over it.


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Old 04-09-2014, 03:44 PM   #3
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I have a spare mounted on the bumper for now.

Bumper has a weight rating of 125 pounds so the tire comes off and the bike rack goes on.
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Old 04-10-2014, 01:16 AM   #4
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Ok. Just making sure spare was safe there. Now time to find a good deal on a spare and bumper mount.
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Old 04-10-2014, 02:05 AM   #5
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the flimsy bumpers are ok for a spare tire but they don't sit on the bumper the same way a bike rack would.

the spare tire is right up against the back of the trailer and bumper. so any movement is close to the mounting point.
a bike rack holds the bikes out and away from the bumper and rear of the trailer. this is like holding a weight out with your arms outstretched. the physics involved between a loaded bike rack and a spare tire on the bumper are completely different.
that loaded bike rack will flex back and down on the bumper mounting point. like pulling a big vertical lever.
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Old 04-10-2014, 02:12 AM   #6
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I got the bike to fit in the rear of the truck so I am good on that side. Have to decide if I want to buy a mount or just make one.

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