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Old 03-19-2015, 03:33 PM   #11
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Gotta make sure the sir can get out as well as in ! !
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Old 03-19-2015, 04:12 PM   #12
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At the very least, I would stand the tire up straight and remove the cover.
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Old 03-19-2015, 05:30 PM   #13
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Ouch!!! You guys show no mercy!!!
First trip isn't until middle of April, so I won't really know of any problems until; then. But...
First, I installed a Scan Guage so I can monitor the engine. If it does get hot, I can remove the spare in a matter of minutes.
Second, if it shows the rig is over heating, I can run some ducting, like flexible dryer duct from under the bumper to the radiator. Plenty of room between the grill and radiator to do it, or add an xtra fan.
Third, we are planning a four month trip starting April, next year, up into Canada and across into Alaska, and I plan on taking two spares. Now I can, as I can still mount one in the original position.
Fourth, it acomplished what I wanted to do, move dead weight from an area where it's not needed, to a location that should benifit from some added weight.
I would not risk damaging engine/tranny and if it proves the mod was a bad one, it can be reversed in about two minutes, and I'm out about $220 bucks, the cost of the hitch and spare tire mount.
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Old 03-19-2015, 05:46 PM   #14
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Old 03-19-2015, 05:53 PM   #15
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no one after ya Grumpy but just looking at that spare tire and the very little grill you can see has us concerned.
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Old 03-19-2015, 05:55 PM   #16
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I know Bob. I have taken everything brought up under consideration before I started, and it can be reversed if need be.
The Ford V-10's tend to run on the cool side, and I don't think I'm going to have a problem. I've run through the Smokies and the Pocono's, towing our Subi XV and temp never got above the normal range. Granted, the Rockies will be a different story, as will running through the hot west in summer. With the Scan Guage I will be able to get an accurate water and I think oil temp reading. Obviously I'm not going to risk damage to our rig, and if I do run into a problem and can't cure it, the spare will come off.
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Old 03-19-2015, 06:10 PM   #17
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Old 03-29-2015, 02:39 PM   #18
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I want to add a receiver hitch to the front of my TV and mount two bicycles, anyone using this method?
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Old 03-29-2015, 03:09 PM   #19
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The engine heating issue on a Ford "E"-Series is not really related to the radiator cooling ability. The design of the air flow in stock form does not allow a great amount of air flow around the motor itself which is why you can feel so much heat around the "Dog House" in the cab of the truck. Also a great part of why so many who ride in the passenger seat complain about excess heat in the foot well on that side of the RV. My concern would be that with that tire cover displacing by deflection and blocking air flow around the engine these temps will only go higher. This heat would not register on your ScanGaugeII.
Just thinking out loud.
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I want to add a receiver hitch to the front of my TV and mount two bicycles, anyone using this method?
Don't use it but see lot's of it. Cant see where it would be a concern.
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