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Old 03-18-2015, 07:32 PM   #1
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Front Mount Spare Tire

I'm one of those who still can/will change a flat if need be. Carry impact wrench, compressor, jack. But wanted to move the 80 lb spare from under the rear of our Lexi where it was just uneeded dead weight.
Bought a Reese Front Mount Class 3 Hitch and a Curt Spare Tire Carrier, both from Amazon.
Neighbor helped with mounting the hitch. Figure with the tire/rim, hitch, carrier, hardware, I'v added 150--160 lbs to the front. Rear of these long class c's are already heavy and front end light, so I'm hoping the weight transfer will help. Weighed my unit last year and even with the new weight up front I'm still way to the good.
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Old 03-18-2015, 07:37 PM   #2
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Should help on the front straitaway,might overheat coming into the pits? Youroo!!
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Old 03-18-2015, 07:46 PM   #3
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Not really worried about overheating. Have talked with others who've done the same with no issues. Still plenty of open grill. Installed a Scan Guage over the winter, so I can keep an eye on temp. There's so much room between the grill and the radiator that if problem comes up I can easily run some duct from the side grill to the center.
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Old 03-18-2015, 07:57 PM   #4
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You can also have a welder cut down the carrier and sling the tire to bumper level. It'll cause less damage there too if an unfortunate collision occurs. As an aside, your insurance company could frown upon the tire there because it inhibits proper activation of airbags in a frontal collision. You may wish to check the fine print of your policy if this concerns you. I know one nationwide carrier that does take exception to this sort of modification (along with Ranchhand-type bumpers).
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Old 03-19-2015, 01:01 PM   #5
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Plenty of open grill? You have blocked about 90% of the grill and 60% of the trans cooler
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Old 03-19-2015, 01:46 PM   #6
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I would DEFINITELY pull that "pretty" tire cover ! ! I agree with mike.t ,(other than he drives a Chevy) you are deflecting air, it will not wrap around the tire cover at speed .
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Old 03-19-2015, 01:57 PM   #8
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Ya , we do ! ! !
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New electric fan on the 32' ;o)
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