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Old 10-24-2014, 08:47 AM   #21
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When we saw the Puma 295bhss in Iowa for $20K we decided it was definatley the way to go.

I did add a hitch to the back and a rear view camera already.
First off, you got a screaming deal on yours, I definitely paid more than that for mine. CONGRATS!

Modifications: What kind of hitch did you put on the back and how did you mount it? Are you using it to tow another trailer, or for bikes, etc?

Also, what did you use for your rear view camera?

So far the only modifications I have done were a vent cover over the bath vent so we can leave it open in the rain and a set of skid wheels on the back so we don't rip the rear stairs off when we leave parking lots with the big dips in them. My brother in law just replaced his rear steps for that very reason.
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Old 10-24-2014, 11:11 AM   #22
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Kayaks would be tough. I've been working on getting 5 bicycles mounted so I don't have to put them inside, but at least I could mount them in front of the truck if I can't do anything else. We pull a double Jet Ski trailer behind ours sometimes, and I have considered modifing the trailer to be able to add the bikes to it.
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Old 10-24-2014, 11:35 AM   #23
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Modifications: What kind of hitch did you put on the back and how did you mount it? Are you using it to tow another trailer, or for bikes, etc?

Also, what did you use for your rear view camera?


We pull a double Jet Ski trailer with 2 skis. The hitch I put on is one that clamps over the rear bumper.. I have it straddling the bumper support from the frame that is closest to the stairs. I have been concerned about the bumper welds cracking (but it hasn't yet) so I am currently making a plate that will attach under the U bolts and weld into the bumper support and go back and tie into the frame. My father in law pulls a 17 foot boat behind his with the same mount on the bumper and has never had issues, but I always feel like it is just a matter of time be he does with out adding some re-enforcement.

The Camera is a mix of parts from Amazon. A monitor that goes on top of the rear view mirror ($40), a very small camera ($20), and a wireless transmitter and reciever ($20). I mounted the camera to a plastic condiut box and used silicone to stick it to the back of the camper above and to the right of the rear door. Then I ran plastic wire cover down the back along the edge fo the door frame to get under the camper. I ran plastic conduit along the outside of the frame to the front of the camper and tied all my wiring in up at the battery area. I do have about $50 in wire and conduit. I put the transmitter on the pin box. This way it is only about 5 feet from the reciever in the truck. It works really good, but I may look for a different camera that doesn't try to view so close. I can clearly see my Jet Ski trailer, but by the time I see a car behind that it is pretty close.
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Old 10-27-2014, 08:03 AM   #24
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Where does everyone carry their spare tire on their camper. I have the spare tire mount on the bumper and was wondering if anyone created a mount in a different location. It takes away the space on the back for bikes or kayaks.

I really don't want to have to remember to throw the spare in the back of the truck.


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Old 10-27-2014, 08:19 AM   #25
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Some people make a bracket to mount the tire under the trailer. I have considered that, but haven't gotten roundtuit yet.


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Old 10-27-2014, 08:53 AM   #26
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Where does everyone carry their spare tire on their camper. I have the spare tire mount on the bumper and was wondering if anyone created a mount in a different location. It takes away the space on the back for bikes or kayaks.

I really don't want to have to remember to throw the spare in the back of the truck.


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I got the BAL hide-a-spare and it works great. Looks good and was less than $100, IIRC. It's doubtful I could have built it for less in supplies than that.
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Old 10-27-2014, 10:08 AM   #27
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OK, that BAL Hide a spare is awesome. They should be stock!
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Old 10-27-2014, 11:02 AM   #28
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OK, that BAL Hide a spare is awesome. They should be stock!
I agree. Not sure why manufacturers insist on sticking the tire on the back when for the same money they could put it under and leave the bumper open for storage.
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Old 10-27-2014, 03:48 PM   #29
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Yes, that hide-a-spare is exactly what I need. There should be plenty of room under the front to put the spare tire and clean up the back. Thanks for the suggestion.


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Old 11-06-2014, 03:39 PM   #30
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Just 2of us and we are short trip campers, save 2 or 3 week long trips. I just put mine in the front under belly storage area. Even with a rubber lining, it slid in fairly easy and should be easier to get at than slide outs. That's just us.
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