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Old 07-02-2011, 08:18 PM   #1
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Red face Added a receiver hitch and relocated my spare tire on my 21SSL!

I took off the spare tire and reinforced the bumper with a large angle iron....I welded the receiver hitch to the angle iron and then welded the angle to both the bumper and I-beams on both sides:





Here are a few pics of the box I mounted on the tongue. This box holds the two batteries to run the camper, a battery isolated that I use for my electric trolling motor, a generator, and various wheel chocks, 2X6's for leveling, etc.


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Old 07-02-2011, 08:19 PM   #2
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Here is my pride and joy mod. I found a spare tire mount from a 1996 Dodge Grand Caravan on ebay. I mounted it to the underside of the Toy deck. I then cut a portion of the deck so that there is access from the top. Now my spare is out of the way and easily accessible should I need it.




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Old 07-02-2011, 08:24 PM   #3
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Nice job.. Show a pic of your complete trailer.
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Old 07-04-2011, 08:22 AM   #4
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Nice job.. Show a pic of your complete trailer.
Thanks Brown. Tough to do it justice, but here's a pic I snapped yesterday.



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Old 07-04-2011, 10:17 AM   #5
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Cool I never seen a rig with the front deck like that. Is that factory?
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Old 07-04-2011, 07:20 PM   #6
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Yep......21SSL Roo.
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Old 07-06-2011, 10:31 AM   #7
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Cool I never seen a rig with the front deck like that. Is that factory?
yes, there are at least two companies that make hybrids with front decks, FR being one of them and KZ the other.
Starcraft used to, until Jayco shut them down.
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Old 07-06-2011, 11:42 AM   #8
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is it true you need to always have weight on that front deck?
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Old 07-06-2011, 12:55 PM   #9
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is it true you need to always have weight on that front deck?
Looking at the 3 Roos that have the front platform, putting weight there seems almost a necessity so it tows decent without sway. The listed dry tongue weights vs. the listed dry weights for those 3 models are 6.8% to 7.5%......far below the recommended minimum of 10%, and many people aim for 12 to 15%.
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Old 02-25-2014, 03:38 PM   #10
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Hate to resurrect such an old thread, but awesome mods!!!!
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Old 02-26-2014, 04:37 PM   #11
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Mighty kind of you ddbck!
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Old 02-26-2014, 05:10 PM   #12
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Hope the back bike rack mod works out for you ScottyNuff. Take another look at it with this in mind. On my Flagstaff a few years back, the weight actually torq'd the tube bumper downward and the frame extensions actually collapsed the tube bumper. And them the hitch and bumper dropped downward. If I had 50 more miles to go, I think the rack would have been dragging the ground.
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I love the spare tie idea. I may have to borrow that for the new trailer, except I would use a pickup version and put it under the rear of the trailer.
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Hi Kerrlakelover,

I've run it a couple of summers with 3 bikes back there. I actually reinforced the bumper with a 1/4" steel angle iron that ties into the frame.....welded to the tube bumper. I think I could put even more weight back there! :-)
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Hi Kerrlakelover,

I've run it a couple of summers with 3 bikes back there. I actually reinforced the bumper with a 1/4" steel angle iron that ties into the frame.....welded to the tube bumper. I think I could put even more weight back there! :-)

Good deal!
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