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Windwalker55

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Posted: 07/03/05 08:56pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I know this has been discussed several times, but I came up with a way to drop my spare tire with my camper on and wanted to share it with others. It may not work for all depending on how much space you have to access the insert for the crank tool. I will describe it and hopefully post a few photos, if I can figure out how.
I have about 15" between my license plate area where the insert is for my tire tool to drop my tire and the camper when it is loaded. A mechanic at the Dodge dealer suggested a part that would attach to a ratchet when I took it in to see about moving the insert hole. Obviously that wasn't an option. I checked how long a tool that attached to a ratchet should be and took my crank tool and the ratchet into a machine shop along with a drawing and they made the tool for me. It only cost me $20.
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Posted: 07/03/05 11:24pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

That's a cool idea [emoticon].


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Posted: 07/04/05 07:39am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I came up with a similar device I made from a threaded rod and some 9/16 nuts JB welded together. However, I still hang my spare on the front of the truck for the following reasons. 1) with a flat the truck is low and getting the tire out from under the truck may not be possible. 2) SAFETY I do not want my head under the camper rear with the truck up on a jack. 3)BEEN THERE DONE THAT
Had a blow out (ran over a very large bolt) in Iowa last year. When I pulled on to the dirt shoulder, the rim/tire fragments cut deeply into the shoulder lowering the rear to the point I had to dig a hole under the axle to put my bottle jack in. While I was there with my head under the holding tank digging a hole, it was very apparent the tire could not be pulled out unless the vehicle was up on a jack; NO THANKS. I was very glad I had my spare in a hidden hitch receiver and bracket on the front; easy and safe access. .. LT


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Posted: 07/04/05 09:53am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Good job. I have a design for the Chevy version of that, just haven't implemented yet. Would get one length of their lowering tool and cut the back end off to where it would fit in the hole with the camper on and have a 3/8" extension welded on - then use conventional 3/8" extension/ratchet for the rest.

I tried the front hitch/spare, but the trans temp was elevated the whole time I had it on, so I took it off. I may try again on the diesel, but the 6L gas knew there was something obstructing the air flow.


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I agree with LTGill. I carry two spares, one in the normal position that is almost impossiable to get it out if the flat is on the rear (personal experience in AK)and the second on the hiden hitch on the front. In 100,000 miles of driving with a front mounted tire on our 6L GMC engine we have never had a high temputure problem. I very carefully check both engine and transmission temp.


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LTGill_FL wrote:

I came up with a similar device I made from a threaded rod and some 9/16 nuts JB welded together. However, I still hang my spare on the front of the truck for the following reasons. 1) with a flat the truck is low and getting the tire out from under the truck may not be possible. 2) SAFETY I do not want my head under the camper rear with the truck up on a jack. 3)BEEN THERE DONE THAT
Had a blow out (ran over a very large bolt) in Iowa last year. When I pulled on to the dirt shoulder, the rim/tire fragments cut deeply into the shoulder lowering the rear to the point I had to dig a hole under the axle to put my bottle jack in. While I was there with my head under the holding tank digging a hole, it was very apparent the tire could not be pulled out unless the vehicle was up on a jack; NO THANKS. I was very glad I had my spare in a hidden hitch receiver and bracket on the front; easy and safe access. .. LT


LT, I thought you were going to give up on sissified tires and get you some REAL TIRES! Get you some monster tires and forget about spares. I dont even carry a jack anymore, my son used it the other day and i told him to keep it.

You could put you a scooter, bicycles, or a garden box to grow GREENS on front of the truck and get you an aux fuel tank for where your spare was underneath. You might need the spare tank if you still think there is a "sweet spot" for the cummins.

Man if you are carrying 2 spares, you need some RICKSONS!!!!!!


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JPonder; you are a never ending source of humor. I contemplated putting a set of Rickson's on my truck when I was considering buying the Lance 1030. However,
Sara and I did not see where the 1030 would do us any better then the 915 we presently own. In the end we saved big $$ not buying the 1030 and another $3K not buying rickson wheels and tires. My only flat was caused by a 3/8 dia bolt about 6" long that was driven through the tire head first. I am not convinced your heavy duty 80 zillion ply tires would have survived that event. Besides, for $3K I can buy a lot of SISSIFIED tires and continue to plant my greens in the back 40 where they belong.

As for the front mounted tire, I have put over 30K miles on this setup, much of it in 90+ deg weather runing the AC with no hint of over heating. No doubt the Cummins coupled to a 5 spd manual tranny helps the temperature issue.

PS: I have already tilled my collard green and rudagbaga plot in anticipation of next years "Southern Comfort TC Ralley". "GOT GREENS?"

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Posted: 07/04/05 06:51pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I made the same set up also, probably never need it.


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Posted: 07/04/05 08:50pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I've went the way of the front hidden hitch & tire holder, overall I'm pretty pleased on having the tire reachable, where it was before I could not crank it down w/o having to move the camper off some to gain access to the crank hole.


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I did close to the same, found out what size the socket was and bought an allen wrench to that size. I cut off the angle and use the allen with a socket and rachet to lower the tire. Did have to do that when a rear tire went down (no drama thank god). Had to use the camper jacks to help jack up the truck, stock jack not good enough. Got a good bottle jack now. Would still use the camper jacks to help add some safety to a scary situation.


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