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Posted: 08/04/09 07:52am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Here's something I never thought of........
With the Camper on, how do you get your spare tire down if you have a flat?
Obviously this only pertains to those with campers that over hang and those with the spare tire under the truck and the little cable crank gizmo that lowers it.

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With the Camper on, how do you get your spare tire down if you have a flat?

I realized that I couldn't get my spare out with the camper on so I did this:
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I have a camper with a low overhang. I have had to retreive the spare with the camper on. It was farther to slide to get to it, but the camper was no lower than the bottom of the truck.

Since I have a DRW, the back of the truck didn't drop with one flat tire.





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Posted: 08/04/09 09:17am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The only issue I've had with getting the spare tire out from under the truck when the camper is on....is the crank not being long enough. So, I got some handle extensions from the wrecking yard and solved that issue.

And, I put on a front receiver hitch so I can carry another spare tire as well.

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Ive always wanted to carry mine in the front receiver but have yet to fabricate the mounting bracket. I actually just carry it in the back seat area. But it takes up soooo much room. Does anyone know where they might sell brackets for the front reciver to carrier my spare or do I have to fabricate one? Sorry Rawhyde not trying to still your thread.


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Posted: 08/04/09 09:50am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

When we had a camper and a single rear wheeled pickup If a back tire went I would unhook the camper and then jack it up so I could jack up the truck and get the spare out. Not a pleasent operation but only happened once in many years. I tend to keep good tires on my vehicles. I don't know why I didn't call for Emergency Road Service. I would now.


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I did this but a lot of others have rotated their lift mechanism under the truck so they could access the crank tube from the wheel well. Happy camping, Dave.


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I had the same problem. About 4 years ago I had a blow out I mean a good one $1700 damage on my truck but that's another story. I also have a 5er and had made a 1" bed out of treated wood where my TC would not set down on my hitch rails. I never thought about the spare until then. I had to raise the camper up get the spare down and then jack the truck up. When I got home I built another bed out of 2x4's and I could just barely get to the tube so I found a bolt 2 and a half inch's long and nut that fit the tube. I welded the nut on the bolt.I carry a socket, swivel and speed handle at all times. It works great.


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There was a thread a few years ago. You cut your jack handle down and weld a socket on the end and it will fit in the opening so you can lower the tire. Others have gone in from the wheel well. I cut my jack handle, welded a socket and it works fine.

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All it takes to get to our (cable drop) spare is releasing the tie-downs and raising the camper. It's a little bit of a hassle but not a huge deal.


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