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Posted: 12/20/18 09:37am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The truck camper covers the point above the truck bumper where I crank down the spare tire.
Solutions?
Is there a way to relocate it, or is there an aftermarket tire hoist mechanism which can be operated from somewhere that the camper is not blocking?

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Posted: 12/20/18 10:11am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You will find long topic about it in forum archives.
Some members rotated the winch drive into wheel well.
Others simply plan on removing the camper for wheel change.
I am with the 2nd.





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Posted: 12/20/18 10:43am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I did not find those.

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Here is a recent thread on this topic.

We have never had a flat with camper on thankfully but I am going to think about how and what it would take to get the tire down now. I sort of like the idea of just adding an extension or possible a swivel to allow the winch to move. Maybe even a fitting that will let the cordless drill do the bulk of the work.


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Posted: 12/20/18 01:02pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Frankly with good quality truck tires it takes extreme bad luck to get flat.
When I was getting my set ready for cross-continent vacations, original plan was to have rear build-in Generator for emergencies, what with TC zooming on 6000lb was bringing concerns of COG.
At the time I was considering leaving spare at home as it adds several hundreds lb to rear axle.
But then Generac turned piece of ****, so I pulled it out and front hitch-mounted Honda solved all COG concerns.

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Posted: 12/20/18 01:22pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Unless you have a very light camper, you will have to undo tiedowns and raise camper 6” or so on jacks to take weight off truck to jack it up. This should give you enough clearance to access and operate spare tire crank down. It does on my GMC.


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Spare tire handle extension

Sincerely, Dave.


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Z-Peller wrote:

Unless you have a very light camper, you will have to undo tiedowns and raise camper 6” or so on jacks to take weight off truck to jack it up.


Good thing I have a camper with jacks and not a load of gravel. I've looked through the truck manual, and nowhere does it state the truck needs to be unloaded prior to jacking. I would think that failure to provide a jack suitable for the GVWR, or suitable warnings regarding unloading wouldn't get past the legal review.


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My F250 still had the spare tire winch hole accessible with the Arctic Fox loaded. Using the extension rod with the crank allowed me to raise or lower the spare and then drive forward or back to retrieve or store the spare. I did not trust the OEM bottle jack with 7000+ lbs on the rear, so I bought a 20t bottle jack that also had better reach and less effort involved than the screw bottle. Those with more than 2' of rear overhang usually dismount the winch and remount it 90 degrees so the crank can be inserted in the passenger rear wheel well.


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Ours was still accessible but I had to use an adjustable wrench instead of the crank handle.

Edit: I think a ratchet actually fit into the end of the tubes so I used that. It wasn’t painful whatever I ended up doing.

* This post was edited 12/21/18 10:43am by wnjj *

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