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Old 03-17-2004, 12:42 PM
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i think i have a design for a spare tire carrier but i want some opinions. can i attach it to the side of the tow hitch? i was thinking i could make the attach point into the side of square tube the runs the width of the bumper. i saw a homemade piece like this on an old wag. it was not used for a spare, i have no idea what it was used for. basically can the tow hitch support the weight of the carrier and tire?

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Old 03-17-2004, 01:57 PM
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The hitch should easily support that much weight. If it wouldn't I definitely would not tow anything with it. [img]smile.gif[/img]
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Old 03-17-2004, 03:25 PM
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Good point. [img]smile.gif[/img]
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Old 03-17-2004, 03:40 PM
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i figured it would. i just was not sure if there would be any damage to the side plates with a force put on it that was not intended to be there.

what gauge of square tubing would be the best? i don't want it to be too heavy

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Old 03-17-2004, 03:55 PM
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Kreb...I have seen many attachments to receiver hitches and your ideas are good ones. Your own imagination will set you free. Once you start welding it is hard to stop.
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Old 03-17-2004, 04:53 PM
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What about a carrier that slides into the receiver like a bike rack but is hinged to drop down for tailgate access?

I have a hitch hauler that is hinged like that and it is easy to flip up and down. (weighs 40-50lbs)

You could even spring load the pin so that you release it with your foot while holding onto the tire................ [img]smile.gif[/img]
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You might want to consider a trailer hub spindle as the rotating mechanism.

I have seen these work out pretty well on bumpers.
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Old 03-18-2004, 01:05 PM
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bigrob

that is pretty much what i am talking about. except mine was going to be installed on the side of the trailer hitch because there is a open ended square tube. this will be bolted no or i will customize the side to accept the tube in the regular manner

joe

what is the hub you are talking about? can you link me to a picture? thanks

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I would be leary of using the trailer spindle. In my business, I have built almost sixty tire carriers now for various vehicles. When I first started, I used a spindle and hub from a trailer axle. The spindle was nearly 1" in diameter. Everything was great until the spindles started shearing at the base from fatigue fracture due to the small amount of repetitive vibrating from the elasticity of the steel. I mounted these very rigidly to reduce the vibration but it continued to happen. The problem is that the spindle is cast then turned. Cast metal is strong but brittle. I changed to a cold rolled steel bar and make my own spindles now. No problems. If you do go with a trailer spindle, make sure you have some way of securing the top of the tire as well. my two cents
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