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Old 11-06-2019, 10:00 PM   #1
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Have tried unsuccessfully to find a 2" receiver hitch that will fit around spare tire. After visiting 4 hitch places and two welding shops, they say cannot be done due to the make of van (Dodge). Not needed for towing, but for hitch accessories iebike rack, spare tire, etc. Any suggestions. ? If I can mount the spare exterior somehow, I can get a normal hitch put on. Would a spare tire carrier on back door be too heavy? 1996 Roadtrek 190 Popular Dodge Ram 3500.thank you in advance anyone. Don from the Okanagan
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Old 11-12-2019, 01:34 AM   #2
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I have a D95RT190P with a single rear door that carries a "continental" spare. To the spare carrier I have added a king post and davit to carry a wheel chair. I use the hitch reciever to carry a 20 inch wide LED light assembly so i can see the path when I am backing up in a dark camp site. Everything works great. I also use the kingpost with a different davit arm for lowering and hoisting the 100lb spare tire. (am I showing my age? . I have some pics showing the setup if you would like to see it.
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Old 11-12-2019, 02:46 AM   #3
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I have a D95RT190P with a single rear door that carries a "continental" spare. To the spare carrier I have added a king post and davit to carry a wheel chair. I use the hitch reciever to carry a 20 inch wide LED light assembly so i can see the path when I am backing up in a dark camp site. Everything works great. I also use the kingpost with a different davit arm for lowering and hoisting the 100lb spare tire. (am I showing my age? . I have some pics showing the setup if you would like to see it.
Bring on the pics! My 97 PW has the single door with the spare. Like to see what you've done. thx.
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Old 11-12-2019, 03:58 AM   #4
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Here goes. May have to make multiple posts Also included pic of tire valve extension hose. I can now check the tire pressure without having to remove the cover disc. These hoses are available from parts stores and online. They are inted for spare tires mounted underneath pickup beds. let me know if you need any more info.
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Great modifications. We had a 96 RT 190P for many years and have wonderful memories of all the places we went in that RT. Ours was a Dodge chassis and I still miss that big, one piece rear door and one piece window. Over the years some users have reported the door sagged with the weight of the spare but we never had a single problem with the door. Thanks for the memories!!
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Old 11-12-2019, 06:03 PM   #6
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Very nice! Thanks for taking the effort to post these for us to see. You've done some mods I would have never thought of. So...

Is the spare tire mounting assembly OE to the vehicle? My 97 Dodge 3500 doesn't have the loop extending to the right of the door. It just ends around the right edge of the spare. That loop would be a great place for me to strap on some folding chairs, etc. How does the loop fasten to the door under the handle?

Does your hitch light connect to the backup lights or is it on a separate switch?

How is the "fill" side of your remote spare tire pressure extension fastened to the spare tire mount?

Sorry for all of the questions but your mods have given me some great ideas.

thx.glenn
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Not sure if my spare carrier came with the van, but it does have the RV company logo on the wheel cover disc. The light bar is REALLY REALLY bright so I have a seperate switch for it. Don't want to alarm folks when backing up downtown! The tire valve hose kit included a bracket for the valve. It attaches with one screw so I added a tie wrap to support the weight of the hose to prevent that hose from flapping around and maybe cracking the bracket. I hope these extra pics will be informative for you. If you need more answers, just ask. I will be happy to help.
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We have a 1995 Xplorer Class B. Its on a Dodge 3500. The rear of the camper is a fiberglass extension by Xplorer. No rear door and spare is on a swing out assembly so you can access rear storage area. The spare tire mount is attached to the bumper and tear fiberglass. I had a hitch made as no hitch would attach to custom Xplorer extension. I hall bikes on rack and a small trailer.
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great pictures, thanks so much for your help! I think I'll try to find the door spare tire carrier somewhere.
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I have a 1999 RT 190 Popular, and it has the same loop on the spare tire carrier. I previously had a 1998 Coach House and a 2001 Coach House, and they had the same style of spare tire carrier. They are have the Dodge chassis.

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