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specta

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Posted: 03/01/20 12:27pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I'll have to lift my camper and pull my truck forward for sure.

I'm not going to worry or waste my time trying to address a problem that will most likely never happen.


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Posted: 03/01/20 01:07pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

specta wrote:

I'll have to lift my camper and pull my truck forward for sure.

I'm not going to worry or waste my time trying to address a problem that will most likely never happen.


^This. (I can reach mine because the camper doesn't drop down behind the truck bed), but if you're (the OP) worried about having so many flats that raising / unloading the camper is prohibitive, address that problem first.
Agree, some folks have worse "luck" than others with tires, but if you're that person, make sure your bad luck isn't partially self inflicted.

Otherwise rotate the crank to the wheel well if possible.
If using the OE Jack from the truck, I'd prefer having the camper off if changing a back tire anyways. Bottle jack or front tire, differnet story.


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Jay Pat wrote:

cavie wrote:

Jay Pat wrote:

If you are in a parking lot, turn your pickup the best way so you can the tool in the hole and crank.

If not, you may have to disconnect the truck.


I do believe the op is talking about a truck camper as that is the forum he is on. I could be wrong.


Oops, I understand that now....
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Sorry Op no suggestions here.

To cavie and Jay Pat,
While true it is in the truck camper forum, I appreciate the suggestion. My new to me Suburban has the crank hole in the rear bumper and now I know what to try if I get a flat with trailer in tow.


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Posted: 03/01/20 05:26pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

haven't ever had a flat, but it's easy to get to


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I moved the spare to the front of our 2015 Ram 3500. This was accomplished by mounting a receiver hitch and receiver mounted tire carrier. The benefits are two fold: 1. The spare is easy to get to. 2. It effectively took 175lbs of the rear axle.

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Posted: 03/01/20 06:41pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You can use the rods that came with the truck and a twelve inch crescent wrench clears my camper. I also carry a 20 ton bottle jack as I'm not sure I would like to use the stock jack without the camper. The fun part is dragging the heavy tire from under the truck. I try to drop it on a tarp and than drag the hold thing out.

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With a 28" SuperTruss, I was still able to reach the spare using the crank and extension that came with my Ford without any modifications. My Ram carries the spare on top of a 42" SuperTruss and is secured by four bolts. I found once the tire is dropped to the ground, it is easier to pull the truck forward rather than trying to reach underneath and drag the tire out. I also carry a heavier bottle jack that has no trouble lifting the truck with the the camper loaded.


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Posted: 03/02/20 08:14am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

bwlyon wrote:

I moved the spare to the front of our 2015 Ram 3500. This was accomplished by mounting a receiver hitch and receiver mounted tire carrier. The benefits are two fold: 1. The spare is easy to get to. 2. It effectively took 175lbs of the rear axle.

That is a heavy wheel. My 18" aluminum rims with tires were under just under 100 lbs each and my 19.5's on aluminum were just over 125 lbs.

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Another thing to consider if you have a dually is: can you get the center cap off to access the lug nuts on the rear wheels? I had to throw an extra tool in the truck for mine.

It’s a good idea to go through the motions of changing a tire at home once just to make sure you can do it.

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Posted: 03/02/20 09:04am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If you consider removing the spare from behind the rear axle then adding it to in front of the front axle the affect can easily be 175# . It doesn't mean the spare weighs that much.


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