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Unread 04-13-2012, 08:46 AM   #1
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Interest in a folding hitch mounted tire carrier?

Im working on a hitch mounted tire carrier for class 3 hitches that holds a tire and folds straight down.

It would have a clevis for a d-ring so the utility would not be lost, and a mechanism to fold it back up, so most could do it one handed.

Im planning on doing to for up to 35" tires, maybe more.

What interest would there be, and what features would people like to see?

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Unread 04-13-2012, 10:57 AM   #2
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Unread 04-13-2012, 11:08 AM   #3
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Anything to add to that?

Yes, I know they have been done on a one off basis, but I have yet to see anyone take into account the issues with lifting a loaded one up and down. Also yet to see a commercial one.

Ive got to add.. one issue with a design like that is you start surpassing the rating of the hitch when you put more weight out further. So in order to open a hatch, you would have to pull jerry cans and a high lift off, unless you had a very light weight tire and rim on the carrier.

IIRC, about 3' out you need to keep the weight under 150lbs.
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Unread 04-13-2012, 12:33 PM   #4
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I think it would be cool if it folded down to use as a table,small work bench, or seat.
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I think it would be cool if it folded down to use as a table,small work bench, or seat.
I thought that as well. In that case, one could add small legs to it to make sure it didnt exceed the weight limits one down.

A pair of seats with a little table on the center I think would make for a perfect tailgate experience in an XJ, even in a light rain.
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A place to set a small stove on and bbg some hotdogs would be nice for lunch out on the trail. The legs would be a good idea with quick attachment points. Sale a base version, and then accessories that attach to it? What would you use to keep the assembly from rattling in the receiver hitch ?
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I would be interesed.

BTW, I saw something like this offered commerically for HMMWVs about 6 or 8 years ago.
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I would be interesed.

BTW, I saw something like this offered commerically for HMMWVs about 6 or 8 years ago.
Ive found a swing out one, but it runs as much as adding one onto most of the aftermarket bumpers, in the $700 range

If you can recall it, I would be up for buying one, and making sure Im not infringing on anything. Going to have to build one first to work out the kinks, right?
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Unread 04-13-2012, 01:19 PM   #9
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Yep, seen those too. Honestly, thats where I got the idea. Are you posting to add ideas, posting to say its been done, or???

Cause you havent said a word
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Just ideas, I'de like to see a way to pick up a 35' tire easily. Always thought it was a good idea.
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Just ideas, I'de like to see a way to pick up a 35' tire easily. Always thought it was a good idea.


Its going to take some math and some bits and pieces... Need to find someone to weigh a 35 or 4.
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Great idea but how much approach angle would you give up? I hit my receiver now and it only sticks out 4 inches.
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