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Old 01-20-2014, 12:00 PM   #21
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Quick response to dkottum...

Most Airstreams do not have a spare carrier underneath anything or anywhere in front end.. Spare tires were not a part of the standard equipment until recently... Yes it adds weight to tongue, but so would any spare tire in front of axles... Pretty clever design, though with hitch gear in box underneath it would have to swing in and out each time you hitch or unhitch...
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Old 01-20-2014, 12:07 PM   #22
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I'm one to talk. I tried carrying bicycles everywhere and settled on the back bumper. I pulled out the dinette and put two steel-framed recliners in front, but that was pretty much an even trade. Put a 200# ProPride hitch over the coupler . . .
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Old 01-20-2014, 01:01 PM   #23
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dkottum: did the same with recliners up front - it added 50# to the tongue weight (640 to 690). Added a tire behind gas tanks (moved them forward about 1 1/2" and welded a bracket on frame - works great but not as slick as this swing out!) and it added another 20# to my tongue weight - to 710#. Actually improved the handling of the towing I think - with the weight transfer hitch I really don't notice any difference. Tows great.
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Old 01-20-2014, 02:18 PM   #24
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Thanks for the interest! I don't have any plans for the hitch, I pretty much used what I had laying around and made it fit. I don't have any issues with interference with the hitch. The only thing I think I would do different next time is to have two bars coming down over the frame. One allows a little wiggle when the tire is extended outward. Not much....but enough to point out my lack of fab skills!

I have towed the airstream from north Texas to South Padre with my 2011 Grand Cherokee with zero sway or porpoising. I am, however, very careful when I tow. I knew there would be added tongue weight, but there was no other provision for my spare unless I kept it in the camper (yuck!). I am also too cheap to purchase the underbody tire carrier and the thought of crawling around to get the spare didn't sound fun either.
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