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Hitch mount spare tire carrier on 1.25" hitch

@derbed, I used the 4 bike carrier but I know that the 2 bike carrier would work as well... the frames are the same and they all tilt.
I saw a couple of them on eBay for about $100 but with local pick up.
I know the 5 bike rack will not work if you have a 1.25" hitch as that only comes in a 2".


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That turned out nice! I was just looking at carriers earlier this week and had the same thought about using a bike mount. I have a 4 bike mount that is made of 2in square steel. Was thinking about bolting a trailer frame spare carrier to it. Then I could easily return it to a bike carrier when needed. Great work!
 

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That turned out nice! I was just looking at carriers earlier this week and had the same thought about using a bike mount. I have a 4 bike mount that is made of 2in square steel. Was thinking about bolting a trailer frame spare carrier to it. Then I could easily return it to a bike carrier when needed. Great work!


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Really cool! I've been looking for an option to carry an external full sized spare. How are you liking your setup now that you've had it for a while? Any plans to mod the carrier some more to carry fuel/water?
 

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Hitch mount spare tire carrier on 1.25" / 2" hitches

Hey @Cyrull, after having this for a while I love it!!! Used it for a number of long trips (6 hours +) and like that it does not impact mpgs and I can still use my cargo box.
I did make a slight modification to the carrier to tuck the tire closer to the car and better match the car’s body line.

I have been brainstorming ideas to add the fuel/water carriers but have not come up with something I like yet. Initially I wanted to have an all-in unit but I would prefer to be able to remove the fuel/water carriers as this is my daily driver.
Once I figure something out I will share the pics.


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Hitch mount spare tire carrier on 1.25" / 2" hitches

@Cyrull, I finally figured out how to add the extra fuel/ water carrier to the hitch mount..... still need to get this fully welded, attach the rotopax mounts, buy the pack and then should be good to go.
Here are a couple of preliminary shots.






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Welded and mounted. Have about 6” to work with between the mount and the car... just enough for the rotopax. The 4 Gallon container is on order.




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@Jimusoke that is really cool! How did you attach to the mounting plate to the carrier, U Bolts?? I am trying to replicate this setup right now but can't seem to find the bike carrier you bought at a decent price used. On the bright side I met a new neighbor who works as a fabricator :)

My Outback is also my DD so I would likely keep the carrier off my vehicle unless I was doing on an extended trip. Any idea what you think the total tongue weight will be with the Rotopax? I think the final piece to finish it off would be to get a Trasharoo!

Appreciate all the updates!
 

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@Jimusoke that is really cool! How did you attach to the mounting plate to the carrier, U Bolts?? I am trying to replicate this setup right now but can't seem to find the bike carrier you bought at a decent price used. On the bright side I met a new neighbor who works as a fabricator :)

My Outback is also my DD so I would likely keep the carrier off my vehicle unless I was doing on an extended trip. Any idea what you think the total tongue weight will be with the Rotopax? I think the final piece to finish it off would be to get a Trasharoo!

Appreciate all the updates!

@Cyrull thanks, I opted to get the mounting plate welded onto the bike carrier.... was concerned that u-bolts could have damaged the carrier.
The carrier itself weighs less than 40lbs, spare tire is about 60lbs so I should have another 100lbs for the Rotopax (I got the 4 gallon fuel one).
My OB is also my daily driver and I keep the carrier off unless I was doing a trip and leave the full spare at home too unless I am going over 30 miles away...... I still have the donut in the car.


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Nice work Jimusoke - I have a Wilco Solo on order (for 4 weeks now) and wished I would have made my own using the Folding Basket Adapter for 2" Trailer Hitch Mounted Cargo Carriers from Etrailer. ACCESSORIES AND PARTS/SURCO PRODUCTS/HITCH CARGO CARRIER/FLAT CARRIER PARTS/ADAPTERS. (Sorry - not allowed to attach any links yet cuz I'm a newbie here.)
 

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Hitch mount spare tire carrier on 1.25" / 2" hitches

Nice work Jimusoke - I have a Wilco Solo on order (for 4 weeks now) and wished I would have made my own using the Folding Basket Adapter for 2" Trailer Hitch Mounted Cargo Carriers from Etrailer. ACCESSORIES AND PARTS/SURCO PRODUCTS/HITCH CARGO CARRIER/FLAT CARRIER PARTS/ADAPTERS. (Sorry - not allowed to attach any links yet cuz I'm a newbie here.)


Thank you..... I hear you..... the Wilco was a little pricey but also I have the 1.25 OEM hitch and did not want to switch that out or use an adapter.


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When you deflate the full size spare and then use the compressor to fill it with air, do you have problems with the tire setting the bead on the rim?

I had the dealer put a full size spare in my Subie and it did fit, but stuck above the plane of the floor by about one inch due to the size of the rim width. I can dispense with the plastic spacers that hold some of the jacking tools.

Any comments?
 

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